Test Knitting Tuesday?

Not sure if that is a thing, but I'm going to make it one...

As we determined in yesterday's post, I have a LOT of yarn.  I don't mind the fact that I have a large stash, I feel like that is every knitter and yarn-lovers right.  I do feel bad that I have all this lovely yarn that kind of got tucked away and has not been used because I was so focused on buying yarn that was "a good bargain" and knitting mainly for the studio.  Now that we've "closed up shop" so to speak, I've decided to take a break from knitting to sell (though I will happy still take on commissions if you have something specific in mind!).  I'm going to focus on knitting for myself for a bit and enjoying all my lovely yarns that I have purchased over the years!

I wouldn't call this a yarn diet exactly, but I certainly have a plenty of projects queued that I already have the yarn all picked out and purchased for.  If there's something I really want to knit, I won't forbid myself from purchasing yarn for it.  Or if I'm at a festival or special shop and I spot something I love, I am certainly going to allow myself that indulgence (because buying yarn is quite possibly my favorite pastimes ever!).  I do want to start working though my queue though, and make sure yarn that I bought for specific projects does actually get turned into those projects eventually.

I also have lots and lots of single skeins of fingering/sock weight and lace weight yarn.  These I need to start finding projects for.  So, when I saw that Ambah O'Brien was looking for test knitters I jumped at the chance. 

The pattern I tested was Ambah's Nelia Scarf/Wrap.  I knit the smaller size using 1 skein of Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet in the "Copper Pennies" colorway.  I can't remember how long I have had this yarn for, but it has definitely been quite a while.  I remember snagging it for 50% off on one of the many yarn crawls I have done.  I was happy to use up this single skein that had been in my stash for a while.  This pattern is now available on Ravelry! 

The Great Yarn Reorganization Project of Summer 2017!

We have been slowly moving all of our stuff out of the studio and consolidating it all into our loft. One of the first things we carted home was one of those large 4x4 cube bookshelves from IKEA.  I decided this was going to become my new yarn storage shelf.  Previously my yarn was kind of spread out between a bookcase and some bins (plus what was over at the studio).  

Once I started pulling out all my yarn (I kept finding more and more in random places) I began to realize my stash was, um, large.  I mean I knew that I had a lot of yarn, but seeing all out in one place made me realize just how much there was.  And this was after I gave away a few bags full this past winter!!  So, I pulled out some additional skeins to destash (all stuff I was never going to use), and gave it away.  Then I started to arrange it by weight.  I have a good amount of lace weight, a TON of fingering/sock weight, a random assortment of sport, DK, worsted, and a little bulky.  I started pulling out my "sweater stash" (whole sweater amounts in a particular yarn and colorway) and realized that I can probably make myself about 11 sweaters!  

So, here is stage one of my Great Yarn Reorganization Project:

So much yarn...

So much yarn...

Stage Two will be coming soon (hopefully).  I would really like to actually take pictures of all of it and enter in Ravelry so I can actually keep track of what I have and what I use.  It seems a little overwhelming, but I know it will be worth it! 

It's hard to say good bye... but we are on to the next adventure.

Well, the time has come to close up shop...  I'm having a lot of feels about this decision, but ultimately we have to do what makes the most sense for us at this point in our lives.  I'm sad to announce the end of Wings & Roots studio at Western Avenue Studios.  As of June 30th we will be closing the door and saying goodbye to the giant purple chalk wall.  

It breaks my heart a little to give up the space because I feel like it is such a huge part of me and Bill's "origin story."  We met in April of 2013 and started dating in May.  I dragged him to the May Open Studios for one of our very first dates and he like the place so much that by June we had leased our own space.  At the time my apartment was quite small and we intended to use it mainly as a workspace.  As time went on, we moved to a larger loft, and found ourselves not really using the studio as often as we had before. Though we did continue to open for Open Studios, it just didn't make financial sense for us to keep the studio any longer.  We were on the fence last year, but this year we bit the bullet and did not renew our lease.  We both have full-time and part-time jobs, and it was just a bit too much for our mental health.  We were stuck in the cycle of being too busy to use the studio and then feeling guilty that we were not using the studio.  

