Monday, January 23, 2012

A new blog.

So, not soon after I asked for help with a new blog name, I thought of one.  This happens a lot in my life.

You can now follow me and my knitting shenanigans over at Unraveling Yarns.  I will attempt to be a little more regular with my postings, but you all know how I am with projects--slow.  I plan on discussing other knitting related stuff as well (yarn, patterns, other blogs, yarn).  I hope to see you there!

Signing off here for one last time (?),
~Wacky Jackie~

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Starting new...

If y'all hadn't noticed, I have been the sole blogger here at Fiber Freaks for some time.  I mentioned this to my fellow bloggers, and in the end, they helped me decide to go out and blog on my own.  Time constraints, computer availability, and family responsibilities have limited their ability to blog--plus, I don't think they were as into it as I was ;)

I will be leaving Fiber Freaks behind and making a new blog.  It's name? I'm not sure yet--it's harder to come up with blog names than I realized!  I'll post here again when I figure it out, so please stay tuned!  I hope those of you who follow this blog will follow my knitting adventures in a new venue :)

~Jackie~

P.S.  If anyone has any good ideas for a new blog name for me, please let me know in the comments.  I really need help.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Organizing!

I finally broke down and organized my stash--it outgrew its plastic bin (shocker, right?).  It took me awhile to decide on how to go about doing this, but I finally picked the following solution:

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I got the unit at Target (its one of their ClosetMaid Cubeicals) for about $40.  The little fabric-y cubes that go in it were on sale for $5.99 each, so all-in-all it cost me about $90.  I originally wanted a cheaper solution, but ended up liking the look of this, plus it gives me a little room to grow (I've only used 7 of the 9 cubes).

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Unfortunately the cubes don't have a place for labels, and sticky mailing labels wouldn't stay, so I had to be crafty and make my own.  I used black and teal glitter scrapbook paper as a background and glued pieces of white cardstock labels onto them (I organized by weight).  I had read elsewhere on the internet that you could use Velcro sticky dots to stick labels to the bins, but I still couldn't get mine to stick, so I placed a strip of stick-on Velcro on the cubes so the labels would stay.  I like the Velcro plan, as now I can change them if I need to, and they also look pretty!


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My bin of fingering weight.

I also managed to organize a lot of my loose knitting patterns,  printed off a bunch more and stuck them all in a binder (you can see it on top of the unit in the first photo).  I also started a Finished Objects binder, where I'll stick the copies of patterns I've written on, notes on the project, etc.  I considered filling out a little project page (listing needle size, yarn used, etc.,) but I decided to wait and see if   Ravelry eventually lets us print off or project pages (apparently its on their "things to do" list).

Monday, December 5, 2011

I've been ribbing all my projects, all the live long day...

I may have made an error of judgement in my first attempt at simultaneous projects: all of them involve ribbing.

The hat for my dad?  2x2 rib.  The Jenny Cloche?  The front band of the hat is also 2x2 rib.  The Noro Chroma Striped Scarf?  1x1 rib.

I am a glutton for punishment.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I've created a monster.

My mother LOVES wool socks.  Yet, despite the fact that I just gave her a lovely new pair, I caught her wearing the first pair of socks I knit for her the other day instead of her brand new ones.

I asked her what was up.  Didn't she like the new pair?  The lovely Skew socks?  Sure, she said, "But I really like these ones."

Apparently she is in love with the Mini Mochi I used.  So, I found myself promising her another pair of Mochi socks, but she had to come with me to pick out the yarn color.  This is the difficult part--while JBW is close to my workplace, it is on the opposite side of town from hers.  It would have to be a special weekend adventure.

We went wondering around Lake Tahoe the other day, and I (easily) convinced her to stop at a couple of yarn shops; I was looking for some more yarn for a hat project I'm currently working on, but figured we could look for Mochi too.  At each shop, she'd ask, "Do they have the yarn?" (they didn't).  Poor Momma!  She'll have to make that trip to Jimmy Beans Wool with me after all.

(My mom called as I was writing this, and I told her I was writing a blog entry about her Mini Mochi obsession; she said, "Oh yea, totally."  Heh!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weird needles, wood needles, metal needles...oh my!

I've posted here many times before about how I prefer wood or bamboo needles to metal, mainly because I am paranoid and like the "stickiness"; I worry about accidentally dropping stitches all the time.

