PDX Blogger Hop: Melissa

Edited to add a different pic and some more info. Melissa (looking at angels) I have not officially met Melissa. She was at the Blogger gathering in July but let me tell you it was one packed room. She was on one side and I was on the other. Maybe next time I will get to know her personally. Her Blog Days of Tea and Knitting has recently been all about the spinning of colors. She has great color sense and creates great yarns to knit with. I can’t wait to see what she does with the autumn colored yarn. She also knits for Knitpicks. On to the interview: 1) What is your dream job? If not fiber related, how does fiber play a part? Colorist for a yarn manufacturer. I used to be a colorist in the printed textile industry and that was really different, but what I imagine MIGHT be a job in the yarn industry would be following color trends and choosing new colors for each new season. I LOVE color. 2) What most influences your knitting? As I’ve said on my blog, nature. Textiles in general draw a great deal from motifs found in nature. Most people find patterns in nature to be interesting and soothing.In knitting, I like to take it one step further as so many of the yarns I like are tweedy. I like things that look somewhat organic. Sure, a bright pink modern sweater is great fun, but mostly I’m drawn to muted colors and lots of texture. 3) What is the most interesting thing you have done with a knitting needle? I think I used one as a gardening tool once. You know, an old, bright orange aluminum one in size 11 from the 60’s that lose it’s...

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PDX Blogger Hop

Back when the Yarn Harlot graced our dear city, she asked all the bloggers to raise their hands. It shocked many a one. I personally was not suprised. I know I am alone here on the fringes of knitting land. My resources are few and my SnB is Google Reader. I get to talk, laugh and share with each one of you. Now I get to participate in a group that I just happen to be “close” to. I might not see them each week, but we have an active and supportive Yahoo Group. We met at Knit/Purl in July. It was hot but a great time of camaraderie. Now we want to share ourselves with our readers and let you know about the awesomeness that is the PDX Bloggers. We are having a Blog Hop this week. This is the first of many. A few brave agreed to show the rest the ropes. This week you will meet : Rodger from Over Abundance, Duffy from FiberQat and Melissa from Days of Tea and Knitting. We each have questions that we will be asking each other. Look forward to these lively interviews on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will answer my questions today. Enjoy. 1) What is your dream job? If not fiber related, how does fiber play apart? Well my dream in college was to get married, have kids and stay at home and do crafts (aka knitting) all day. Who doesn’t! Well I was not really interested in the kid thing and still not too sure about it, and marriage was not really the top of my list. I determined that I needed to go to art school. Yes that would make my dream real. As I completed my art program nearing graduation, some students asked about why sub par artists are accepted to our school. The teacher responded that good students would excel and be heard from in the future. Students that were not very good would never get off the ground and thus not sully the schools name. I was feeling rather low at the point and thought that maybe I was just destine to craft away in secret never to get past making family Christmas presents. My first two attempt to sell my work failed – maybe it was because I was sewing and my true calling was in another medium. I had always knit. I had even been excited about being one of those designers. You know the ones. The ones in magazines. The ones in books. That dream had fallen flat until this Winter when I ran into a random stranger (later to be known at the yarn harlot) who told me to go talk to Tina of Blue Moon Fiber Arts. Ummm Blue Moon. Nahh they are too big they don’t need me. Then again when I entered a yarn shop in Portland, I was told to apply for a job with Tina. Ummm…Ok. Well now I have my dream job I am designing for Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I am at home knitting all day. Some days its fun others I want to hurl something. My friends occasionally call me to make sure none of my DPNs have turned on me. I don’t own straights. The useless little buggers.2) What...

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FO Friday: Baby Edition 2

Man for all the baby knitting, I should be having my own. ::throat clearing:: my dear family don’t think this is a wish, it is an observation. One baby item is going to a family member. Churchable’s cousin’s wife is having a baby. So after contemplating a pattern in my mind, searching Ravelry for what I was thinking about, I cast on for the EZ February Baby Sweater. It is too cute and I just barely ran out of yarn. Little Marshall girlPattern: Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) from Knitter’s Almanac Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece color CW-380 Dusty Sage and some Knit One Crochet Too Wick color 120 – Natural Needles: Crystal Palace US 6 Circular Thoughts: I actually talked about this last Friday, but ended up changing the closure because the method I planned on doing was not going to work. I was going to use snaps that you pound into each other but the knitted material was too thick. Instead I used snap tape on the instead and four decorative buttons. I washed the sweater in the machine and air drier it. I have had good results with this method of care. When you put Cotton Fleece in the dry it pills alot. The other baby that was expected and she came on time, but you have to know her mother to not be shocked by this. One of my friends from college that lives in the NW had a baby girl. Pattern: Saartje’s Bootees (PDF)Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts STR Mediumweight Colorway: Autumn (not currently on the site) about 18 grams of yarn (use your sock leftovers for these cuties)Needles: Crystal Palace US 1 (2.25mm) DPNsThoughts: Cute, Quick, Easy. What more could you want in a...

