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It’s about time for a fibery post don’tcha think?  In my most favorite Ravelry group  Spunky Club, we love swaps.  This time around it was 4 oz. of batts, either purchased or made by hand.

Yesterday I received a squishy package in the mail full of luscious handcarded batts,  yummmmmmmmm……

Swap batts from Lindsay of www.lovehandspun.etsy.com

Swap batts from Lindsay of http://www.lovehandspun.etsy.com

The green batt is pure merino wool, the red/gold/orange batt is a blend of mostly merino wool and a little undyed soysilk.  The lavender/blue batt is a blend of merino, bamboo, nylon and angelina.   I love them all and have plans for them already.

Here’s a pic of the batts I created for Lindsay:

Midnight on the Water handblended batts

Midnight on the Water handblended batts

These are a blend of superwash merino, merino, blue faced leicester, firestar and a bit of bamboo.

Up next on the fibery front: handspun and knitting.

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Okay, sorry for the lack of decent posts lately but life does intervene and unfortunately I have things I have to attend to besides my knitting & blogging. That being said, I’m very happy right now. My sockpal’s socks are finally clickin’ along and it’s about dang time. I had to rip back several times this weekend or there would be a finished sock for you to see. I had to make a compromise and knit the foot plain but it’s still coming out nicely. I’m planning on finishing sock #1 tonight and cast on for the other tomorrow. Here are a few pics of my progress before, during and after our weekend jaunt to St. Louis.

I haven’t had much time to spin lately so here’s what’s been on the bobbin for awhile now, don’t think I’ve blogged these pics yet.

I’ve finally had my fiber speak to me and this merino-silk I planned on using for my grandmother’s lace shawl and the Spun Stitches KAL is refusing to play nice. It whines non-stop all day. Me being the spineless gooey mess that I am caved in to the pressure.

Now the fiber is happy and I’m happy spinning along at what will end up being fingering weight singles. I also decided to let the fibers play together since they started being nice and they look great marled. I have a total of 5 oz of this and hopefully enough yardage when I’m through to make this!

I’m also spinning very happily on this:

I intend to navajo-ply it and knit myself knee-highs for fall when I’m done.

I also finished spinning up last month’s Spunkyclub fiber and gifted to a dear new friend. She’s blogged it here. I fogot to take a pic of it before it left. Oh well! I’m anxious to see how it looks knit up, she’s planning on making Calorimetry from Knitty. This was my first time to spin BFL and I’m in love with that fiber!! I will be buying more in the near future. It was also my first successful attempt at Navajo plying. There were still a few bumps but it looks great and is quite serviceable or I wouldn’t have sent it to Amanda.

It seems like all my problems in my spinning are solved one way. By simply slowing down. Hopefully I can get that fact thru my thick skull sometime soon. I wish I was making more progress spinning right now, Tour de’ fleece and all,  but it’s not happening. Only a few more weeks though and the kids will be in school and I’ll be able to spin during Trin’s naptime.

Oh before I forget, a big shout-out to all my Dish Rag Tag Lucky 13 team members!! Can’t wait to get started and help our team win!!

(peeking over the mountain of yarn) I’m still here, I promise I haven’t gone anywhere.  I’ve just been very busy with family stuff.  Hubby had a small 4-wheeler accident and I’ve been busy nursing him back to health, knitting, spinning and a little shopping.  He’s okay now by the way.  So…… you wanna see proof of my progress right?

Here is the first finished Nightshade boot sock:

Cool huh?  It striped up a little like Trekking.   Next up we have Sockapalooza 4 knitting.   After many, many starts and trips to the frog pond and with much frustration I decided to scrap my previous plans and start over for the 2nd time.  Now I’m in a much better place, my happy place, ahhhhhh.  I’m loving this pattern & yarn combo and it’s loving me right back.

Pattern: Marina Piccola by Kate Gilbert

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy Sockyarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe in the Blue Lagoon colorway.

Needles: 1.5’s for the first 2 rounds of the cuff, 0’s for the remainder of the cuff and 1.5’s for the rest of the sock.

Refreshing, isn’t it?  Makes me want to go swimming.  🙂

Now…. for the SWAG!!!!

First off I want to show you my new shoes.  I’ve been shopping around for some cute but comfortable shoes that would show off my handknit socks.  Hard to find when you don’t really want to shell out a hundred bucks?  Nope!  Believe it or not I found these babies for only $3.99 at our local Goodwill.

That’s what I call a sweet deal.  They’re Doc Martins and they fit like a dream.

