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New scarf FO

Finished another Christmas present! And this one I can actually share here before the holidays 🙂

Just a simple scarf made from Dewdrops by Loops and Threads, it’s soft and sparkly and warm! I used size US 15 – 10.0 mm needles and did two rows of knit then two rows of purl and repeated ’til the yarn was gone.

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(Team) Pineapple goodness

I may have mentioned something about the Nerd wars group on Ravelry at one point or another, it’s a fun crafting tournament of geekiness and I’ve participated in tournament 3 and tournament 4 on Team Pineapple (which is based on my favorite tv show Psych) I really love the fun we Pineapples have and I want to take a quick moment to thank a few people:
Our team captain: laweinberger
Our team manager: Loveofnature
Our team blogger: lebeau
Oddstitch
knittinfiasco (who introduced me to the team)
and all the rest of my fellow Pineapples!!
I’m hoping to be on Team Pineapple for T5 as well (since it’s where all fans of delicious flavor tend to end up ;))

Thanks guys!!

I had a lovely surprise at the end of round 4, I won the beautiful yarn you see to the right in a drawing!!! So thank you Oddstitch, laweinberger, and Loveofnature!!!! I don’t yet know what I’ll make with it but I’m sure I’ll think of something!

Congratulations to the Nerd wars T4 champion; Team Rangers!! And to the runner-up; Team Squints!!
And if anyone’s interested in joining in all the Nerd wars fun, sign-ups are May 15 – 26, 2012.

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Interview with Marla from Tiny Dino Studios

I realize that in my first interview’s notes I said most of them would be crochet related, well I’ve seen so many interesting people that I wanted to interview, that I just can’t tie myself down like that! But to keep the basic theme going through this one I have a special guest; Marla from Tiny Dino Studios!! She is a knitter, designer, dyer, and spinner with some really lovely yarns in her Etsy shop as well as spinning fiber, my favorite would have to be her Diagon alley fiber (and not just because of the name! :)) And if one of the yarn pictures catches your eye don’t hesitate to click on it, it will take you to the Etsy page so you can get details.

Onwards!!

1. How did you get into spinning and dyeing?

Picking up dyeing and spinning was a natural progression of learning to knit. I love color, but never found much satisfaction in painting. When I first learned to knit, I wanted to branch out on my color palette, but found having to make a choice in a yarn shop daunting. It was too much for me. About six months into my knitting life, I ran across an online tutorial for dyeing yarn with Kool-aid, and I knew I had to try it. Producing my own color is so much easier for me than choosing something in a shop. As for spinning, that was all Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She was posting photos of her spinning on her blog during the Tour de Fleece one year and I signed up for a spinning class at my closest yarn shop that same month. Learning to spin, of course, opened the door to processing and dyeing my own spinning fiber as well.

2. What are some tips that you find useful when dyeing your yarn?

Relax. Experiment. Don’t be too worried about getting just the right shade. Don’t be afraid to over dye. Don’t be afraid of leaving some white on the yarn.

3. How important is it to get just the right shades/tones in your work? Have you ever been going for a particular shade and ended up with something else you liked even better?

I approach dyeing like one great big experiment. I am constantly coming up with shades I didn’t expect. Dino Hide is one that surprised me just recently, and I love it! The key is to remember how it happened, and then attempt to duplicate it, just like you would any science experiment. Getting to know your dyes is also important. I know what dye stocks to mix together now to get six or seven different yellows or pinks or greens or whatever. I am a pretty laid back dyer. If something comes out of the pots that I am not quite satisfied to work with, I dye it again.

Dino Hide

4. What kind of fiber do you like to work with most? Why?

For dyeing and knitting, I absolutely love my Protoceratops sock yarn. It’s a 3-ply superwash merino sock weight yarn. It takes color like a dream, is super soft, and makes durable socks and gorgeous shawls/shawlettes.

protoceratops sock yarn in "Technicolor"

For spinning, I prefer to work with longer staple length fibers. Blue Face Leicester and Lincoln are fun, but I think Corriedale is probably my favorite. It’s a versatile fiber that takes the dye great and is easy to spin in many different ways. It isn’t always next to skin soft, but boy is it durable. When my future fantasy farm becomes a reality, Corriedales are high on my list of sheep I might raise.

5. You have two original knitting patterns up on Ravelry (they can be found here) Are you interested in designing more?

I am very interested. I am getting together test knitters now to work on shawl pattern. Mittens and mitts hold a special place in my heart and embellishing the basic mitt is one of my favorite hobbies, so I would be on the look out for more patterns coming in the next few months. I also get great joy out of knitting toys, but I don’t think my toy-knitting is quite on par with designing a literal tiny dino toy just yet.

6. When you are thinking about some new color, what inspires you the most? Is it different every time? Could you give us some examples on inspiration for some of your colors?