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Monkey Sock Swap THREE Questionnaire

Monkey Sock Swap THREE Questionnaire The basics:Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? I feel that I am an intermediate sock knitter. I know how to fit a sock on a picky wearer aka Churchable my husband. The measurements:Shoe Size: US 7 ½ and 38 EURFoot circumference: 8 ¾ inchesFoot length: 9 inchesI prefer my socks to have a tight gauge and to have about 10% negative ease. Yarn Preferences:What colors do you love? Brown, Orange, Reds (rust and burgundy), blues (antique blues and dark blues, not much on the baby blues), and greens ( I love most any green) Fall and Forest colors are faves. Do you prefer solids or variegated? I tend to knit myself solid or colors within the same color family. I love the variegated but I just have not brought myself to knit them. I have a skein of Silkie STR that is crying out to be a sock. Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? Wool and cotton, but not acrylic unless its calmer. I am a complete and utter fool for bamboo. What colors would you never wear? Pink, mauve, and purple (plum and burgundy are ok) What are your favorite brands of yarn? STR (yup that is all the socks yarn that I like to knit with that I have knit with) I have knit with Opal, Lorna’s Laces, Sockotta, Wildefoot, and Koigu. ( I don’t enjoy knitting with these, but I don’t mind wearing this yarn. In reference to Opal, I hate it with a passion. I am sorry if it is your fav or old stand by.) Are there any new brands you would like to try? Louet Gems solid color, but I would prefer indie yarn dyers: Scout, Dream in Color Smooshy (series 200 or 300), Wollmeise, Yarn Pirate, and See Jayne Knit Cookie A. Patterns:Which of her patterns have you already knit? None but I lust after all of them. Which pattern(s) would you like to knit and don’t already own? I don’t own any at this point. I am most interested in Twisted Flower. Other pertinent information:Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? I would like a US pal, since my SP will be an International pal. Do you have any allergies? To petroleum products, so anything with glycerin, or mineral oils. Those are the most common names for petroleum products. I have no problem with plastic bags and such, just liquids and semi solids that they place in foods or body products. Will your knitting be exposed to smoke or animals? I have two dogs. Are you on Ravelry yet? If you don’t mind having new friends, what is your Ravelry name? yes,...

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WIP Wednesday

Hey folks, This is the second WIP of the month. Where are we? Well I almost finished that first project for Blue Moon. I am currently writing up the pattern which I have found that I hate doing. I don’t mind writing long hand but typing it into the computer is a pain in the butt. My goal is to have that done by midnight tonight (if not churchable may come home from his night shift to find a blear-eyed crazy women armed with knitting needles.) Ok happier things. I finished two things which is great that means you have something to read about on Friday. I also have some pieces that I have cast on. One you can see here on the blog because it is for me. I am knitting the Coquette Lace Tube Top from Fitted Knits. I decided that the Knitpicks Cotlin would be great for the overall feel. It is working out, but in the process I found out that I have 2 Crystal Palace US 6 circulars that have different mm sizing. Man does this throw off your swatch gauge. I don’t even know which one is which. Oops. But I do know that the one skein that has been knitted into the top fits. Yeah. Of course there will not be any modeled shots of this item till later. Much later. The other project I cast on this weekend was for Si my SIL for Christmas. Now I know she reads this blog because she leaves comments. What a nice SIL? But that means we have stealth knitting. I have come up with an answer well sort of. That is to send you to my project page in Ravelry. Yes I know some of you are still waiting, but I have heard rumblings that we are going live soon so you won’t be left out for too long. Now Si if I find a profile of yours on Ravelry. I will be very upset. Her present is reported about here. I am also one skein into this project. I have decided that I will be working on a project one skein at a time so that I can get work done and give my WIP equal attention. The entrelec socks will get one row of blocks at a time and churchable’s socks will get some time (I don’t know how to divide that.) I have also joined to swaps for the next couple of months. I will be posting about those over the next couple of days. Before I post my SP info, I have promised myself to finish up the pattern for my SP from SP10 and send it off. Yes I am a bad pal, but the yarn was back ordered for 3...

