Meditative Spinning

It has been over 6 months since I last pulled out the spinning wheel. I had the sudden urge during the superbowl and sat watching and spinning away….

I turned this pretty stuff/fluff

Into this:

The roving is from Cloudlover and its a 50% Merino/50% Tencel in the Decay colorway. The colors muddled up a little more than I would have liked them to, but overall, its a pretty nice “first spin in forever” skein. I think I’ll let this one sit for a while before it gets knit up. Spinning is so meditative and when I’m super crazy busy, it feels good to sit in front of the fire and spin away. Now, what to spin next?!

Last Bit of Love

Now that they have all been sent and received, I can finally show off the super-duper “Sweet Sunshine” Valentine’s Day sock kits! These were so fun to put together, but took way more time than I could have expected. Of course, I had to have them all be just perfect…

The kits included: Secret Keeper skein of Classic sock yarn, heart tin with red hots, Chocolove bar, custom chapstick, mini Soak wash, two little heart stitch markers, conversation hearts, pencil, heart erasers, heart lollipop and a sweet thank you.

I hope you all enjoyed your kits – I can’t wait to do another round!

Spreading the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my amazing customers, family and friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!

2009 Recap – Part 2

Towards the end of the year, I also ended up making a few little holiday gifties for some very special people.

Toasty Mitts

Pattern: Toasty, by Leslie Friend
Yarn: My own handspun, spun from Funky Carolina SW Merino in the Smores colorway
Needles: Addi 32″ US4 (4mm)
Measurements: Smallish size
Started: November 30, 2009
Finished: December 3, 2009
Other Details: Love these — now I just need to make myself a pair! I was worried they were going to be too small on our super sweet neighbor Suzanne, but they fit her skinny hands perfectly!

Dad's Thorpe

Pattern: Thorpe, by Kirtsen Kapur
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in the Mountain Shadow colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ US7 (4.5mm)
Measurements: XL, 22-23 inch circumference
Started: December 10, 2009
Finished: December 18, 2009
Other Details: I made this hat for my dad — its turning into a holiday tradition that my dad gets a new knit hat each year :) He wears them out, which of course I love!

2009 Recap

A much needed knitting recap from the end of 2009!

Some birthday and holiday knitting for Amelia:

Colorful Baby Legs

Pattern: Legwarmies, by Alana Dakos
Yarn: The rainbow striping pair is Sunshine Yarns in various shades of Merino Sport; the green pair is Sunshine Yarns in Luxury Sport (Organic Garden coloway); and the purple striped pair is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in #605 and #606.
Needles: Addi 32″ US4 (3.5mm)
Measurements: One size fits all!
Started: October 3, 2009
Finished: October 23, 2009
Other Details: Each pair is a slightly different size, so that they hopefully continue to fit her!

Gypsy Baby Bells

Pattern: Baby Bell Bottoms by Alison Hansel
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in Gypsy (2 skeins)
Needles: Addi US4 (3.5mm); 40″ for legs and 16″ for body
Measurements: To fit a 12-18 month old
Started: November 3, 2009
Finished: November 27, 2009
Other Details: Love this pattern — will be making again and again! The only change I made was knitting the legs in the round vs. flat.

Sprout Pumpkin Hat

Pattern: Little Pumpkin from Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sport in Organic Garden
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: November 25, 2009
Finished: November 29, 2009

Rainbow Marley

Pattern: Rainbow Marley Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport in various colors
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: December 9, 2009
Finished: December 19, 2009

Just in case you missed it, I love baby knitting :) I do have a few other 2009 projects to post, but those will come tomorrow!