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Thanks for all the commiseration with my sock machine woes of the last post. Thanks also to those of you that pointed out the Houdini Socks. I’ve only glanced at the article/pattern so far, but it looks promising. I never would have seen it otherwise, so thank you!

I have yet to touch the sock machine again since last weekend. I know they say the older you get the faster the time goes, but I never thought it could be *this* true. I have no idea where the weekend went. We were cleaning for Thanksgiving, we went shopping, I did some dyeing (which I hope to show you soon) and then all of the sudden I was getting up for work! Huh?!? Guess it’s just going to be that kind of end of the year around these parts.

So it looks like this will be a post of many random things. I hope you’re ready because here it goes!

Random thing the first. My Dad went to Argentina recently by way of Chile. I asked him to bring me home an alpaca.

alpaca patch

He got close. ;)

Random thing the second. I finally got to wear my Annemor Gloves that I finished in the spring.

Finally got to wear them!

I’m usually far from the “matchy matchy” type but by sheer coincidence these happen to match the headband I made as my first Fair Isle project back when the first knitting olympics happened. And both these match my winter coat. HWJF tells me I’m cute. I’ll take his word for it.

Random thing the third. In between everything else I’ve got going on I’ve been working on cleaning the mohair fleece I bought at Rhinebeck.

mohair locks

I wish y’all had “Feel-o-blog” or something. It is taking quite a bit of doing to get these suckers clean but when they are? Soft and fluffy and just amazingly awesome. I can’t wait to start carding these into some sock yarn batts for the shop and myself!

Random thing the fourth. I had a local MLA chapter meeting last week and since my other knitting has too much patterning going on I decided to work a bit on my plain old stockinette socks.

I shouldn't be knitting this sock but I am.

Only the toe was done when the meeting started. I love being productive while listening to people speak, but part of me really wishes I’d been working on Christmas knitting. We will be having our Christmas with my parents early this year and I’ve only got about three weeks left to knit! EEEK!

And finally, random thing the last. I finished up another spinning order.

strawberry rhubarb yarn

Approximately 700 yards of fingering weight two ply merino yarn.

strawberry rhubarb yarn closeup

Strawberry Rhubarb Colorway. Squishy goodness. I really hope some of the folks that have been getting yarn for me will share what they’re making with it. I’m so anxious to see!

That’s about it from here. Happy Monday y’all. Think I’ll go watch me some football with the boy. :)

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It seems all my crafting these days is for someone else. Sure the holidays are coming, so it’s par for the course, but then there’s that little shop thing and well, there isn’t much time for stuff for ME! This is not a complaint, just a general longing for the day, which I know will be soon, when I can come home and settle down to work on some stuff that I’ve got floating around in my head for purely selfish purposes. I think it’s one of Murphy’s Laws that they left off.

When you must make stuff for others you will want to make stuff for yourself.

At least I don’t remember seeing that one on the list. I’m sure you can all understand me on this one.

So exactly what have I been up to? Many things that I can’t show you since they are for gifts, but some that I can because they are not, or the surprise has been ruined (we’ll get to that).

First up, after some technical assistance from HWJF I finally have gift cards for the holidays in the shop.

Holiday Gift Cards!

Available in any dollar amount. Tell your friends and family! ‘Cause who wouldn’t want the gift of fiber for the holidays?! ;) And yes, Anne, fiber club announcement coming soon! I promise! ;)

Then, do you remember the red yarn that was quite red enough? I fixed it.

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Much better. :) I got a lovely note from the customer who was quite happy with it. That always makes me feel good!

I also spun up another laceweight order. This time it was for 800 yards and I overshot it, but not by quite as much. DC Sunrise colorway (but you probably knew that).

DC sunrise lace for Linda

DC sunrise lace for linda closeup

I can’t decide if I like the black background or the white one better for these shots. Any opinions?

I’m nearly done for the next order as well. This time it’s the Strawberry Rhubarb colorway and fingering weight.

strawberry rhubarb in progress

It’s really funny. I keep feeling like I’m spinning *really* thick yarn after all that lace. At least I’ve gotten to the point that I don’t have to keep thinking about it too hard.

