Jacobette

Let me tell you guys the story of how I got into spinning. 5 years ago, I went to a small fiber festival in a nearby town with my parents. (Unfortunately, that was the only time I went to this fiber festival. They stopped having it afterwards. So sad.) I saw some different stuff, including wheel spinning, embroidery, and spindle spinning. Since my birthday was coming up, my parents bought me a spindle. I got to choose a small ball of practice fiber to go with the spindle. I picked some gray fiber. A little bit later, whilst looking at another booth, I remembered that I forgot to ask what kind of sheep it came from, so my dad went back to ask them, and they said it was Jacob wool. My first attempts to spin this fiber were terrible. I kind of missed the part about drafting, so I ended up with a hugely thick yarn about 16 yards long. I later learned how to spin better. Then I decided to try to unspin the failed Jacob wool and re-spin it properly. I pulled the loosely spun crazy-thick fibers apart into shorter pieces, which I was able so spin into a laceweight-ish yarn. I was happy, but I didn’t really know what to do with it, because it’s kind of scratchy. So it waited in my stash for a while. Then, a few weeks ago, I decided to turn the very thin single into a three ply yarn. I ended up with about 50 yards.

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I didn’t really know what to make with it, but I eventually decided on a small stuffed animal.

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I chose the pattern Mousie from Whimsical Little Knits, and I used some leftover Wool of the Andes sport weight for the ears tail and feet.

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I had originally intended to name it Jacob after the wool, but since it has so much pink, it looks like a girl mouse, so I named her Jacobette.

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I still have about half of the handspun left. I don’t know if I want to make another mouse or something else.

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Baby Sweaters

Don’t you just love knitting for babies? Everything is just so cute and tiny, and it knits up pretty fast too.

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A few weeks ago, I got a hankering to make a Baby Surprise Jacket. I used some ugly green Sugar ‘n Cream that I had no other plans for, since I was mostly just experimenting with the pattern.

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The pattern was confusing, and it was difficult to alter for a different gauge, but the end result was pretty cute.

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The bottom tow buttons won’t button, but I sewed them on anyway for decoration.

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So after I made this one and knew what I was doing, I made a better baby sweater using leftovers from my Hobbit Robe.

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This time, since I knew what I was doing, it ended up much better.

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I used about half a skein of I Love This Cotton in Burnt Sienna (reddish  color) and scraps of Antique Gold, Brown, Taupe, Auberguine, and Forest for the stripes.

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The green buttons match the Forest color almost perfectly.

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The last sweater that I have pictures of isn’t a BSJ, and I actually finished it back in January.

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It’s just a simple bottom up raglan. I love the little red buttons.

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It might be a little bit out of proportion (too wide and too short), but a baby won’t care.

Hobbit Robe

Guys, I am in love.

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I am so in love with my beautiful new Hobbit Robe!

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I talked a little about this last time I made a blog post.

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At the time, I was thinking about making a lot of granny squares and stitching them all together.

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I soon realized, however, that that would, a) use a lot of yarn and b) be crazy heavy.

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So, since I had already came up with a lacy crochet stitch pattern for rectangles, I decided to use that same stitch pattern for the whole robe.

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It required a lot less seaming this way, because I was able to work each square off of the previous square in each strip.

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I attached the strips to each other as I went along, so the only seaming that I had to do was the side and shoulder seams.

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The border is the same stitch pattern in burgundy.

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The belt is also in the same stitch pattern. The belt loops are just one row of single crochet.

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This was my first big crochet project that wasn’t primarily granny squares.

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I made a few mistakes in the processes of figuring out what I was doing, such as joining the strips backwards, but it’s a patchwork robe, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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I may someday write up a pattern for it, but since I don’t know diddly-squat about crochet terminology, it would be a very confusing pattern to follow (although, Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote crazy-unclear patterns, so maybe I could get away with doing the same).

