Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am almost done with my ply. The music is "By Your Command", by RIchard Gobbs, for the Galactica CD . I enjoy spinning to music and watching my favorite SyFy episodes. The act of plying is fun, but you have to be rested. The same goes with making a single, I notice that if I am tired I become sloppy in my spinning even on a wheel. The wheel versus the Drop Spindle. The wheel is less work on your body, the drop spindle gives you a bit of a work out and you are not as fast, even though sometimes you can accomplish the same amount of spinning. I am at the point of the ply which I take two singles and make them into plied yarn. I am hoping to get another video where I am getting this skein ready for dyeing and setting the twist at the same time. It will be Monday soon and I need to rest. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
By the way Chef Fabio Viviani was there , he came to say hello before the announcement of the Winner. This dish was the winner , two were runner ups. The dish is watermelon crab meat soup with garlic of course.
I leave you with a bit of the Festival before we come back to the city where it was at least 20 degrees cooler, thanks for stopping by!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Let it be known that after many years of thinking about it, yep I joined the CGOA. I am a member for the next two years, I am hoping to take advantage of it's benefits and see what comes out of it. I have been a member of the Men Who Crochet Chapter that Meets in Oakland for some time now. I have to say that I have enjoyed being a part of the chapter. They have some advance certifications and some programs that I will eventually get into. Is it worth it? I don't know yet, I will tell you in a year, I have downloaded a list of member discounts and benefits and I will see how I can use them, but more than discounts is what can I learn. I am hoping to becom a better Tapestry Crochet Artisan. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I have not looked at this book yet, but I am planning on looking at it tonight. All I can tell you is that from the cover I imagine it will bring me to a place I have wanted to be. Socks in colors and socks that come alive are a great theme for me. Sometimes we don't know where we are going, but definitely we know where we come from. Along with this I am hoping to get another set of Signature DPN Needles and if I am able to save some money for the end of the year, I am hoping to get some of Tom Bihn project and yarn bags with the clear bottom. I have seen those and I like them a lot. They can be pricey, but compared to other bags, they are not expensive at all. You get features like a clear bottom and a snap to secure your yarn of your work in progress. This bags where made with the knitter and crocheter in mind.
I ordered the book from Knit Picks along with some Tools of the trade necessities, T-Pins (stainless steel) and some point protectors. Knit Picks is have a great sale on Overspun Sport Yarn look and see if you want some before is all gone.HERE is the link, the yarn is going fast. The yarn can be used in many ways, but it may twist a bit. Great for felting or projects where it will not matter. Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
If I was going to make the hat again I would take two skeins of the same colorway and work from two directions for this hat. Nevertheless I had two colorways that were not the same, which kind of assured me that there were not going to be color clashes or repeats. I like the last idea better, the skeins were very complementary. It took me less than a day to crochet this hat. I used the Tapestry Crochet Technique to be able to make a nice kind of woven fabric. I went up to a size G or 4.00 mm and I have about 6 to 8 yards left, the hat weighs in at 92 grams and that is with a reversed single crochet edging. If Noro could keep the vegetable matter off it would have made for a more pleasant crochet experience.
Monday, July 19, 2010
One of the most handsome yarns, Noro Silk Garden is a delight to use. I have borrowed the Wollen Mutsen Hat Pattern, (if you are interested is for saleo on the side Bar) and tested it with this yarn and it is coming out nice. As I expected I needed two skeins of Worsted weight Noro Silk Garden to complete the hat. I am further down crocheting than the picture shows, I may even finish the hat tonight. I hope to have pictures tomorrow. It will take two skeins of\ Silk Garden Worsted Weight in two close by colorways. This is definitely made in the Tapestry Crochet Fashion. Thanks for stopping by.
http://spillyjane.blogspot.com . The pattern is simple, but it looks like a lot of fun. There is a Sunday Sock Group in San Francisco that meets on a Cafe and this is their KAL. I am so excited, because the pattern is a lot prettier than this. The yarn is malabrigo sock yarn and the blue is Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. I am hoping that the mixture of the two will make a great blend. I am using US 2 and because I tend to knit lose I am kind of testing how this come out. If I can not wear them because they are too tight, I have the right to give them to, but we shall keep it a secret lol. I am making the Lizard Socks for me. Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
A little spinning on Saturday after a friend of Mine posted a video on Flickr, I thought I Would do the same. Happy Saturday , music by Bear McCreary and Raya Yarbrough, Long Live SyFy, thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
What can I say, I am very prolific this time around. One of the things that I can tell you is that when inspiration strikes you, it is best to go along with it. Inspiration sometimes goes away or gets stopped for whatever reasons, so when you have it go for it with gusto. I present you Eos a Lace scarf with a woman in mind, but versatile enough a Man can wear it. It is my first Pattern with a Chart. I included the chart made with the Intwined Studio Software. How do I like the software? It is good, not the best, but it is still growing up as far as software goes. I would buy again and I would recommend it.
This pattern will look even better in a worsted superwash Malabrigo, it will be stunning and extremely soft. I like making lace in this weight of yarn as it goes faster and is not thousands of yards or meters,( pick your evil measure of choice) until you have a finished object. . I am very happy with it and I know people will enjoy making it. It is not a boring pattern and you have to pay attention to what you are doing. If you care to purchase it is a pdf file email to you , it is on the right sidebar.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This is the Herbivore by Stephen West aka WestKnits. It is a shawl that is a wrap that is a scarf in a pinch. In other words a very versatile garment which I am hoping to make more than once. I already have the other yarn selected. This is how I am blocking this guy until tomorrow. I may use some steam as well. It is made out of sock yarn and I appreciate that a lot. Thank you for a great pattern that gives us a taste of the wicked Twisted rib. This is a pattern for you if you want to see this kind of rib in all its glory.