I recently attempted to start a hat for my dad using one of my Crystal Palace bamboo circulars (which I hate, by the way.  If anyone likes them and is interested in a 16" size 3 or 4, let me know and I will totally give them to you).  I had a weird issue where my stitches seemed too stretched along the needle, and so I pondered the possibility of having to knit the whole hat on DPNs, or a smaller circular (if such a thing existed).  It should be noted that I started the hat twice, and double checked my cast-on stitches both times to check their number--120.  Still they were too stretched on the (supposed) 16 inch size 4 Crystal Palace needle.

So I went to Jimmy Beans Wool in search of new needles (at the time considering DPNs).  Instead, I was convinced by Terry of JBW, and Sam (of this blog), to get an Addi Lace 16 inch size 4 needle.  I expressed concern about the stretching issue, and both ladies told me that it shouldn't be a problem on a 16 inch circular (despite my previous issues).  I had also felt that the stickiness of the bamboo was causing me problems, so I was actually looking for something a little slicker--the Addi Lace needles are less slick than regular Addi Turbos (yay), and also nice and pointy!  Basically, it was shiny and pretty, so I caved and bought it.

I cast on the hat again (120 stitches!) and, y'all, it fit--no stretching issues whatsoever.  I am puzzled--I compared the Crystal Palace needle to the Addi Lace needle, and they SEEM to be the same size.  Did I miscount my stitches FOUR times (casting on twice, and double-checking both times)?  Or is my Crystal Palace needle wacky?  No idea.

Anyway, I am loving the Addi Lace needle.  Yes, you read the correctly.  I LOVE THAT THING.  I might be slowly converting over to metal needles. Guess I shouldn't spend my money on a interchangeable needle set until I figure out what needle type I'd really prefer! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quick pic

In case anyone cares, here is a picture of my darling mother modeling her skews.

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Now I'm working on a (secret) hat for my dad.  I need another project in case I have hat boredom though (this particular hat is just k2 p2 ribbing for 10 years).  I'm considering a hat for myself, but we shall see.

Monday, November 14, 2011

You guys!!

The socks...they are done!

(I'll have to post pictures when I can give them to my mom and make her model them!)

Friday, November 11, 2011

100th post!

I wish I had something much more thrilling to chat about for our 100th post, but...I don't.

Guess what I'm still working on?  Yes, those darn Skew Socks.  I'm getting there, though--I'm just about to the heel of the second sock, so I just need to keep plugging away.  I joined another knitting group here in town that meets every week, so that's really helping my production!  I really like the yarn (its Knit Picks Stroll in Watermelon, as I've mentioned before).  It's soft and lovely to work with, and the colors are such fun!  I want to see how the socks wear (especially the soles), but I will definitely use it again (which is good, since I have a few other colors of it in my stash).

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I finished the second Viking Hat, and it turned out pretty well--I had some weirdness at the top-center of the beard (apparently I can't follow my own instructions), but its not noticeable at all when you put it on.  I hope the recipient is satisfied!  I really love these hats--I want to make one for another friend, but I know I won't have time before Christmas.  Maybe it can be a belated gift?  I really need to finish the socks, and I want to make my dad a nice beanie.  We shall see!

I'm trying to be less "monogamous" with my knitting and work on a couple things at once so that I don't get bored.  If I don't feel like working on socks, I can work on a hat, etc.  We'll see how that goes, too.

Hopefully I'll start posting more again when I have other projects except Skew socks to talk about! ;D

Monday, October 3, 2011

Slightly delayed picture

Sorry team, I didn't get a chance to post this when I meant to!

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Here is the first of my skew socks, in Knit Picks Stroll, Watermelon.  I quite like it!  It fits my mother's calf far better than it fit mine, but is still snug :(

In other news, I posted some of my knitting pictures on Facebook, and one of my friends sent me a message asking about the viking hat.  Apparently it would make a fantastic gift for a friend of hers, and since the deadline isn't until December, I decided I could probably manage to make another one (the original now belonging to my brother).  It's sort of exciting to be making something for someone I'm not related to.

To help me along in this endeavor, I'm going on vacation for TWO WHOLE WEEKS, starting next week.  It will be a road trip (of sorts)--my mom and I are flying to Michigan, where we're meeting my uncle (her twin brother) and aunt, and then driving to the east coast, hitting up various touristy spots there and back.  It's the first time I've taken a vacation that long and it wasn't during the holidays--I'm hoping to get plenty of gorgeous fall foliage pictures, as well as maybe sneaking in a yarn shop (or two, if I can find them!)  We'll be in southeastern Michigan (I've already found a shop here), southeastern(ish) New York, and various parts of New Jersey.  If anyone knows of any good shops in any of these places, they should let me know!  I'm hoping to get some knitting done during the drive/down time, but I do get motion sick, so we'll see how that goes.