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I used eight colors of Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton: Taupe, Brown, Antique Gold, Burnt Sienna, Purple, Forest, Stonewash, and Auberguine, all picked because they sorta matched the colors of the robe Bilbo wore in the first Hobbit movie (except for the purple. I chose it because I thought it would look good with the other colors).

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It wasn’t until after I was halfway through that I realized there’s a navy blue color of this yarn. I betcha that would have looked good too.

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I finished it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing it as much as I can.

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The sleeves are a bit long and get in the way just a little when I’m brushing my teeth, but I just fold them up a bit and it’s not a problem.

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The belt has a tendency of getting too loose after it’s been tied for a while, but that’s not hugely annoying.

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The squares are all different lengths, because I thought I was going to run out of some of the colors.

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I’m not overly concerned with that, I think it makes it look more patchworky.

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Did I mention that I absolutely love it?

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Months of Knitting

So I didn’t post any for more than ten months. I didn’t knit much for a while there, and for almost six months I lived in another city where I had terrible internet service and no camera. So I’ve finished several projects since last I typed here, and now I have some pictures to show for the last several months.

First, I started a blanket back in April. I was my “I-had-to-work-on-my-day-off-and-hated-it-so-this-makes-up-for-it” gift to myself.

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The pattern is Hap Blanket by Ysolda. I’ve made one of these before, but this one is going to be bigger.

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The yarn is Knit Picks Reverie. It is the softest thing that ever existed.

The colors are Hawk and Regal. Very pretty together.

 

The yarn store here went out of business in June, so I bought a bunch of stuff on clearance. Including the yarn from this hat.

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The pattern is Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits.

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The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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It is quite warm and I love it.

 

Not long after I moved, I bought some yarn at Michaels that was on the clearance rack. I think I paid two dollars a skein, so it was a pretty good deal. I didn’t know what to make at the time, but I ended up making a very simple blanket.

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I had four skeins of the multi colored yarn, so I made four granny squares out of those. I had one skein of cream, so I crocheted the squares together using a thick band. I had one skein of brown, so I did a few rows of border stitches.

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Very cute, if I do say so myself.

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The yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

 

I made a scarf/shawl back in July or August. I love it to pieces.

I just came up with the idea for the pattern, but later realized that is was almost the exact same as the Baktus pattern.

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The yarn is unknown. I got it at a Colonial Fair back in May. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. I should set a scrap of it on fire to find out for sure.

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In this picture you can see that I’m still wearing my arm guard from shooting my bow.

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Last September I started a sock. I finished the first sock sometime last year. I didn’t start the second one until this summer. Cause I’m lazy like that.

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The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks.

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The Pattern is Coupling.

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I made my mom some socks for Christmas. They really didn’t take that long to make, and they fit her perfectly.

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The yarn is Premier Serenity Sock Weight.

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The pattern is just seed stitch.

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More than a year ago I started a baby sweater in hopes of giving it to a couple that was having twins. I soon realized I wouldn’t have time to make two sweaters so I made booties instead. So the sweater just sat there. For like a year. Then I saw it when I was cleaning my room and decided to finish it.

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I haven’t, but considering all that I had done was the sleeves and part of the ribbing, I think I’ve made great strides. I’m taking a break from it now because I messed up twice, and I don’t really want to rip back to the start of the yoke. I’m attempting to do seamless set-in sleeves.

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The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

 

Last week I started crocheting a table runner/centerpiece/placemat with some more yarn that I got when The Yarn Company went out of business. It’s just a giant granny square.

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The yarn is Cascade Luna.

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I haven’t decided if I want to do a picot edging or not. Hence the unwoven in ends.

 

Last but not least, I started a new project last week. Let me give you a little background. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would sew a bathrobe. But I’m kinda terrible at sewing. So I was thinking over how to go about sewing a bathrobe without it looking terrible. Then I saw the first Hobbit movie. And in the beginning, when all the dwarves came to Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, he’s wearing a patchwork robe (or maybe it should be referred to as a dressing gown?). And I said “I love that robe!” And over the course of like a week, ideas muddled in my head and I decided to crochet a patchwork robe made out of granny squares (yes, I seem to be on a bit of a granny square kick here of late).

