I’m here checking in and to update you all on my third round of FibreShare :).
Also, I had a baby. He’s real cute.
Sending to Jessica in Phoenix
Putting together Jessica’s package was a ton of fun! She loves bright colors, fingering weight yarn, loves coffee, Halloween, journaling, has a million house plants, 2 daughters and some furry critters!
I got her some treats – coffee (unground so she could decide how to grind it and because Scottie was throwing a tantrum about not wanting to use the coffee grinder at the store) and Halloween snacks. And an adorable Dia de los Muertos skull and skeleton coffee mug.
I found a journal with succulents on the cover and little sticky notes with succulents on them too.
I sent one of the project bags I made, which turned out to be her signature color (!) and added some progress keepers (unpictured because they’re inside the bag pocket and I’m stupid).
And I sort of went nuts on the yarn. Since I don’t have much of a stash myself since I prefer to buy for a project in mind, nor do I dye superwash yarn (which is Jessica’s preference to knit with!), I got to yarn shop in earnest.
I’d add more detail, but my brain fell out because babies don’t let you sleep.
Receiving from Allison
Let me tell you something about Allison – she works fast! I received her package a full month before it was due to send, and it was such a pleasant surprise. She really took my preferences to heart, which was much appreciated!
She sent the most delicious tea – David’s Tea Blueberry Jam. It’s gone. I snarfed it. And I drank it exclusively out of the amazing David’s Tea mug she sent with its own strainer and measuring spoon with a knit pattern on it. Plus it’s huge which is my favorite size!
There’s a sample of Lana from Green Mountain Spinnery which I think I’ll add to a pair of socks at the cuff or something for embellishment since it’s just a little sample. It’s a really gorgeous dark blue called “Noche”.
And lastly, Allison included a skein of Tigger Targhee from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in “See scum, sea scum run”. It’s a super high twist, non-nylon, non-superwash sock yarn and I’m puuuuuuumped to make socks from this. So pumped.
Okay that about covers it! Obviously I highly recommend FibreShare, so go follow them to find out when the next one is in 2019!
You may remember that I was due with baby boy #2 October 1st. Well it’s October 2nd, and wouldn’t you know it – still pregnant. I’m quite happy to roll around like Violet who turns into a giant blueberry in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because having a newborn is a whole thing. Did you know? It’s like a lot of work and stuff.
Anyway, I bring up my mass-acquisition & impending tummy friend turned roommate situation because I put the Etsy shop in vacation mode as of today. I just want to make sure nobody is waiting to get an order filled if I suddenly go into labor.
With that said, I do anticipate a lot of exciting changes in the upcoming months. I may need a few of those months to remember how to function on no sleep and nurse 486 times a day, but I have a ton of ideas. My Notes app looks like a random word generator with all of the disjointed thoughts that occur to me. Here’s what’s kaleidoscoping around my brain & already in the works:
Fun bags (lol not boobs)
And I don’t intend to stay with Etsy forever – at the moment I like being able to use their search engine to guide people to my corner of the hippy-nonsense-yarn-world, but I’m pretty particular with how I’d like my shopping platform to look, and I have a lot more to offer than Etsy can help with. SoOoOoOo eventually, I’ll either add shopping on this website in addition to the Etsy shop, or I’ll completely transfer everything over here.
TL;DR – Etsy shop is in vacation mode, it’ll open with in-stock items after the baby comes.
Sorry for shouting. But Autumn means time is actually moving even though I’m 798 years pregnant and feels like I always will be. I’ll be 40 weeks on October first, so baby will likely be an October boy.
Since my last WIP update last month (I swear it always feels like 3 days passed rather than 30), I’ve had a few goings on in the Etsy shop.
I had a bit of a shop update with some new colors (mostly Once in a Lifetime – if they’re well-loved I may try to approximate how I came up with them again!).
And I’m having a giveaway – not for any reason in particular. Maybe 200 Instagram followers, maybe pre-baby crazies, maybe I just felt like it! At any rate, go to this Instagram post to enter. You’ll win your choice of one of these 2-3 skein project bags (quality AF if you ask me) and any skein of yarn from my Etsy shop!
I’m trying to be more of A Photography so that my website, shop, and Instagram look more professional. I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m trying!
Moving right along, I have 0 finished objects. :(. That feels like a bit of a let down, but everything I’m working on is pretty sizeable, and I’ve put in a lot of work on each one. SoOoOoOo we’ll just skip right ahead to WIPs!
Works in Progress
Okanogan Socks – For Jason!
I did like maybe 5 more rounds on these socks since last month, but look! The first stripe color is happening! I had a day where I was waiting for Renee’s sweater to dry (I had to block the shit out of it), so I picked these up out of obligation to giving my husband socks before winter is over.
