Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WIP-It will all get done

My WIPs this week are many. I got so frustrated with my capelet that it now looks like this

I would get my mojo and then someone would ask "Where is my green sweater?" or "Is there anything to eat?" and it would mess up my flow. It isn't a complicated pattern. What it needs is QUIET. A difficult thing to do with anyone in the house. The first few rows were good and then I think I had more mistakes than not. So I pulled it out and started something else. I did not give up ..mind you. I just will wait until I am retired.

I started on some mitts instead. I got the pattern off of Lion Brand Free patterns. I am using Classic Alpaca in dark blue and heather purple. I better have more success with this one. I have finished 3 shawls and really am getting back into the knitting groove.

As for spinning:

An Indian Bling Yarn that I have never plied. It will be done!

And I have this striped alpaca in purple/rose gray I am still spinning.

Some pink alpaca I bought from Hamelink Farms. I am thinking to ply this with dark rose gray or dark fawn.

And I am working on this beauty....again...alpaca... Did you think it wasn't?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-Knitting Lace

I finished 2 kerchiefs and a small shawl. Now I am moving on to a capelet. I found a really pretty pattern in Stitch 'n Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller. The pattern is Spiderweb Capelet by Erin Weckerle on page 110. I chose Classic Alpaca Yarn in the color of cinnamon.
I love knitting with alpaca and I had this yarn stashed on a shelf. It will be perfect for this project. It is a lovely light, lacy pattern. Lace is a new step for me as I never have knitted anything this "complicated" before so I am looking forward to the challenge.

I have started just a wee bit. I need to sit and concentrate on the pattern..not much quiet time around my house. I will probably be blabbing on about this for a few weeks!!

Photo taken in my new photo light box.

For those of you who submitted a suggestion on how to get wrinkles out..Kathryn and Ally...please send me your mailing address and the color angelina you would like to play with!! I will get that out to you!! Thanks for helping me out!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-Wrinkles

I am writing once again about photography. Photography has been the reason that I haven't posted too many blogs. I don't really enjoy taking photographs. I find it time consuming, annoying and basically irritating. Kinda funny because my husband is an amazing photographer.
A while back I made a really lame photo box. It was not too sturdy and when I was rearranging my fiber stash I inadvertently dropped a box on it. Oops. It was crushed.
I decided I needed to get serious. I finally found one on Ebay and ordered it. Pretty good deal I think at $32.00 + shipping. So here I am with this awesome photo box and actually some excitement about taking pictures and I cannot get the backdrop to cooperate.
See how wrinkled the backdrop is???? GRRRR.

The worst faux pas in closeup photography is a wrinkly background. The kit came with 4 different colored backdrops and I want to use the white one for my rovings and yarn. I have been working on trying to get the wrinkles out all morning. This is why I am so late posting today. I stuck it in the dryer with a damp towel (3x because I kept forgetting to check when the cycle was over). I ironed it with steam, water spritz, magic sizing, and lavender spray. Each time I increased the temperature on the iron. I don't want to burn the synthetic material.

Go natural fibers!! They are so much easier to work with.

I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?? I will send an 1 oz of angelina, in your choice of color, to the person with idea that works! Help....