starfallz: (spin)
I don't really do resolutions. I don't think there is much point to them usually, but right now I find myself wanting to devote a bit more effort towards a goal. I cast on for my third project with my handspun this weekend, and I find I want to knit up more of what I have. I really like the feeling of using stuff I made and seeing how it knits up and behaves. So, in addition to the yarn and fiber diet that I've been on for the past two years (mostly following that...) I will try to find more suitable projects and knit up some of my handspun.
starfallz: (knitting)
I haven't updated with my recent knitting. First I was all showing my spinning from the Tour de Fleece, but neglected my knitting. Life's been a little crazy!

I finished some socks. (In August. *cough*)
Charade Socks - Finished
Charade [Rav link] by Sandra Park, knit with Conjoined Creations Flat Feet. A fun knit that wasn't too mindless and wasn't too difficult. I started these in Brazil earlier this year. Only modification was to add extra stitches around.
more )
starfallz: (knitting)
Oh what is this? Oh this is a knitting post.

Since I hurt my wrist over the summer knitting, I haven't been as diligent with updating my knitting, but since I pulled out a pair of socks during the Olympics, it is okay to catch up.

I've finished a few things since the sweater.

Rainbow Star - Finished
more below )

gold

1 Mar 2010 10:46 am
starfallz: (knitting)
Raven's Forest - Finish Line

Entered in the Ravelympics and the Knitting Olympics. Cast-on on February 12th and cast-off on February 27th.

Pattern: Kew by Polly Outhwaite
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Lightweight in Ravenscroft
Needles: US1
Events: Sock Hockey - Winter Ravelympics 2010
Team: Team Angsylvania
starfallz: (sheep)
At long last, the sweater is done. I finished it up in early July, but waited to post about it until after it had been presented to its recipient. This was knit for Larry, [livejournal.com profile] iii_demon's dad. Wish we could have made it wine colored, but at least it should hide the coffee stains a bit.

Starbucks Jacket - Finished 4
Modeled by [livejournal.com profile] iii_demon.
more herringbone goodness below )
starfallz: (sheep)
Things have been very slow on the knitting front lately. That would mostly be due to a big, manly sweater.
Starbucks Jacket - Pile of Pieces
finished and unfinished things and their merits in regards to available brainpower )
starfallz: (knitting)
Time for knitting catch up!
Dainty Bess - Detail
more projects and photos and details, oh my )
starfallz: (spin)
So, I was chatting with a friend about spinning and confessed "I've never actually knit anything with my handspun". She then says to the effect, "You could knit anything, even just a swatch..."

Grabbed the nostepinne and my little targhee sample skein, wound it up and started knitting away.
Romney skein and ball, with targhee swatch

Hey, look at that. It looks kind of like yarn.

Hm... it really looks like yarn.
Targhee Swatch

This is dangerous. This could just tip me over the edge, buying fleeces, spinning up pounds of yarn, knitting myself sweaters. It is a dangerous dangerous thing.

Yet, I can't think of a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Thank you to all my crazy friends and family who love me enough for this.

melusine

8 Jan 2009 11:17 am
starfallz: (knitting)
With great joy, I can announce my first published pattern!

Melusine - Detail
Melusine, published in The AntiCraft.

I got the idea for this back in 2007 and worked on it through most of 2008, from knitting to dyeing to wrestling it into a shape to be published. I'm glad it is finished and out there for others to see.

a few more photos )
starfallz: (knitting)
Even though it isn't autumn by the calendar, it certainly feels like it in the weather. The leaves aren't really turning yet, but I'm appreciating long sleeves and tea.

What this means is it is time for hats!


For the [livejournal.com profile] neogeen

For the [livejournal.com profile] wayback_kidd

details )

chickens!

1 Sep 2008 09:11 pm
starfallz: (knitting)

She wants to say "HI".

She now is going home with [livejournal.com profile] silere and [livejournal.com profile] nagitaka.