This is what I have been working on monogamously since I finished quadrant 2 of my Rose cardigan below. Renee will be visiting in early October, and while it’s basically impossible that I would have it finished by then, I’d like it to at least be try on-able at that time. Here, you’ll see it being blocked the ever-loving shit out of. Some of the textured stitches I was trying out for the yoke are quite inflexible, so I wanted to see if it was even worth incorporating it into the final design. Otherwise, the sleeve stitches are separated and I’m a good 5 inches into the body. I’m working on some texture for the body, so we’ll see how that turns out as well. At any rate, I will be working on this until it’s DONE so Renee can actually wear it, and so I can move on and knit for MEMEME because I’m selfish.
This cardigan is what I really want to be working on. I’ve finished two quadrants now, and I’m itching to start the 3rd. I might do like an inch of it just so I can pick it right up once I finish Renee’s sweater. But that would be a breach of my monogamy. Whatever, these are self-imposed rules.
I hadn’t started this yet during last month’s post, so I feel like this is significant progress! I got Scottie’s hoodie going up to connecting the pockets back to the body, and now it’s just stockinette up until where sleeves get attached. I think I may bring this with me to the hospital for possible mindless knitting after the baby comes and we have to stay a night or whatever. This may possibly be a ridiculous thought (that I’ll be able to knit even 1 stitch after baby comes), but I’m bringing it anyway.
Okay this is just a swatch, but it’s progress. I think I might actually properly start this soon once I find gauge. It’s a primarily double crochet pullover in DK weight, so I know it’s going to be a quick project. I just need another project bag.
I’m really excited about this shawl – both to wear and to showcase these Game of Thrones Dragons Colorways. I have already dyed up a skein of Viserion for myself, but need to find time to dye a Drogon and Rhaegal. Full disclosure, I dyed a TON of these for an Etsy order and need a little separation to make my heart grow fond again.
So, once I actually get Jason’s socks done, I’ll be casting these on. This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! The Elder socks are available for preorder now through her Ravelry page if you’re interested! I haven’t bought it yet, but will once I have a minute. I can’t wait for 3 pairs of contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Deathly Hallows. Let’s not hold our breath on my knitting speed though.
When I first saw this pattern I was like “omg no why stop”. However, since then I’ve seen some others make this in some more muted colors and use techniques to make it more cohesive, so now I’m like “omg this is brilliant for leftovers”. What I plan on doing is using the same color for the neck, body hem, and sleeve cuffs; the entire thing will be marled with charcoal; I will fade 4 colors from top to bottom rather than just striping them; and the right side is going to be reverse stockinette so the fade is even less stripey. Now, I’m usually only a proponent of fades that actually were meant to blend into each other, but I think with the combination of holding charcoal with the colors I’m fading and doing reverse stockinette will make them blend a bit more. This will all make a lot more sense when I cast on. Which I technically could do at any time because I don’t need to buy or dye anything to accomplish this pullover.
We’ll see if I ever manage to make this, but I do have all of the materials. Maybe I’ll cut the pieces out one day and just do like one sewing instruction a week and then the baby will be in kindergarten and I’ll have a sweet backpack.
So this is what I’ll be working through until baby gets here! Then he’ll be dubbed “The Showstopper” until I relearn how to get anything done like eat or pee or just-run-a-business-from-my-house-nbd.
Hey everyone! It’s time to write an update on what I’ve been working on. In addition to the knitting I’ll talk about, I’ve been doing lots of other making-type things!
I added 8 projects bags to the Etsy shop. They are amazing. 2-3 skein-sized, tie-dyed, made with organic cotton, zippers and labels are from the USA, interior pocket… It’s the Per. Fect. Bag. for a smallish project. I have two of my own of that size which are housing 1) a sock project and 2) the beginnings of a fingering-weight sweater. I’m working on larger sizes now, too. I’m trying to decide on handles/straps and whether interior flap pockets would be a good addition to the zippered pocket. Probably.
I’ve also added lots of yarn options to the Etsy shop. At the moment I have 3 bases:
Ohio – DK 100% Merino
Geauga – Fingering 70 Merino/30 Silk
Erie – Fingering Single Ply 100% Merino
And all of my colorways now have the option to be dyed to order, in the event that what I have in stock isn’t the base you’re looking for. This includes a fade kit and a set of colorways inspired by the 3 dragons from Game of Thrones.
I finally finished this cardigan! I got it done in just under 2 months, but I must have thought it would take less time, or maybe I’ve just been really busy because it feels like it should have been done a while ago. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yardage for it since it calls for 1700 yds and I only had 1600 yds. My usage clocked in at 1438 yds without having to modify anything (maybe sleeve length, but that was a short-arms decision rather than a yarn usage tactic). I really love it. It fits and is a really good wardrobe item that I know I’ll actually wear (precious pocketses). I might make another sometime, but I think I’d use a yarn that was a legit DK weight rather than what I used – sport weight leaning towards fingering. It’s a bit gauzy, but it’s still perfect.