But, this is not the end of us or our adventures.  We are going to keep doing what we do (minus the guilt about where and when we do it), and we will keep sharing our adventures with you as well!  We have some new ideas and avenues we would like to explore and there will be exciting things coming soon.  In an effort to make a clean break we are abandoning the name "Wings & Roots" and reclaiming my old knitting blog's name "Sharp Pointy Sticks."  You probably already noticed these changes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I am recommitting to knitting for me for a while and hopefully reviving my knitting blog that has been on an extended hiatus.  Our Etsy shop remains open (at least for now).  

Thank you Western Ave for a wonderful 4 years!  Here's to the next adventure.

NEW Dye-to-Order Yarn & Fiber now available!

Click here to order!

Click here to order!

I want to try something new this year and offer some "Dyed-to-Order" colorways.  I am going to start small by offering only a limited number of base yarns and colors, but if this option is popular I will add additional offerings in the future!

Please note, these are dyed to order, so the turn around time will be a bit longer than my ready dyed offerings.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery on these orders. 


Right now these are the colorways that I will have available:
--Ectoplasmic
--Malibu Barbie
--Salmon & Spruce
--Firestarter
--Antarctica
--Amethyst Hour
--Daises on the Water
--Tin Roof
(see pictures for more details)

Keep in mind that these are all hand-dyed in small batches, so each skein will be unique and may vary from the pictures.  For best consistency in a project be sure to order enough all at one time so that all of your skeins will be from the same dye-lot batch.  

These colorways will be available on the following base yarns:

--75/25 FINGERING Weight:
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: Fingering Weight
Knitting Gauge: 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles (2.25mm-3.25mm)
Yards: 462
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low

--75/25 SPORT Weight:
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Weight: Sport Weight
Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1 on #3-5 needles (3.25-3.75mm)
Yards: 274
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low

--Merino DK Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: DK Weight
Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on #5 needles (3.75mm)
Yards: 246
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, dry flat

--Merino WORSETED Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on #6 - 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Yards: 220
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, dry flat

--Merino BULKY Weight:
Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino Wool
Weight: Bulky Weight
Knitting Gauge: 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on #10 - 11 needles (6.0mm-8.0mm)
Yards: 137
Grams: 100
Care: Machine wash gentle cold, Tumble dry low

--75/25 ROVING:
Fiber Content: Roving 75% Superwash Merino Roving Wool, 25% Nylon Top
Weight: Unspun Roving
Grams: 100 (3.53 oz)

Exciting News!

I have officially been approved as a licensed Carina Spencer knitter.  Check out her patterns here! If there's something that strikes your fancy send me a message.  Here's a sample of what I've knit of hers so far.  

I've been knitting...

Even though I haven't been very good about keeping up with blogging, I have been knitting.  Here's what I've completed so far in 2016:

I am not sure if I plan on sticking with last year's goal of 52 projects in 52 weeks or not.  If I do, I am off to a pretty good start!  I do want to actually knit a few things for me this year.  A friend pointed out that it has been a while since I knit myself anything.  I have several sweater's worth of yarn in my stash, might be time to treat myself!  

New workbench!

Well winter has come and Christmas has gone, so I figured it's time to start restocking. Obviously in order to do that, I need a new workbench. I have a bunch of big timber that cut down nicely and put together a sweet little set up. Dad stopped by the shop this afternoon and held some planks and made fun of me for not being able to saw straight. All is well, welcome 2016. Happy new year everybody be safe!

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Goal Achieved!

I did it!  I knit 52 things in 52 weeks!! That's not even counting any of the hexipuffs I knit or the 18 or so scarves that I wove.  Here are projects 49-52:

Begbie Cowl

Knit with mint Tough Puff from Knit Picks:

This makes 48!

