Saturday, December 29, 2012

Karen Sadow's New Year's Resolutions

I saw a blog from my friend Tina Sanders about her knitting resolutions for last year.  I found it very inspiring to see how her year started and what she was able to accomplish in one year' time.  I've decided that I would like to do the same for 2013.  So here is my list of fiber art goals for 2013.

First Priority!
Finish my Level 1 Master Knitter's  swatches

Then, in no particular order, I need to finish-
2 pairs of socks
2 sweaters- my own pattern
a dog sweater- my own pattern
Shipwreck Shawl
handwarmers- my own pattern
2 scarves on different looms
Finish spinning and plying some BFL fiber

Now, add to this list my desire list-
Design a bamboo and silk waterfall cardi
Design a mystery KAL for The Fiber Factory and then the public
Weave at least 2-3 projects on my floor loom
Weave at least 2 projects on my rigid heddle loom
Learn to do Fair Isle by making the Woodsy Collection hand warmers and the sheep socks
Get back to dyeing roving and yarn for resale.  I miss my dye pots.
Learn to dye cotton yarn for weaving

Get over to Texas to visit Cocoa and get out the 2012 fiber shares, which are waiting for her spring shearing.  Add a new critter to City Girl's Fiber Farm while I am there.

Many of my WIPs will end up on the new Ravelry forum - wine & cheese wip along

What's on your list for next year?

One Planet Yarn and Fiber

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Woodsy Collection And Sheep Socks

I looked all through my stash and and shopped at my LYS looking for yarn for these 2 projects and ended up being unable to find exactly what I needed.  So, I went on to Knit Picks and placed an order.  These 2 projects are now in my queue to knit for next year.  I'm going to come up with a list of project resolutions for next year and share them with you.  Then, at the end of next year we can examine my progress.

What do you have lined up for next year?
One Planet Yarn and Fiber

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just Some Random Pictures To Enjoy

These photos have been building up in my new images folder, so I decided to clean house and share them with you.

One Planet Yarn and FIber
Hunter did not move when the placemat fell off the back of the chair

Lily Bear napping in my knitting bag while I was teaching a class

Bookend buddies

Holiday cake from the shop across the street.

Home made pop tarts at the shop across the street

Ranger deciding that he needed to tag daddy as "it".

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Something You Might Like- A New Ravelry Forum

Right before I left on my trip I was on Facebook talking with my friend Mary in Texas. We were having a conversation about UFO's (unfinished objects). Projects that were started and then relegated to the bottom of our knitting bags and closets. We realized we had a plan to unearth these buried treasures and get them finished. We started a forum on Ravelry called wine & cheese wip along.

We wanted to have fun and support each other through some of these fantastic projects that had been languishing for too long.  We started this group 2 weeks ago and there are already 58 members!  Feel free to head on over and lurk and then join the party with your story and we will lend you encouragement and advice to help you finish your UFOs!

My current project that I started over a year ago in October is the Zosia sweater.  It's a pattern from the Twist Collective website.  I am using some of my lovely Artesano Aran yarn in Rosewood for this.  I had knitted up a few rows when I bought the pattern, but put it aside in January when a pattern revision came out.  I thought I would get back to it, truly, I did. 

A few weeks back I was getting ready to figure out what to pack for my trip to Philly.  As I was doing this I realized that I didn't have a single fall/winter sweater that I had made and I remembered the Zosia. 

I was working on other things, so I didn't pick it up to start again.  Then, the conversation on Facebook happened and I knew I had to get this sweater made as my first UFO.  So, 2 weeks ago, before my trip, (in which I was only going to bring some socks to finish knitting and a summer top I knitted that needed seaming) I ripped down the few rows of Zosia and started knitting. 

I completed the back on my trip and started the left front last week. As I looked at the back I realized that I had made a mistake in one of the cables on the back.  I dutifully ripped down the 4 stitches that I knew were the problem.  I made it all the way down to the spot and realized the mistake was over 8 stitches, not 4.  So what is a knitter to do?  I RIPPED down to the problem, redid the cables and knit back up again.

As I was knitting it I made my increases for the chest and realized that I had made another mistake in the ribbing.  I finally was able to get it all reparied and now I am almost done the back again.  Just a few more rows and then back to the front.  Please join our party over on Ravelry.

Happy Stitching!
One Planet Yarn and Fiber

Friday, December 14, 2012

Airstream Photos

I've got my Airstream motor home up for sale and I have been asked to share some pictures.

Crack, low in the windshield