Okay guys, I suck. I haven’t done any work on these since my last update. I think socks are a bit boring, there’s no hurry since it’s August, and frankly, since they’re not for me, I don’t have the urge to get them done so I can wear them. I’m glad they’re in progress so that I have something simple to work on when I need it!
I finally cast on this pullover design! This prototype will be gifted to my BFF Renee. It’s a top-down circular yoke with different textured stitches. I keep designing & frogging and changing things. I’m still not sure what I’ll do for the body or arms precisely, but the sweater will tell me when I get there. I think I will actually send this pattern to a tech editor and have test knitters help out with this, so it will be thoroughly vetted before release!
I know I said I was going to cast on a pair of socks, but I couldn’t resist this cardigan. I dyed up a fade for myself (which is available in my Etsy shop if you love it as much as I do!). I’m already fading in the 3rd color after working on it for 1 day. the beginning of each section goes so fast, it’s really gratifying. However there are 4 of them, they get REAL big toward the end, then there’s grafting and the collar and sleeves and…. well whatever the fading sequence is really fun, I don’t want to put it down. Also, this pattern has an amazing chart that helps keep track of all of the “at the same time” things going on. This is a livesaver.
I’ll make one for Scottie now (The 4-6 year size so that he can grow into it. He’s quite huge.), and the baby later. Probably a 1-ish year old one for babe since I don’t usually find much use for sweaters on babies until they can move around.
This pattern is 1 of a set of 3 being released by Salapaloosa Knits – the Deathly Hallows socks! I’m excited to make 3 contrast heel-toe-cuff socks that represent the Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder wand <3.
I don’t technically need another diaper bag because the one I have is perfectly fine, but I have a bee in my bonnet about making a backpack one. This pattern is a lot more involved than anything else I’ve sewn, so we’ll see how I manage.
We’re on countdown to baby time, so we’ll see what I can accomplish before he becomes our newest roommate. And if I can manage to get anything at all done once he’s here… Fingers crossed!
Over the last couple of months, it’s become more clear what the future of Fuzzzy Green Fibers will hold. I’ve been having a lot of fun designing knitting patterns and will continue to do so when inspiration strikes. I quite enjoy how art + math = clothes. And rather than retailing yarn that is natural in some way (which was my only previous aspiration), I’ve decided to fill a hole in the yarn community that I personally have needed. I really want indie, hand-dyed yarn that is trendy, colorful and FUN but doesn’t have any trash in it – so I’m doing it myself. Sometimes I want a sock kit that has exciting colors… but I just don’t feel good about spending money on something with dyes, treatments, and fibers I don’t feel great about. There is a place for making concessions, but I don’t make them for things I knit for myself. Or hey maybe I want to do a faded sweater of some kind… but the only kits I can find are superwash, or I would really have to stretch the imagination and color palette accepability to make a cobbled-together fade look halfway decent. I love natural undyed neutral colors that still smell like the sheep it was shorn from, but I also want some neon speckles in my life. Oh and I need to use all of the colorway names stockpiled in my brain, and a neutral gray doesn’t lend itself well to a name like “Good God, Lemon!”
In addition to all of this, I think my “thing” is turning out to be project bags. I haven’t released any of them for sale yet since I’m waiting on labels for them, but I am in LOVE. I love all of the artistic, utility and ethical decisions I’ve made on each one. Hand tie-dyed organic cotton sturdy project bags? You may have to fight me so I don’t keep them all.
I’m super happy with what I’ve decided to do now, what I’ll do next, and my ultimate plans.
However, there’s this annoying little “not good enough” cricket chirping in my ear. I’m not so much concerned about the quality of my work or the aesthetic of certain things – that will all improve & evolve with time, experience, and preference. What my brain is goading me about is my sourcing for every. Little. Thing. Sometimes it feels like I’m not meeting the standards I’ve promised customers, and especially myself. I’m trying to use the least toxic, least environmentally impactful materials and processes I can. Of course it’s not perfect because I don’t live in fairyland. But even now in my research and development phase, my brain won’t let it go that it’s not good enough. Were your labels printed on recycled paper? Is the yarn you bought domestic? Would you feel safe eating your dye? Are your shipping supplies made from plastic rendered from things found in your own living room? NO BRAIN, NONE OF IT IS PERFECT. I guess I just wanted to get off my chest that I am a wee fledgling learning what it even means to sell products to people. As time goes on, I know I’ll source every last item as well as I can (most natural, least toxic, most local, most ethical). For now, my claims are true: no nylon, superwash, or heavy metal-containing dyes in my yarn; organic cotton fabric, US-made zippers & labels, and low-impact dyes for my bags.
I hope my art & enthusiasm will translate well to those interested in my products. I’m consciously planning and strategizing every day on improving all that is possible to improve. And every time I make an improvement that approaches my ideals (even if asymptotically), I’ll announce it with pride so all you other hippy-nonsense nerds like me can high five a tree or whatever.