Two Gallatin Scarves

Projects #46 & 47

Grey/Black: Juniper Moon Farm / Moonshine

Grey/Teal: Louisa Harding / Amitola Grande

Five more to go before the new year!

Shine Cowl

I finished up this cowl/infinity scarf just in time for the second weekend of Holiday Open Studios. I really like how these three colors of Knit Pick's Shine Worsted (robot, sailor, and pistachio) worked up in this half stripes/half lace cowl.  This is project #45 for the year (If I have counted correctly).  

I did finish one other project as well, but I don't want to post it yet because it was a commissioned piece and I know it is a gift.  I'll take some pictures though and once the recipient has received it I will be sure to post it.  

 

Just keep knitting...

Four more projects finished! 

#41 Ruby Red Heart Hat in Classic Elite Magnolia (top left)

#42 Gap-tastic Cowl in Knit Picks Biggo Sampler in the Galaxy Color way (top right)

#43 Simple Yet Effective Cowl in Louisa Harding Grace (bottom left)

#44 Twisted Rib Cowl (my own pattern, see Ravelry page for details) using up the second half of the Knit Picks Biggo Sampler (bottom right)

Can I knit 8 more things before the end of the year to hit my goal of 52?  I am trying!! 

A few more finished projects!

Projects number 38, 39, and 40!

(from left to right)

38: Portfolio Scarf in Valley Yarns Colrain, colorway Navy

39: Bluebird of Happiness in Knit Picks Capra, colorway Sagebrush

40: Camilla Shawl in Valley Yarns Brimfield, colorway Garnet 

That means I have the rest of November and all December to knit 12 more things in order to hit my goal of 52 projects... This is going to be close!

 

Projects 36 & 37...

Or 51 & 52 if you count the weaving (which would mean I completed my goal of 52 projects in a year)!  I am going to see if I can get 15 more finished before the first of the year though, since my original goal did not include weaving.  Anyway, here are two finished hats!


Weaving

All the way back in March I picked up a Cricket Loom during the North Shore yarn crawl.  I probably didn't need to take on another hobby, but I made the leap anyway and have been weaving away on it ever since.  

Here was my very first practice piece:

It definitely got more consistent and even as I went along!

Next I used up some old acrylic yarn from my stash to practice some more and learn hemstitch for finishing the ends.  

Then I attempted a two color weave and learned a little about carrying yarn up the sides and experimented with how to best keep the selvages some what even.

The green and purple wool was what came with the loom, unfortunately there was only enough to make a very small child size scarf!

That pretty much wrapped up my learning process and from there I just sort of took off weaving.  Here is what I have made so far (some can be found in our Etsy shop, some have already sold!).  

It I count these 15 finished pieces as "projects" that would put my total up to 50, leaving me with only 2 more projects to go in order to complete 52 in 2015 (one a week).  I am not sure that's fair though since I originally said I would knit 52 things! 

I have enjoyed weaving so much that this weekend I saw a used loom on Craig's List and decided I must have it.  I have no idea how to warp it, but I will learn eventually!  

I have cleaned!

Hello and apologies for the lack of posting in the last, well, ever. I have since taken my huge space killing, brain clogging, crap collecting, table out and thrown it away! I feel better already. I need to get in there and get back to doing what I do. Now that this behemoth is no more a vein has hopefully been scraped of its mental plaque and I can get back to work. 

There's enough room for a dance party! 

There's enough room for a dance party! 

Check it Out!

My hand-dyed yarn made an appearance in the current issue of Jane Austen Knits!

Interested in purchasing a copy?  Follow this link for more details: www.interweavestore.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=jane+austen+knits+2015

Progress on my knitting goals!

One of my goals  for this year was to finish Bill's There and Back Again Story Scarf (which I did!), and my other was to knit one thing a week for a total of 52 projects for the year.  I've made pretty good progress!

The last time I checked in I had 18 projects complete, now here are an additional 16 for total of 34!

There and Back Again Story Scarf

AKA One Scarf to Rule Them All

It is finally finished!!