Finished Projects for the New Year

IMG_6075_medium2Bigger on the Inside, aka BOTI Shawl

I’ve managed to finish up some projects recently (including my Bigger on the Inside shawl, which had been in progress since October of 2012). There was so much frantic knitting right before Christmas, and when I hit a couple goals and decided to drop the rest, I had a nice knitting-free week or two at the end of the year. That sounds really bad, I do love knitting, but with everything that was happening at work and trying to frantically finish Christmas gifts, it just felt so nice not to do… anything.

But when 2015 started, I promised myself I was going to get rid of some WIPs. Finished a couple and made some monster progress on my Maxfield Cardigan.

IMG_6103_medium2Finished the main body of the sweater. All that’s left is the shawl to go around the front. That’s where I’ve currently stalled out. Maybe once I finish up my SIL’s Rockefeller, I’ll finally finish this one.

Finally, finished up my Zombie Teeth. I hadn’t been working on this one for quite as long, but it was an easy project to finish. Ended up a little short. May try to stretch the heck out of it next time I block it.


I Hate Re-Do’s

Christmas knitting. It was (semi) successful. I learned that my brother is still hat crazy and will take just about any hat I knit him (as long as there’s no glitter, pink, or animal head hats). I finished my big shawl for my sister in law with almost a month to spare. Or did I?

After completing my shawl, I noticed something seemed… off.


Yeah… I messed up.

Like a moron, I finished the first wing and thought to myself, ‘Downhill stretch, I got this.’ Didn’t think about the fact that it is the same, but mirrored. I personally would wear this scarf-style so the mistake would probably never be noticed, but since it’s a gift, and I hate having a screwed up Steven West project on my rav account, I realized I had to fix it. But then I found out that my Sister in Law had postponed their trip until mid March and we would do Christmas presents then. THANK YOU.

But guess who still hasn’t fixed it yet. I ripped it out and made it about five rows, but that’s about it. I can see it now. March 1st, let the frantic knitting start. Maybe I’ll be good and finish it before then.

Yeup. Probably not.

Tombstone 2015

My husband wants to visit Tombstone again next fall, and this time he wants to dress up for the event. He even offered to buy material for me to make a dress. How am I going to turn that down?

I’ve really wanted to make a legit victorian dress from the 1880’s, so if I’m going to do this right, that means I have to start with the undergarments. Namely a corset.

I’ve still got at least one corset. I know I’ve taken apart at least another. Might still have another one laying around somewhere. The one that I know I still have and know it still fits is totally the wrong shape it’s an underbust that goes down onto my hips. The other one I might still have is waaaaaay too small. I know I tried to wear it for an hour or so a couple years ago and I had to loosen up the laces as far as they could go to wear it. So, no way it’s going to work. I need a classic style, late 1800’s style corset that fits me now. I don’t think I’m going to aim for much of a reduction. Maybe only three or four inches.

This is the dress I would like to re-create:

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Maxfield Progress, Finally!

Getting some knitting time, and after finally finishing my last Maxfield Cardigan yarn during the Tour de Fleece, I’m done spinning! That means that it’s time to put the spurs to this sweater. I really want to wear it this winter. I’ve also got a road trip coming up, so perfect time to make some progress!

Purple Maxfield Yarns

Red Maxfield Yarns

Most of the finished yarns are primarily merino. There are also a couple corriedale yarns (which I can really tell the difference on) and there’s a polwarth one in there too. They all came out at approximately a DK/Worsted yarn.

I have decided to work the sleeves and the body at the same time so I can make sure I have enough of a particular yarn to complete the chevrons on all three pieces. It will also be nice because when I get up to the underarms, I’ll be ready to join it all together and continue on.

It seems like the hardest part will be figuring out how to line up the colors. I ended up with approximately 1905 yards of yarn. That should hopefully be plenty as the pattern calls for 1650 yards in my size. All I know is this will be one cozy, squishy sweater!

Fixing Plying Mistakes – One single plys with it’s self

For the most part, this is a more common problem for new spinners, but every now and then, I still have one of my singles that has a little too much twist in it, it slips past my fingers when I’m plying, and the result is a little ‘fringe’ of the one single that plyed with it’s self.

IMG_5560Please don’t mind the dog hair or my crappy old sweatshirt.

So, here’s my little section of the one single that got free and plyed against it’s self. To fix it, I grabbed a cable needle, but a tapestry needle or a knitting needle, or even your fingers would work too. At the base of the little fringe, I inserted the needle.

IMG_5561Then I unplyed the little fringe. At this point, I stuck my thumb in to keep it from twisting back on it’s self.

IMG_5562Then I just used my fingers to spread it along the other single, making this little section a little looser plyed, but then the fringe is gone.

IMG_5563Voila! (and if you’re trying to figure out what’s written on my hand, it’s windex. Don’t laugh, lol)

Slay Those WIPs!

I’m trying to tell myself that I need to get rid of some WIPs before I’m allowed to start anything new. Right now, I’ve got two sweaters, a shawl, a cowl, some socks, a needle cushion, and a Beekeeper’s Quilt in progress. The Beekeeper’s Quilt isn’t going to happen anytime soon. That’s just me being realistic.


I’ve been working on it since December of 2011, and I only have about 36 of 480 puffs done. So yeah, it has a ways to go. Let’s not even talk about the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt I started piecing back in 2007. Quite a few more hexagons, but still a loooooooong way to go. Continue reading

Handspun Magrathea

I’m currently working on a little KAL with another person in my knitting group, and we’re knitting Magrathea by Martina Behm. Martina Behm patterns are pretty popular on Ravelry. It’s pretty likely that you, or someone you know, has knit something she’s designed. I actually didn’t even realize that this is the second of her designs I’ve done. I also knit a Pepita.

I am currently working on the second edging chart. Only 5 rows away from binding off!


I’m knitting this shawl for my mom. Especially because she loves my handspun yarn, and I think it would be really nice for her to wear at school. Continue reading

Fixing a GIANT Hole


Back in 2012, I knit my mom some mittens out of a beautiful batt that I spun in to a scant 100 yards of alpaca yarn. My mom always loves seeing my handspun yarn, so I knew she would love something made from it.


I managed to squeak a pair of mittens out of it and she really liked them. A year later, her Yellow Lab puppy decided he really liked them too. Continue reading