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So THAT Is How They Do It!

I have to laugh. I keep seeing these absolutely stunning yarn cakes.

No, not This kind of cake . . . yummylayers(though it IS breathtaking, isn’t it?)

 

 

 

 

And not This kind . . . (Though, you have to admit, that is darn cute!)

 

And then there is this one, which is even CUTER!

 

 

 

Nope. We are talking This kind . . .

sockyarnPretty, huh? So, I was wondering how it was done. Droppers pouring? Nah…. So, I was cruising around youtube, taking a break and giving myself a reason to remember that when my work is done, I can go down to my studio and play . . .  and look what I Found!!

Of course, I wanted to show you photos of a bunch of these multicoloured yarn cakes at a shop I found and fell in love with, but of course I can’t find it now…. Found it!

rainbowsockcake

So, next time I indulge myself with a dye job, you know what I am going to be doing!

And then, I happened to see something else that made me do a happy dance . . . I have a metric ton of acrylic yarn that I don’t like . . . bad colours, no colours, etc. So, I was thinking about giving it away, but there is some that I really like the texture of, just not the colour. Ta Daaa!!! Check this!

So, now I have great reasons to get my work done, so I can have some fun in the morning. Woooo Hooooo!!! So, yippee, skippee, time to work!

Hummm… and I have some gnarly acrylic based fabrics too –  great test subjects for doggy beds! Well, someone else’s doggy beds, cause my guys sleep in my bed . . . well, I guess it is really their bed, cause I wind up curled up in a tiny ball with them all spread out like rugs, hogging all the room!

Oh, and I found the cake photos on goodsearch.com/images!

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Holidays are coming – Pull out the needles!

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It’s wintertime! Time to pull out the sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens! Here in Colorado the weather can fool you. Today, the back door is open and the weather is a beautiful 62 in my neck of the woods, cool enough to enjoy the beautiful, crystal blue sky. However, this evening it is supposed to snow and get cold – Very. Cold. Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes!

I have been knitting whenever I get a minute recently, as some of my posts will attest to. One of the things I love to knit is fingerless mitts. Why fingerless? Well, I love a cool house. I put on a hand-knitted sweater and thick socks, as well as a pair of sweatpants, and I am all cozy and not dealing with the dryness that comes with overheated air. But my hands do get cold as I type, knit, sew, or do any of the other hundred things that get done around here. The mitts leave my fingers free to work while still doing a kickin’ job of somehow keeping the fingers warm, even if they don’t cover my fingers. Why? Who knows? They just do, LOL!

Here is a picture of three of the pairs I currently have on hand.

IMGP1734The patterned pair are from a class I took at The Knit Knack in Olde Town Arvada. Cute, huh? The pattern is perfect for learning stranded knitting. The rust pair is some Lion Wool Ease (discontinued colour) I had down in my stash. It is cuffed and finger-tipped with some gorgeous sparkly yarn that I simply couldn’t resist, then didn’t know what to do with. It is mohair and a glittery, shiny thread that is beautiful in small applications. The third pair, the pink ones, are angora and wool that I dyed myself in shades of fuchsia and violet and then used another Lion yarn (I collected a lot of Lion Brand from JoAnn’s when I first got back into knitting!) that is all “fluffy” for the cuffs. They are actually the first pair of fingerless mitts that I made.

Fingerless mitts, along with a nice, simple scarf in the same yarns, would make great holiday gifts for your friends and family. Especially last-minute holiday gifts! I knit them on two circular needles, two at once just like I do my socks. It ascertains that I make them just alike, and since they are finished at the same time, I don’t suffer from “One Mitten (or Sock!) Syndrome.”

One of the best places to pick up fingerless mitts patterns (or any other knitting or craft pattern!) is the Interweave Store. It is one of the first places I go when I am thinking about a project. Right now, they are showing 136 different fingerless mitt patterns online – surely there will be something there you can love! Or, if you are me, several patterns you can love!

Of course, sometimes the budget doesn’t run to patterns, or yarns, that you have to pay for. Believe me, I understand that one! Then it is time to go hunt-n-pecking on the old Interwebs to find a freebie pattern that you can use up your stash on. There is a LOT out there; sometimes so much I get into the old “I’m drowning in things I want to do!!!” mindset. The pair I posted on November 2 IMGP1715are from a post by Sharon at witchyknits4ewe. These are now, hands down, my favorite mitts to make. Of course, one doesn’t always have to be a “slave” to a pattern. I added the fluffy cuffs from some gorgeous eyelash yarn that I have had around for years that I wanted to use, but it was always to gorgeous to be in anything but my “stroke it” stash. Mixing it with that beautiful, shaded soy and wool yarn (also from my stash) by putting it in the cuffs gives the mitts that little extra umph that pushed them from ‘pretty’ to ‘knockout’ quickly! Now, I have to see if I have enough of that Paton’s SWS Soy yarn to make Myself a pair just like that! I had to grit my teeth to give them away . . .

With the holidays coming, check out the websites I have linked above, then do a little ‘hunt-n-peckin’’ for yourself. You might be surprised what beauty comes in such a small package!

 

 

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