After this order I have one more scheduled, in DC sunrise and I’ll have filled all my current spinning orders. I certainly wouldn’t mind adding anyone to the spinning order queue, but I am looking forward to spinning for personal use again.

The next two items are kind of special. I’m sure many of you have heard about the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm CSA by now. Some of the first shareholders are receiving their yarns and fibers now and they are quite lovely! Someone found my shop on Ravelry and asked me to dye their cormo/mohair blend yarn for them. Here’s the result:

Custom dyed yarn

It was lovely stuff to work with and it bloomed quite nicely as a result of the dyeing process. It’s always a little nerve wracking doing something like this just because trying to describe color in words and by e-mail could certainly lead to discrepancies. But I’m happy to report I had yet another happy customer. :) I can’t wait to see what she makes with it.

Similarly, when Deb came to me and asked me to dye some of her cormo I was equally nervous and flattered. I didn’t want to mess it up and was very happy to think that she would trust me with this precious fiber that I knew she loved so much. We had a bit of a time deciding in colors, but in the end Deb decided to draw inspiration from the farm logo. I think I got pretty darn close.

mvcolorway for deb

There are hints of pink that you can’t really see in there because of the braiding. It was a fun challenge and I’m glad it worked out so well. Can’t wait to see how it spins up Deb!!

There is more to report but let’s save it for Friday shall we? See you then!

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It’s live and waiting for you!

Aug update

Go to Zarzuela’s Fibers!! Happy shopping!! :)

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My Summer of Socks has been pretty much slow and steady instead of a flurry of activity like some in the SOS group on Ravelry. Many have already posted their second pair. All I can say is at least I’ve got the first sock of my second pair done!

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Please shade your eyes for the apparently blinding whiteness that is my leg.

I originally started out the summer thinking I could probably do about a pair a week. Enter etsy shop and Tour de Fleece.

Yeah. Not so much.

Not that I regret either of those things, but that means that sock knitting is pretty much relegated to those times when I’m not home and can’t have a wheel with me. Home means dyepots and wheels. End of story.

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These are proving a fun knit though. If I had more time to dedicate to them, they’d probably be done by now.

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For the weekend I’ll be going to a spinning gathering tonight, working on Saturday (ugh!) and just maybe, getting a little rest on Sunday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! :)

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How about the FO first?

Spring Forward Socks

Spring Forward (1)

Pattern: Spring Forward from Knitty.com
Yarn: Socks that Rock lightweight in Firebird
Needles: Size 1 addi turbos
Knit: 6/21-7/1/2008
Mods: none

I’m very happy with how these turned out! I have a feeling this pattern might end up being one of those “viral knits” that everyone ends up doing at least once. It’s well written, easy to memorize and works with a variety of yarns. I’ve seen several other lovely versions in the SOS’08 group on Ravelry, so there’s already plenty of proof out there.

Spring Forward (2)

Besides, what’s not to love about how the pattern squiggles back and forth? And the lacey but not too lacey-ness of it all?

Spring Forward

And despite being far from my usual color range, I really do love this STR colorway. Definitely a perfect combination for a great summer knit.

And now for a big announcement…

You know how I’ve been doing a lot of dyeing lately?

July 1st rovings

And a lot of spinning too?

Handspun Yarns

Did you, by any chance, wish that some of these rovings or yarns might be yours someday? You’re in luck! Announcing

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Zarzuela’s Fibers!! My new etsy shop!!

Obviously I’ve had *way* too much free time on my hands lately ;) so I’ve decided to start myself a little side business. You’ll find hand dyed spinning fibers in a variety of colorways (not just blue! Really!) and types of fiber (BFL, superwash merino, and Romney to name a few) and a few handspun yarns for those of you that don’t spin (but really, resistance is futile y’all)! I invite you to mosey on over and have a look and I’d really love to hear what you think of what I’ve got there so far, so please leave me a comment or a message on etsy! I plan to have more handspun yarns and some hand dyed merino in there next, so please add me to your bookmarks and come back often. And tell your friends!

Happy Shopping! :)

P.S. Big thanks to Tina for not only being my first customer, but also my second and third!!

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