Here come my Picon 'sLover socks and I will tell you I love this pattern so much I already started a third pair on the needles. This time I am using my Wabi Sabi with a touch of Cashmere. Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, July 09, 2010
This Friday finds me knitting away with my second sock almost done. I am pretty sure that I will want to make my own pattern next time. Would you be amazed if I tell you that I want to make a socks pattern on DPNs? I would have, but I love my DPNs and will be creating a new pattern to come out maybe next month or so, in the meantime I have some nice Wabi Sabi, Eye of Jupiter colorway and Malabrigo sock yarn waiting for socks, some paca-peds as well and some Grilled Red Peppers from the Dye Guy that was donated to our Men's Knitting Retreat for the event that took place during the Spring of 2010. This is all for today, thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
I can tell you that I had no idea what Noro Kureyon is good for, but I found this nice Dice bag that I can make. I was also discussing the fact with other Friends of my Monday Night Group and they suggested a bath mitt, a dish cloth and so on for the Noro Kureyon. It is not a bad idea as this yarn is very rough. I like the colors, but I can definitely say to you that this is not the yarn for my socks, it feels like you have sand in your shoes and we al know how uncomfortable that is. Noro Silk Garden and other Noro yarn are very soft and kind to your skin, but this Noro is better left for exfolliating, lol!
On the Other Hand this Paca-Peds H-T yarn is fantastic and super soft. It is about 25 percent alpaca, 50 superwash merino and 25 nylon , or close to that and let me tell you it wears like a cloud. I am working on my second sock as you can tell and from all the yarns that I have used to make socks, this one is the one I would pick in a heartbeat. I still have some sock yarns to try, Malabrigo, Wabi Sabi an others, so I will review them as well. SO far I will say that I will buy Paca -Peds without a question. I am making this on US 1 and this is the perfect gauge for me to make socks.
I am also doing some spinning for the Tour De Fleece. This is a BorderLeicester with Mohair 50/50 and I am a bit over 50 % done. Spinning is about practice, don't be fooled by thinking that you can just wing it. I learned that you can spin 15 minutes every day and you will get a lot done. Spin on a wheel or spin on a spindle , you will benefit from the skills you learn, then when the world ends on 2012, you can say I will survive. lol! If you have not seen Toy Story 3 on 3D , you don't know what you are missing. If this is the new way of the 3D world this is a very high standard. The glasses are different and the technology is a bit different than the old 3D.
Finally and thanks to my designer friend Kate Godffrey from OKAYKATE.COM I was able to have something to give people to remember me by that is helpful for their crafts. It is a Lavender Sachet, very cleverly done. I manage to have the no Sewing version, let's see how it keeps. Last ,but not the least I am clearing my Library and selling some books on EBay and I thought this was a very clever way of documenting the way the books look before they get bought. Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Our 4th of July was a wonderful surprise picnic. We went to Stow Lake at Golden Gate Park and with friends celebrated our Independence with class. We had tables, chairs, umbrellas, tablecloths, silverware. It is so much joy to have a real picnic with real stuff, very little trash. We had cloth napkins and wine and sodas in bottles. An advantage that we have there is very little trash. We had John and Sue working the Barbecue and they did a great job. We had about 30 something people that showed up and participated in our Holiday celebration. Sue was making some nice sweet potatoes and shared two small ones with me. That was a real treat as not many people eat sweet potatoes like I do.
We arrived with the wine and the food to be put on the barbecue. Once we were set up I started to work on some of my knitting projects that I brought . It was too windy and cold to bring out the metal needles. The bamboo needles did fantastic under this weather..
I was able to get some knitting done and keep busy, maybe a bit not so social, but I was socializing. There were times that it got very cold, so I had a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and my jacket on. I had a very good time. I wish I had some of my knitting buddies with me, but they were having a good time at other places today.
The flowers were around us and I took the opportunity to snap pictures and see what my camera can do. If you go to my flickr account you will get to see all the pictures I took better than here.
We had a lovely group of people from all the colonies of the 12 worlds I may say. It was a lot of fun and at the end of the afternoon we were very tired. We picked up some stuff to help the host and we will deliver it or have her come and pick it up later. We were very instrumental in getting this Picnic going as we brought the food and the drink lol!
Happy Fourth of July Everyone!
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
This is the Newland Picons, and one of the things that I decided to to different this time is to use some extra yarn that was included with this skein to reinforce the heel and the toe. I am using two strands to make the heel flap and I will turn the heel with the two of them as well. I don't know if I will be doing the toe in the same manner just yet. This is one of those times that I can tell you that the signature needles have made a big difference as they are very strong and the yarn does not fall off. These needles are worth their money and I can see myself getting another set of dpns US 1.
None the less here is some crochet, is Tapestry Crochet as I am working on creating the Pattern for one of the Philosopher's hats that I have created in the past. This is the reversed side, I don't want anyone to steal the pattern lol! I will put the hat down for a bit and allow myself to get some more inspiration as I tackle the making of the pattern once more. This pattern will be a bit modified from the original, most of the patterns that I recreate are, but it is for the better. Well a bit of crochet and a bit of knitting and some pattern design, This is going to be an interesting 4th of July weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
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