UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 2, 2011

pink zin

Filed under: dye, scarf, weaving — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:03 pm

I finished the first weaving. I am disappointed in the resulting fabric if it is considered a scarf, because it is harsh. The scarf is woven from hand dyed Knitpicks “Stroll” warp and handspun 2-ply corriedale dyed by Spunky Eclectic. (project page) The current plan is to make this into a bag.

These pictures are really mediocre because it is dark and I am too lazy to find a real camera.

woven scarf woven scarf woven scarf fringe

Since this was my first project on my Emilia loom, I should probably talk about that, but I think that should be a separate post.

August 18, 2009

Picture update and projects in progress.

Filed under: fiber, scarf, spin, yarn — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 3:32 pm

I should probably take the pictures and then post, but I will write it all now. Then I will know what pictures I have promised. But, considering this has sat here for 6 days with the window open, perhaps not. (August 18, another 12 days later… I closed the window and sort of forgot about this. So I started it, according to the editing details, August 2, 2009… it only took me 16 days to actually take the pictures.)

SeedlessGrape was here visiting. We had a terrific time (not always the case with meeting virtual friends). She gave me a skein of Madelinetosh. I can see why she loves it. The colorway is really pretty (akin to the Raven colorways from Blue Moon Fiber Arts) and the yarn is sproingy. However my skein looks like a fingering weight yarn, like for socks, but the label claims it is “worsted” and 225 yards. If that is “worsted”, their sock yarn must be like thread.

[Later… Apparently it is actually Tosh Sock, 395 yards, and the label is wrong. The colorway really is “Georgia O’ Keefe” but the yarn isn’t single-ply, and looks about fingering weight. So it is the sock. It was a lovely gift and I do not wish to disparage it in any way, but I admit I am much happier with there being almost twice the yardage.]

Any suggestions on what that wants to be? I had originally thought it would make a nice shawl-lette, but most of the patterns specify the yardage of the skein without specifying if there is leftover. Maybe that is because there is no leftover yarn, but sometimes it seems ridiculous…. like the sock yarn used for a lace beret pattern. The pattern says it uses 400 yards and the hat is itty bitty and lace as well. I think I could do that in under 100 yards. So I do not trust the pattern yardage.

I want to make Jared Flood’s Girasole out of this yarn. Except for three things: 1) I do not want a Girasole and no one else would dare ask me for something like that. 2) I would need about 10 more skeins of yarn. 3) I would have to buy the pattern (with all the issues I have described before).   I just know I would love a “sunflower” lace pattern done in black yarn.  I know me.  I like irony.

I got the July installment of the fiber club on the 27th. It is purple merino+silk. No percentages given. The pattern was interesting.  Not with that fiber, of course.  So far I have spun 3 of the months. I am now behind by 4 months. I have attempted one pattern (with commercial yarn) and gave up. I started using one of the fiber club handspun yarns, that I overdyed, for socks, but the first sock is not yet completed (I started it in March.)  So, although it has been fun getting all the new stuff. I do not think I should join fiber clubs in the future. It is not a waste of money, but there has not been any sense of “belonging” in this group. So there is no incentive to participate actively. Half the time I dislike the colorways. Half the time I dislike the suggested pattern. It got easy to just stash the stuff and continue on with what I was doing.  I had hoped I would spin more and knit more with “assigned” projects. That did not happen.

The pictures:

I am still looking for a hooded capelet pattern sized for adults and not pullover.

This is what I spun most recently:

I have cast on for my mobius scarf from the birthday fiber:

January 1, 2009

Epic of Yarnpire

Filed under: knit, project lists, scarf, spin, stuff, yarn — Tags: , , , , , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:21 pm

¡Happy New Year!

I keep planning to add things to the projects page on Ravelry but not quite getting around to it. I usually have pictures of everything before it goes out the door as a gift, but… I only seem to upload the ones I finished since I started using Ravelry. 

I should include pictures of the bent scarf, but it is a gift for my MIL and I would like it to be a surprise. The pictures are uploaded so if you want to look, help yourself. Keep in mind that it has not been blocked and I fully expect the blocking to beautify it. 100% llama yarn, semi-felted single, bought ages and ages ago before I knew what makes a good yarn.

 I got a new knitting bag. Of course I never go anywhere so who knows why I got it. But we were at the World of Goods warehouse sale and how could I possibly pass up a purple batik bag for $5? I do really like it. It is almost perfect. It would be a better knitting bag if it stood up on its own, if I was sure of the handles’ durability, and if the inside was not black. I can possibly add a cardboard insert to help the freestanding. And if the handles fall off a $5 bag, I am not out too much money. 



