I'm sort of proud of this project. so I will share.
There is more detail if you are a member of Ravelry and can see this thread
However this is the abridged version.
I got some fleece from a ravelry member named Curlie. She had my name in a secret swap, and stalked me enough on Ravelry to see that I was contemplating learning to use a drop spindle, and was looking into aquiring some roving to do it with. Her boyfriend's family owns a sheep farm in Norther California. So she got me 8 oz of raw fleece.
It looked like this
I hung onto this fleece for about a year trying to get the nerve to wash it, but then what, how was I to card it? I finally decided that I really was not interested in spinning. Uneven rough spun yarn didn't reallly interest me.
Then I got the idea that maybe I could trade some services with another Ravelry member "Scullerymaid", and maybe she would card and spin the yarn for me. She agreed then suggested we start a whole thread that encompassed the wool from start to finish. Fabulous idea! After spinning it looked like this: Then when it was suggested I dye the wool after spinning, I said, ok I can use kool aid.... Snapper, another Ravelry member jumped in and offered to dye the yarn. She used her creativity to make this exclusive color way.
I got the yarn, caked it, then knit a pattern suggested by JenDeJour (another Ravelry member) I, like the other people in this chane chronicled all my activites with the yarn, and here is the finished object.
I have been doing some christmas knitting too, but can't post any of that, because I don't know who actually reads the blog.
But to celebrate halloween here is boo!
I thought I would come in after the fact and add a little more detail about Boo.
Boo is a pattern that has been around for a while. I am not certain how long. I have been wanting to make one for about two years. The pattern is a Mochomochiland creation. If you like toys these are some of my favorites, by Anna Hrachovec. She also designed the grouchy couch from previous posts. I have that book. It's very cute, and there are a few designs in it I still want to make.
I assembled a housewares package for Readingknitter01 on ravelry.
I was sort of out of my element with this swap theme.
I made a grouchy couch in sage green and yellow. I thought it would be fun. It ended up being a lot more work than I expected, and I think I overstuffed the base....
I also made a hummingbird hot pad (which ends up being a double sided washcloth).
And a tulip wash cloth.
I also made a toilet paper cover out of surf blue malabrigo, which I neglected to get a picture of. I also made a little washcloth/doily for the roll to sit on, out of sugar'n cream violet veil color way.
And a french market bag that felted a little smaller than I planned.
and here it is pre blocking:
I also included a butterfly project bag I made, and a dark green cloth covered chinese take out box that I filled with random teas that I had in the cupboard. And a shopping list with elmo on it. Oh and a skein of chameleon colorworks sock yarn in blues and greens that I thought she might like. I was really nervous because I am not a housewares knitter.
the Sock knitter's anonymous group, had the challenge to knit socks in black, white, or black and white. There was also a mystery sock but i didn't feel as inspired to make it. It involved beads, and I am not sure how I feel about beads in socks.
I did however decide that I wanted to make Boo! toe-up socks, and include it in the Halloween sock KAL as well. I made them in Cascade heritage sock yarn in the natural color way. I probably made them a little shorter than normal, but I really like them.
I have been so caught up in the beginning of school, I haven't been posting my finished projects. I have been knitting so never fear, I haven't quit. If I did, I am not sure what would happen to me. hahaha
Anyway, I will start with one of my more recent finished projects and work my way backwards.
I finished this slouchy hat/ beret recently. I made it out of Dream in Color Classy Happy forest. The pattern is called Tuscan leaves. I have given it the name of Tuscan Leaves in a Happy Forest. I think it is very cute, I blocked it a little too big, but I think it will come in a little if I wash it.
Isabelle took the picture for me.
I tried to take this one myself.
This is what it looked like before blocking.
this is what it looked like while it was blocking.
And this is it on my mannequin head, that had her poor nose smashed when we moved.
I then Volunteered Madeline to make a tarantula for an elementary school that burned down in California. A teacher lost a spider puppet, and there are several people on Ravelry that are making toys to replace lost items in the school.
This isn't quite a puppet, but Madeline made the Thorax and the head. I made the legs and assembled it. Then Madeline sewed on the beady little eyes. sorta creepy cute.
Robin asked me to knit a blue kangaroo for a customer that she ran out of time to make, and needed it by Saturday. I think I got it on Tuesday, and spent about 19.5 hours making it....
I think he turned out a little wonky, but it's done. I will probably never make a kangaroo ever again!
I knit these socks a while ago, but was unable to post pictures of them until the actual first day of Summer, and then with the move, I couldn't do that until my computer was set up, and things settled down a little.
We are still dealing with boxes etc. but I can finally post pictures of the Summer socks for the Sock and Mitt club from Robin's nest. ( think there are kits still available, and retroactivly as well). The sock is designed by Hunter called: "Funambulist". The yarn is from The crafts meow. Hunter couldn't knit the sample, so I offered to do it for her. I sent the finished socks to her, and she took these beautiful pictures for her pattern, then sent the socks back to me. They turned out rather well.
The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in "Life's a Beach"
The pattern on the leg is "surfin'" and I made a tabi toe, to wear with flip flops.
The cuff was called a prestige cuff, which I just liked, not necessarily beachy or hawaiian, the heel is called a band heel, not as much structure as most heels, but not needed if worn with flip flops.