FFNE Recap

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at this year’s Fiber Festival of New England. We had great crowds both days of the festival and I’m still readjusting to my usual work schedule. Show prep can be a bit hectic and I’m enjoying being able to plan new things and do regular, everyday tasks. Like blogging! Which I am very, very bad about doing regularly. Now that I have a new phone with an excellent camera, I’m hoping to at least keep you apprised of my latest projects. I’m back at the dye pots this week and will photographing and listing new items by Friday.

Holiday Funtimes Chez Play

mosaic649934e080641bd203848d977eabb4e4cb18f99aAs usual, December at our house means cookies, games, walks, and knitting. I’m looking forward to getting back to the swing of things this week with some last minute dyeing before Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI on January 17-18. Hope to see some of you there!

Last Week Chez Play – Socks!

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I finally finished a pair of socks! Sprightly Socks has a very easy-to-memorize slipped stitch pattern which made KIPing easy. And I successfully turned my second Fish Lips Kiss Heel with only one holey gap while dragging this project to the bus stop everyday. They’re a little snug to get on and I wish I hadn’t gone down a needle size for the ribbing, but they fit! And they’re warm. The yarn is Darkwing Duck, dyed by Shameless Twist for the Tripping Yarn Balls Retro Toons club. I love how variegated yarn works with this pattern.

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We enjoyed our last night at the drive-in for this season. I was able to finish the cuff of my next sock project before it got dark. Shazbat is the free Mystery Sock pattern for this round of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sock Down. I highly recommend participating in SKA if you love knitting socks OR want to learn to knit socks. Each month’s Sock Down focuses on a different feature or skill such as colorwork, cables, lace, self-striping yarn, using leftovers. And there are prizes from lots of great dyers (like me!) This yarn is Gemini dyed by Tyrannosaurus Knits for the Tripping Yarn Balls Zodiac Club. Minty green like Doublemint gum (get it?)

Yarn of Letters

10518992_10203407050050333_1527336960672426825_nStock up on salt, pie, testoterone-filled rock music, and gas up the Impala, the new Play at Life Fiber Arts colorway line is ready to go!

Yarn of Letters is inspired by the Winchester brothers and other favorite characters from the show Supernatural.* Colorways will start hitting the shop September 1, 2014

Maki – available September 1, 2014

mosaic671bf955d858143f8334461500a70916044948dfTop (left to right) – Dapper King of Hell, Idjits!, Wayward Sons

Bottom (left to right) – Yellow-Eyed SOB, Driver Picks the Music Shotgun Shuts His Cakehole, Screaming Makes Me Mad

Variegated – available September 2, 2014

mosaic62c58f566ea61ba68b318d6ac149580779d9acc6Top (left – right) – Long Live the Queen, Gigantor the Talking Moose, Brains Trumps Legs, Eye of the Tiger, You Can’t Distract Death with Fried Pickle Chips

Bottom (left-right) – Touched by an Emo Angel, All the Cool People are Freaks, I Love Me Some Pie, Hey Assbutt, I Found a Liquor Store and I Drank It.

All colorway listings will include a picture of a swatch. Mini skein sets and spinning fibers will be available September 3, 2014.

*NOTE this does not imply an endorsement or official connection to the names, characters, or rightholders that inspired the colorways.

Last Week Chez Play – Tour de Fleece 2014

UntitledI finished this year’s Tour de Fleece with 2 large skeins of 2 ply Border Leicester cross. I tried for a 3rd skein, but I didn’t quite make it. A finished yardage of 835yd for 9.6oz is pretty good considering I was starting from these locks! I should have washed AND prepped my fleece before the start of the Tour. Lesson: plan ahead!

I have ~1000yds of singles on this bobbin and another bobbin going. I’m shooting for a third, 5oz/500yd skein which should be enough for the Hitofude cardigan I have planned. If I run out of yarn, I have plenty of fleece left, probably enough for another sweater or two if I spin fine again. I’m thinking about overdyeing some; perhaps with a fair isle sweater in mind? Something thick, and coat-like, and Lopi-ish?

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FO Friday – Through the Loops MKAL

In June, Kirsten Kapur, the designer behind Through the Loops, hosted a shawl mystery knit-along. As soon as I saw that the design called for 500yd and that she used a gradient, I was in! I happened to have a Corrie Sock striping set second that needed a sample knit.

I loved knitting this shawl! The lace patterns flow into each other nicely from clue to clue, but they’re not so complicated that you can’t see where you go off track (which only happened a couple of times.) I initially wished I had only used half my red mini skein for the first clue, but I’ve grown to like the purple bind-off edge.

FO Friday – Mon Petit Pullover

P1080849Once upon a time, I spun 5oz of merino/silk top into 500+ yards of chain-plied, self-striping fingering/sport weight yarn. What to do? I am generally not a pastel person and I likely wouldn’t wear a shawl in these colors.

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Several months later, I had two minor seconds of Boundless Sock in The Grey and I knew they should be together! So I planned a pullover version of Mon Petit Gilet RayĆ©. I knit a goodly-sized swatch, did some maths and cast on. And it worked! It came out a tiny bit longer than planned, but I love it. I can throw it on with jeans or a skirt. It’s not fussy, but it’s together enough for vending events. I’m totally in love with it. You can read my notes (gauge, stitches cast on…etc) at my Ravelry project page!

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