UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 22, 2008

hibernating is for bears.

Filed under: knit, overhead, yarn — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 9:19 pm

My Knitpicks order arrived today with no problems. I like that they shipped it USPS because it was waiting for me.

It is very cold here. I am wearing my alpaca scarf. Yes, inside. I made it from Knitpicks Decadence. And it really did feel decadent because I bought 8 balls and made a rainbow scarf. So it cost $50 for this scarf. Yes, I still have the other half ball in each color, but until I use it, all the cost goes on this project. I did not really like the Decadence yarn. It is very soft but does not feel good next to my skin. I found the skeins to be a bear to wind and the 2-ply yarn to split unless great care was taken. But Knitpicks discontinued it, so my review matters not.

I was talking about spinning fiber sources with Seedless Grape recently and I really think I lucked into the best deal going with Spunky Eclectic. There exist cheaper places, but most of them only take paypal, plus Boogie is just awesome. I am starting to anticipate the January Spunky Fiber Club shipment. However, should you have a great source of intensely colored (fully prepared) fiber, please do consider commenting either here or via the form.

I found a shawl book. Wrapped In Comfort by Alison Jeppson Hyde. It is a whole book of part-circular shawls. It is also inexpensive. I wrote a letter to the author thanking her for writing exactly what I had been looking for (for a year now) and she was very gracious. ETA: I actually bought this book. It will arrive shortly. It will be my fifth purchased knitting book. All the others have been borrowed from the library and returned without qualm.

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December 22, 2007

Starting Out

Filed under: overhead — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:55 pm

I am currently working on adding in pictures. I do not have the image hosting worked out yet. I know I can host images here, but the 50mb limit means I have to resize them. I do not have a good (automated) way of doing that. I think I will tag posts where I intend to come back with pictures, which will do for the meantime.

As a general goal, I want to talk about yarn-related things here because emailing friends who aren’t yarn fiends about my latest project is not amazingly effective. Hopefully by keeping it focused on a single (but large) topic, will keep it from drifting into navel-gazing. It should also mean that I will not stray into taboo topics that get one’s account banned without notice on other sites.

I have come from livejournal land, where the quirks are of a different flavor. I flailed around somewhat looking at the presentation/theme options. There are a large number of widgets that I do not understand yet. Your patience is appreciated. If you were not planning to be patient, well, I will be disappointed.

The current plan is to have weekly summary posts which outline all the projects I worked on and individual posts when I cannot help myself. I do not plan to include cartoons of sheep like Franklin. I do not have a gimmick where my sock travels the world. In fact, it is quite possible that these posts will be quite boring. Please feel free to read elsewhere instead of complaining.

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