It’s been a while

So here I am. I realize I haven’t shared my 3 day weekend at the Wisconsin Spin-in. It went well. I think it was a little under attended, but okay in my book. All the classes I took were super good.

Here’s what I have from them:

hand dyed sock yarn
Hand dyed (by me!) sock yarn.

This is from my class in dyeing sock yarn (of course) with Tracey Schuh. If you are interested in dyeing and want to take a class – I highly recommend any class by Tracey. She is fun, loves to share info and very enthusiastic and encouraging. I haven’t wound up the watermelon/orange/plain yet. That was from a "wrapping around a warping board to get a patterned stripe" part of the class. I am sure I made mistakes in counting, but it should knit up very nicely. The green was just a free-form skein that looks yummy (if I do say so myself). The blue/purple was from a machine knitted tube, dyed in stripes – mine ran together, but I still like it. I have already unravelled the tube, but haven’t wound it into a ball yet. The other pinky/yellow/plain ball is another free-form.

Here is what I have from my Dyeing with Indigo class:
indigo samples

Plops of roving that were natural beige and dark grey, a bit of silk, mini-skeins that were overdyed, and mini-skeins that were dunked different amounts. Under the samples is a bit of muslin that was stitched shibori-style, but I didn’t do it right so you can’t see the stitches. It is a nice blue to keep around for quilting or some other project.

I took a class that wasn’t advertised – just didn’t make it into the brochure. It was on weaving using the square and triangle looms – fun! Here is what I ended up with:


I liked the class; another great teacher. Still haven’t made up my mind about whether I have to get a loom or not. Probably not, more on that later.

I bought a bunch of fiber for spinning, but I can’t remember where I stashed it, I can show you this:

pencil roving

It is dyed pencil roving. Very cool, I bought 2 other colors. I will try to find the rest of the pile – some beautiful stuff (of course).

Right now I am still plugging away on my Moderne Log Cabin and have taken out my quilting UFOs. I quilted back in the 80s when it was a big thing to use machines for piecing, but still almost forbidden to machine quilt. Things have really changed in the quilting world. Here is what I found in the dungeon basement:

quilting pile


Log Cabin Syndrome

I have it.

It feels good.

You will be infected on reading this blog, so it is already too late. You will be infected and assimilated.

I have it so bad I am actually thinking of getting back into quilting. Thinking hard about it.

Hope this photo doesn’t make you cringe, cause it is very bright.

Moderne Log Cabin - Cotton-Ease
Moderne Log Cabin Blanket

Like KatieLiz, I have decided to keep my waiting stitches on holders rather than bind off. I think it makes for a better look, and because I have Denise Needles it is super easy. I have the extra long cords which are going to be very handy. I am knitting the larger size from Mason Dixon Knitting (the book, not the blog – heh!). Using my knock-your-eyes-out bright Cotton-Ease (discontinued – wah!). The next section will be in that lilac that is placed next to that pink/red block. I think the lilac will actually tone the colors down – we shall see. Bright is good, right?

Anyway, not being able to knit a pattern without modification…. seeing this is done in a heavier weight yarn, I modified the cast-on and knit rows count, and the resulting pick up and knit row counts to get a similar size of 50" x 60". I also rearranged the color placement to suit myself.

I will have more than enough in each color for the main part of the spread. Fingers crossed. I want to knit a multiple colored border but that might not work with the blue because I only have a bit of that – hence it being in only 2 of the smaller sized blocks.

Other knitting: finished the pair of Ridged Feather just in time for my birthday on 9/28. I wore them to my spa pedicure – lovely! If you haven’t ever had one, I highly recommend them. I have plans on making them a more regular treat. I even had my toenails painted – a first!

I have started another set of ridged feather (of course) in what is some of the first sock yarn I have ever purchased. Photos and more details later.