Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Feather and Fan throw






Made for my grandmother for Christmas. I used WoolEase to keep it machine washable. I actually had a nightmare about this stitch pattern last week. There were people all around me and everything they were wearing was feather and fan.

Magic Ball scarf





I won a "magic ball" scarf kit at the Austin Knit-Out a few months ago. It was provided by Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe in Cedar Park.

Baby's First Tattoo


Better view of swallows on front of baby cardi.

Sweater penguin



Finished Baby's First Tattoo sweater from Stitch and Bitch. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I decided to use stranded colorwork for the swallows instead of duplicate stitching them on later. The model is a toy penguin from Moody Gardens in Galveston.

Cables and ribbing


Close up of second attempt at cabled hat from SnB Nation. This time I used Cascade 220 superwash (less than 1 skein). The result was much better this time. Greater stitch definition and a tighter fabric. I love this photo!

Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers





Finished armwarmers from SnB Nation in Paton's Soy Wool Stripes. I used just under one skein, so I've got an extra skein to make another pair to give away. SWS is a low-twist single that's pretty nice to work with. There's a slight itch factor, but not enough to really bug me. I imagine it's nicer than Kureyon, which is what the pattern calls for. I like Kureyon for felting, but would not want to wear it close to the skin. Plus SWS has no annoying veggie matter or breaks. And it's cheap! At Michael's! Time will tell if there's a pilling issue, though.

I almost forgot to rant about the pattern! The cable design is mirrored on the second armwarmer. When I first started the second one, I mirrored the placement of symbols on the chart but not the symbols themselves. I realized after just a couple of rows that it couldn't possibly be right, so I mentally flipped the symbols too (yay o-chem!) and it was just fine. Would it really have killed them to be more specific? I don't expect a second chart by any means, just an extra sentence to make it clear. I know from poking around online that I'm not the only one who didn't realize how to do this on the first try.

Exchequered


Finally finished Exchequered from knitty. I used Filati Bamboo on size 3 needles.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

None of me


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Merino roving and yarn in progress

Mohair locks


Mohair locks
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Llama roving


Llama roving
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
The llama's name is Blade. :)

Silk


Silk
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Bluefaced Leicester roving


Wool roving
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Felted pouch


Felted pouch
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
I seamed and felted my experimental swatch from the knitting with roving workshop.

Kid n Ewe haul!

White skein from beginning spinding workshop. Purple 2-ply merino from roving bought at the festival

Pink handspun


Pink handspun
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Pink handspun plied with silver thread

Green handspun


Green handspun
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Magnet set sample


magnet set 7
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
I've got 8 sets of 7 assorted knitting magnets finished and ready for sale.

Stack of magnets


Stack of magnets
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Packaging of magnets going up for sale on spinalcat.etsy.com

Eschequered scarf in progress


Eschequered scarf in progress
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Eschequered scarf from knitty.com, done in soft bamboo yarn

Shawl close-up


Shawl
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Bob and Weave shawl


Shawl
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Bob and Weave from knitty.com

Pink sequin hat


Pink sequin hat
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Another xmas gift. Hat from Stitch n Bitch.

Black hat with cables


Black hat with cables
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Cabled hat from Stitch n Bitch 2

Booga bag 2 close-up


Booga bag 2 close-up
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Closeup of the second booga bag after felting.

Booga bag 2 after felting


Booga bag 2 felted
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Finally finished felting the second Booga bag. This colorway didn't knit up the way I expected. I think it suits the person who will be receiving it, though.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Etsy store coming soon!

I'm starting a store on etsy.com to sell handspun yarn, knitting-themed magnets, and other crafty stuff. You can find it at spinalcat.etsy.com

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Booga bag 2


Booga bag 2
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
A seconda Booga bag in another Kureyon colorway before felting. This one will probably be for my mom.

Booga bag after felting


Booga bag 1 close up
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Booga bag for my MIL after felting. It turned out really nice- a simple, quick pattern.