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I just bought seven skeins of yarn (each in a different color) last week so that I could know how many squares I could get out of each skein. I’m know I’ll get one more color for the edging, but I’m not sure if I’ll just keep it at eight colors or get more.

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I’m needing to make large squares, rectangles, and small squares. I don’t know how to make a good looking granny rectangle, so I just did a little lacy stitch instead.

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I’ve already made eight big squares and I’m working on the ninth. It makes for good travel crocheting and good for watching TV too. I’ll have a bajillion ends to weave in when I’m done, but itll be worth it.

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The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton.

Well, that’s about it for yarn related stuff in 2013. Or at least all that I took pictures of. Don’t know when I’ll be posting again. Have a Happy New Year, and hope MMXIV is nice for you.

Not Much Knitting

So I haven’t posted in almost three months. In that time, I’ve graduated, finished knitting a blanket, considered grad school, finsihed the second sick of a pair, got a job, started a sweater for my mom, bought various dishes for when I eventually move out, watched some movies, read some books, listened to some music, petted some cats, finished a long ago started sweater, played some board games, and started working on a set of potholders and oven mitts. That sounds like a lot of stuff, but it really isn’t that much, sepecially the knitting.

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I finshed this orange log cabin blanket sometime around Christmas or New Year’s.

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It’ not that big, but it works as a nice lap blanket. And it’s very snuggly and cuddly and I love it. I want to make more blankets, because I like having something mindless to work on, and knitting this one didn’t last nearly long enough (I started it in September).

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It was so cold out when I was taking pictures today, so I wrapped the blanket around my neck because it was warmer than the scarf that I had on. I wasn’t wearing a coat because I wanted to take some pictures of the brown sweater I was wearing. I didn’t get to because the camera stopped working. I tink the batteries might be dead.

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I’m also wearing Cairn and Mirror and that’s Versalitity in the background. I have absolutely lived in that hat this winter. It’s warm and soft and I love it.

Here’s a picture of my graduation cap all decorated up.

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The colors of our college are purple and gold, and since my major was nutrition, I decided to make my cap pretty with grapes and lemons. I worked on it the night before graduation while halfway watching Dr. Who and Lord of the Rings.

I haven’t been doing much knitting since I got a job because I’m tired on the days I work and busy doing things like fishing and cooking on my days off. That and the fact that I’ve been in a bit of a knitting block lately. The day before my first real day of work I finished knitting a sock, and since then there hasn’t been much that I’ve wanted to knit. Or rather, much that I’ve wanted to make. I want to knit, but I don’t have much idea of what I want to make, if that makes any sense. I satarte a sweater for my mom, but it’s cabled, and that requires a lot of concentration, so I can’t work on it while watching a movie without having to fix a miscrossed cable several rows back. I think I’ll be able to get into the groove of it eventually, but I haven’t yet.

Last week or possibly the week before I went to Goodwill and bought an XL teal sweater, and I unravelled it and simmered it, and I’ve already made a potholder out of it, with plans to mke some more and some oven mitts too. It’s currently in the washing machine; I’m hoping that it will felt, if not, well, then I guess I’ll make something else out of the yarn.

To Done List

Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope yours was nice! Mine was; I got a lot accomplished, so I’m going to type out everything that I did this long weekend, kinda the opposite of a to do list, this is a list of what I’ve already done.

Start making worsted weight mittens: A week or so ago, I went on a hayride, and I was wearing my mirror mittens, but my hands were still kinda cold, so I said that I should make some medium weight mittens, so that I could have something in between thin sock yarn mittens and bulky huge mittens. So I started making some striped mittens yesterday evening.

