Sunday, October 20, 2013

Because Jordyn is a Sweetheart

Jordyn of Only Living for Today tagged me, and since she is a sweetheart I figured I could answer her questions.

1.) Do you knit or crochet? Or do you do both?

I only knit, because if I was faced with a situation where either I crocheted something, or I was smitted, I would be dead. I am so bad at crochet. I'd have a chance at life it was knitting something or die haha.

2.) How long have you been crafting? How did you learn?

I have been knitting since 2003. I learned how around Christmas time my sophomore year of high school. My mom taught me how to knit and purl, and then I hopped on a bus to Florida, and knit in the dark all the way there, and all the way back, and whenever we were on the bus. Let's just say the scarf was horrific, I was knitting into split stitches, and then I awkwardly decreased them away. Let's just say that I got home, ripped it all and started over again. Yes, the yarn was blue, and so were my needles.

3.) Do you have to have anything specific around you, or going on while you're crafting for you to have complete concentration?

I like to be distracted while knitting, if that makes any sense. I love knitting in groups, and knitting while watching podcasts, and I always have music playing. Silence is really unsettling for me, so I really prefer to have noise surrounding me. What was the worst was knitting on a plane with no music, I get so bored. Even with the most complicated project, I want to be talking or listening. There is no project too complicated for knit night or pints and purls. Well, starting the Evenstar swatch after a glass of wine was frustrating haha.

4.) What has been your absolute favorite thing that you have crafted throughout your crafting lifetime?

Hmmm favorite is a hard thing. As my husband teases everything is my favorite for at least a little while. Does favorite mean the hardest thing I have done, or the longest project I have worked on, or the one I did the most to make perfect, or the one where I learned the most?

I'll just say Bohus and call it a day.

5.) What is your favorite thing to craft? Why?

I have been getting sucked into spinning for knitting projects. I like having a plan for what the fiber is going to become, it is more motivating than spinning for no particular reason. There is something really satisfying about starting from fluff and ending up with something I can wear. There are so many directions the fiber can go initially, and I find it amazing to transform one thing into another.

6.) Do you do any other crafts besides knitting or crocheting?

I spin, write, draw, and design fractals.

That's all for now, take care guys!

Molly : )

Episode 15: A Little Preppy

This week I demonstrate how I use hand cards to make rolags. Isn't that cool?

Hilja Vest in Gnomespun Shetland Top in the Sapphire Surprise colorway.


Simplicity Cardigan in Wollmeise Lacegarn in the Chim Chim Chimney colorway
Hexagon Socks in Collinette Jitterbug in the October Afternoon coloway

Fat Cat Knits BFL in the Let's Go Crazy Colorway
Chocolate Shetland Fleece in the there is no way in hell I can possibly dye this colorway haha.

Random and All Over the Place:
Carding Demonstration
Rhinebeck 2014, bring it on!
Recording definitely the 2nd of November

That's all for now, take care guys.

Molly : )

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Episode 14: A Beautiful Day

This week is a surprise episode. There was plenty of time to record, so I did.

Hilja Vest

Brown Shetland Fleece
The hand carding video I mentioned

Random and All Over the Place:

Balloon Fiesta
Spinning Wheel review
Recording on the 19th

Monday, October 7, 2013

Episode 13: Falling for Fiber

This week is brought to you by fiber.

There are a lot of extra pictures this week.

Sun set on the plane heading back to Albuquerque.

The completed shawl.

How much twist I took out of the Gnomespun.

Baby Alpacas!!!

Taos Wool Festival. It was a beautiful day, lots of great knits on display, and a smidge of autumn color.

Churro sheep hanging out in a trailer.

The before shot of a sheep shearing.

During and after.

A fleece!

Simplicty Cardigan
Hexagon Socks
Hilja Vest

Ashton Windows Socks
28's Big Sister 77 (sort of)

Gnomespun Shetland Top
Fat Cat Knits Variegated BFL

Your Daily Fiber Camel Silk
Hand Cards
10oz of Raw Shetland Fleece

Random and All Over the Place:
Taos Wool Festival
My trip to Indiana
Allegro Honduras Light Roast Coffee
French Press
New Mexico State Fair
Over Plying
Tools for processing fleece

If you want the links, poke me online somehow. It's late.
Take care guys!
Molly : )