Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

SOTSiii - Hint #1

Here is my first hint of Secret of the Stole iii. I know Jo is going to knit this one too but she has to finish up a project. I LOVE the beads in the stole and placing them is super easy. No prestaranding the 600+ beads the stole needs.

As for what I think the answer to hint #1 is its TREE, But I could be wrong.

Monday, August 04, 2008


I have my SOTS 3 swatch done and it is now unblocked. The 15th can NOT get her fast enough the wait is KILLING me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Yarn Fairy & Olympics Knitting

I got some more yarn yesterday. There is 8 skeins of Wool of the Andes, 5 skeins of Palette, 3 skeins of Gloss lace (this is for SOTS3), 1 skein of CotLin, set of Harmony size 3 24" Circulars (also for SOTS 3), and a set of size 13 Options tips. The size 13 tips are to knit a bag with. I was surprised I didn't have this size but had the size 15 tips.

Here is A Little Slip of a Thing that I finished up this morning. I added the grommets and tied on the strap. I will be making 2 more of these during the Ravelry Olympics. I hope to get both done before the closing ceremonies.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stole Time

After seeing the last 2 secret of the stoles, I decided it was time to get over my fear of knitting lace with lace weight yarn. Charts don't scare me its knitting lacy delicate lace that gets me. I have no clue why I have issues. Maybe its because I have a 3 yr old and have concentration issues.

I picked out Knit Picks Gloss after originally picking out Knit Picks Shadow. The more I looked at Pink Posy Heather the more I thought it was WAY too pink for my tastes. With Brian's Help we picked out Gloss in Celery. Along with the yarn I got a set of Knit Picks Harmony needles. I have a set of their 32" needles in nickel but they felt too long when I was knitting my sample.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Houston: We have a single...

You heard me right I have single on the wheel. :) Only a week later and I'm up and running. Thank you Paradise Fibers and your Lendrum How-To Videos. Here are pictures of the roving and the single on the bobbin. They roving is from Yarn Smiths in Springfield, Ohio. (THANK-YOU MOMMY!!!)

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Knitter and the Wheel

After several post on different forums I have found out the my wheel is an Ashford Traditional. It is actually a Kit Kraft versio0ns from the 60's/70's single treadle, single drive, and single speed. On a very positive note, I can get all the extras for if it where a newer traditional.

We have been going through our acquaintance period and are starting to get to know each other. I have figured out treadling and seem to have that down to a consistent motion. Now if we could get our act together and get the draft to stay with the leader to make a single.

I took off the white "leader" , for lack of a better word, that was on the one bobbin and replaced it with some Knit Picks Palette yarn. We've been able to get about 2 inches worth of roving to stay and try to put some twist into it. The attempts at spinning only last 15 minutes or so then I get frustrated and put wheel back in "time out".

Michelle is doing VERY well with the wheel. Every once in while she'll put her foot on the treadle or touch the end of the flyer by the orifice. I had to put the kate under my desk in the cubby area so she would leave it be. I guess 3 empty bobbins look like a fun thing to play with.

On another note, I've gotten creative and built a second spindle. This one is light enough that I can get some rather thin singles from to hopefully ply and make a lace weight. I do know next time I ply it will be on the wheel cause plying on a spindle was NOT very fun and it took a few days of spinning.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Here is the wheel. Right now it is a mystery wheel. Originally I though it was an Ashford Tradtional but I see no plate or any of the normal Ashford marks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

We have YARN!


Pre wash
Post Wash


and YARN!!!!

This is my first skein of yarn. Spun and plyed it ALL on the spindle. Measured my Niddy Noddy(which is made from PVC pipe) and counted the wraps to come up with roughly 272yrd. I'm going to guess and say I've for a sport weight yarn.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PS3: Orange, Pink & Red

Change Purse



Here is Michelle's new ensemble. They are made from Lilly Sugar 'n Cream 100% Cotton. The color is Lazy Daisy. I really like how the orange and pink are varigated through with a touch of yellow. The set just screams sping to me.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

PS3: Fire

Here is my Project Spectrum: Fire Project.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Project Specturm: Elemental Fire

I have started on my second project spectrum project. The first one is a pair of ankle length socks. Now If I had a camera that worked LOL I would post a picture of the socks.

