Monday, December 28, 2009

The Floor is here!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I know I enjoyed mine! It was a little sad in places without my little brother. Sort of like something was missing that should have been there. Still I felt that he must have been there in spirit watching over and laughing with all of the festivities.

I received some very nice gifts this year. The very best was the floor for my new studio. My parents offered to pay for my brand new pergo floor as my Christmas gift. I am absolutely thrilled! Before this there was beige carpet, which works well throughout the rest of the house, but not so much in a dye studio. Now I just need to get all of the yarn and dye moved over here and I should be back in business dyeing up a storm! I have some great ideas for some new colorways for the new year. I can't wait to share them with you guys!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Super Natural Stripes

I finished my first sweater for the baby. I really didn't think it would take this long. I'll be 6 months along on Christmas! I have been working on some other super secret projects, which I can't reveal quite yet, maybe sometime in January...

So the baby sweater I completed is called Super Natural stripes (rav link). The pattern is free online. The yarn called for is Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton, but I substituted Inca Cotton instead. The green is actually a color that the manufacturer can no longer get because of severe loss of the green cotton plants. I really wish they could, because it is my favorite organic cotton color. Luckily I had one magic ball left in my stash which I was saving for a special project. I think this qualifies! I have just enough leftover to make a striped hat to match! I think it would also be really cute and knit out of Ur, with contrasting Desert and Ecru. I might just have to make one up in those colors, since it was such a fun sweater to knit!

Here is a close up of the button. I found it at the Button Emporium in downtown Portland. I just love going in there. I really love the natural wood with the natural cotton. The oak leaves just add something super special to it too. Overall I love this sweater and would definitely knit it again!

Also on the needles and slowly coming along is this set of baby overalls. I started them before I officially knew I was going to have a boy. The pattern is Hermine from Dale of Norway Soft Treasures for Little Ones book. The book is currently out of print, but sometimes they reprint the same patterns in newer books, so make sure to keep an eye out for it if you want it. I have learned the hard way that when I see a DoN pattern I like to grab it before it is gone! The yarn is Dale of Norway baby Ull in Color #2203 yellow and #9436 Olive.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Early Christmas

I am so blessed by all of my great friends and family. Here is a little proof of how awesome they are:

First up the lovely ladies of Knot Another Hat put together a little yarn package for me. Included was 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca's Organic Cotton (the blue yarn in the back), a pattern to go with it, and then a skein of Cashmere 5 yarn (the purple in the front). It all came with a lovely note explaining how I can think of my brother while I knit pretty new things for my new little one to come. I really believe that we put happy thoughts into our projects as we knit them, so I totally plan on doing that as I make my baby little sweaters.

So, what of the red ornament kit to the side? Well, Knot Another Hat also had their December Knit Night with gifts for everyone. I received the lovely ornament kit. It is just perfect, because for next Christmas I am planning a soft baby friendly Christmas tree. This is one of the many reasons why I love and support my local yarn shop!

Next early Christmas present is from my husband! He got a brand new phone, so I got his old one! He also signed me up for a data plan. So now I can check my mail on the go, which means staying connected with LavenderSheep no matter where I am! I'm still getting used to all of the new features, but so far it has been a whole lot of fun! The phone is the G1 Android phone, in case you were curious.

Lastly I will leave you with a picture that makes me smile! This is Blair with his wild winter hair! We had a few dry days in there and his fro puffed up extra huge. He also won't let me cut it because he doesn't want his head to be cold, so for now the wild hair stays!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Wool Single

New yarn! Well, actually I have had it around for awhile. I just recently discovered that it hadn't made it up on the site yet. Ooops!

So, I put it up! This was actually some fun I was having this last fall with kettle dyeing and some lovely wool singles I acquired. I think it will be a permanent fixture in the LavenderSheep line. I just love this yarn so much. It's your standard worsted weight wool single, dyed up in subtle kettle dyed shades. Make sure to check them all out!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

500 and a Tree Hunt

Of all things, I noticed that this is my 500th post! I tried to think up something really cool for my 500th, but my mind went totally blank. Maybe I'll do something extra special for my blogiversary next month. So, instead how about we have some pretty pictures from our tree hunt today? Yay!

Blair found the perfect tree right off the bat! It was awesome! We just started looking around when we found a tree that somebody else had cut down earlier and discarded. This isn't exactly smiled upon in the tree hunting rules, but it happens. The tree looked just fine to us, only a little tall. So we trimmed a bit off the bottom and adopted it as our own!

Soon, my parents found a good tree. They are far more picky about things like symmetry and spacing of branches than we are. Their trees are always beautiful, while ours have a little more character. You can view our trees from 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Molly had a lot of fun wandering around exploring everything. My mom made her a couple of polar fleece jackets, which she just loves during the cold weather months.

Lastly, we need some knitting content! I posted awhile ago that I had knit a Neckwarmer for Blair. Well, I finally got a picture of him wearing it! It kept his nose and chin very warm. He kept moving it between warming his neck and warming his nose. I might take it back out and make it long enough to cover his neck and face, but I'll have to get his final word on it before I decide. Most of the time he folds it over on his neck because he doesn't like it too long.

One last note: I received a message from my website without a return email address. It was as follows:
i would like to order roving for my niece who has just started spinning. could you tell me what quantity of roving to buy, to make leg warmers for a teenager
To answer, I would say 4 oz would probably be enough, but mileage may vary. As in depending on how fine the fiber is spun into yarn will determine how much of it there is to knit. If it is spun at a bulky weight probably more like 6-8oz, whereas there would definitely be more than enough yarn with 4oz of sock weight yarn.

Hopefully, this message gets back to whoever left it on the website. Also, any added advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Happy December!

Well at least, hopefully, calmer than last month! I think I can live with less of the ups if it means less of the downs as well. My family is holding up well. Thankfully my little brother was always an upbeat kind of guy. Even when he was upset it was easy to get him laughing again. So there are plenty of happy memories to think about and not all sad and tears. I'll probably share more as time goes on, especially around Christmas time, which was one of his favorite holidays.

Ok, back to normal, or at least semi-normal.

Last year I ran a sale for Free Shipping ANYWHERE in the world, so that is what I am going to do again this year for the month of December! Check out the shop for more details!

Also, a big THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my brother's passing. Your words have meant more to me and my family than you can ever imagine. We are truly grateful. We hope everyone out there stays happy and healthy this holiday season!