Now for the fiber!  For the Tour de Fleece I got almost 8 oz of this wool from Deb of Dudleyspinner.com

I’m thinking some knock’em dead knee-highs for fall.  I also purchased 8 oz. of this super-yummy Targhee roving from Susan at The Spinning Bunny in the Blueberry Patch colorway.  Still debating over what it’s destiny is.

Next up come the yarns.  Remember the cabled vest I told you about?  Yeah well 16 balls of Elann’s Sierra Aran in Garnet showed up along with the pattern booklet.

Can you say De-lish-ious?

Then I got a larger than normal box from Sheri, containing my Loopy Groupie extras!!!   (A wonderful clear vinyl zippered Loopy tote and 2 balls of Regia Heather in a lovely tan.  There were also some Loopy Kisses but those are long gone now.)    😉

and my order of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Red Rover and Louet Gems Fingering weight in Pink Panther.  This is my first time to try either of these yarns.

Are you tired yet?  Hope not, there’s one more!

My very own, long-sought-after hank of Vesper’s Knit & Tonic.  Ahhhhhhhh……

A wonderful birthday and I still have some cash left.  Think I’m gonna take my hubby out on a date this weekend.  😉

(peeking over the mountain of yarn) I’m still here, I promise I haven’t gone anywhere.  I’ve just been very busy with family stuff.  Hubby had a small 4-wheeler accident and I’ve been busy nursing him back to health, knitting, spinning and a little shopping.  He’s okay now by the way.  So…… you wanna see proof of my progress right?

Here is the first finished Nightshade boot sock:

Cool huh?  It striped up a little like Trekking.   Next up we have Sockapalooza 4 knitting.   After many, many starts and trips to the frog pond and with much frustration I decided to scrap my previous plans and start over for the 2nd time.  Now I’m in a much better place, my happy place, ahhhhhh.  I’m loving this pattern & yarn combo and it’s loving me right back.

Pattern: Marina Piccola by Kate Gilbert

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy Sockyarn purchased from The Loopy Ewe in the Blue Lagoon colorway.

Needles: 1.5’s for the first 2 rounds of the cuff, 0’s for the remainder of the cuff and 1.5’s for the rest of the sock.

Refreshing, isn’t it?  Makes me want to go swimming.  🙂

Now…. for the SWAG!!!!

First off I want to show you my new shoes.  I’ve been shopping around for some cute but comfortable shoes that would show off my handknit socks.  Hard to find when you don’t really want to shell out a hundred bucks?  Nope!  Believe it or not I found these babies for only $3.99 at our local Goodwill.

That’s what I call a sweet deal.  They’re Doc Martins and they fit like a dream.

Now for the fiber!  For the Tour de Fleece I got almost 8 oz of this wool from Deb of Dudleyspinner.com

I’m thinking some knock’em dead knee-highs for fall.  I also purchased 8 oz. of this super-yummy Targhee roving from Susan at The Spinning Bunny in the Blueberry Patch colorway.  Still debating over what it’s destiny is.

Next up come the yarns.  Remember the cabled vest I told you about?  Yeah well 16 balls of Elann’s Sierra Aran in Garnet showed up along with the pattern booklet.

Can you say De-lish-ious?

Then I got a larger than normal box from Sheri, containing my Loopy Groupie extras!!!   (A wonderful clear vinyl zippered Loopy tote and 2 balls of Regia Heather in a lovely tan.  There were also some Loopy Kisses but those are long gone now.)    😉

and my order of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Red Rover and Louet Gems Fingering weight in Pink Panther.  This is my first time to try either of these yarns.

Are you tired yet?  Hope not, there’s one more!

My very own, long-sought-after hank of Vesper’s Knit & Tonic.  Ahhhhhhhh……

A wonderful birthday and I still have some cash left.  Think I’m gonna take my hubby out on a date this weekend.  😉

FIRST, my son Teddy says “thank you very much” for all the birthday wishes!!

Now on to socks!

In approximately 2 more days, the Summer of Socks will officially begin!

Of course I do already have 3 pair of socks on the needles, 2 pair of which MUST be finished. Then I still have my Sockapalooza socks to begin. However they will be included in my SOS total. Does that stop me from creating a great list of must-knit socks for the KAL? Of course not!!

Here is my list of socks to be knit during this summer, starting June 21st.

