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Monthly Archives: September 2011

I’ve been using the amazing new Icelandic pattern book to knit wrist warmers for the upcoming sale. Two more sets done, one more set just started on the needles. I cannot believe the sheer number of amazing patterns in this book!

Riesines 9

Icelandic book wins again

I’ve also been continuing the yarn reclaiming and weaving it into new things. Up first a set of large dish towels, formerly known as an unattractive cotton sweater. Bill Cosby has a lot to answer for when it comes to men’s sweaters for the past 20 years.

Upcycled

Upcycled towels

I’ve also finished two silk and cashmere scarves, 100% silk for the warp and 100% cashmere for the weft. The silk provides a nice, solid warp for the softer upcycled yarn that I wouldn’t trust in a warp.

Quick tips on weaving with reclaimed yarn:
1) Remember that the yarn has already shrunk once. That means you need to sett and weave things a little tighter in order to get a solid weave. Think twill.
2) I’ve found I need to pull it a little tighter in the weft that usual – just to make sure the ramen parts are all stretched out before I beat things into place.

Even with all the upcycling, I still cannot resist new yarn. Found this alpaca/silk blend at Showers of Flowers.

Showers Alpaca

Yes, even more yarn

Recent audiobooks:
Daemon by Suarez, to make all the sys admins out there happy.

Ready Player One by Cline. A must read for anyone who was a teen in the 80s. It’s a moral imperative. (If you recognize that phrase, you are required to listen to this audiobook. For extra geek points, the audiobook is performed by Wil Wheaton.)

“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra

Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins is having their 19th Birthday sale tomorrow (Saturday). If you are anywhere nearby (within a two hour drive or so), stop by. I haven’t found a nicer group of yarn ladies anywhere!

Thanks to Tita, I’ve been alerted to a new yarn bomb in Boulder. Cozies for the B-Cycle stations! Unfortunately, the cozies have been stolen. Sounds as if our stalwart knitters, Christina and Jason Fitzgerald will try, try, again. Well Done Them.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” – Dr. Seuss

Big yarn and fabric sale at Tangle online as well. Check out all the lovely sale items here, including some Sugar Rush – yarn made out of sugar cane.

This weekend is the big sidewalk sale at Recycled Lamb in Lakewood, Colorado. Isn’t that just one of the best names for a yarn shop ever?

News is, literally hundreds of pounds of yarn have arrived in the shop this week, so there is plenty to choose from. If you’re in the area, run past and start shopping for your fall/winter crafting. They’re closed Monday for Labor Day, but they are open Sunday, September 4th from 12:30 – 4:00.