Archive for October, 2009

Pumpkins go BLAM!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2009 by needlefingers

Ramblin’s two favorite seasons are Halloween and deer.  Here’s what happens when the two collide.

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Phat Fiber Box – all the cool kids got ’em

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2009 by needlefingers

What’s a Phat Fiber Box?  It’s the brainchild of Jessie at Phat Fiber – a collection of samples from Indie dyers brought right to your doorstep.  And when your doorstep is a mere three hours from Phat HQ, it gets there really fast.

That was fast!

That was fast!

The “F” stands for ‘fluff’, which is all spinning samples.  The “S” stands for ‘stitches’, which is all yarn samples.  There’s also a mixed sampler, which I could only guess would be “M”, but I didn’t go after that one.  The super-secret date they go on sale is announced, and they are posted to Etsy two times that day.  I wouldn’t recommend delaying 5 seconds, ’cause they are going to be gone.  So Saturday, I was able to grab an F for me, and later an S for Ragged.

What’s in the box?

Box o Mystery

Box 'o Mystery

Mystery revealed

Mystery revealed

Well, allow me to introduce you.  (sorry for some blurry pics – I was losing light fast)

“Oh Donna” BFL - Alisha Goes Around

“Oh Donna” BFL - Alisha Goes Around

“Passion” merino - It’s a Colorful Life

“Passion” merino - It’s a Colorful Life

“Fagiano” Aus. merino, firestar, and angelina - Crystal City Fibers

“Fagiano” Aus. merino, firestar, and angelina - Crystal City Fibers

“Harlequin” merino tencel (and the fun gold thread to ply it with) - Twiggi Knits!!

“Harlequin” merino tencel (and the fun gold thread to ply it with) - Twiggi Knits!!

Carnivale (light)” tussah silk - Wild Orchids Yarns and Fibers

"Carnivale (light)” tussah silk - Wild Orchids Yarns and Fibers

“Cafe au lait” milk fiber - Feeling Sheepish

“Cafe au lait” milk fiber - Feeling Sheepish

“Venetian Butterflies” mohair, alpaca, wool, and glitz - Silver Sun Alpacas

“Venetian Butterflies” mohair, alpaca, wool, and glitz - Silver Sun Alpacas

un-named rambo, bamboo and polypay - Desert Garden Farms  I think Ill call it Sweethearts Masquerade

un-named rambo, bamboo and polypay - Desert Garden Farms I think I'll call it "Sweetheart's Masquerade"

“Masquerade” alpaca, mohair and angelina - Fiber Divisions

“Masquerade” alpaca, mohair and angelina - Fiber Divisions

“Tangerine” merino - From Ewe to You

“Tangerine” merino - From Ewe to You

“Squash Blossom” organic merino from Natchwoolie and “Souron’s Flaming Eye” milk fiber from Dragonmaille in The Fiber Artist’s Paint Box from SpindiesFiber

“Squash Blossom” organic merino from Natchwoolie and “Souron’s Flaming Eye” milk fiber from Dragonmaille in The Fiber Artist’s Paint Box from SpindiesFiber

“Queen of Hearts” bamboo - Polyartgirl

“Queen of Hearts” bamboo - Polyartgirl

“Jareth” organic merino, silk, carbonized bamboo, and angelina - Ambrosia and Bliss

“Jareth” organic merino, silk, carbonized bamboo, and angelina - Ambrosia and Bliss

“The Fiber Unmasked” baby alpaca - Anzula Luxury Fibers

“The Fiber Unmasked” baby alpaca - Anzula Luxury Fibers

“A Silken Masque” sari silk fiber - eXtreme Spinning

“A Silken Masque” sari silk fiber - eXtreme Spinning

“Venetian Mask” merino - Sheepy kitty

“Venetian Mask” merino - Sheepy kitty

“Candy Mix” merino - Alaskan Sass

“Candy Mix” merino - Alaskan Sass

Oh but wait, you have to see the back of this:

Wicked Remedy

Wicked Remedy

Topless Mittens pattern - Kira K Designs

Topless Mittens pattern - Kira K Designs

So, the idea is that once you can see and fondle these mini bits of heaven, you will want to buy more.  And that works really well.  To feed that, many of the sellers give discounts to the Phat Fiber box buyers.  Like you needed another excuse.

And since it’s Socktober, here’s a pair of socks.

Midsummer Nights Dream from Knitty in Knitting Notions Thyme

The Non-Un-Club Sock Yarn Club aka The Other Club

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 by needlefingers

Here’s something else I can discuss for Socktoberfest (which, btw, is way better than Cacheslashfest) – the second shipment of the Fearless Fibers Sock Club.

September Fearless Fiber Sock Club

September Fearless Fiber Sock Club

Up first is another squooshy skein of the Superwash Merino:

It feels as good as it looks

It feels as good as it looks

The other skein is Superwash BFL, the first of two skeins I will be receiving.

Blue Superwash BFL

Blue Superwash BFL

My final shipment will be another skein of BFL and one of Tight Twist.  I’ve been thrilled with the yarns so far, so even if the last shipment was completely off (and I don’t think Deb is capable of dyeing a bad color), it’s been a great experience.

Weekend at lightspeed

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2009 by needlefingers

Okay, so it’s four days into Socktoberfest.  Even though I haven’t been posting here, rest assured I have been sock-knitting.  (When am I not sock-knitting?)

Leaves of Thyme socks

Leaves of Thyme socks

These are Midsummer Night’s Dream using Knitting Notions’ Classic Merino Superwash Sock Yarn in Thyme.  Yes, I am finally using the Sock Yarn Unclub pick from April.  Since Socktoberfest has no rules, I decided a good goal would be to use the yarns Ragged and I have acquired in our un-club.  Speaking of the Un-club, this month is Ragged’s pick.

And speaking of Ragged, we spent our weekend as guests of Ragged and Cynical, with Jenny from the Blog along for the ride.  As detailed on Ramblin’s blog, it got off to a bumpy (clattery-bangy) start.  But once we arrived, it was wonderful times that just never last long enough.  And Mud Pie Mojo from Cold Stone Creamery is amazing.

The socks above are actually quite a bit further along, thanks to some opportune porch-knittin’.  But I have to save some stuff for the rest of Socktoberfest.

It’s Socktoberfest!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2009 by needlefingers

Sorry to be gone for so long, but I just had to resurface to celebrate that greatest of months – the month of Halloween and socks!  (not necessarily in that order)

Pictures of socks and stuff to follow.