Friday, November 30, 2007

The Dream Sweater

So I had this dream the other night that I made Gooey a red and black sweater to go with and outfit I got her for x-mas....Well here it is, it's not quite what I dreamed about but hell it's works and will look super cute with the outfit!
The pattern I found for free on the web, the yarn is Yarn Bee Luscious in Cherrysnap.
I have a ton more x-mas crafting to do....This weekend it's all about the Dishcloth....6 more to do, well I think it's 6...I have it written down somewhere..... Ok better get busy!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Oh look a couple FO

Last X-mas Bear :)

So I finished a few things this weekend :) Up top there is my last bear! And that cute little sheepy Is for DD for x-mas. I still have many more gifts to knit or crochet...I should be able to get them all done in time!

It's a sheep!

I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by the shop this weekend! Just an FYI I left shipping opened to the UK and Canada, and if you are anywhere else let me know and I'll set up shipping for you :)

I've also just received the last of the sock kits Momma-Monkey and I did. I will listing them in the shop this week! Come by and check them out, this maybe the last chance to pick up my handpainted yarn paired with Momma-Monkey's wonderful bags!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


One more day to take advantage of these great sale prices on OOAK yarns and fibers!!!
Sale end Monday at 11:59pm EST!!!
Don't miss out!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I hope everyone is having a great day! I have the roast in the slow cooker and the handmade butter done! I still have cookies and rolls to make :)

The shop is all ready for the sale. I've updated with some more handspun yarn, mostly sock. I did make up some stitch marker, but the I can't seem to get good pictures of I'm giving them away to the first 8 customers! I will start marking everything down and changing the shipping around 11:30Pm EST :)

Here are some pictures of the new yarns listed today! ENJOY

Handspun Sock Romney
Romney Sock
Handspun Sock Coop/Highland Wool
Coop/Highland Wool Sock
Handspun Sock Romney
Romney Sock
Handspun Sock Merino/Corr/Mohair
Merino/Corr/Mohair Sock
Handspun Sock Corr
Corr Sock
Handspun Yarn Coop/Black Diamond Bamboo/Glitz
Coopworth/Black Diamond Bamboo/Glitz

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A pair of gloves

Gloves for Gooey
I finished these gloves on Sunday. I used less then one ball of Noro Kureyon in color #102. Pattern from The knitters handy book of patterns using size 4 needles. This is my first time using Noro and I'm in LOVE. Oh people at Noro! I love your yarn so! I really can't wait to see they're new sock yarn. I am a little scared, it being a single and all...but you never know. I was planning on preordering some, but with DH losing his job and all, I really don't think that is the brightest of all ideas. I do have some good news on that...He did find a new job at a different car dealership, hopefully it will work out. Things will still be pretty tight, seeing that he hasn't worked, (well he's been slinging pizzas) for about 2 weeks. We're ok...for now. So if you in MI and need a Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler let me know and I'll hook you up!
I've been working on X-mas gifts and getting ready for the Sale and Thanksgiving. My sister is coming over tomorrow night and I still have to pick up the house and go shopping for dinner.. We are having Roast. It's easy, I have one in the freezer and I dislike turkey. I still have to pick up a pie and stuff. Oh I'm going to try and make my own butter, It won't be as cool as getting raw milk, I'll just be buying heavy cream....but I still want to try it. That and the idea of making butter just sounds cool!
As for the Sale. I've pulled some of my personal stash of handspun and washed and tagged, I may or may not be listing it...Most likely I will... I've also made a few batchs of stitch markers, not many...I didn't have many parts left. I will be listing them as long as I remember to pick up padded envelopes.
I will be opening up shipping to Canada and the UK during the sale and everything will be shipped on Monday. I figured it would just be easier to ship everything all at once. I don't really like shipping out of the US because I'm so scared things will get lost in the mail and almost all of my items are OOAK, but many have asked so, for the sale I will do it :)
I like using different colors hehehe...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale
Everything in the shop will be marked down starting at about 12am EST Friday Nov. 23 and will last till about 11:59pm EST Sunday Nov 25!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Freya by Momma Monkey

Freya by Momma Monkey
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

This is a test knit I did for Momma-Monkey over the summer. It was knit in my handspun. You can download the pattern for free, check out the sidebar for the link to her blog.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lots of Stuff!

