Episode 2 – Things are Growing

Welcome

As you can see I changed recording locations to try and get better lighting and use my phone properly. However, as I was recording my phone would just stop! It wasn’t because of the battery as I have the phone charger plugged in all the time. If you know why please leave me a comment so I can get this resolved and create longer podcasts in the future.

WIPS

Vanilla Socks done in a Plymoth Yarn. I dont have the ball band but I can tell you the colors are bright! They will be for a good friend of mine who is a SeaHawks Fan! She loves socks with hardly any cuff at all so they should go pretty fast. Im doing them each differently. One is magic loop cuff down on my Karbonz 2.25mm needles and the other sock is done cuff down using my signature dpn size 1. Im knitting them concurrently and wish I could remind myself to do that more often!

Sock yarn blanket for my daughter to be done in 2016. I need to do a square a day till September of 2016…540 squares to be exact! The project is in my Ravelry project page.  I thought she would appreciate the knitting I did and the fiber Pearl and Sumptuous contributed to her keepsake.  I bought the yarn at Serial Knitters in Kirkland WA; one of my favorite yarn shops!

Kroy Socks. Coming along but slow going. Yes they are done on 2.25mm after I kept rambling on!

WANTING TO CAST ON MY NEEDLES

BonBon Rabbit by Susan Claudino. I so want to cast this on!! I have purchased the pattern so now I need worsted weight yarn.  Yarn shopping is so tough!

Socks done toe up with the german short row heel. Two videos by Very Pink Designs shows how to create german short rows heels and a very stretchy bind off.

OnaQuestforFiber May 2015 KAL

Please go to the Ravelry Group OnaQuestforFiber and leave a comment as to what shawl you’d like to do and on April 1st I will announce the choosen pattern. 22.5 Degrees or Trillian are the two patterns. The prize will be the book Sock Architecture by Laura Neel.

FO’s

None but I have HO which is one of my Kroy socks.

STARS OF THE SHOW

Pearl and Sumptuous outside for some playtime!

This week I talk about fiber characteristics.

Well I hope you enjoyed this podcast and thank you for watching! See you March 29th.

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My WIP’S

Patons Kroy  Socks done in my version of vanilla socks. Cast on 34 sts. 1 1/2″ rib k1p1. The basic pattern is from Yarn Harlot’s sock pattern. 

Opal Sweet and Spicy Yarn used in Hermoines Socks done with afterthought heel. However, I got carried away doing my granny square blanket by Kay from Bakery Bears  so I may be short on yarn for the heel. Time will tell!

OnaQuestforFiber Yarn and Sock scraps used in my sock yarn granny square blanket as well as Sock Yarn Blanket.

Viajante Shawl done in Malabrigo Lace. This is a project I need to bring to the front of the line but right now its not getting much love.

My segments for Episode 2 will be:

Time with the Stars of the Show 

WIP’S

FO’S

Knit A Long for May 1st – I will start a thread in the Ravelry Group to vote on Trillian or 22.5 Degrees shawl. You can vote till March 31st and on April 1st I will post the winning KAL shawl.  The prize will be the book Sock Architecture by Laura Neel. Please vote and leave your comments in the thread.

Thanks again!

Keli

 

 

Shearing Day

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Sumptuous and Pearl.

Merry Christmas from Sumptuous and Pearl.

New Beginnings

Let me introduce you to my new girls Pearl and Sumptuous. They are german angoras and were born last June from Windsor Farms Rabbitry.

My two german angoras

My two german angoras

Yes, you’d be correct in realizing that I went from german to satin and back again.  The fiber on the satin angoras is beautiful but the problem is there is very little of it. I can harvest close to a pound of German every 90 days; with satins I’d get a few ounces in a year.  Heather from Oceanside Angoras took back Meringue and Cocoa where they will be with a lot of other rabbits.

Recently I had some german angora made into sock yarn. I was going to dye it myself but instead an indie dyer bought all of it!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I also had some angora made into merino/angora blend (80/20) fingering weight and I have that listed in my shop for sale.

Creations

Ive been knitting socks and more socks! Check out my Ravelry project page.  I also took a Pop Blanket class at Knit Fit and the class was terrific. Treated myself to some signature dpns. I’ve also started a sockblanket as well to use up my scraps!

1st square!

1st square!

Pop Blanket class at Knit Fit.

Pop Blanket class at Knit Fit.

Jogging

After recovering from my cold I’m back in full swing. Bought some new sneakers yesterday (Brooks Ghost) and all is good. However, I need to increase my pace; any ideas?

Brooks Ghost

Brooks Ghost

 

Type 1

I found out World Diabetes Day was founded November 14, 1991. My daughter was diagnosed at two years of age and guess when her birthday is? November 14, 1991! I’ve contacted the organization to let them know hoping they get in contact with her!

 

Haven’t Left You – was on vacation!