I cast on for my sweater. The yarn is absolutely brilliant in this. It looks better cast on in the sweater than it did skeined or balled. I am wavering on whether I should frog and start again. I did a long-tail cast-on and it looks horrid. I also managed to be a little confused on whether I was going to be using the #6 or #8 needles. But I did start on it. I much prefer the fabric to the #6 swatch, but the body will take about 22500 stitches compared to 15000. That is a huge difference in work and the #8 swatch looks tolerable. I will take some pictures before I frog. I might do a sleeve first. I should definitely take pictures, but eh.

Project-wise, my schedule cleared up a little. The February date for the Woodland Shawl has been put off. I am now doing that for me and I want to do lacework in the summer. It might end up being something that is put up for adoption, but I am knitting it because I want to knit it and there is no pressure.

Currently the plans are spinning for my rainy day scowl. Coming up with a project plan/pattern for the scowl. And sweater. And sucking it up and using the sock yarn that taunts me daily. (“I am an adult, sock knitting is not too hard. I will master it. And then I will have an entire repertoire of woolly socks and my feet will never be cold again!”)

I have decided that I am extremely funny and should have a job naming things. For example:

 I have named “Knave of Hearts, Jack of All Spades”.





The new (proto)yarn, I want to call “Mood Indiglo” but I suspect I would get a lot of complaints from Timex and Billy Joel’s attorneys. It may end up being something like “cobalt cutin” for the dust that appears on blueberries and grapes. Today’s research suggests the Epic of Gilgamesh was written on lapis lazuli tablets… so I am leaning toward “Source of Gilgamesh”.

February 29, 2008

The world is flat.

Filed under: knit, lace, scarf — Tags: , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 6:59 pm

For almost an entire year, I made projects exclusively in-the-round.

Then I started asking myself what I wanted to knit for me.  Because, really, no one else wants anything. And if I do make them something, the only thing they want to know is if they can machine wash it.

I wanted to make a leafy shawl because I thought it would be beautiful. I bought some really glorious “musk” colored undyed alpaca 3-ply [2.5] (but they call it “worsted”) yarn. I had someone in mind who would be beautiful in it. That was when I found “Dancing Leaves”. Later, as I think on this, I realize that really, no one would appreciate the effort that went into that when it takes up a king-size bed to block if it ever gets humid.

I did not want to buy a single pattern for $10. I may still, but talked myself out of it. That was when I found the Hyde book, Wrapped In Comfort. I am vastly disappointed in this book because most of the patterns are ugly and the main trick of making the yoke and body different was not worthy of a dozen repetitions. I do not think it was not worth the money because I got the 35% off price and paid $13 for it. I found three things in there that I liked, most especially the water turtles motif. Just possibly I could combine motifs and come up with something that pleases me. I admit that the semi-circular nature of the shawls in the book does entice me and I am certain I can apply that trick to the best suited motif and have something glorious.

A number of people bought Cat Bordhi’s pamphlet on using 2 circular needles instead of dpns. That cost more than this did.

I ended up with some unmatched single from the horribly-dyed superwash merino roving. It is about a [1.5] and I looked for a very lacy scarf pattern. I figured that pallid brown and gray and rust pastels would make for the kind of scarf which would make a good gift for just about anyone; lace would maximize the yardage use and make it more impressive; a scarf will not take the kind of abuse that a garment does so using a single would not be inappropriate. I found “Palette“.

The Palette pattern suggests it would be good with handspun and was originally written to use a mere ounce of fiber. That means I should have about the right amount. I am making mine a little skinnier, 27 stitches across rather than 31, to ensure that the length is still desirable. The pattern says merely “CO 31” without giving any advice whatsoever on what type of cast-on would be desirable or what caveats should be accounted for. I  Googled. Eunny Jang’s site was down but the cached copy suggests that “lace cast-on” and plain “knitted cast-on” are identical. I kept looking. I found a good explanation in another blog “Grin and Frog It” (April 2006).

[You should know that I am terrible about keeping up with the blogroll here. I add things to my Google Reader and the import process is not as smooth as I would like.]

Palette has something in its lace motif that scares away even big-name knitting people like Franklin (The Panopticon) Habit,  the wrong-side is not just straight purl. There is texture/pattern work on the purl side. What I liked about the Palette motif was that there are no rows with knit and purl stitches. All knitters seem to have an Achilles’ heel; many knitters fear the purl stitch; some knitters think cables might be too difficult; others may not want to block or divert from the written pattern— for me the thing I find most irritating is the transition between knit and purl. I find that it takes me nearly thrice as much time to do k1p1 ribbing as it does to k*. But many knitters prefer their lace motifs to have a “resting row”.

There are no pictures. I have no pictures of the spun yarn because it is unworthy of photography. I have no pictures of the in progress Palette, which I have named “Zag Lace Scarf” on Ravelry, because it looks like a couple rows of pale gray yarn next to a big yarn barf. I really need to find a better way to wind handspun yarn….

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