1) Baudelaire (Sockapalooza4) in Cherry Tree Hill Supersock / Teal

2) Sidewinders by Nona in StoneBarnFibers Fingering weight / Watermelon Tourmaline

3) Penny Socks by Maia in Fearless Fibers Superwash / Marrakesh

4) Lombard Street in Fleece Artist SeaWool / Raspberry

5) Pembrokeshire Pathways in Cashmere Merino Sock by The Knittery / SeaBreeze

6) Knitty-Gritty Sockettes in Crystal Palace Panda Cotton / Fall Herbs

7) Custom Knee-highs in KnitPicks Memories / Yukon

8) Boot socks in my Nightshade handspun

IF I get all of these done, I will end up with 5 new pair of socks added to my wardrobe for fall, socks for my sock pal, socks for my sis-in-law, and socks for my hubby.

This also means I do NOT need any more sockyarn for the summer. That does NOT mean I will not buy any more sockyarn over the summer. After all if I knit all I have during the summer what the heck am I gonna knit with during fall? 😉 Besides I’m only 2 orders away from Loopie Groupie status and rumor has it Sheri has Wollmeise coming!!

You want to see more pictures, right? Here’s one from this morning.

Spinning update next! 

Thank you all for chiming in with your votes!! Bayerische came in first, Baudelaire second, Poseidon third and Pembrokeshire fourth. After studying the patterns a little more in depth and agreeing with SB about the likelyhood of Bayerische ridding me of my hair prematurely, I’ve decided to knit Baudelaire for my pal. I think it will be beautiful in the teal CTH and I’ve been craving both lace and cables so it’s a good fit. I still really like Poseidon and Pembrokeshire and have added them to my list of socks to knit for the Summer of Socks KAL starting later this month.

While trying to decide on the pattern for Sockapalooza 4, I’ve cast on another pair of Monkeys! They will be a thank-you gift for my sister-in-law Juliet. (turquoise, brown and pink were her wedding colors last fall)

She and my bro-in-law offered to take our munchkins for a few days so we can go kid-less camping for our anniversary later this month. We were planning to go up to Estes Park for the Wool Market and camp there but the funds for that trip didn’t come in like planned. I’m disappointed but it’s the time alone with hubby that makes it all better!

In other news:

Fabric has been chosen, ordered, and shipped for lining my Larger Than Life bag! I’ll show pics as soon as it gets here!

I’ve decided to be daring and try navajo plying my nightshade singles. (I could use your prayers on this one!) I really want these socks to be hardwearing so it’s gotta be a 3-ply.  I’ve ordered a Natural Coopworth Sampler from Spunky Eclectic so I can spin up a solid yarn in the same fiber for the toes, heels and maybe the cuffs.

Hubby and I have decided to have a portrait done of the two of us for our anniversary! So I’ve pulled out my sewing machine to make a new dress for the occasion. Here is my fabric and the pattern. I’m planning on crocheting a filet strip to cover the trim on the dress and for the tie at the waist. The fabric behind it will be a slightly darker green I think. I’m going to try and start cutting out the pattern pieces today and iron the fabric I washed on the weekend.  Sorry the photo is a little dark.  I’ll try and get a better one once I get started sewing on it. 😉

I’ve been tagged with another meme by Bryony but this post is already long so I’ll save it for tomorrow. 😉

No matter which pattern I tried (and I tried many!) I just could not get the watermelon sock yarn I had bought for my pal to cooperate. Talk about stubborn! So I’ve decided to move on and choose another yarn. I’ve really been aching to knit some solid colored socks and happen to have a ball of Cherry Tree Hill in Teal just begging to be knit.

(It’s the 2nd from the left.)

Now to choose a pattern that will not cause me further headache! I’m considering five at the moment: Poseidon, Baudelaire, Bayerische, Hedera or Pembrokeshire Pathways.

I need help choosing!!! Please give me your opinion on the best pattern, especially if you’ve knit one of these.

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In other news:

Spinning! I’ve gone and joined the Spun Stitches KAL ! I am really excited about working along with others to spin a fine laceweight yarn and knit a shawl. I ordered some beautiful merino-silk from Blue Goose Glen in lichen green and light blue and started spinning it up yesterday.

It’s coming out so thin!! I’m shocked at how far my spinning has come in just the last few months!! Anyways, I’m planning on knitting the shawl as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. She’s the one who taught me to crochet as a child and I’ve yet to make her anything! Grumperina’s treatment of her grandmother puts me to shame. 😦 That has got to be remedied. I’m still undecided on the pattern I want to use. I’m considering the Swallowtail and Moonlight Sonata. Fortunately I don’t have to choose right away. The spinning and plying will take me awhile. I want to pick up a set of Addi Lace needles before I start as well.

Along with spinning for the shawl, I’ve also joined a KAL for socks knit with your own handspun! Just so happens I finished spinning my May fiber for the Spunky Club with the intention of knitting socks for hubby with it! I still need to ply it but then another pair of socks on the needles. 🙂