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FibreShare 3!

Hey everyone!

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.

Dez

 

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.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts – BFL Fingering Superwash in “It’s my party & I’ll dye what I want to”

Hedgehog Fibers – HF Sock in “Bubble” (maybe, I didn’t write it down, oops)

Old Rusted Chair – Sock Set in “Boom Boom” & “Bijou”

Qing Fibre – Donegal Tweed in I have literally no clue, again, oops

Casual Fashion Queen – Mohair Sock in “Haus Summer”

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!

She included 2 patterns with the yarn to complete them if I want. And I do. It’s perfect. Yarn without a plan gives me anxiety, and I’m so looking forward to getting the time to make these. The first is the Houndstooth Slouch by Grace Akhram with two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Hayloft & Fossil. I have had this in my Ravelry queue before, which is hilarious. The second pattern is the Speedy Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits with two skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool in Natural Gray and Blue Jay. I can’t wait to make these because I know how fast aran weight mittens will go! Also I’ve never made myself mittens before, so it’s kind of a treat!

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!

<3 Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – September 22, 2018

HAPPY AUTUMN WOOOO!

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!).
Electric Sunset
Pumpkin Spice Latte
French Silk
  • 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!
Comment & tag a friend on this Instagram post to win!

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.

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

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.

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga on a OOAK color
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

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.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga (Mauve, Muffin Top, Jackie Jormp-Jomp, and Rural Juror)
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

Scottie’s R&R Hoodie

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.

Pattern: R&R Hoodie by Tanis Lavallee
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Sap
Ravelry Project Page: R&R Hoodie

Classic Sweater

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.

Pattern: Classic Sweater by Rachel Choi
Yarn: Knitcraft & Knittery Merino DK in Ohio in Springtime
Ravelry Project Page: haven’t started one yet!

Future Castonitis Afflictions

This section is going to just keep growing. Why don’t I keep it to the next 3 things I plan to cast on! (And a sewing project that is probably going to remain only theoretical.)

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.

Teddy Mommy & Me Diaper Backpack - Daily Backpack - RLR Creations

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.

Looooooove youuuuuuuu

Larissa

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Announcements – September & October

Hello everyone!

Good gravy have I been busy the last few weeks. I feel like I have lots of announcements, so I’ll consolidate them all here in one post!

I have several discount codes running at the moment – take advantage!

  • Are you a FibreShare participant this round?! To get 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, use the official FibreShare discount code – no minimum orders! Don’t forget to check out the Natural Yarn Directory I compiled for those of you whose partners prefer synthetic & superwash-free yarn!
  • I was feeling sassy and made approximately a million color combinations for the Teroldego Shawl that was recently released by Caitlin Hunter (@boylandknitworks on Instagram). This led to me wanting to share the inspiration with a 10% off code for all yarn in the Etsy shop through September 16th using code TEROLDEGO10!

    Photo credit: Magpie Fibers

The brilliant Tracie and Jodi of the Grocery Girls Podcast started a forum thread in their Ravelry group to share newly released knitting patterns. I featured my Hero of Time hat and am running a 20% off discount on all Ravelry patterns through October 1st with code GROCERY20!

  • As of the end of the day September 14th, I’ll be deactivating Dyed to Order listings in the shop. If you don’t know, I’m due with baby #2 October 1st. Babies come on their own timeline, so it’s best to be safe and make sure everyone gets their orders on time!
  • On that same note, once I either go into labor or as late as October 6th, I’ll be putting the shop in vacation mode for a few weeks! I’ll be using this time to get to know the new kid, keep the house from falling down, and planning what stock to add to the shop once I’m ready to get back to the dyepots! I have approximately a million more colorway ideas, and I’ll have lots of middle of the night nursing sessions to solidify them!

In addition to all of this, I’ll be introducing some new yarn bases to the shop in the next few months, among infinity other projects!

Love you, mean it

Larissa

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Projects on My Needles – August 22, 2018

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.

Love the contrast bottom & the cute AF fabrics. Also these zippers are fan-damn-tastic.
Pretty obsessed with this blue.
This is my XL prototype.
Kelly T loves it. Also it’s much bigger than it appears.
This is holding 7 skeins of yarn and it’s barely 1/3 full. So. Make Hagrid a sweater.

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 love this so much. In fact, you’ll find it in my Rose Cardigan WIP below!
Game of Thrones Dragons – Viserion, Drogon, Rhagal

Finished Objects

Portage

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.

Pattern: Portage
Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool Lilura in Teal
Ravelry Project Page: Portage

Works in Progress

Okanogan Socks – For Jason!

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!

Pattern: Okanogan by Andrea Rangel
Yarn: Blacker Yarns Mohair Blends 4-Ply in Ladock Woods and Metherell
Green Mountain Spinnery Meadow in Natural
Ravelry Project Page: Okanogan for Jason

Renee’s Sweater

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!

Pattern: In progress, I’ll get it released in Eventual Land
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Nae’s Sweater

Rose Cardigan

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.

Pattern: Rose
Yarn: Fuzzzy Green Fibers Jenna Maroney Fade on Geauga
Ravelry Project Page: Rose Cardigan

What I Plan to Work on Soon

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.

I have already made one of these, but I didn’t really know that the yarn I used would not really yield a good result. So, it’s high time to try again with some locally-dyed yarn!

I saw Tracie make one of these on the Grocery Girls Podcast and I knew I had to make one in this Dragon set.

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!

<3 Larissa