Free Form Foray

I’d been invited to attend a free form knitting class, but declined, as my knitting skills are weak. I was re-invited and told to bring my crochet hook. Well, who can say no to hooking? (tee hee) From there the conversation turned to the bullion stitch, and I was off and researching.

I can see where bullion stitch will be perfect for increases and decreases in free form – it adds a springy bulk a regular double or treble crochet doesn’t provide. My first effort…

playing with the bullion stitch

playing with the bullion stitch

bullion stitch 002

A Yarn Tasting Nibble

Spent the day dyeing worsted weight, 60% Merino / 40% silk yarn, for Friday’s yarn tasting at Knitter’s Haven. Skeins and skeins of yummy colors!

preparing the dye

preparing the dye

ready to place the yarn

ready to place the yarn

so pretty

so pretty


love the color gradient

love the color gradient

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Button, Button, Who Has the Button

I thought the triangle shawl looked so cute with the button closure, I decided I need more buttons! That, and I’ll be providing the yarn and buttons for a “yarn tasting” at The Knitter’s Haven, Friday, April 18, from 11 am – 4 pm. Knitters Haven is located behind The Nest restaurant, 75270 Highway 111, Suite 206, Indian Wells, California.

ready to bake

ready to bke

colors for the next batch

colors for the next batch

more ready for the oven

more ready for the oven

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Latest 4′ Shawl

I’ve become something of a yarn snob since learning to spin and/or dye my own yarn, but when I saw this yarn at The Yarn Company ( https://www.facebook.com/YarnCompanyOfPalmDesert ) I knew the subtle blend of colors would be fab for a triangle shawl. It’s Plymouth Yarn Encore Dynamo, color #023, 75% acrylic / 25% wool. Love the subtle plaid it created! Ultimately decided to use a button I made for the closure.

on the loom getting fringed

on the loom getting fringed

hmmm, button or not

hmmm, button or not

back to front

back to front

handmade button

handmade button

finished

Triangle Loom

Have I mentioned my new fixation, oops, I mean, passion? For two years I thought about rigid heddle loom weaving, but couldn’t get past the thought of warping the loom. I know myself pretty well by now, and knew I’d never warp a loom. Then I discovered (drum roll please) continuous strand weaving!!! So cool – it’s self warping! Yes, this is the kind of weaving I can do! …now I’m thinking about making shawl pins… It’ll never stop, will it! 🙂

worsted weight, 60%Merino/40% silk, hand dyed by me

worsted weight, 60%Merino/40% silk, hand dyed by me

on the loom waiting for me to decide to do a crochet finish, or add fringe

on the loom waiting for me to decide to do a crochet finish, or add fringe

Went with fringe.  Super soft, light weight because of the silk, just enough to ward off the chill.

Went with fringe. Super soft, light weight because of the silk, just enough to ward off the chill.

Saturday

I have a very ambitious to-do list this week. On the dye list: fingering weight in 100 gram skeins, superwash Merino / cashmere / nylon, and superwash Merino and silk. Amazingly soft 60% wool / 40% silk worsted weight yarn that is a dream to knit or crochet. I have BFL and silk on the spinning wheel right now, destined to become hats embellished with silk chiffon or wrist warmers. Only five more skeins scheduled to spin. I love crossing things off the list as I go along! Pictures later if I have time and / or remember.

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Slipper Making Marathon

slippers in progress

Jack Frost has been nipping at my toes. What better way to remedy the situation than with snuggly slippers crocheted with hand dyed, 100% Targhee sheep’s wool yarn? What I love about Targhee wool is its springiness. These slippers are made with two strands of yarn, so the soles almost feel cushioned. Popsicle toes will be well removed from cold winter floors! Available this Thursday, Dec 26, at Palm Springs Village Fest, 6 – 10pm. (men’s slippers are on the to-do list, as well)

A reminder, my space has been moved. I’m now between Andreas and Tahquitz, in front of Palm Springs Sunglasses and the Cocky Cactus. C’mon out for a stroll, gently burn some Christmas calories, and enjoy a lovely desert evening!

Which do you prefer?

Was flipping through my pattern notebook (scribble pages!) tonight and discovered a wristie cuff pattern I’d forgotten. I’m in the process of organizing (hysterical laughter) my patterns, trying to write them out legibly as I crochet to fine tune them. The point being, I found the pattern, made a pair, and now can’t decide the embellishment color. Help?

bright magenta

bright magenta

soft orange

soft orange

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