Thursday, November 29, 2007

It Felt Like the Holidays!

I know, bad blog post title, but what can I say I just love making felted things!

These are 3 felted bowls destined to find their way under the Christmas tree. I made mine from the One Skein book using #15US needles, which is what makes it super fast. I knit them by holding 2 strands of Noro Kureyon together. I just picked randomly from my stash from balls that had lost their tags, of course! I just love how the colors change and work so well together! I also managed to get 2 bowls from 2 balls of yarn, which made me very happy.

Here is just a single bowl, that only took one ball of Noro Kureyon in Color #149 Naturals. I took a strand from the outside and a strand from the inside and just knit away. The pears inside are from Interweave Holiday Knits 2006. If you can't find a copy of the magazine noni has just come out with their own pear pattern in their Fall 2007 collection. The pears are a whole lot of fun to make. They are super fast and take only a little bit of yarn. I managed to make all of mine from stashed bits of yarn, except for the yellow one, which came from my friend Jill's stash.

My last finished felt project is actually a birthday present. This was given to the very special Kbear for her 4th birthday. You can check out a better post about her party here. Check out her hair! Blair usually gets asked at work get togethers if she is his child because of her curls.

One last felt project is another pair of felted clogs. This is made mainly from stash-dived yarn. I had 1/2 skein of Eco Wool in color #9012 chocolate/taupe and a skein of Cascade 220 in color #8555 black. I had to buy a skein of Cascade Tweed in color #602 evergreen . I love the cascade tweed. I really want to make a sweater out of it. This project is fun, though I'm not sure of the colors. It is very manly, which is what it is supposed to be, but it just isn't my colors. I had a lot more fun knitting the blue ones a couple of months ago.

Oh, and just to make you feel good, I am almost done with all of my Christmas knitting. There is a slim chance that I might be done before December starts, but I'm not holding my breath for it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy belated Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a very awesome Thanksgiving. Mine went pretty well.

I cooked up quite a bit, but only managed to get a photo of this really awesome Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Streusel center. It is so easy to make, it looks gorgeous, and tastes absolutely scrumptious. I also made my first aspic salad from my grandmother's recipe, but I didn't get a photo, so I will try again for Christmas and share it then.

The really special thing about this Thanksgiving is that my grandmother came to dinner. This is the first Thanksgiving since my grandfather passed away. Last year we had a big family gathering with both of them. This year all of the family was going in different directions, so my parents invited her to dinner. I think she had a pretty good time. I just couldn't stand the thought of her sitting all alone in her room for Thanksgiving dinner. Hopefully she will come for Christmas too!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Holiday Wine Bottle Bag!

I finished the Wine Bottle Bag!

It was so fun to knit. The wonderful part is that it only took 1/2 a skein of Venezia Worsted. That means 2 bags for 1 skein of yarn. The Venezia Worsted is 70% Merino Wool and 30% Silk and absolute heaven to work with.

It is currently for sale in my etsy shop or you can take my class Last Minute Knitted Gifts!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Getting a Little Twisted!

It is now official! LavenderSheep yarn is now available at Twisted!

I hand delivered the box of yarn yesterday. That is 22 colors each in fingering and sport weight yarn. I was really impressed with their shop and their selection of sock yarn. It is definitely worth stopping there if you are a sock-a-holic like I am. Currently they have a website, but they don't sell anything through it yet. Still, if you are in the Portland area make sure to stop by and check it out.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Look! Knitting!

So, business is good, but busy busy busy! Thankfully I have had a bit of time to knit!

I have finished a 2nd square on the Great American Aran Afghan. I definitely have lost my motivation for this project, but maybe I will get it back after the holidays. I am planning on casting on the next square, just to at least get those garter rows started. I am knitting it out of Cascade 220 Color#8010 Natural and Garnstudio Glitter Color #01 Gold.

Next up I started a cable headband in Jennifer Hagan's class. She is an incredible knitwear designer. This pattern is only available in her class, which is well worth taking. I highly recommend if you get the chance to meet her to go and do it, she is a lot of fun. Her pattern line is Figheadh. I am knitting this out of Cascade 220 in color #9404 Ruby.

Sticking with the cable theme, I started this cable mitten in my mitten class. This is technically the 2nd mitten. I knit the 1st one in my 1st mitten class way back in January. You can tell that this one is the 2nd one because the thumb is on the other side. I just looked at the old picture and it is the exact same spot as this one. That is sad, but funny too. Well, when I get them both done I'll show you the completed pair. These are intended for my Blair, so hopefully I can get them done soon since the weather has turned a little chilly. I am knitting these mittens out of Nashua Superwash Color #0034 Olive.

Ok, so something not cabled! I am knitting pears for my grandmother for Christmas and stash busting at the same time. I got the red one done and I had green in my stash, but I didn't have any yellow. I put out the word that I needed just a little bit of yellow to make one bitty pear and my friend Jill came to the rescue! Now I will have the perfect set of pears! I'm also going to make a felted bowl to put all of them in, I just need to experiment first. All three of these are knit out of Cascade 220, with some odds and ends I had on hand.

Lastly I have started these adorable socks. They are knit out of duet sock yarn. I just love that the heels and toes are going to be solid! It is giving me ideas of dyeing up solid color yarns for my own shop, maybe in 50gram skeins...Maybe even semi many ideas so little time =)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hanukkah in November?

Around here at LavenderSheep it most certainly is.

Back in September Woolgirl ordered a bunch of Candy Cane Lane for the upcoming holiday season. It is one of my favorite colorways and I always look forward to this time of year so that I can dye it up again! She was so excited about it too that I had to tell her about its counterpart Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah is my other seasonal favorite. It is just so festive. I have friends that are Jewish that have told me that it is hard to find Hanukkah things (especially in yarn), so what could I do but accommodate them? Woolgirl now has up Happy Hanukkah in fingering sock, sport, and dk/worsted. Go and check them out! Either one is perfect for the knitters on your holiday list or for yourself for a pair of holiday socks!