Thursday, August 28, 2008

Stitches Midwest in Schaumberg IL

We just got back from the best time ever! Was down at Stitches Midwest in Chicago area. Three of us Wisconsinites went down to work in the booth for Interlacements Yarns. It was so fun. and the market place was the best one yet. I bought lots of books, I love books, and sock yarns, and some cool buttons. Did I mention that I love books???? So, today am back at work after a week of total knitting/ playing. Hard to stay on topic here.. mortgage or yarn.. hummmm...
I started knitting a new jacket out of a kit I got in our booth. It's the side to side jacket and the sleeves are almost done. I did them out of a mohair and a silk held together and love it!
I'm going to try to have my friend show me tonight how to do the mitered squares. I've always wanted to do some, but can't seem to get the concept down.
The Packers play tonight in GB so, might not get any knitting done, I usually spin during the games and since I have some new roving to spin, I might just do it instead. I have three skeins done and want to finish up the last two balls of roving.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

This is the questionnaire for the new swap I just joined.
Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been at your craft? I knit mostly. I can crochet but not enough to make anything. I have been knitting for about 5 years give or take.
Do you spin? What type of spinning do you do? Yes! I love to spin and I spin alot! I spin wool and exotics into all types of yarn. I love socks and do sock yarn , but I also do some funky stuff and some bulky for purses etc..
Are there any other crafts that you participate in? I used to do some weaving, but not much anymore. I do also of dyeing tho. I dye most of my own fiber and yarn (wools)
What are your favorite yarns/fibers? I love wools and protein fibers that are soft and nice to wear.
What are your LEAST favorite yarns/fibers? Least favorite? Probably acryllic yarns.
Are there any types/brands of yarn that you are dying to work with but haven’t gotten a chance? Not really, I go to alot of wool festivals and the Stitches Midwest so I get to see alot of what is out there and I indulge if I can.
What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet? I love socks, hats, purses, sweaters , ponchos any wearables really!
What are you currently working on? Anything you plan to start this autumn? I've got a couple of things started. I started a roundtrip jacket, a trinity jacket, a baby suprise jacket, and a few pr of socks.
What is your favorite FO? (Please, post a picture if you would like.) Probably my newest handdyed socks.
What is your oldest UFO? UGH... I have a sweater I started a few years ago and got bored with the pattern...
Are their any knitting/crochet techniques that you would like to learn? New pattern stitches mainly. I love the textures they make.
Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yup! and I wear a size 8 womens
Do you have a yarn winder and/or a swift? Yes, and I use both ALOT
Where/how to you keep you needles/hooks? Everywhere- in my truck, in my drawer at work, next to my chair, in the studio and some in the spare bedroom.
Do you collect anything? I like old things. I like rocks, I like cool pieces of art, wood, ceramic and just about anything handmade.
What is your favorite type of music? Are you MP3 ready? Rock and Roll only please! No not MP3 ready...
Do you like sweets? What are your favorites? Chocolate! Dark sweet choc
What is your living situation like? Any pets? Children? married, one dog, four kids all gone from the nest. No grandkids yet.. I have chickens too.
Are you allergic to anything? Penicillan
Do you have an online wish list (Amazon, Etsy, Loopy Ewe, etc.)? Please include links for your swap pal. Nope. I just want it all- like Barbie.. I want it all.
Are you having a birthday during this swap? Birthday is in March 2
What is your Ravelry ID? TraceySchuh

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Blankety blanks!

Dyed a bunch of knit tubes up to unravel and reknit into some cool things. I used wool and cashmere yarn and thickened up my dyes so I could really paint. It was time consuming and alot of work, but I think it was well worth it. Also got a hat done for the Olympics, wish I'd have chosen a larger project. Wonder if I can change my project?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New socks done on the CSM

I spun and then dyed this wool and knit into socks on my CSM. I love the colors and how they both came out so nicely.

I've also been working on the patches exchange we are doing on Ravelry. I made a square for my swap partner Liz and then one for me. And of course started a third to make something else. Was a fun pattern that did not take a ton of concentration so could easily knit it at work or while watching tv.

Friday, August 1, 2008

To garden or to spin???

Seems like summer is going toooo fast. I wanted to spin the whole day tomorrow and get my yarns done for the next project, but I need to work in the gardens and so will probably end up splitting my time between the two. I love summer and want to soak up as much as I can before it's gone.
I'm spinning some roving I got last year at Sheep and Wool from Anne Jackson. It is a red, burgandy, purple and has glitz in it. I'm doing it as a two ply and will be hoping to knit it up as a wearable of some kind.
I want to really look at the patterns out there this year at Stitches in Schaumberg IL when I go . I will be working in the booth again for Judy from Interlacements Yarns, so I have a chance to shop for a bit while I'm at the show. ( love it)
Had only one chick hatch this past month, so will post a picture of the new little peep. He/she is cute, can't tell what it is. Kinda a grey in color tho.

Built a new coop for the chickens and hubby says it is a cadillac of coops. We sided it with left over vinyl siding from the house and garage, and used aluminum clad to do the window area. I have a door with a window and a nester that I can get to without having to go inside. It hinges open from the outside.

Going to the state fair this Sunday for my day to work in the wool room. We sell our things that we've made, and demo for the crowd. Kimi is going with me this year. Have to have a huge cream puff while we are there too.

That's about it, now, knit or garden? Oh, no, it was spin or garden.. to much to do, no time to do it all.... geez.