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Secret Pal 10 final package

My secret pal had to wait till July and somehow the package came at the end of the month. Well my wonderful pal this round was Elizabeth Manning from Manning Knits. She blogs with her mother. She sent me some yarn that she had spun (the purplish yarn) and dyed (the green, which she sells on her website.) I have not decided what to do with the handspun (it is fingering weight), but the green yarn is going to be a Boteh Scarf from Interweave Crochet Spring 2007 (scroll down it is in the middle of the page). Just so you know I have not gone to the dark side. I knew how to crochet before I could knit. She also included a dog sweater kit (patterns and needles), buttons (I might have to put those on the black cardi that I am planning to make), tea, cedar disks (that made it into my sweater and sock drawers), and the cute little penguin book marks. Thanks pal. Sorry I did not post...

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FO Friday – a day early and plenty of goodies

Pattern: Fifi from French Girl knits Yarn: 4 1/2 balls Rowan Calmer color Khaki Needles: Crystal Palace US 1 DPNs Thoughts: Finally she is finished. I like the look but I have issues with the pattern, the length, my bind off on the arms. The pattern was not very clear which I think is weird for such a more upscale pattern company. I cast on 3 times for this pattern and I still am not happy with the neck line. It needs to be bigger (next time I will cast on 140 on smaller needles and then switch to larger ones after rnd 6). Because this yarn stretches, I thought I had the right length, but once I put the BO garment on it seemed a little shorter than my desire. I tried a new stretchy BO which works for the bottom, but not the sleeves. The sleeves probably need to be knit on a needle one size down with a basic BO. Mods: I got to the BO for the S, but it did not meet at the underarms. (now it seems, It might have fit if I had split there and had increased in the side seam.) So I did the full increases for the L/XL on the bust but not the sleeves. I put in bust darts – 2 on each side ( I had holes were I wrapped and turned so I duplicate stitched that area so you could not see the holes.) It seems to me that you might have been able to do a regular short row bust dart. I did 7 decreases on each side starting 2 inches before my waist (in this I did not follow directions but rather turned the side areas into k1p1 areas). I also did the same number of increases for my hips as soon as I completed the decreases. My BO was a K2tog pass st back to LFT needle and k2tog. It worked really great. Churchable’s 4th socks Pattern: Basketcase Socks Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight Colorway Minestone Needles: Crystal Palace US 2 Circular Thoughts: He loves these socks. They fit great on him. I have learned that 60st with this yarn works great for him. He likes snug socks. Pattern: Sweater with Cables from Rebecca #30 Yarn: Laine de Schaffhouse Livia color 32 (held double) Needles: Crystal Palace US 8 Circular and US 6 Circular Thoughts: I am not so fond of this pattern. I looked good on the model, but I made a mistake and made the wrong size (36/38). I know better but oh well. I also don’t like the two cables going over my breasts. They are too wide for me. I might wear this with a button down shirt, but I don’t know. Marshall baby girl jacket Pattern: EZ February Baby Jacket Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece color CW-380 Dusty Sage and some Knit One Crochet Too Wick color 120 – Natural Needles: Crystal Palace US 6 Circular Thoughts: This is not completely finished but it will be at the end of the weekend when I mail it off to the new addition to the family. Churchable’s cousin is having a baby and I wanted to make something. I had been thinking about this. Suddenly on...