Steering wheel cover closeup


Steering wheel cover
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
I used a funky novelty yarn from Hobby Lobby that's similar to LionBrand Trellis, but with a furry strand running through the ladder. For a sporty vertical stripe, I did a bit of intarsia.

Steering wheel cover


Steering wheel cover
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Steering wheel cover I made for hubby's birthday. I decided I would love it as a scarf, thus the "666 scarf" pattern coming soon.

Birthday cake


Birthday cake
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Lemon cake I made for hubby's birthday. Ok, so it's not knitting, but it is homemade.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Booga bag in progress


Booga bag in progress
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Booga bag almost ready to be felted. This is going to be a Christmas present for my mother in law. It's not a surprise anymore since she picked out the yarn (Noro Kureyon). We went to Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe last weekend. There was such a great vibe in that shop- the staff seemed to be having a lot of fun. I love the Cascade 220 wall and the well laid out Noro. I love working with this yarn on projects to be felted. They work up so quick and pretty. I used another colorway of Kureyon on the Kitty Pi bed.

DS case from handspun yarn


DS case from handspun yarn
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
So I frogged the wristwarmer (too scratchy) and made this Nintendo DS case from my Kool-Aid dyed handspun. (It's the same yarn, it just looks duller without the flash on) The general mode of construction was inspired by the electronics cozies in Stitch n Bitch, but I just worked it to fit the DS and added an i-cord strap. Hopefully it will keep the DS happy on our trip.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Wrist cuff


Wrist cuff
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Made from my first handspun and Kool-Aid dyed yarn. Very simple, very quick on size 10.5 needles. I just wanted something I could wear made of my first yarn! I have enough left over for maybe a cell phone or ipod cozy. Hmm. . .

(Not so) giant squid surveys his territory

Finally finished the squit hat/stuffed toy. Pattern free at http://www.strangebuttrewe.com/squidhat.htm (the designer also has a pattern for the human digestive system!)

Squid attacks Yum Yum!


Squid attacks Yum Yum!
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Squid toy/hat from strangebuttrewe.com. Fun project, but all the legs get tedious. I used Sensations Bellezza Collection Dolcetto, a wool/cotton blend from JoAnn's fabrics. Very soft.

Monday, August 07, 2006

First spinning/dying attempt!


First spinning/dying attempt!
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
My first yarn after dying with strawberry Kool-Aid. Helpful instructions on dying from knitty.com, and awesome color chart from thepiper.com.

My first yarn


Amy's first yarn
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
My first attempt at handspinning. Supplies from Skeintily Clad

Baby shower gifts


Baby shower gifts
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Baby shower gift set from Creative Knitting magazine

Baby blanket


Baby blanket
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Baby blanket from Creative Knitting magazine

Baby washcloths


Baby washcloths
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Baby washcloths from Creative Knitting magazine

Baby hat


Baby hat
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Baby hat from Creative Knitting magazine

Pacifier holder


Pacifier holder
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Fish pacifier holder from Creative Knitting magazine

Bottle cozy


Bottle cozy
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Bottle cozy from Creative Knitting.com

Nautie twins


Nautie twins
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Two Nauties! Now I'm sad I had to give one away

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Yum Yum with knitted toys


Yum Yum with knitted toys
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Yum Yum owns many chairs, including the papasan. Here she is with Nautie and the penguin family.

Nautie


Nautie 2
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Stuffed Nautie from knitty.com, in some craftstore worsted weight acryllic

Crusoe socks


Socks
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Crusoe socks from knitty.com, done in Koigu

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Penguin Family


Penguin Family 2
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Penguin and baby from the book World of Knitted Toys. I learned that seaming different colored pieces takes too much patience and I don't like cotton yarn.

Moss Stitch Baby Blanket


Moss Stitch Baby Blanket
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Moss stitch baby blanket with huge clumpy yarn on size 15 needles. Designed by me, so much fun!