Life Skillz

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As I reach my late 20′s, I find myself lacking in some pretty important skills.

1. Cooking
2. Gardening

So, my hope is to take some classes to learn these valuable life skills.  Lucky for me, living in Austin means that there are plenty of resources available to me.  Cooking and gardening classes happen all the time, and we have a lot of shops that cater to people looking to include more healthy choices in their life.

I have already begun growing some veggies (which I am VERY excited about); here’s what I’ve got growing so far: Roma tomatoes, bell peppers, jalepeno, and onion.
 

I’ve also started a Pinterest board for gardening, and I’ve had a food board for a while now.  And although I pin things daily, it’s rare that I put the knowledge and advise they give to use.  I want to change that!

Mara Shawl FO

Mara shawl
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I finished the Mara shawl!  I am happy with the finished result, and am also surprised at how much I actually like the bit of ruffle on the edge.  Maybe this project will persuade me to incorporate them more often. . . eh, we’ll see.

The yarn worked out great on this project – the stripes, the fading bit toward the bottom, and the blue edging are all lovely.
I think handspun always works well on shawls, and I got pretty lucky that I had just enough of the blue to complete the edging!

Mara Shawl

Details
Pattern: Mara by Madelinetosh
Yarn: Handspun (body fiber originally dyed by Spunky Eclectic; Ruffle section dyed by me)

Next up, I’m working on a challenging and secret project that will probably take me forever, but it will be worth it in the end!

Rugged Ripples

Rugged Ripples Close-Up
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Rugged Ripples Blanket

It’s a big day for this blanket!  Staci Perry over at Very Pink is featuring the Rugged Ripples pattern in her series of Crochet for Knitters videos.  Here is the link for the direct video.
The pattern has been completely updated and can be downloaded from here or here)

Speaking a little about the blanket that is pictured – it was a lot of fun to make.  While blankets can get repetitive and boring, I kept this one interesting by choosing the colors as I went along instead of having a strict plan for the stripes.
Ripple blankets are so easy to pick up and put down at any time since the pattern can be quickly memorized, so it was my first choice when my family and I went on a trip down the road.  We took a small weekend trip to Leakey (pronounced Lake-y), Texas to get away from the city.  As it turns out, the blanket was perfect for relaxing. . . and it even got to meet some deer.

Deer in Leakey, Texas

PS – There is handspun yarn in the shop update today! Getcha some!

My Rose

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I recently purchased a Majacraft Rose (from The Woolery) and it arrived yesterday!

Majacraft Rose

I have decided to keep my first wheel (a Louet Julia/S11) in case I might need it to help teach someone how to spin.  The Julia is a GREAT wheel to start on, but I’m really excited about the increased possibilities the Rose will bring me.

So far I have only spun up about 3 oz on it, and I’m getting the feel for it.  The wheel is really quiet, but maybe that’s just because it’s brand new.  Gotta break it in!

Stay tuned, I plan on putting up some handspun in the shop VERY soon.

Mara Shawl

Mara Shawl in Handspun
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Mara Shawl in handspun

My knittas and I have started a bit of a knit-a-long!  Here are the specs:

Pattern: Mara ShawlYarn: Handspun (fiber dyed by Spunky Eclectic)

I really love working with handspun yarn on projects like this.  The garter stitch makes it super easy to carry around to work on and the handspun helps to keep it interesting.  There’s a really good chance that I will run out of yarn before I reach the end, but I’ll just work the trim in a coordinating color.

It’s a fun knit and I expect to see quite a few of these shawls around town. ;)

Back Online

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Update!
Spinning Colors
After a bit of a hiatus from running my shop, Spinning Colors, I have decided to open it back up.  Originally, I had closed it up due to the fact that I was unable to give it my full attention while focusing on school, and now I have decided that it is time to revive it.
It’s a dream of mine to own a studio doing what I love, and I feel that by putting more effort into this venture I can make it successful.
I have not yet set the date for a grand re-opening, but it will come.  At the moment, I am taking my time to do things right and get everything situated how I would like before I rush into opening the shop back up.  More news to come on that topic at a later date.

Crochet
I am revamping the Rugged Ripples pattern and will soon have it available in the patterns section of the blog as well as on my designer page on Ravelry.  There’s also a special something coming up concerning that pattern, so be on the look-out for that as well!

 

Overall, I am excited to have a fresh start on the blog as well as on the shop.  And I welcome you to follow along!

A Very Braidy Cowl

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I finished another knit!  I wanted something quick and relatively simple to work on, so I was thrilled when I came across A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier

Very Braidy Cowl

I really enjoyed it because of the small amount of time it took to complete, as well as the fact that it didn’t get boring for me.  I love cables, and I especially love big cables (is that wrong?!)

Enough gab, here’s some photos:

A Very Braidy Cowl

Here’s some more details over on Ravelry.

Since I’m on break, life has been all about knitting, photos, reading, and working lately and it feels awesome.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and Happy (belated) New Years!