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Help for Haiti January 17, 2010

Filed under: absolute jeanius,charity,design,hat,knitting,ravelry — jeanius80 @ 9:49 pm
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I am sure you’ve heard about the terrible situation in Haiti, after the recent earthquake. A lot of members of ravelry.com have decided to fund raise. Notably, a lot of designers have decided to donate a portion of the income from some patterns to aid the help in Haiti. I’ve decided to participate, and have put the Ravelling Lace Hat up as a “Help for Haiti” pattern. The price is $5.00, with 50% of all sales going to Red Cross International Response Fund. Thanks to the ravelry group, Lazy, Stupid, and Godless, who began a “LSG-a-Thon For Haiti“, the masterminds behind ravelry made it easy to find patterns that are donating to the cause. Currently, there are 962 patterns listed with some proceeds going towards Haiti (not all through the same charities).

So crafters, ravelers, go forth, buy up some patterns you know you want anyhow, and help those in need at the same time. I’ve decided that I will forever donate 50% of the proceeds from the sales of Ravelling Lace Hat to the Red Cross International Response Fund. It is the least I can do!

Ravelling Lace Hat

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SOCKS August 22, 2009

Filed under: design,knitting,learning,socks — jeanius80 @ 9:55 am

I finally took the plunge and got over my silly ‘fear’ of short row heels. See, I am the type of knitter who doesn’t like to rip/tink. SO if I make a mistake, I will fix it or leave it, so I was scared of screwing up a sock heel, since I would have to rip back to redo it. (whoa, that’s a crappy run-on sentence).

I finished a pair of traveling ribbed socks with Dream In Color Classy, in the color Some Summer Sky. No photos, as my camera is MIA. The socks were too tight for my feet, so I knit the foot short enough for Makenna to wear as house socks. I might re-visit the pattern (it was one I made up), and eventually write it up to share. The left overs might be enough for Cable Footies or may just end up as a hat for Makenna.

I am also in the planning stages of another pair of worsted socks; they will be knit with a cable panel/gusset up the back, and be (hopefully) knee high. Sort of a bastardization of kilt hose. I won’t be able to really offer the pattern, as the cable chart is not my own. I will however, share the how-to, though you’ll need the book with the chart in order to actually knit the socks.
Up next, I will be finishing my moms bee strip socks (Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Bee Stripe), then knitting Jasons plain grey socks. His will be toe up, with 1×1 ribbing on the arch, a few random stripes using left over Seahawks sock yarn, and then 2×2 ribbing on the leg/cuff. He originally asked for short socks, and now decides he wants them as tall as I can get from two balls of Fortissima (100 grams for his size 10.5-11 feet).

Eventually I’ll get to some socks for me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Probably the Embossed Leaves using some Koigu KPM in a nice dark green semi-solid. Or Monkeys using some other KPPM I have stashed.

For those of you who like sales.. Jimmy Beans Wool has Colinette Jitterbug on sale (I scored two of the Salty Dog colorway) Pretty colors!) for just $12.30 for 100 gram skein. Those will probably become Reims Stockings ๐Ÿ™‚

(Pattern links are ravelry.com pattern page links)

 

Moonspinners Guild February 11, 2009

Filed under: dyeing,fiber,guild,knitting,moonspinners,Puyallup,spinning,Sumner,weaving — jeanius80 @ 5:49 am

This post is to help get the word out about the Guild I am a member of..

Moonspinners is a guild for those interested in all types of fiber crafts with emphasis on spinning, weaving, dyeing and knitting.

*Programs exploring some aspect of fiber crafts are held at each regular meeting (The second Tuesday of the month). The guild maintains a library of books and magazines on a wide range of fiber subjects for member use. Carding and weaving equipment are available for guild educational/challenge projects and for individual member use.

*The Moonspinners guild gives numerous demonstrations throughout the year to educate the public, recruit new members, and generally promote interest in fiber crafts.

*Membership is encouraged (dues are just $15/year) and help provide funds for programs. However, membership is not mandatory to attend guild meetings.

Interested? Come check us out. We meet at the United Methodist Church of Sumner, 901 Wood Ave. Sumner, WA. Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm to 9:00 PM.

