ODDBALLS

ODDBALLS . . . created from up-cycled materials

I have recently become affiliated with Neighbors by Design, a community-centered design project that uses design as a tool to bring neighbors together and in the process create products made out of materials donated by the neighbors. I have already participated in a pop-up yard sale, where I had an opportunity to sell some of my fiber products and sit-in as a hands-on instructor for the associated pop-up work shop.

I had previously been aware of their mission – to use the resources of our community by recycling and creating products made out of materials that otherwise would end up in the landfill. Most of my product is project based, but I do enjoy “up-cycling” yarn scraps to create something new. As such, I am starting a new line: ODDBALLS . . . up-cycled products hand-made from “up-cycled,” odd balls of yarn . . . from which a percentage shall be donated to a charity/cause, amount and organization to be announced at a future date.

I am hoping the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers will allow an announcement in their newsletter, as I only have scraps from my recent history of stuff I’ve made, and which have already been “up-cycled” into other projects. If they do, I am sure I will have enough to start working on something immediately and then throw a design into the queue with my other projects.

Feedback appreciated.

Winnie The Pooh Baby Beanie: Inception

Love Knitting Blue Fibers Worsted Cotton

At Mini-Mikey’s baby shower, Roxanne asked me to make a special hat for a photo shoot, where she will place the baby in a Hunny pot with the beanie…at least, I think that’s the plan.

I searched “mercerized cotton worsted weight” because I wanted something lustrous and this came up: Love Knitting Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton. The colors – True Red 641 and Dandelion 638 – are perfect, but I am always hesitant to order online, due to extravagant shipping costs, I searched local yarn shops and discovered that out of the possible three stores near me: one was closed; one I was banned from; and the other had no cotton. The one I was banned from probably has what I want, but screw them! Besides this is for my grand/great nephew and I am willing to skip a meal for him – I shouldn’t miss it.

I will be using “Baby Bear” Simple baby beanie pattern, © Rachel Glassco 2015. I hope it comes out the right size. I have a problem with my baby hats not fitting. Too small last time. Wish me luck. Can’t wait for yarn to arrive because in order to avoid shipping, I threw in a set of crochet hooks for me.

Mr. Blue Sky: Ready, Set…

Mr. Blue Sky

…just waiting for the gun to go!

While the yarn was still wet, after dyeing and still in a ball, I started wrapping around my thumb and elbow. That got tiring very fast and I recruited mother to stand in while I wrapped around her spread apart hands. She got tired and I ended up wrapping around the bottom of the dye pot.

I now need a niddy-noddy! 😀

My hank was very small – too small to fit on my swift. Fortunately, I had a coffee can that was the same circumference as the pot. I put the yarn around the pot on the floor and wound it on to the swift. When I came across knots – as this was pieced together from several balls Ana had created for her dye class – I untied them and felted them together. As the yarn was still damp in some spots, I left if on the swift over night with a fan on it.

Today, in an effort to maintain an organized household, I decided to wind Mr. Blue Sky up in a cake. During the process, I had about four to five breaks. I just knotted them – frustrated. I can always try to felt later.

I only used blue food color and I am so happy that I got a lighter shade of blue than expected as I am not a true blue fan. The yarn is from Newton’s Yarn Country and I some of their DK wool.

Mr. Blue Sky: Inception

Newton's Yarn Country DK Wool

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra has been born with the creation of my first hand dyed ombre yarn. I don’t know what it will be and whether or not I will combine with another yarn for something spectacular, though on its own, I think the shade of blue I obtained is right on! I am not exactly sure of the yarn name, but I think it’s from Newton’s Yarn Country. It is definitely wool, per a burn test , and i think the yarn weight is DK.

Old Hooker Learns New Trick

Interlock Crochet Sample

I did it!

Now, what am I going to make?

I have a bag of Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé I picked up along the way. I am thinking baby blanket due to color and yarn weight, right?

But because I don’t have a pattern, I don’t know how far each ball will go, so now I need to learn to interlock crochet in-the-round!

Which, I will have to teach myself!

Make it so!

Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé
Schoeller + Stahl Portofino Soufflé

Giving Yarn to Your Good Cause

YarnCanadaYarnCanada.ca has started what will hopefully be a yearly event of giving yarn to individuals and groups who knit or crochet for good causes.

They’re giving away $2000 worth of yarn and are hoping to get as many applicants as possible to ensure it goes to whoever it will have the maximum impact.

  • 1 x $500 of yarn to a Canadian group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 1 x $500 of yarn to an American group who knits or crochets for a good cause
  • 10 x $100 of yarn to Canadian or American individuals or groups who knit or crochet for a good cause

The details and application page is here: https://www.yarncanada.ca/for-good.

My First Guild Workshop

Adventures In Dyeing

Was made possible by luck.

I did not have the $10 fee back in October when the class was being announced at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers. Fortunately for me and at least one other member, there were enough supplies to participate: A skein of Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Bare (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon) and a mason jar.

I thought I was being clever by folding the hank into the mason jar and applying color on top of each fold; it might have worked better if I had followed the rainbow. Upon completion of the workshop, I was THRILLED with my outcome, née colorway: Leonardo.

When I got home, my impatience got the best of me and I put my yarn in the microwave for three minutes on high to set the color. Guess what? My beautiful orange got muddled with the green above and created a brown…aiyaa! I presume – for ego sake – that had I left the jar in the sun for a week, as instructed, it still would have muddled, but not as much. My other complaint is that the colors don’t seem as saturated now that the yarn has dried. Finally, the outcome is very similar to my Adventures in Dyeing back in May 2015.

Yesterday, I searched for a pattern and could not find one for the amount of yarn I have (462 yards). I am considering purchasing a second skein (Total Yardage: 924), preferring a black/white ombre – make my own? – to alternate with Leonardo. Now that I think about it, maybe I should use a solid with Leonardo, which already is very colorful, reminiscent to me of a garden.

Which color do you think complements Leonardo?

Adventures In Dyeing
Adventures In Dyeing

Yarn Standards

Yarn Weights
Ravelry Yarn Weights
Ravelry Yarn Weights

I love Ravelry, but not their yarn weight determination system. Though as I write this, I think it may be very handy when a yarn weight is unknown. Ravelry’s yarn weight system is based on WPI (wraps per inch). Now that I have learned how this correlates to yarn weight I have a better understanding and will definitely use this when the yarn weight is not clearly identified on the label or that information is missing.

Craft Yarn Council Yarn Weights
Craft Yarn Council Yarn Weights

The tool I use most often is the Craft Yarn Council‘s chart, but I can already see how it is not useful in helping determining the weight of a yarn; unlike the WPI method, one must know or have an idea of what yarn weight one is using.

How do you like that? In the matter of minutes, I have finally cleared up this issue for me.

Addendum

I knew there was something I was missing. WHAT IS THE DIAMETER OF THE TOOL USED IN MEASURING WPI? There must be a standard. I have seen images of wrapping around a pencil, a tool (standardized), but in reality the diameter of the measuring instrument makes a difference in the wrap count. I should look into a WPI tool.

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Post L. A. Yarn Crawl

Knitted Wit

I just now unpacked my purchases from the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. The first was a Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), purchased at The Purl Side, for a Judy’s xmas gift, which will be The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Unfortunately, I just noticed I grabbed two different colors of grey. I wanted the darker one. I had bought one and then we went to lunch across the street. During lunch, I thought I should get one more skein to make sure I had enough to make a shawl big enough from the kerchief pattern. I ran back in grabbed – what I thought was the right color – and we headed off to the next store. Now I need to go all the way back to Glendora, after making sure they have the color I need, to make an exchange. Aiyaa!

Berroco Vintage DK
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The second yarn I bought was an indulgence on my part, mostly for the color: Knitted Wit (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; Yarn Color: Salted Caramel; Yarn Weight: 1, Single Fingering). This was purchased at Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint, after going to Pasadena the wrong month for the Vogue Knitting Live Show. Aiyaa! The good thing is that I have enough to make the Skylark in Wonderland with this. Woohoo!

Knitted Wit
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