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WIP Wednesday

You thought I forgot. No I just had a hard day. I had my annual GYN appt and it did not go well and she does not know what is wrong. It may allergic reaction to meds or other things that effect the nice little formula I had. Well at least she is on it. Ok onto happier things. WIPs. They have changed. Ok maybe not the Entrelec socks but everything else is different. I have not worked on the Entrelec socks. I want to but other things are more important or easier. Right now my brain is craving simple. It also is going to soon have a bad case of startits. I am debating between Christmas presents or knitting for me. The selfish part of me wants to yell ME, but I think I will start a Christmas present. And since the beautiful women that the 2 knitted presents belong to read this blog I can’t blog about them. What maybe I will be selfish so I have blogging material. What to do? What to do? Oh have you felt the Silkie Blue Moon Socks that Rock? I just got some today when I went up to work and oh my goodness, I don’t want to put down the small swatch. Can I sell the little princess for a swatch pet? A swatch pet won’t bark or wake you up at night. It will just love me and caress me gently like a lovely gentle lover. I want to cast on socks, but as usual my work knitting is not socks. Well my only work in progress other than the entrelec socks is a sock for churchable. I finished is previous pair of socks the day before the Mariners Stitch n Pitch, so that I could knit on his Mariners colored sock yarn. He picked out this Lorna’s Laces color at Linda Knit n Stitch shop on our anniversary weekend (actually he took me on a yarn hop. I mean what an awesome guy to take his wife away for the weekend and listen to knitting podcasts in the car and go to knitting stores.) Well while at the game I found out that Tina had dyed up some Mariners yarn for Tricoter. It was awesome but she sold out way too fast. I am waiting for a new dye lot so I can get some for churchable. Guess what FO Friday is coming a little early and it will be jam packed with yarn finished goodness. I even have a FO that did not stop for air. It tried to get knit in under 24 hours. The silly thing did not realize that I needed to do something other than sit on my...

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Wow I think I am back

So this always seems to happen to me when I leave my little blog alone, I get used to not caring for it and I enjoy the leisure of getting sucked into different projects and now Ravelry (I got my invite back when I was on vacation in June. My name if you have not found me is rchrispy.) The last time I posted, I showed ya’ll some UFOs. Well the green one is completed and awaiting its reveal on Friday. The yellow one had its end rewoven in and was worn on Sunday. The cream one is not mine no matter how talented I am, that is a store-bought sweater. I was trying to darn it and do some other things, but alas I do not have the skills of Grumperina. So instead I will use my superpowers of design and knit the pattern and it will be bigger and better than before. I have the perfect cream yarn to reknit it in (It was actually the yarn I was going to use to darn it.) I wanted to post on Friday (7/20), but as I was doing some final things on the computer – I lost my connection. Come to find out. Everyone in town with DSL lost their connection. Knowing our town it was probably meth heads looking for metal. Well churchable was in great need of a break, so we took a vacation. It was not very complicated but relaxing. The first part of the time we hung out with his buddy from college in Seattle. Then we head out to camp. Now remember it was pouring down rain that week. We spent the night in Leavenworth (not raining), Mountain Loop highway area (raining but gone by morning) and Bainbridge Island (not raining). Churchable did some trail running with one of our dogs and I knit on work stuff and garner inspiration from the wilds of washington. We attempted to climb Mt. Pilchuk. Yes I know it is not tall or hard, but I was hungry (we forgot half our kitchen supplies and the breakfast food we brought could not be cooked with what we had) and the skitters were driving me nuts. Plus I was nervous that we would miss the ferry to go to Bainbridge so that I could attend a class with Amy Singer. I had plans of a shower before I met the goddess of Knitty.com. Yes for taking me out in the woods when I was supposed to be working with yarn, meant that I got to do stuff later in the week. My knitting events accounted for a class with Amy Singer on No Sheep for You and Stitch n Pitch. I had a blast at both. We had to leave early from the game since the little silver princess got out of our friends backyard and was picked up by a stranger. Thank goodness for tags. Since we got back, I have been knitting my butt off. Sometimes refusing to feel the pull of sleep till 4am because I got the perfect idea and I am sooooo close. I have one project down for Blue Moon and am going to be doing the finishing touches the rest of the week. Since tomorrow is WIP Wednesday, I will hold...

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WIP Wednesday – a little late

This week has been rather discouraging. I have worked two days, but have very little to show for it. Nothing seems to be moving. I know my personal projects aren’t advancing because they have not been touched since before Weekend Wrap-up. In addition to my works in progress, I cleaned up my yarn in waiting space and found UFOs that just need little things done like weave in ends, duplicate stitch over unraveling stitches, and seaming up side seams. I am bummed. Tonight I will be taking some things to the Tigard Knitting Guild to get some help. On the bright side, I had a good time at the yarn swap. My yarn was lovingly snatched up at the first rounds of choosing. I got yarns that I have wanted to try and one of my yarn cracks specifically Cotton Crack. I already know I want to use the Cotton Crack for Green Gable. I also am excited about next week. Churchable and I are headed up to Seattle. I don’t know what we will be doing exactly, but I do know that we will finish off our time at the Stitch n Pitch game Thursday night. I also will be taking a class at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. The teacher is Amy Singer and the class is on No Sheep for You. I am so excited since I am interested in designing with nonwool items. We will be leaving on Friday so I don’t know if I will post on FO Friday or even if I had anything to...

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