To be honest, developing new colors usually happens on a whim. I’ll pick up a light-blue bottle of dye, and think, I wonder what will happen if I add this much yellow to it? That is what’s behind my current spate of robin’s egg blues and minty and celery greens. I also go through stages. Last summer I was looking for the perfect shade of yellow. Last winter everything had a little black in the mix. And this spring everything is based on light blue.

7. Do you prefer a drop spindle or a spinning wheel? Do you have a favorite brand?

I almost exclusively spin on a wheel. I do have a couple of drop spindles. One is heavy and generally unwieldy, the other is a lot lighter and spins a very satisfying thin singles, but I spin on it about once every four months… On the other hand, I spin on my Lendrum folding wheel almost daily. It’s quicker than a spindle for one, but really, I find the physical motion of spinning on a wheel more relaxing. I do spin on a Lendrum, and it’s the perfect wheel for me right now, but I would suggest to anyone that they go to their yarn shop and spin on a bunch of different ones to see what’s most comfortable for them.

8. What other interests besides fibre crafts do you have?

I have a degree in creative writing. I mostly work on personal essays and young adult fiction (very slowly, however). It is also my goal to have my own small farm, grow vegetables and raise animals. I am the kind of person who gets excited reading about rotational grazing.

9. You named your business Tiny Dino Studios what’s the story behind that name?

Right now, I live in a very small apartment which is also where I work. Plus, I have a five year-old son who has had a lifelong obsession with dinosaurs. He is a dinosaur encyclopedia! When I was developing my business, my apartment was usually littered with little plastic dinosaurs. Not only was Tiny Dino Studios a physically accurate description of where I do my work, but I also hope it also invokes a spirit of fun and whimsy.

10. Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you would want to add?

Don’t let fear keep you from trying new things! To me, knitting, spinning and especially dyeing are small ways to remind myself to have no fear in the rest of my life and not waste my time doing something I don’t enjoy.

Thank you so much Marla!!

Yes, I had to add a picture of "Diagon alley" to tempt you all!! (it's so pretty!!!) 🙂

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Trick or treat!!!


Hope everyone has a spooky night!!

And to make sure you do… Here is the start to a little story to get everyone in the right mood 😉

Knitmares by Linda Cee

Mary was knitting on the train when it happened. A light rain was falling outside and she was hoping to finish the pretty wool sweater she was making but a loud crack of thunder caused her to jump and drop her ball of yarn on the dark red carpet, it rolled away from her towards the front of the nearly empty train and stopped near the first row of seats.
“Oh, great” sighed Mary it had been a pretty bad week for her, what with losing her job and her Mother being in the hospital, she had looked forward to the train ride home from Denver for some quiet crafting.
Colorado springs was still another hour away she noted as she strolled down the aisle and picked up the yarn. A man sat in the seat next to the yarn, he was asleep and she carefully turned and began to walk away stopping suddenly as she noticed the brown yarn was wet on the bottom, she turned it over and her eyes widened as she saw the blood dripping between her fingers, Mary gasped turning and running back towards the man, his eyes were closed but now that she looked closely Mary saw the gaping hole in his chest and the bloodstains on his shirt.

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Fifteen minutes later Mary was still having trouble breathing. Seeing a body was nothing new for the daughter of a mortician but she had never seen one who had so obviously died a violent death.
“Are you alright now, miss?” asked the car attendant who had come when Mary screamed, he and two passengers were the only ones on the train besides the conductor and his crew, the other two passengers stood close together behind the attendant, one of them stepped forward, he was tall and muscular with shaggy brown hair and had a definite air of intelligence and authority for which Mary was immediately thankful for, as the attendant was close to panicking.
“My name is Chris” he said taking the attendant’s arm and pulling him away from Mary “why don’t you wait here and this gentleman and I will be right back”
Mary watched as the two men walked away whispering to each other.
The remaining passenger, an older lady carrying a small grocery bag sat down on the seat next to Mary.
“Water?” she asked pulling a bottle from her bag.
“Thank you” answered Mary still keeping an eye on the men.
“I hope they cover the body with something” said the old lady introducing herself as Edith Speer.
“I’m Mary Clarkson, and I’m sure they will but we can always mention it if they don’t” replied Mary as the attendant and Chris came walking back towards them.
“The police will be waiting at the station” said Chris his hazel eyes dark as he turned to look at the body again “are you all sure you heard or saw nothing?”
Edith shrugged her shoulders and replied “I didn’t”
Mary concurred and Chris sighed “well, we’ll just have to wait until we get to the station to find out anything.”
“But it’s still 40 minutes until then!” said the attendant whose name tag said Nevel “and this man was alive when we left Denver, so whoever killed him is still on board”
“Nevel, we don’t know that and there isn’t anything we can do anyway” sighed Chris again.
His words did nothing to comfort the others and there was an air of suspicion after that, although no one said anything further.

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