First up we have a couple pairs of Fetching. The Green pair was knitted using Lamb's Pride Worsted. I love that color! The black pair was knit in Knit Picks Elegance using smaller needles.

Oh Oh Oh Shop Update!!! All handspun sock. The green and brown is 100% Merino, 3.8oz, 345 yards. I LOVE THIS YARN! It's sooo soft and springy! Oh the color is Lime Nut.

The brown, yellow and orange is called Woogie Gone Wrong. I was trying to dye the roving in my Woogie colorways and well it went wrong. It is BFL, 5.8oz and 420 yards

The pretty green is a wool/mohair blend called Spring Grass. There is 3.8oz and 321 yard!

Monday, November 12, 2007

ooooo A Post With Pictures :)

Hey look a picture! I've finished a couple things in the the last few days

First up is this Amigurumi Bear

X-mas Gift for Gooey

Yarn: Yarn Bee Soft Delight

Hook size...I don't know, the purple one

Pattern from a Japanese Craft Book called Amigurumi Book

I have one more of these to make.
This is BunBun Rabbit
I made this Bunny this morning for Gooey because Miss Zara killed the 1st one I made. This Bun Bun is much better :)
Yarn: Knit Picks WOA
Hook: I really need to keep track of what hook I use.
Pattern: BunBun Rabbit by Simple Arts Planet

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Ryan's Home from Iraq!!!!

Well amost. He's back in the states and should be back at his base in a few hours!!!! I was so happy to talk to him! (oh by the way Ryan is my BIL) I wish we could be there to see him come home, but wouldn't want to intrude on that moment with his wife and kids. I'm just so happy for them all :)

Today's a great day!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Nothing is getting done..

Man having Dh home all the time really messes with my routine. I've pretty much done nothing, or at least if feels like nothing. I finished spinning some BFL roving in to sock yarn and started plying it.

Oh I did find the COOLEST plying tool on etsy. Check it out here. The service is great and they have great spinning tools! I really want this diz and this WPI thingie . Ok back to the plying tool! It's very cool, it make plying sooooo much easier and faster! I've only plyed a bit with it but don't know how I lived without it for so long!

I did finish the head to another crocheted bear. It took FOREVER! I just couldn't count and had to keep riping back and the yarn I'm using didn't like that much. I just have to finish the legs and sew it together and it will be done. I'm hoping to do that tomorrow! I didn't work on Juno tonight, I really need to get a couple more gifts done before I can try again.

Well I better get to bed.

later :)

Friday, November 09, 2007


I posted some yarn over on the Yarn Sale or Swap Blog... There maybe more to come.

I started Juno Regina last night using this yarn and then ripped it back twice...I kept messing up the 2 yarn overs in the row....Maybe I should stick with x-mas knitting for now :) I really like the pattern and want it finished NOW :) Maybe I'll try again tonight.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dh got fired....

Or laid off or whatever you want to call it. You know I should have fucking known...that stupid ass car dealership did it to him last year same time. Well they did it in Oct last time and I thought we were all good this year, I mean come on he was selling 12 cars a month....I was looking forward to a stress free holiday season where I didn't have to go sell everything of value to pay the bills. NICE...At least he had a job interview today....we won't know for a few days, till then it's back to slinging pizzas. Ok I have to put it in overdrive and start spinning more yarn for the shop......

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I've had an epiphany. I will not put myself out there knitting for people who will not appreciate or use what I knit for them. I will not bust my ass and neglect my store for people who I want nothing to do with. This will give me time to knit for people I WANT to knit for and to spin bunchs of sock yarn for the shop :) Ok I feel much better now. Off to make sweet love to my wheel!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Damn Damn Damn...


