Sunday, January 09, 2022

Winding up ....

So, last night I decided to cast on a(nother) winter hat.  But I was cozied up on the couch watching a movie and didn't really feel like setting up the swift and ball winder so I just used my feet to hold the yarn while I wound it by hand.  Hey, it wasn't perfect but it worked!

Casting on later today! It'll be very much like the hat I posted about last week, just in different colors.  I have a black pompom that I'll attach to it.  I might also stitch a plain fleece hat inside of the knit one, to make an extra cozy lining.  I don't know about the weather where you are, but we have had low temps in the teens --- 🥶

-mz

Monday, January 03, 2022

Off the needles

This was done with some leftover Malabrigo Rios (colors: Bobby Blue, Pearlten, Natural). And a pompom on top that a knitting buddy gifted to me a while back.  I love it so much!




There have been lots of developments since I last blogged and I really haven't been up to much that's blogworthy.  Or so I thought.  But last spring I bought a house! My craft room hasn't really been unpacked or set up yet. I'm thinking about the best solution for storing my yarns and fibers so that I can see them, rather than keeping them in big plastic bins.  Got ideas? Let me see 'em!

This year I'm going to focus on finishing or frogging the eleventy million projects I have on needles and hooks.  Stay tuned for more info as things progress!

-mz

Monday, December 14, 2020

Merry Christmas to me!

I bought myself a new sewing machine for Christmas! Here’s a pic ...


... and some video!


More to come ... soon.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Mz knits .... and sews!

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to sew some masks.  But in my downsizing to a smaller place a few years ago, I decided I couldn’t keep my sewing stash or supplies so had to get rid of absolutely everything.  Sewing machine, table, fabrics, tools, storage containers, dress form, EVERYTHING.  The house I live in is much smaller but I was still able to carve out a space that works well (enough) for sewing, at least for small things like masks.  I’ve spent a chunk of the summer re-learning how to sew (and collecting tools!) and I think I feel confident enough to let more of my creations out into the world. 

Here is the batch that I am currently working on:





Once they’re finished, I will post them on my “masks” page.  I’m planning to offer them on a “donation” model.  I don’t want to sell them exactly, especially since I’m still learning.  But folks have wanted to pay something so I came up with this option where they can donate what they like.  I’m not in it to make money, but I want to do my small part in making sure masks are available for people who need or want them. 

One day soon, maybe in the next post, I will show you around my “studio.”  Hmm ... should I make a video? Post in the comments and let me know!

Until next time (soon, I promise),

-mz

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Unexpected yarn acquisition

On Friday afternoon, I got a text message from a student friend of mine saying she left a bag of yarn by my office door.  I texted back to say thank you -- I was out of the office at the time.  When I got back, I saw a big trash bag of yarn waiting for me.  I was stunned.  It was full of the "good stuff" -- Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Wollmeise, and other unlabeled odds and ends. There were a couple of in-progress items too, including a piece of a Beatnik sweater.  Two completed shawlettes were in there,  and a partial one:



It's beautiful, right?  I wasn't sure what the pattern is, so I posted this pic on Instagram and asked my internet knitter friends for help.  Within 5 minutes I got a reply saying that it's a Vulpix by Stephen West. Eureka! 

Now, I should also say that another knitter friend was also gifted a big bag of yarn from this same student.  We're not sure exactly why our friend is doing such a huge destash but we're definitely reaching out to make sure everything is okay. 

That being said, it was hard to figure out what do to -- should we hold on to these bags of yarn for a while to be sure our friend won't change her mind?  Or should we assume that she really wanted to unload this yarn for whatever reason(s) and think good thoughts of our friend as we knit happily with it?  We had some trouble deciding the right thing to do, but ultimately made a choice.  Today at our Sunday knitting group, we spread all the yarn out and encouraged folks to choose what they wanted.  It was fun to see what we all gravitated toward, as we chose yarns with particular projects in mind.  Some of it will become a "Find Your Fade" shawl.  I've chosen some Madelinetosh Merino Light in order to knit a Vulpix -- I love that pattern but I'm not really an "orange" person. So I'm going to reknit it in a darker gray and red. The cotton yarn went to a friend who is busy knitting dishcloths and dish towels.  A new knitter friend is now the proud owner of some beautiful brightly-dyed yarns that will be pretty amazing for the colorwork techniques that she's exploring.  Most of the yarn has found new homes and whatever is left will be offered up at a future knitting group.  It feels like the right choice, and we think our friend will be happy to know that we're taking good care of her stash.

But first .... I really need to *finish* some stuff before I *start* some stuff :-) 

Until next time,
-mz

... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...