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Moar Yarn!

I’ve just listed another 12 DeStash Yarn listings in my Etsy shop and I’m about to list a ton of hand spun art yarn! Need a little fun accent on a project? Love to use fiber as a medium? Just want to buy all the yarns and pet and stare at them all day?! Come check out what I’ll be posting tonight! Here’s a sneak peak!

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Yoga Bag

I have just started to take Yoga classes and have been thinking about the best way to carry my mat to class with me. So far I have it narrowed down to two options, knit or sewn. The first picture is a free downloadable pattern from Amy Butler called the Nigella Yoga Bag. It looks promising and I can tailor it to include a cellphone pocket, and maybe a pocket for bottled water.

The other option is a felted yoga bag from the book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I saw a picture of this made out of malabrigo and it was inspiring. Here is a different picture to give you an idea.

Courtesy of Upandatom from Ravelry

I’m really looking forward to making one of these after school ends. I will be graduating with my Bachelors in Business at the end of May. That will give me some time to find my yarn or fabric.
I would love to hear from you on what you would do or have done with a yoga bag!


Portland Yarn Crawl 2011

Yesterday I participated in the 2011 Portland Yarn Crawl. It was a blast! There were a total of 20 shops that were on the shops list, and I hit about 7 of them. Below are some pictures of me and my crew chilling in front of the stores. Each picture will direct you to the shops website. Enjoy!

The Naked Sheep Knit Shop
Close Knit
Yarn Garden
Happy Knits
Make One
Knitting · Spinning

Knitting in November

Well, it’s been quite awhile since my last post. I apologize, things have been hectic and crazy busy. There have been a lot of new developments in my life, but I won’t bore you with the details. Instead, here are a few projects that I have been working on lately.

This is a brioche scarf that I am knitting out of Mini Mochi. It’s incredibly soft and squishy. It will be so nice to wear around the neck. I think I have about 3 balls and have only used one so far. I’ve been knitting on this one for a while, but other things have come between it and me. But I will pick it back up soon!

I made up this simple wrap pattern. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, which I adore. The bottom is seed stitch, with a garter stitch center. The seed stitch border will go all the way around the garter stitch and will close with three small teal colored metal buttons. This is one of those travelling projects because it is rather mindless, but still a good project to knit on while chatting with friends over coffee.

This is a sweater that I am working on for Matt. The pattern is called Reese from Queensland Knitting. It’s a nice pattern, but it has seams. I have yet to do a seamed sweater, so it should be interesting. The yarn is also Dream in Color Classy. I love that stuff.

This is one of my favorite projects! It is the Peaks and Valleys Scarf made out of my homespun. The fiber is blue-faced leicester hand dyed by Dicentra Designs. I navajo-plied it so that the colorways would stay together. I am really loving this scarf, but need to spin up another 4 ounces before I can finish it.

Another wonderful pattern from Ysolda Teague, Snapdragon Flip Tops. These are fingerless mittens that have a flip-top cover to protect the fingers from the cold. I have already made the Snapdragon Tam which I have posted about several times, so I can’t wait to get these mitts finished! I have one done, and only one to go! *Also made out of Dream in Color Classy*

This is the Travelling Woman Shawl. This is also made out of homespun and is a mix of Merino and Silk. It’s nearly finished, but there are a few more repeats to go. This will be a nice evening shawl or summer shawl because of its lightweight.

The Wave Scarf which I started sometime ago. I tried weaving in some ribbons as I knit, but ran out quickly. I will have to find some more ribbon before I can finish this one. The yarn was bought from a store in Seaside called Creative Beginnings. Very cute store! The yarn is very soft and has a good weight to it, I think it is called Lava Paints, or something to that effect.

And finally, my Wicked Sweater. I have been knitting on this since 2008! Although I haven’t been really knitting on it, it may have been finished long ago if I would have just kept my nose to it. Now it’s nearly finished with only one sleeve left!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Let me know what projects are on your needles! I’d love to post about it and share it with the world!

Knitting · Spinning

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

This last weekend was the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, also known as OFFF. It was a blast! Sue, Maria, and I went on Sunday morning to make sure we were able to make it in time for the parking lot fleece sale. They scored some awesome bags of wool. I have been on a ‘pre-done’ kick lately. Not too much into the washing and drying, picking and carding of the fleeces right now.

I started my shopping spree with 3 oz of hot fuchsia Bamboo/Merino. It was so gorgeous, displayed like a silk scarf calling my name. 40% Bamboo, 60% Merino and oh so beautiful. I have already started to spin it up. Two ply, maybe a DK weight. . .or fingering.

The next find we found was Sporfarm. Our all time come back to fiber. Wonderfully soft and fluffy batts were waiting for us. We each got teal carded black Shetland and Fine wool blends, I also got a purple and black blend.

In a tent just beyond the buildings was Abstract Fiber where I found an old favorite. Mossy Rock and Smith Rock. What is it with me and the rocks? I bought the Autumnal Smith Rock for myself, a lovely sprinkling of Alpaca, Merino, and Silk; an absolute dream to spin! Maria bought Mossy Rock, reminds us of a forest with green leaves and brown bark. When I unloaded my newly formed stash at home, I discovered that I had both of these colors already spun into beautiful hanks of home spun. Go figure. ^_^

After that we ventured outside where we were bathed in the warmest water and scrubbed our hands in a salty mixture scented with Pumpkin Spice. This dangerous rub was from a mystical place called Bar-Maid’s. I of course bought some of their Euro Salt along with a Lo-Lo Bar. Yum!

Onto the next fibery find was a beautiful sock roving. A braid of Merino, a dash of Bamboo, and a hint of nylon for strength. This wonderful new find was colored like a rose garden; too pretty to resist. The new vendor is not yet online, but I’m sure she will be soon.

We didn’t stay long. . . it only took us two hours to find what we were after before our lunch started humming our names. We went to the all time favorite, The Wild Hare. One chicken wrap, a chicken sandwich, and a giant bacon cheeseburger later we were on our way to an afternoon of spinning delight. Little did I know I was coming down with the flu and had to excuse myself early to go home and sleep.

What a wonderful day of fiber related goodness. Lots of photos hopefully to come soon. Stay tuned. ^_^