Pattern: Henrietta (Fibertrends 209x)
Materials: Cascade 220 in 9408 Cordovan with some scraps of other yarns
Needles: US 10.5/6.5mm circulars
Amount: less than 2 skeins
starfallz: (leaves)
When I first set my eyes on Interweave's Favorite Socks, I knew I must knit Embossed Leaves. So simple, yet beautifully shaped. I hunted for the right solid or semi-solid yarn... but never quite happy with what I saw. That was until I found a brilliantly, vibrantly green skein of Smooshy.



I've been longing to start these, although I had some trepidations about the pattern, which was written for 8" circumference feet (as most women's sock patterns are). I hoped and hoped I could maybe get a bit of stretch out of them.

A few nights ago, I cast on for them to get a feel for it and see... and it was just not going to happen. I didn't like the fabric from the size 2 needles called for. I tried with some 1.5s and finally size 1s and got gauge AND a density I liked, but it was none-the-less, too small for my foot.

I like knitting my own socks because they don't make regular women's socks for me, and sometimes I get tired of guy socks. But even in this, women's socks are set against me. So now, I'll mod the pattern. I'll have to mod most regular sock patterns I feel (which explains why I like formula sock patterns, really). And I swear that if I ever publish sock patterns, I'm going to make them for multiple sizes.
starfallz: (knitting)
I've been quiet on the knitting front lately. Knitting on a project I can't quite reveal yet and a pair of socks that are slowly growing doesn't make for much excitement.

After binding off the secret thing, I cast on for a quick-to-please project for myself, which I just finished up yesterday.


Pattern: Ester by Alice Bell
Source: Knitty.com
Materials: Cascade Ecological Wool (8087)
Needles: US 8/5.0mm Circulars; KnitPicks Options
Amount: A bit less than 1 skein
more photos and another project started )
starfallz: (knitting)
I finished this up right before flying to Kentucky and wove in the ends last Saturday. Behold the Mossy Scarf!


It's a nice width, somewhere between a shawl and a scarf, so it can be used for quite a few things.


Very warm, yet light. Wonderful soft texture to wear against the skin.

Yarn: Fleece Artist Goldilocks in an unknown colorway, purchased from Romni Wools
Pattern: Inspired from the Airy Scarf, but I was just going on memories of the pattern
starfallz: (ishtar)
Weekend of making. I even wished I could make even more than I did.


Swatchswatchswatchswatch... )
starfallz: (yarn)
A few things on my mind...

I picked up this book recently and it is wonderful. Full of information with nice patterns to illustrate and a humorous tone of voice make it a great read so far.


And this is a lovely gift, hand-dyed braid of merino by my talented friend, Robyn. Oh the colors are lovely.

And last night, I worked on organizing my stash and adding new yarns and fibers to it... and I seriously must stop acquiring more stuff for the time being until I've whittled it down. I don't have room to start expanding to more boxes! (Of course, this might just mean I "find a home" for my crap acrylic...)
starfallz: (Default)
A first peek at my spinning:

words and photos )
starfallz: (yarn)
Lots of time for travel and health issues, but not much time for photos, so I tried to remedy that today.

First section: Gifts

A beautiful gift from the next door neighbor.

Hand beaded choker in a rattlesnake pattern. Made to fit my tiny neck. I feel really honored and thankful for this gift.
more images lurk beneath )
starfallz: (knitting)
Today appears to be a holiday, so here's some knits in progress and one lone finished item.


temptations of color )
starfallz: (knitting)


Why, look at that. A finished pair of Jaywalkers.

Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Size: Large
Yarn: 1 skein Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Canadian Color in 4733 Ottawa
Needles: US 1

I started the second right where the first left off in the skein... and they unintentionally are a close match. That's kind of cool. Also, one skein of the Regia has enough yarn for a pair of 9" circumference, shoe size 11 socks. Glad I didn't have to break into the second skein.

Finding the ankles a bit stiff, but they might loosen up after a wash.

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