Monday, July 27, 2009

New website and blog!

Please change your bookmark to this address for my new website and blog!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

My brother got married, scary. . .

This past weekend my parents and I went down to Austin, Texas for my older brother's wedding. It was held on Saturday at 2pm. All I have to say is that the wedding was beautiful and Texas is WAY too hot for my tasted. Heh, seriously I nearly died in the 111 degree weather. Below are two images from the wedding. I'll post one of the couple when the professional ones are up.

And a picture of boy/FH and I at the wedding. No, boy/FH is not Jewish. I was sooo happy that he could be there with me. it was also nice to see him, because we hadn't seen each other since my graduation in May. The wedding was held by a Rabbi, but mixed both Alicia's Christian background and my brother's Jewish background.

Sorry, no knitting this time, but maybe later. I am currently losing my mind with two shows within a month of each other. Shoot me. . . <3

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dyeing, dyeing, dyeing and some knitting. . .

The shop is down due to the fact that i am having it completely redone and customized. I have hired a professional group to redo and gut the website. it will be fresh, original, easy to get around and just plain beautiful. I hope everyone likes it when it is done. I expect it to be done by the middle of July. =)

I would also like to introduce you to my new shoe. . . yes, it's a hard soled shoe for my broken toe. It was horrible standing and dyeing yarn for hours with a broken toe. I am very glad to say that with this new shoe, the pain is down to a minimum. Yes, it does cause my legs to be different lengths when not wearing another shoe, but whatever, it helps! I have been dyeing quite a bit of yarn and spinning fiber. I will be introducing four new yarn bases at Sock Summit. I really hope everyone likes them.

These are a random pair of house socks I knit for 52ppIII.
Pair #3 for 52ppIII:
started: June 2nd, 2009
finished: June 12th, 2009
Yarn Jojoland Rhythm 2 skeins
Pattern: my own (24 stitches toe up)
needle: US 3

Below are a pair of socks I knit out of yarn that my very dear friend Karen (Lykkefanten) sent me as a graduation gift. She also sent me some Drops alpaca yarn and a Danish shetland/wool blend. Yes, she is the sock club designer. I will be taking her patterns with me to both Sock Summit and Stitches Midwest.
Pair #4 for 52ppIII
started: 8 June 2009
finished: 19 June 2009
yarn: Hjertegarn Strømpegarn Jacquard Print
colourway: 4499
pattern: Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock done toe up with short row heal
needle: US 1 1/2 2.5mm

Thee are part of my never ending destash. I just want the yarn to be gone!
WIP plain vanilla socks with 64 stitches toe up
yarn: Spunky Eclectic Panda
colourway: Raisin Wannabe
needle: 1 1/2 2.5mm

More destashing, but I LOVE Kirsten's yarn bases. i really want to track down her supplier. . .
WIP plain ribbed socks with 64 stitches toe up
yarn: Nature Pure Merino Medium
colourway: army of orcs
needle: 1 1/2 2.5mm

Boy is coming to my brother's wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Friday, June 12, 2009

A broken toe and knitting. . .

Sooo, yesterday morning after I fed the three dogs, I stubbed my toe extremely hard in the frame of a door. Afterwards, I literally passed out from the pain and slept half the day. When I woke up, my dad was home from helping pack my sister in Iowa. (That's a 2 1/2 drive mind you). So, I've been having great fun wobbling all over and trying to keep Mac from stepping on my left foot too often. Ugh.

Anyways, despite the set back I have been knitting. I finished these simple garter rib socks for myself, but I lost one of the socks. AAAAHHHH!!!! That didn't make me happy either. The yarn is yarn workshop's footscray that I randomly dyed. The yarn is kind of rough and not my favourite base. These are my first finished pair of socks for 52 pair plunge III.

These are a finished pair of Tadpoles in my Skye Sock Yarn in the colourway "Emerald Serpent." They're a little tight due to the fact that I continued the pattern on the back of the leg. This is pair #2 for 52ppIII.

Below are two pictures of my current and temporary workshop for the summer. I took over my dad's workroom under the garage. This may look like a lot of yarn, but it is nothing compared to what I'll be taking to Sock Summit in August or Stitches Midwest in September.

OOOO below is my new toy, next to my old toy. YES! That is my beautiful 6 skein winder!!! It'll pay for itself in the end.

BTW, 5 weeks until my brother's wedding! Scary, he's growing up! They're also buying a house. Very scary. . .

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Graduated and working. . .

I graduated, no pictures, sorry but my hair looked horrid. It was a nice, beautiful, sunny day. Since then, I've been working on building up MacKintosh Yarns. I have been knitting up displays for conventions. Mainly socks right now. I have 3 done and only need one more and all 4 mannequins will have socks. I also sent a huge order to The Backwards Loop. it arrived today. I also took an order to Crazy Girl Yarn Shop here in Iowa.

Below I knit my Mey Seacell in the colourway Victoria. The pattern is Tadpoles, but knit upside down because it was knit toe up. I like it better this way.

Then I knit this sock out of my Woodland Bamboo blend in the colourway Jasmine. The pattern is Wendy Johnson's Diagonal Lace Sock.

I am also knitting myself a pair of Tadpoles for myself in Skye Sock Yarn in the colourway Emerald Serpent.

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