The Ships Project

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I’ve just discovered a new to me organization. The Ships Project delivers hand knit hats and socks to our troups. You can get more information on their web site The Ships Project or visit the Yahoo Group The Ships Project
I’m knitting a llama/silk cap. No wild colors, no tassels, no roll-up brims…so I’m knitting a simple cap that will fit under a helmet. I’m using my husbands head as a model so it will be extra large; he assures me that it had to be extra large to hold all his brains. The llama/silk is soft and light but should be warm. I’ll add photos as the project goes on.

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Seaweed Socks FINISHED

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I finished the pair. I tried them on wet, so they’re a bit heavy. The hand carded fiber has more definition between the colors and the drum carded fiber has more subtle coloration shifts. Serendipity. Have put the pair in the “dryer” to air fluff to help the drying process. Hope I don’t end up with baby booties.

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Seaweed Socks One Down …

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I’ve finished one and have one to go. You’ll notice the missing strawberries … we ate the three ripe strawberries over lush vanilla ice cream. Does it get any better than that?

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Seaweed Socks continued

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I knit my first sock on huge needles (10 1/2) and it was a disaster, so … I ripped it out, reballed the yarn, and started over. I love the new sock, soon to be a pair. As you can see, it’s coming along. I used the Sock Wizard for perfect sizing. (Even my huge guaged socks were the right fit.) I have large (ladies size 10 1/2) feet but they are narrow. Men’s shoes and sock are too wide and ladies socks are always a bit small. What a luxury to have socks that fit. Seaweed is reported to have benefits for circulation so my tooties should be happy feet once I finish the socks.

Happy New Year !

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Seaweed Socks

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I’ve finally spun enough yarn to start my “Seaweed Socks”.  The socks are a wool/silk/seaweed blend.  The merino (fine wool) was dyed a soft green and aqua before blending and spinning.  Also enjoy my Florida garden.  Santa brought an Earth Box filled with strawberry plants and as you can see, my tomatoes are coming along.

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More About Socks

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In correspondence, it was mentioned that although the socks were great, they were a bit short. They’re not, I’d just rolled them down and my photos were a dis-service to the knitter. Here are updated photos of my great new socks. I also included a photo of my tomatoes. No, it’s not snow or ice … it’s Seven Dust. The insects come south for the winter too.

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SOCKS

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I had the most delightful eBay experience. I ordered hand knit wool socks from “The Potty Knitter” of Williamstown, Australia. See photos of my new, hand knit socks. Her knitting is flawless. She has all kinds of socks, scarves, and hats on her site and on eBay. Her site is http://thepottyknitter.com.au

The “potty” part is that she is a potter, as in ceramics, as well as a knitter. You can email her at angelikasmales@bigpond.com

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I’m planning to order another pair in bright colors. The socks were $39 Austrailian which is about $26 US.

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Fiber Space

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We met earlier today …such fun. We missed regulars Gail, Vicki, and Elizabeth but were delighted by new faces; we’re growing. There is always room for more. Our next Fiber Space is Saturday, December 20 from 9 to noon. Take a break from Christmas preparations and plan to take some time for yourself.

We had rugs, and frogs, and Christmas trees, and shawls, and scarves, and …

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Cortez Village Heritage Festival (Craft Show)

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Photos show my set-up for show today (before anyone arrived). Featured Lacy’s Chiengora Shawl. We were rained on, winded on, and sunned upon. I was demonstrating spinning (wool/silk/seaweed) and my Weave ‘n Stixs. It was great fun. Met a number of guests and several fellow crafters. Introduced locals to Fiber Space. If you’re reading this, and you’re local, please come to our next Fiber Space, November 22 (Saturday) 9 to 12 noon. (No cost/fee and everyone is welcome.) We’ll be meeting at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church located just off West Manatee Ave. behind McDonalds near the fire station (6510 3rd Ave. West, Bradenton FL).

Notice the chickee in the background. This is Florida; the Seminole Indians used available materials. Families lived in homes called chickees. The chickees had no outside or inside walls. The house was made by driving big logs into the ground between posts. The floor was made of long poles covered with cypress bark and palm leaves. The roof was made of poles covered with bark and leaves. The roof sloped down on each side from the center. A ladder was used for climbing up to the floor. The park, the Florida Marine Museum, uses the same style roof for their sheltered areas.

More on the Weave ‘n Stixs later.

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October Projects

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I toted the Ladybug and the Spinolution to the office/studio so that a new spinner could try them out. She’s hoping to add a wheel to her bridal registry (a lot better idea than a toaster!).

I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been finishing projects started like this De Colores knitted shawl. (Note that the shawl was knit from commercial yarn [same one as warp for De Colores scarves], not from hand spun shown below.) It’s the bottom up pattern with one stitch and then the yarn over instead of three stitches.

I’ve also been doing some spinning. More faux (in two weights) and some blue sparkle. I’m planning to start listing hand spun on my Etsy site next weekend. I’ll be including the purple beaded yarn and some complementry yarn without beads. Watch for the grand opening of the yarn shop!

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