 

LSG Traveling Scarves February 7, 2009

Filed under: handspun,knitting,lsg,malabrigo,ravelry,scarf — jeanius80 @ 5:56 pm

This February is the one year anniversary of Lazy, Stupid and Godless group on ravelry.com. Don’t let the group name fool you! Sure, some of us are lazy (I’d include myself in that category ๐Ÿ˜‰ and there might be a few who are stupid (not likely) and of course there are some who are Godless (not me). Why the odd name? Because we are also a group of ravelry members who love to be grownups. We cuss, and tease each other with epitaphs like ‘twatweasle‘, support each other when we need a shoulder to lean on or an ear to bitch in.
From the group overview page:

This group heartily gives thanks to those who askedโ€˜Is Swearing Allowed on
Ravelry?โ€™ In this group you are allowed to talk about any kind of โ€˜badโ€™ behavior
you want, as long as you are usually funny.

Treat this group like a long weekend in Vegas, complete with hookers,
craps, and whole bottles of tequila. In other words, what happens in lsg, stays
in lsg.

To celebrate the one year of awesomeness that is lsg, some of us have decided to make traveling scarves. How it works, is that each person starts a scarf then mails it on to the next person, until each person in the group has knitted a 5 inch section (each group has less than 10 members- I think) and it gets back to whomever started the scarf. So not only will I have a finished scarf (actually two, I am knitting on a handspun group and a ‘normal/scents ok‘ group) but it will have been knitted on by a bunch of awesome people :0 I’ll have two completely original scarves to keep me warm next fall and winter ..
Here are my two sections I started:

malabrigo scarves 2009 progress 001
malabrigo worsted Merino yarn in “Peach Tree”
knit on size 7us, cast on 37
handspun scarves 2009 progress 003
handspun Merino, “Verdant”
knit on size 9us, cast on 36
 

For Cynthia January 20, 2009

Filed under: KH,knitting,knittinghelp.com,opinion,ravelry,spinning — jeanius80 @ 12:27 am

Note: Apparently, “Cynthia” isn’t who she says she is, and her asking this info is more likely market research, as opposed to some poor college student doing an article. I’m not going to alter this post, as I don’t think I’ve provided any info “Cynthia” couldn’t find by 1) searching my blog, 2) searching the internet, or 3) freely joining ravelry.com herself and getting the info first hand.

Thanks for asking, I hope I can help…

Thing is, I am writing a piece on Ravelry for my college magazine. Topic is WHY Ravelry is such a huge success. I need opinions from fellow Ravelers like you to back up this claim I am making.

These are the questions:

1) Why did you choose to join Ravelry?

2) How did you learn about Ravelry?

3) What does Ravelry give you that other sites donโ€™t?

4) Absolutely anything else youโ€™d like to share with me on this subject.

My quandary is this: I love the site and come here almost every week to look for knitting tips and ideas. (I havenโ€™t joined yet, as I am too shy to talk of my own workโ€ฆ)

I want to understand why others do the same. Each person must have his or her own reason and I am very curious to understand this trend.

Once I write the piece, I intend to send it across to Bob the dog. Maybe, he will post it on the site to encourage newcomers or even use it for other promotion purposes.

Thank you in advance

Keep writing, keep sharing, keep creating
Warmest regards
Cynthia

Interesting questions! I’d be happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

1. I decided to join ravelry because the pattern and yarn database seemed like a wonderful tool as a knitter. I had not planned on becoming immersed in the forums, as I am a member of knittinghelp.com as well. However, I prefer the forums on ravelry for a couple of reasons. First, being the ability to directly reply to a person, and them being automatically alerted about your replies. Second, the agree/disagree/education/interesting/funny/love buttons on the bottom of every post enable a person to ‘reply’ without having to type “Oh ME TOO!” I also like the ease of linking to patterns, yarns and people when posting in the forums.

2. I first heard about ravelry on knittinghelp.com. The owners of that site have always been supportive and helpful, even of ravelry, when some might view them as a competitor. To me, they serve different functions. Ravelry is a database and personal notebook and happens to have a great forum attached ๐Ÿ™‚ KH is a site that is awesome for videos to learn techniques as well as a great place to get help when you need it.

3. For me, I have found ravelry to be a great way to keep track of my projects, my yarn and fiber stash, as well as have a chance to see what others have done with pattern and yarns. I’ve connected with a lot of really wonderful people and it’s massive forums, with an outstanding array of specialised groups, makes it easy to find just about any info regarding knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving and just about anything you can think of. It has been a great way for me to interact with others, as well as advance my abilities in knitting and spinning. With out ravelry, I probably wouldn’t have joined my local Spinning and Weaving Guild (Moonspinners) or been so fearless in my spinning and knitting.

