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Sunday, June 28, 2009
  Phat Fiber Box
I love surprises. As a kid, I was a sucker for a grab bag (actually, I still am), even though I usually ended up disappointed. I'm also hopeless when it comes to resisting "limited time only" things. So, obviously, the Phat Fiber box left me totally defenseless. Similar concept to The Sampler, which I pined over for years, and finally snagged, only to be totally disappointed with the knick-knacks I got (to be fair, some of it was cool, but the majority was unusable and disappointing. Just luck of the draw, I guess, because some people have gotten great stuff!)

So, I totally wanted a phat fiber box, but I was wary of dropping $32 only to be disappointed. But then I watched the YouTube teaser video and I was a goner. I had to have one. I counted down the mintues to the "secret" time the boxes would be released and then hit "checkout" as fast as my little laptop touch pad could click. Here's what I got (click photos for more details):

Phat Fiber Box

The whole shebang! I was so excited to see a copy of Knit Circus, which I've been wanting. It's got a ton of adorable patterns. I didn't get a close-up, but there's some gorgeous purple fiber from Sneaky Pig Yarns that is one of my favorite items.

Yarn samples from: Gale's Art, Holiday Yarns, Yarn Floozie, Serendipitous Ewe, Twisted Fiber Yarn, Shady Side Farm and Mad Angel Creations. Whew!

Merino/Bamboo/Tencel & Sparkles

Platform Nine

Merino, Mohair, Etc

Teresa Levite Studio, Wonders Mohair, and Plum Crazy Ranch.

Merino, Tencel, Mohair

Spincerely Yours and Goat Goat Sheep (I love that name!)

Fish and Stitch Marker

Vickie's Stitch Markers

Shore and Sand
Liberty Fibers.

There was some other delicious goodies, but those are some highlights. There were also TONS of coupons; I can't wait to do some shopping at my new favorite fibery people. I'm also looking forward to spinning everything up. I'm thinking of spinning them all together (the theme is ocean, so it'll be organized chaos) and knitting them into the Briny Sea Cowl pattern that was included.

Needless to say, it was totally worth more than the $32! Plus the box arrived on my doorstep after a very bad day, and a box of fiber makes everything better.

I'm off to take a knitbreak. Links are exhausting!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
  Plain Vanillas, Mixed Berries

Like a lot of knitters, I like to keep a pair of plain vanilla socks on the needles in my purse or backpack. I don't drive, so I have plenty of opportunities to knit on bus rides, waiting for the bus, waiting for appointments, and for classes to start (before I graduated, that is). These were my most recent On-the-go socks.
Mixed berries.

pattern: none, just plain ol' stockinette. Yarn: Knitpicks Felici in Mixed Berries. Needles: US 1 dpns.

This yarn is so soft. If you haven't knit with Knitpicks sock yarn in a long time, I strongly recommend you try it. The base yarn is 10,000 times softer than it used to be. Remember Simple Stripes? It's a sturdy yarn and the socks I knit from it wear like IRON, but it's a little rough. The Felici, and the newer Essential (they're changing the name to Stroll, which I'm not fond of, but I digress) anyway, these are silky soft. Buttery. And they wear well, too. They've pilled a bit more than the Simple Stripes (which haven't pilled at all), but I was them in the washer and toss them in the dryer, and they still look good. No felting. Just cozy, pink striped sock. What more could a girl ask for?

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Saturday, June 06, 2009
  Oops, I forgot.
I dyed this.

In my last post, I forgot to mention the most functional thing I dyed in my dye techniques class. This tank top! It was dyed with procion dyes which are really genius. They're so easy to use and the colors come out really juicy. I used a shibori technique, but I mean, really, it's just tie-dye. I love the tank top, though, and I wear it all the time when I garden.

Speaking, of plant life, I cast on the Climbing Vines Pullover from last winter's Interweave Knits. I'll post pictures as soon as I'm passed the ribbing.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
  Catching up
I got my wisdom teeth taken out on Friday.
Good Riddance, Wisdom Teeth
I took today off from work because I'm still in a good amount of pain, so I thought it would be a good time to catch up on some things I've wanted to blog. I have lots of FO's to talk about, but for now I want to talk about my Dye Techniques class I took this past semester. I'm so glad I got the chance to take such an awesome, fun, inspiring class my last semester at HSU.

We learned a lot of different techniques, including a lot of things I definitely plan on doing again. Here's a silk painting I did, one of our first projects:
Silk Painting

I can't express how in love I am with Alter Ego Dyes. Can you believe I put this fabric swatch in one vat of purple dye? The silk absorbs one color dye, and the synthetic fiber absorbs the other. The result is beautiful.
Alter Ego Dyes
Because the fabric's expensive, we only got to dye a swatch, but I'm planning on sewing it into a little pouch. Wouldn't a whole dress dyed like this be gorgeous?

For our final, we dyed swatches of different fabrics in a variety of Rit dyes, so we could have a reference log of sorts.
It's inspiring to just flip through them and arrange them in different combination.

I met a lot of knitters in the class, and of course we had an acid dyeing demo. I had some white lamb's pride at home, and I whipped up this with Wilton dyes and Kool-Aid.
Dyed by me
There will definitely be more yarn dyeing in my future. I've got a lot of work lined up this summer, but I'm also hoping to make time to craft and put some things in my etsy shop, which is currently filled with cobwebs.

That's it for now. I'm resting, drinking cocoa and listening to birds chirp after a nice thunderstorm this morning. Finishing up some old UFO's and excited about sharing again on this blog!

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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