I Promise, There IS Yarn… Eventually

This past weekend we went to Gettysburg. It’s hard to believe that a year ago I was in Peru. We arrived on Thursday. Friday we went to the wax museum in town. The darkness and the creepiness of the figures prevent me from sharing anything from that. We caught crayfish.

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We sat by the fire and consumed the ambrosia-esque (the food of the Greek Gods, not the salad) chicken dip.

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Saturday was when the real fun began.

On Saturday we went to the racing museum located in Gettysburg.

Now, for those of you who don’t live out in the sticks and know what a tractor pull is (It’s just something we hicks do, right?).

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The goal of a tractor pull is to see who can pull a weighted sledge (The big red thing up yonder) the furthest. Everyone wants a full pull, which is 300 yards.

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The further you go the heavier the sledge gets. This is accomplished by moving the weight slowly forward which makes the weight pulled heavier. Ingenious, right?

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This is, as one might expect, a male dominated activity but there were some women participating. (Notice that her front tire is off of the ground. That happens a lot but I was unable to get a good picture of that.) What was my purpose in telling you that? Simple, there wasn’t one. I just wanted to share this with all of you.

After the tractor show we went to a shop. It seemed like your typical sell-cheep-souvenirs-to-tourists shop. But it WASN’T! We stopped because the had a little sign below their main one advertising “Alpaca Apparel and Yarn”. You know me and alpaca. Hook Line and Sinker.

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Sure enough, in the back corner of the shop. There was a little slice of ‘Paca Paradise.

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The yarn is all imported from Peru and hand dyed in the US.

After our quick yarny pit stop (YES I bought something. I’m coming to that.) We headed over to the battle fields. Now, I’ve been to Gettysburg a million times (approximately) but, every time it takes my breath away. Even as a fifth-grader on my first trip I was amazed. So, for your viewing pleasure I’m going to include a few snapshots of the battlefields.

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The view form Little Round Top. The Union defensive position. See those rocks in the middle of the left side? That is Devil’s Den. The Confederate hole. This hill is what the rebels charged. The field waaay in the background is where Pickett’s Charge occurred. The charge started there and continued over a mile to Little Round Top.

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The eternal flame. A monument to all the soldiers who served.

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The view of Little Round Top from atop a tower near the beginning of Pickett’s Charge. See that little castle thingy up near the top? That’s where I took the first picture from. That was built as a monument. IT wasn’t there during the Civil War, I don’t think.

Our next stop was Devil’s Den. Due to a dysfunctional  camera I don’t have any pictures of Devil’s Den itself, but I do have these.

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Pictures of my yarn on the rocks at Devil’s Den. I thought it was appropriate to take pictures of yarn purchased in Gettysburg in Gettysburg.

On a side note: This fourth through the seventh of July is the 150th anniversary of the battle. And the reenactors are already there. It looks like it’ll be great. So if you live nearby, go check it out. I’m not sure about price but I wish I could go.

Yarn!

I’ve been working with yarn a lot lately. I’ve been spinning and dyeing and, of couse, knitting.

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Here’s my sock yarn after a dyeing it with mint and adding an iron after-mordant. Grey. The book said it would be teal or grey. I was really hoping for teal. Maybe the ph of my water had something to do with it?

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I’ve been working on some mint solar dye. It’s leftovers from before. There hasn’t been much solar action lately, so it’s slow going.

I’ve been spinning more of the Alpaca/Silk. I’m trying to finish up the 2 oz.

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Depending on how much I get, I might be buying more. I really want to knit a shawl out of it. I’ve been surfing around, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen anything I like. I have never knit a shawl before so I don’t know if this is a good project to try to design… Thoughts?

Here’s the first skein after its bath.

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The yarn has fluffed up quite a bit. It has a bit of a halo. I love how soft and fuzzy it is. I don’t think I’ll be dyeing it; I like the colors the way they are.

I’ve been getting some KIP time with the Podster 2.0 gloves. I’m on the cuff of the second.

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The angle of the picture makes the cuff look super long but it is actually about 2 & 1/2 inches. About one inch to go.