I didn't get everything I wanted to get finished this weekend...

Damn Damn Damn Damn...

My goals were:

Get the last 3 of 9 thingies made...Only finished 2.3 of them. Fuck

Finish the pair of green Fetchings .... Knitted one on Friday...didn't touch them again all weekend. Damn it all to hell.

Wash and tag the orange sock yarn from the last post. Done, even got them out in the mail a day early cause I have a super cool mail man. Ok one good thing.

Ok so tomorrow...finish finish finish... Plus do all my happy house wife what a that I've kept the house clean, I can't stand it if dishes sit..and I have to vacuum all the time...No wonder it took me so long to get my ass in to gear. I miss my days of having tons of time to knit and spin....but I don't miss the mess. Oh well the joys of living in a house that was built in the work work...

We spent most of the weekend working on winterizing the place...We have to put plastic on all the window...I know ugly...but the windows are original, some still have the wavy glass...I don't even want to think about how much it would cost to replace them..most of the windows are pretty close to floor to ceiling and 5 of them are HUGE HUGE HUGE!!!! But I must say playing with caulk is fun fun fun.

We also punched a hole in a wall in the dining room....we have an old chimney in there and I was thinking it would be cool to expose it...being that it's covered with that nasty textured crap....well I thought the chimney went in the kitchen...nope...someone took a stove or something out of the dining room and rigged some crap to hold the chimney up...needless to say I was a little disappointed...and messy after I had to help re plaster the thing.. Oh the stove would have been in the dumbest possible place in that room...and why the hell you would you need it when you have a huge fire place in the next room...oh well we have to paint and patch in there anyway.

Were doing x-mas eve with my husbands crazy ass family. They drive me fucking nuts...(well not my SIL Jenna!) The only reason I'm doing it is so I can spend the day with my husband and daughter...he would insist on taking her to my MIL's (crazy bitch...yes I harbor some hard core anger...but that's another story)..and well I will NOT...over my dead body...go over there! So this is what I have to do, so I'm doing it. My sister will be there so at least that will help!

We have tons of stuff I'd like to do to get the house ready....and I know I won't be able to get it all done in time....Oh let talk about what I feel I NEED to get done. I feel the need to give these people gifts...I'm not spending money on them so then I must knit for them....(Jenna you guys don't count in any part my mad ranting...but you know that) Anyway I will spend the next 2 months busting my ass and wasting my stash on people I can't stand and who will not appreciate or use anything I make them. You say "then why do it?" Because I can't just give gifts to some people and not to others...Right?

Wow I'm extra bitchy tonight.

Some good did come out of the weekend.

The shop was pretty busy. It always makes me feel really good when people choose my yarn or fibers. There are so many wonderful and talented fiber artist out there. Nothing makes me feel better then great feedback on an item I worked so hard to create. Yea! People like my yarn :)

Sorry for the colorful mmm was just one of those weekends.

Off to bed. Night!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

MommaMonkey's Handspun Sock

MommaMonkey's Handspun Sock
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Lt orange merino/firestar 1.7 oz 120 yards
Dark orange merino 2.6 oz 196 yards
Plyed 6.4 oz 475 yards
Plyed 5.8 oz 461 yards

Total of 17.9 oz
1252 yards

To be shipped on Monday.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Handpainted Roving BFL In Tzara

Handpainted Roving BFL In Tzara
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

I got a killer deal on a LB of BFL. I wanted to dye some up for x-mas gifts for a couple of my spinning friends. This what was left over....Almost 8oz that will be spun up in to sock yarn for the shop :)

Handpainted Roving Targee

Handpainted Roving Targee
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

This was some roving I got from my Spinning Special Pal from the Knitty Boards to dye. I've never worked with's a lot like Merino and I can't wait to spin it up :)