The sweater is being done in Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby in Carrots Oh No!! LOL I get a kick out of the name for the yarn. This will be the first adult sized sweater I've done. Hope it will fit my mom when its done. I know how to knit sweaters and piece them together so No big deal.

Now I just need to get it knitted. Ha Ha. I've only got 30" for the back to do then work the pattern for the front. I figured knitting it in would be a little easier than tryingto go back and do a duplicate stitch later on.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Knitting with Debbie

I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books and have also found out that she is a knitter and also has several knitting books out now. The one books coincides with one of her novels. I think I'm going to have to check out some of er knitting books.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Learning to Spin

For Christmas I received a high whorl drop hand spindle. It is very beautiful and the hand painted design on the top is gorgeous. I also got the book "Spinning in the Old Way" by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts. The book is VERY informative and full of illustrations. My problem, I'm just not grasping it.

Maybe this is going to be one of those I need to see it in SLOW motion to get it or it could be that I'm left handed and that is posing a problem. Who know with me. I'm "backwards" so that may just be my problem.

Here is my beautiful spinner.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Knitting "club"

I finally ventured out of my "shell" and went to knitting group tonight. They meet one Wednesday nights for an hour for knitting and coffee. I had a really nice time and got to meet C.C., C.C.'s 8 yr old daughter, Damira, and Amy.

I took my Entrelac scarf with me to work one. I would really like to get it finished before the wedding in 3 weeks. I know I can do it if I stop starting NEW projects. That is my down fall, I see stuff I want to knit and sort of start it before I finish off another project. Since I have a nice LONG car ride to Florida I need something to work on while keeping Brian company and playing navigator.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Crochet Ville Spring Fling Swap Questionnaire

Here is the questionnaire for the Crochet Ville Spring Fling Swap.

Since we are an international group I will do my best to match people from the USA with people in the USA and so on. If you have an APO/FPO address you have the option of swapping with someone in the USA or Over Seas. You can choose to contact your person or you can be completely secret. I like the TOTAL surprise aspect of swaps but that is just me.

Sign ups will be open from Today (Jan 14th) until February14th, yes I realize this is a month. I will try to have your swap Partners out to you before the February 28th. Your Box need to be post marked no LATER than March 31st, the weekend after Easter.

You can email me (knittinmitchie AT gmail DOT com) the questionnaire or leave it as a PM on the Ville(I'm KnittinMitchie). Also if you have any questions you can leave it here on the blog, email me or pm me.

Here are some suggestions for what to put in your pal's box:

  • At least one skein of yarn or thread
  • A pattern, this can be printed from the internet from a free pattern site, preferably something they can make with their skein of yarn or thread.
  • Small bag/bar of your pals favorite candy. After all the swap will be around Easter.
  1. Full name and screen name:
  2. Postal address:
  3. Email address and preferred method of contact:
  4. Price range 15£ or $15 (this DOES NOT include postage):
  5. Any allergies? Pet free/ smoke free, what's your preference? Do you smoke or have pets?:
  6. Color and fiber preference, favorite tool, favorite hook size, and what you like to crochet:
  7. What do you drink Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa and what is your favorite candy:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Amigurumi Octopus

Here is Mr. Octopus. The pattern is from Knit 1 Magazine and can be found HERE. His body is done in single crochet and the legs are i-Cords. Over all he is a rather easy projects.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


I finished Sheldon earlier today. He will be leaving our home in Texas and traveling to Virgina for a first birthday. Sheldon will have a n octopus as a travel partner once I get Mr. Octopus crocheted.