UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

March 25, 2012

six months later

Filed under: fiber, hat, knit, project lists, summary, yarn — Tags: , , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 2:45 pm

I said last September that I was getting back to my fiber crafting now that things were looking up. It has been six months since then and I am doing things but not writing about them. My productivity is odd and taking pictures of things is a huge chore. Posting the pictures and linking them into Ravelry is such an enormous task that I would snap a few shots begrudgingly and tell myself I would work on sharing if I ever felt like it. Then I started just piling new things to the side to be photographed and would only take pictures of things if I was sending them out. There was even one project that I sent out without photographing it. But all the pictures have been taken now. Some of them have been uploaded. I plan to work on this in small stages in the forthcoming time.

I finished spinning a pound of CMF BFL which sat unfinished on my wheel for 1.5 years. It came out at a different gauge than the previous half, so that is not good for my consistency with a huge gap in the project. (The pictures for this are not up because I took them when it was too bright and without a diffuser for the sunlight so you cannot see anything.)

I spun half a pound of dyed-by-me fiber (from Yarn School, it wasn’t all hellish craft-wise, just the worst social and travel experience ever, you really do not want to go to that if you are a grown up. But it was such a neat idea that I wish someone would create the Club Med version.) It was fiber everyone complimented me on at the time but which I knew was awful. The spun yarn really is ugly.

From yarn school fiber

I made myself a hat.

From 2012 January

The Tardis socks are at the window level. I made 2 scarves and a hat to give away. I created a stole which was so far off in gauge it was 4 times bigger than expected and will need to be frogged. I finally put up pictures of the Kindle bag I made myself last year. I dyed socks that I bought from Sock Dreams. [Feel free to browse for these pictures, as they are being uploaded. If you have “followed” or “subscribed” or whatever to my Picasa albums, UndyedYarnpire, then you can receive an email update listing everywhere I have added pictures. I subscribed to myself and use those as a list of things to tick off when writing these update posts.]

I went to Stitches 2012 with a friend I met at what was my LYS’s knit night. They have since stopped being my LYS. Which is, I suppose, news related to crafting, that I started going out to things more, meeting people, and found a place I liked so well, I started to consider them my store, where I would shop first. It did not work out. For such an urban area, it probably was not a feasible model. How much yarn does anyone need? I personally have a huge stash to tide me over during lean times when there are no stores and so there is something ready to go for almost any urgent project. But one ball of Tosh chunky would certainly take a month of work to finish (unless I was doing something overly simplistic) because that would be for me. Even though I thought nothing of dropping $10 on dinner before knitting, I was really put off by the idea of buying $20 in yarn even monthly. Where was I going to put it? I bought a pattern and a book, and 2 skeins of yarn in 4 months. The store owner kindly announced the change in policy before Stitches, so I felt free to spend the earmarked “support the LYS” money at Stitches instead. I will still shop if I ever need daytime in-person yarn shopping, but it was at the far edge of my normal range. There are a lot of people I met there that I would like to keep up with, so it is somewhat sad that there isn’t another group we can all migrate to. Some I got to know well enough that we can go out separately.

I have pictures of all the Stitches 2012 purchases.

  • I got 3 braids from Redfish Dyeworks. They remain my favorite dyers. (Crown Mountain Farms is my second favorite and one I buy much more of.)
  • I bought solid fiber from Opulent Fiber. A 5 pack sampler in shades of blue, a really awesome gray, and a copper colored silk
  • I got one braid from Royale Hare, but not the “Napa Nutmeg” colorway. They turned out not to be sharing a booth with Romi this year, I missed pretending that she remembered me while she was just being polite to yet another stranger.
  • I got a really great skein of sock yarn from a new place, Forbidden Yarn. There was a card in my bag saying they were looking for fiber festivals and I was sort of hoping to tell them about the Oakland Fiber Festival, but there is no email address anywhere. You can leave a blog comment but why would I want to post in public if I am likely to be rejected (it is a long trip)? I am not going to add hobby related things to Facebook or twit about it. So if you, the Forbidden Yarn people, google for yourselves and see this, contact Bente at Piedmont Yarn because I really liked your stuff, just not enough to jump through hoops, yeah? Forbidden Yarn named their yarns after the deadly sins. I have a variegated purple skein of their Gluttony, which is an 8-ply sock significantly less crunchy to the touch than Everlast.
  • And I bought a bag. I have always wondered why people spend that kind of money on bags for their knitting, but I do not use my Namaste bag for my knitting. I use it for everything else. [bag is not pictured, but is the purple mini-messenger if you are familiar with Namaste]

Speaking of OFF (Oakland Fiber Festival), I did finally take a picture of the rabbit fiber I bought last Summer. It was really hard to get a great shot of it because it would blow away when I breathed before pressing the shutter button.

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December 7, 2010

Bin of Wonders

Filed under: stuff, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:59 pm

I went out to yarn stores today. Normally I would say I went “yarn shopping” but I bought no yarn. I did buy a copy of the Interweave Knits that has TechKnitter’s zipper thing in it. It also has this great cape and *sigh* I wanted it. Plus when you are in a yarn store there is that pressure to buy something.

I had been looking for yarn to make a lap blanket for a friend. I liked some Lorna’s Laces at Yarn Boutique, but at $19 each plus 10.25%, I was going to be out close to a hundred bucks. At that rate I should order the friend a woolly blanket from LLBean that would fit her whole bed and not need any knitting done on it. We found a less expensive option, but it was very green and still $50.

I was thinking about what yarn I have and realized I have some really nice 3-ply corriedale that is green and black mottled. I figured I had a skein of black WOTA. (I did, two, actually.) This will be a great combination and much more personal.

In the process of digging through my stash, I realized I have 6 really amazing skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn. I found a handful of lovely worsted weight purple yarns in varying shades. I found tubs of fiber. All of this things I had honestly forgotten buying. I knew I had some yarn hanging around. I knew I had tubs of fiber, but I had no idea how awesome my stash is. In fact, I had two skeins of that exact colorway of Lorna’s Laces that I almost bought today.

So I am going to photograph everything. Um. Soon. I will name the tubs too so when it asks where that is stored, I will not simply say “bin”.

I was describing to the friend (who accompanied me today) that I do not usually shop at local yarn stores. She was shocked. But the yarn stores near Oakland are tiny. I said, the really popular one is about the size of my bedroom and my stash has a better variety. We went further afield today and there were honestly some good choices. But the good choices did not seem to go together and they were all frightfully expensive.

September 15, 2010

yarn: Dark water puddle

Filed under: spin, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:18 pm

Lisa Souza
BFL in “Wild Things” (dye sop)
4oz 3ply worsted

From handspun 2

September 14, 2010

yarn: Nasturtiums not roses

Filed under: spin, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:18 pm

Hello Yarn
corriedale in “In Bloom”
4oz 2ply super-bulky

From handspun 2

September 13, 2010

yarn: Lady spins the blues

Filed under: spin, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:18 pm

Royale Hare
SW BFL in “Bloomfield Blues”
4oz 3ply

From handspun 2

yarn: Wensleydale and purple!

Filed under: spin, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:18 pm

Lisa Souza
Wensleydale in “Wild Things” (dye sop)
4oz 3 ply

From handspun 2

September 10, 2010

Yarn 3 ways

Filed under: spin, yarn — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:18 pm

Hello Yarn
merino in “Autumn Colors”
4 oz, 2-ply, thread ply, Navajo ply

From handspun 2
From handspun 2
Navajo ply closeup

Before spinning photo:

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