Yup, that’s right, I’ve knit everything except the thumb on one mitten. Ah, that sounds too braggy. I should add that I didn’t have anything important to do today, and I have kinda small hands, so that’s why it went by so quick. Don’t feel bad if you’re a slow knitter, usually I am too.

It kinda took me a while to figure out how exactly to get the gusset right; I think I have weird shaped hands because I had to knit 26 rows before splitting the thumb from the fingers. It’s probably going to take me a million years to weave in all the ends on these; they’ll be a total of 48 when I’m finished with the pair.

Wash, block, and sew on buttons to Versatility: I never mentioned this before, but it’s too dark for pictures right now, so you won’t get a finished product post today. But I can say that I finally sewed on the buttons to a scarf that I started back in August. And I’m going to wear it tomorrow!

Clean bathroom, take down recycables, clean loveseat and table, wash clothes, bedding, and hand knits: Uh, I’m just talking about normal everyday things as if they’re something huge, but hey, they’re successful accomplishments!

Finish first lacy sock: just one sock finished, but yay, it’s finished!

Sew buttons onto baby booties: Another thing just sitting around waiting to be finished.

Take pictures of knitted stuff and put on ravelry: I don’t think I’ve added any pictures to my ravelry projects page since this summer, so I took a bunch of pictures yesterday and uploaded them today, I’ll put them here too.

Three log cabin projects, first is a washcloth, which is how I learned log cabin and what started my addiction. Second is a blanket, which is my go to mindless knitting project. It’s going to be so snuggly warm when I finish! Last is a scarf, that I need to bathe in conditioner to make it softer.

Set up and decorate the Christmas tree: I didn’t do this all by myself, but it was still a lot of work. But definately worth it, because it looks good.

Wrap presents: I am the resident gift wrapper in this household; I’m to only one who likes to do it, so I wrapped all of them! Except a few that my mom put in bags.

Complete one homework assignment: Uh, just one, but that’s better than nothing right? After I’m finished typing this post, I may work on a presentation that’s due monday (ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! because I’ve barely started working on it and I always stumble over what to say and I’ll get points docked for that and did I mention that I’ve barely started working on it and and and and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

In addition to this amazing list of things that I’ve accomplished this long weekend, I’ve also watched like 4 movies and listened to lots of music (but not Christmas music, unless you count Father Christmas by the Kinks, because I don’t like to listen to Christmas music too early. Or at all, except mayb the Burl Ives tape. But I think I’ll wait until after finals week (and graduation!) to do that. I’ve also taken several walks, which was really nice earlier this week when it was warm enough to wear a t-shirt (I love Tennessee, where else is it almost 60 degrees in November?) but it was also nice yesterday and today when I had to bundle up a little bit (just a sweater and accessories, no coat).

I may make a few finished project posts later, but I may not, because I’ll likely be busy during the next two weeks of classes (wow, only 2 weeks?) and finals week. I tell you what, this semester has flown by. Or spaceshiped by? Fast, really inconceivably fast is how it’s gone by.

Fiber Festival

Yesterday my parents and I went to a fiber festival in Georgetown.

We got to see a small variety of fiber bearing animals, such as this alpaca who grunted a lot.

We also got to see double weaving, which looked like it would require too much focus and concentration for me to enjoy.

(This is possibly the same alpaca, or it might be the other one, I’m not sure.)

This is a sheep who made weird sounding noises, which I mimicked; the other people there probably thought I was strange…

We also got to see a sheep being sheared, and this is all its wool. The sheep was squirming around a lot, making it difficult for the Shearer to shear.

This is an English Angora rabbit, and it was very soft. I got some fiber from it blended with some alpaca, and after I’ve spun it (in about 4 years or so) I’ll make a hat. It’s gray with pink, and very pretty.

After the festival, we went to Cumberland Mountain State Park, because it was on the way home. This is a bridge there.

I took a picture of our shadows, because that’s fun.

I got some red lamb’s pride to make my dad a felted hat, and I got some green lamb’s pride to make myself a Talia.