25th anniversary

25th anniversary

Well we had a blast in Europe for our 25th wedding anniversary.  However, I would say don’t go to Paris!  Our North American perception of Paris is so wrong. We loved London and Denmark!

Now onto fiber related news. My new line of yarn will be shipping on Monday. Can’t wait to have some angora to cover my tootsies in the winter. It’s a sock yarn that is 60/20/20 blend of merino,  angora and nylon. I will be doing most self striping yarn. I should have some for sale in my shop by Halloween.

Cocoa and Meringue are doing well and are producing some lovely satin angora that I am spinning into luxurious yarn that will be for sale in my shop.

Cocoa's satin angora

Cocoa’s satin angora

Dont forget I have beautiful rolags, roving and stitch markers in my shop. Click  here and place your order today!

Jogging

Well we didn’t jog in Europe. So as a result it’s been just over a month since I last put my sneakers on after coming home with a terrible chest cold. I will say that tomorrow looks promising but I will be easing back into it. I want to jog the gobble run in November so I better not ease into it too long.

Creations

I’ve made my grand niece a little sweater and of course another pair of socks. Check out my ravelry project page

Type 1

Love the new technology of continuous glucose sensors! However, can they not find a way to turn off the alarm! It doesn’t help when your running to get some where and you know it’s going to happen but you’ve already taken some tablets.

New Podcast

Its Tuesday but I just had to do a shout out to everyone who loves knitting video podcasts. Dani from Little Bobbins has started a new video knitting podcast and I want to encourage her to do more because its real hard to do this all by yourself.  Thanks Dani.

That is all for today.

Keli

 

Jogging…Creations…Type 1

Jogging

My husband and I have been jogging together and I’d  say Im a pretty lucky lady!  He’s always just a head of me and I have my music playing but its the fact that we are doing it together.  We encourage each other to get going before sunrise and give each other a high five when we are done. We will be married 25 years next month and the only advise I can give you is one day your kids will be gone and you will need to do something together that keeps you connected as a couple.

Creations 

Well its been all about socks for me this summer! As soon as I have a pair off my needles Im casting on another pair. I really like doing each section of the sock at the same time. I’ll cast on one sock and complete the ribbing, then cast on the other sock and complete the ribbing. Then Ill do the leg, heel, foot and toe the same way. I love the class My First Socks  by Lucy Neatby! Ive been knitting socks for years but I love how she fixes the hole at the heel flap. Here are a few pairs I’ve done over the summer.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

Onaquestforfiber loves her socks.

I’ve also been creating stitch markers with the cutest keepsake charm from OnaQuestforFiber. Click here to buy.

onaquestforfiber

onaquestforfiber

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I have to tell you that I also found something almost as cute as my bunnies! Mrs. Bakery Bear.

Check out Bakery Bear Podcast with Dan and Kay from England. Wonderful, educational, and entertaining episodes!

Of course I have left the best for last...my angora blended fiber. I thank you for all your wonderful comments.

Type 1

Keep strong!

What’s Up Doc

A treat for my viewers, because it’s Monday.  :)

Tagged for #widn by @noknitsherlock I'm folding the last load of laundry for the night so I can get back to knitting!! I tag @kirbywirbyyarns @vntg_rose @minervaturkey & anyone else who is hurrying through their chores to get to the fun 😜

Jogging…Creations…Type1

Jogging

This heat is hard to jog in!   As a result I haven’t been jogging very much. However, on the runs I have done my time has improved and I did 4.65 miles with a 12:13  pace two weeks ago.  All I wanted to do was relieve some stress and it was one of my best runs! I just ran – no destination in mind and no time limit. Very memorable run.  Do you have any runs like this?

I’m so grateful my husband has been inspired by me and has set us both a new goal. We are going to both get up before the crack of dawn and jog 2 miles; easy pace. Then on Saturday and Sunday do 4 miles. Rest Monday and Friday.  After almost 25 years of marriage I’d say I’m very blessed to have a true companion!

Creations

Dyeing has been going on at the store www.etsy.com/shop/onaquestforfiber Here are a few peaks.  Use the coupon code onaquest and save 10% till August 31st. Store will then be closed for September only.

Onaquestforfiber

Onaquestforfiber

 

Not seen Angora like this!

Not seen Angora like this!

Not seen angora like this!

Not seen angora like this!

I’ve been trying a lot of different dying techniques and love my new microwave.  Right now I have some Shetland/Merino drying after a dye bath in wedge wood blue and navy.

Type 1

My daughter is off to nursing school and I’m so proud of her determination; she gets that from her grandmother! She has had to deal with countless needles and finger pokes.

Now on to add a few updates with OnaQuestforFiber. I will be updating my blog on Fridays and my shop will be carrying a new yarn base near the end of October.  I’m always updating my shop and you can keep up to date at Instagram; my username is onaquestforfiber.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Keli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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