4. I never thought a hobby could expand and become such a big part of my life. I have always been drawn to creative arts. I used to draw constantly, and paint. However, painting takes up space, and with dogs and a little kid, it just doesn’t seem reasonable to have an easel set up with a canvas on it taking up so much space. Someday, when we have our own place again, I’ll get back into it! I love the portability of knitting projects, the texture and color. I love spinning for the same reasons. The incredible potential in each skein, roving and batt.

Overall, I think ravelry is such a huge success because of the way it allows its users to search projects, yarns, and forums. It provides SO MUCH information. The way Casey and Jess have set it up to be used in so many infinite ways. The way they are accessible and open to suggestions. The way a user can choose to participate in every facet, or none.

I do love ravelry. โค

 

Musings January 19, 2009

Filed under: friends,guild,knitting,LYS,meetup,ravelry,spinning — jeanius80 @ 9:50 pm

I’ve been putting off blogging for awhile. Probably because I just feel like there isn’t anything interesting enough to blog about. Oh well.

I’ve been thinking about what to do with my etsy shop. My current thought is that I am going to see if my LYS would be interested in selling my stuff on consignment. I am also going to switch over to rovings and batts, and maybe expand to yarns again, if it goes well. I need to get the roving here and dyed up, then approach my LYSO, if nothing else, I’ll be listing them on etsy. Stay tuned.

I’ve also been getting out of the house more often ๐Ÿ™‚ Knitting at the LYS on Fridays, Moonspiners guild every 2nd Tuesday, and recently, I’ve started taking Peanut with me to meetup at Rachels home for a spinning group (there are 4 of us). It is a LOT of fun to spin together, chat and let the kids play together! I even got the Mr. to come along this past Saturday. He admitted he had a good time, and Rachel asked if we’d be interested in joining them next time they have a poker night. ๐Ÿ™‚ MORE grown up time! WIN! I’ll also be starting to go to a Tuesday night bible study with my sister at our chuch. Hopefully it won’t be too crazy. I prefer my christianity simple (Love one another, golden rule type stuff, not 5 million rules).

Also, I am realizing what generous, wonderful people I’ve met and have in my life. Friends I have met through knit night (Hi Lee, Lana, Rachel, Kimberly ect. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and friends I’ve met through ravelry (Hi LSGers!) Some of these friends are people I get to meet up and hang out with IRL, and others are people I talk to on ravelry and have become a tight group. It’s amazing to me how having such a simple hobby (knitting; and from that, spinning) has made my life so much richer and emotionally satisfying.

Now, fingers, and stuff, crossed that it works out doing consignment at my LYS!

A recently finished yarn:

hot sapphire 1

handdyed, handcarded, handspun
2ply romney with angelina
180ish yards, 4 ounces

 

A simple Scarf October 15, 2008

Filed under: design,homespun,knitting,pattern,ruffle,scarf — jeanius80 @ 5:20 am

Ruffles, ruffles every where! Perfect for the girly-girl in your life! Or you ๐Ÿ˜‰

I knit this for my niece and she loves it…

Ruffle Scarf
by Jeanie Stave

Scarf is worked Length wise. You can substitute any bulky yarn, or knit with two strands of worsted at the same time. You want your stitches to be more loose than normal, to give your scarf a nice drape! If you are normally a tight knitter, go up a size, and if you are a loose kitter, you should be ok.

Skills needed: Knit, Purl, Yarn-overs (yo), casting on and binding off

materials:
Homespun Yarn (or other bulky weight yearn)
10.5 circular needle, 40″ (cm)

Directions:

Adult Size
Cast on 131 using Long Tail method.
Row 1- Purl
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- Purl
Row 4- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 5- Purl
Row 6- Knit
Row 7- Purl
Row 8- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 9- Purl
Row 10- Knit
Row 11- Purl
Row 12- Bind off loosely

Child Size
Cast on 101 using Long Tail method.
Row 1- Purl
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- Purl
Row 4- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 5- Purl
Row 6- Knit
Row 7- Purl
Row 8- Knit 1, *(yo, Knit 1)*
Row 9- Purl
Row 10- Knit
Row 11- Purl
Row 12- Bind off loosely

(c) 2008, Jeanie Stave.
Permission to knit as many as you like, but please do not sell any scarves made from this pattern. Making copies is ok!