Frogging, Yarnstorming, Knitting etc…

I have been busy since I last posted. I have been spinning, dying, knitting, frogging, re-knitting. More on all of that later though.

First of All

Congratulations to Sarah Lou who won the giveaway! Check your inbox, I have been in contact.

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I would also like to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway. I normally reply to everyone’s comments, but this time I couldn’t due to the numbering. I will go back through and reply to everyone as soon as I get a second though.

Yarn Bombing

On Sunday my brother and I (he’s a fellow knitter) went yarn bombing. I put out two if my own tags. I think I got him hooked. He seemed a little embarrassed by it. Nonetheless I will bring him over to the dark side! Mua ha ha ha!

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Mr. Dino Rawr

Our first tag was Mr. Dino Rawr. I’ve been talking about him for months but hadn’t decided where to leave him. I left him on the steps outside of our favorite local pizza parlour after supper while Calvin watched from the van. Yes we were driving a white van. How cliché! But it was a minivan so I guess it wasn’t that bad…

Monster Foot

Monster Foot

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Pattern by: Mandy Moore

By this time Calvin had warmed up to the idea so he left this one while I took pictures. We left it downtown outside a café where all the lunchtime foot-traffic would see it.

Spinning

I worked on the alpaca/silk blend some more and I had reached the point where I was having issues keeping the fiber on the shaft. It wouldn’t pile out horizontally, just up to  the top and over my hitch not. So I wound it around a chair.

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As you can see, this chair has knobby decoration thingies up at the top. It also gets wider the closer to the top you get. I didn’t see any of this, as I was wrapping, though. I only noticed all of that when I tried to slip the yarn up off of the top. It. Wouldn’t. Come. Off. So I unwound it onto my palm and went and for a chair one yard around that had a completely straight back. I did end up with 52 & 1/2  yards so it was worth it. I’m only about 1/2 way through the two ounces I bought.

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Here it is before its bath. I think I over-spun it. That’s why it’s twisting around itself in skein form.

Knitting and Frogging and then Re-Knitting

Ok last part! (Whew this is a long post today!) I’ve been working on Podster 2.0 a lot. Monday night I finished the hood part on my left hand. I tried it on.

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I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures (I’m trying to keep the file size smallish. Sorry!) but the hood is too short. The top is not resting on the tip of my fingers and the ribbing was pulled up. I had two choices. The easy choice, and the choice a small voice inside my head was suggesting. So I did what any dedicated knitter would do. I listened to the voices in my head.

Um. Ok, that sounds odd. Another way to put it is; I frogged the hood down to before the decreases started. And Voila! All better.

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Ignore my green nail polish.

I guess I’ll tell you about my dye experiments  next time. This post is just huge already. Here’s a teaser picture though! 😉

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New Colorways and a Giveaway

A week or so ago I was asked to do a demonstration on how to dye Kool Aid. I bought a few skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in the White Frost colorway. This is the same yarn I used to knit the Bunny Hoppers.

I started by making a variegated yarn using Cherry, Fruit Punch, Orange and Lemonade Kool Aid.

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Firefly

Then I dyed one entire skein with a package of Grape Kool Aid.

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(Shady) Grape

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(Sunny) Grape

It was hard to capture the color of this skein. In shade it looks like the first picture; but in the sun it looks like the second.

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See-saw

This is the skein I used for the demonstration. I was rather a disappointment. The Kool Aid simply did not want to go up the yarn. It was well saturated with water. But the color stayed stubbornly at the bottom.

I decided that I really didn’t like the grape yarn the way it was so I decided to experiment. I took one blue tablet for an Easter egg dye kit and soaked the yarn in that. I also added some food coloring because I really wanted to see a change.

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Dark Grape

It didn’t change much but you can see blue streaks here and there. It’s a little darker overall as well.

Now that I have an abundance of Kool Aid dyed yarn I am going to share the wealth. All you have to do is leave a relevant comment on this post by 12:00 noon EST Wednesday June 12 2013. I will then pick someone via the random number generator and they will receive the skein of Dark Grape yarn. Good Luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask.