Tidbits

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I had a little help at the wheel today. I guess she’s just as ready as I am for this yarn to be plied and done!

Remember, tomorrow is going to be the reveal of the team braid for Tour de Fleece. Stay tuned!

Here’s hoping everyone’s weekend is enjoyable. Happy crafting!

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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I’m still chugging along, trying to get through this fluff! That bit that’s tossed across the back of the wheel (a bit haphazardly, I might add) is all that’s left of the second half and then I’ll be ready to ply.  Seems crazy, but I think a portion of this fiber is missing, because I’ve clearly got more fiber packed onto that first bobbin than I have on the second. I caught my 3-year-old walking around yesterday with some fiber wrapped around her neck like a scarf, so there’s no telling what else she may be stashing! But we’ll see what happens!

On the knitting front, my sweater is slowly growing:

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It’s all mindless knitting in the round now, for another 10 inches or so, then I’ll separate for the back and front flaps. Or something. I don’t know, I haven’t read that far into the pattern.  But as for what I am reading, the girls and I are slowly reading through the Marvelous Land of Oz. Maybe about a chapter a week.  The chapters are a bit long for Marlee (the 3-yar-old), so it’s usually reserved for right before nap time or right before bed.  We’re all loving it though, especially how General Jinjur’s Army of Revolt uses knitting needles as their weapons. My girls just think that means they get to grab all of my spare needles and pretend to knit while I’m reading. Whatever brings them back to fiber…

In other news, don’t forget about the Tour de Fleece team! We’re growing– we’re at 5 members now! Needless to say, you’ll have a great chance at winning a prize 😉

Happy crafting, friends!

Come, be a team player!

Hey, y’all! I hope everyone (in the U.S.) was able to enjoy a lovely Memorial Day weekend, and a special thank you to the amazing servicemen and women who fight for our freedom everyday! If you’re outside the U.S., I hope you had a great weekend too, even if there was no cause for celebration. My family and I spent a lovely day at the park, where it was just us and one other family for the first few hours! It also took the first few hours for my husband to get our little table-top grill adequately heated, but that’s neither here nor there. It was a super casual day, with wonderful weather, and I’m glad we were able to get outside to enjoy it!

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This is my favorite photo from the day! He had a great time; he really is just such a pleasant boy. And look at those teeth down there, my goodness!

In other news, the Tour de Fleece is rapidly approaching! I’m so excited! This will be my first year participating and I can’t wait. It’ll be so fun to see what others are spinning, and how they’re spinning it! I’ve already put several braids aside just for this event, and I’m desperately trying to get this current yarn done so all of my bobbins will be empty on June 29.  My drop spindle is at the ready and I’m kind of secretly hoping I’ll be able to snag a supported spindle before things kick off, but we’ll see.

In the spirit of the Tour, and shameless self-promotion, I’ve started a team! Small Business Success tip #1: Always take advantage of opportunities for free marketing or promotion. I’ve already got a few committed members too– the three of us are gonna take this tour by storm! We’re still looking for teammates (and don’t worry, you can be on as many teams as you like), so come by the thread if you’re interested. Cheerleaders are welcome as well, if you just want to see what all the hullabuloo is about. We’ve even got (wee) shiny badges:

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Isn’t that cute? Take one for your blog or use it as your ravatar during the Tour!

There will also be prizes, not just in my specific team thread, but in the main group threads as well. And really, friends, it’s all about the prizes.

On June 1, I’m going to reveal our “team braid” that I’ll be dyeing up specifically for team members. It was inspired in part by a pin (on pinterest) by my Rav BFF and a conversation that was held in one of our group’s threads. I’m super excited about it, and plan on trying out a few different techniques this week, just to finalize which look I like best. And even if you’re not interested in the team braid, you can still enjoy a shop discount! Enter TDF2013 at checkout, and get 15% off your entire purchase. Spin like the wind, friends!

A few other things:

  • I was featured on a blog! Thanks to Erinn (aka Punkin97) for choosing my fiber for her first review!
  • I got the crocheted shawl finished and turned in to Charms class! It came out great!
  • I’m still chugging along on my sweater and Hub’s socks, and neither have given me any back talk lately!

Well, that’s all I have for today! I’ll be back to show off the team thread once it’s ready, so be on the lookout for that! Thanks for visiting, and happy crafting!

Jumping right in!

Hey y’all! I’m Dawn, aka dlyn1124 (on Ravelry), and welcome to the launch of the Daybreak Dyeworks blog! Please excuse the podcast-like intro and layout, but I figured this would be a good foundation for the start of things!

First off, Works in Progress:

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This is the Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel. Cute right? This is the first thing I’ve crocheted in quite some time and I’m really loving how it’s working up! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t just itching to start hookin’ something, but I think I picked the perfect project. I’m participating in the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup for the spring term, and for Charms class, the prompt was (in short) to craft outside of your comfort zone. That can be anything from spindle spinning if you prefer a wheel, trying out a dyeing technique you’re unfamiliar with, or, as is my case, trading in your needles for hooks. This is one of the things I’m loving the most about participating in the HPKCHC– the way the class prompts challenge you to do things you wouldn’t have bothered with on your own! That, and all the badges you get for completing things 😉 For this shawl, I’m using some awesome Noro Sekku that I got in a destash from another house-mate (for a STEAL!). I’m not too familiar or even comfortable using lace weight, but crocheting with such thin yarn isn’t as intimidating for some reason.  Probably because it didn’t take as long to see progress.

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Next up is my first adult-sized sweater! I’m knitting Toujours by Joji Locatelli, double dipping in knit alongs hosted by the Must Stash ladies and TheKnitGirllls.  This is my second go-round with this sweater. I had to frog and restart a few days ago because I had this horrible gap that was forming at the beginning of each round.  I don’t know what that was all about, but you can be sure this yarn got a good, stern reprimand before I cast on again.  All in all though, the pattern is great. It’s well-written, easy to understand, and should turn out a gorgeous piece when it’s all said (or knit) and done.

Also on the needles are my husband’s Father’s Day socks. I have one completely done, and was nearly to the heel of the second one (working from the toe-up) when I realized I had done the instep pattern around the entire foot… They also received a tongue lashing this week and were frogged back to the toes.  They’re behaving now, and I should be back at the heel again in no time.

Now, on to Spinning!

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This is the second half of a self-dyed, 100% corriedale wool.  It’s spinning up pretty thin, a lot thinner than I planned actually! I haven’t decided my plans for the finished skein though, besides the fact that it will be a 2-ply. I’m considering over dyeing the finished skein, but we’ll see.  This was more of a “spinning for spinning’s sake” type of spin!

Finished Objects:

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This is a nifty little handspun hat that someone apparently stepped on during the blocking process, as I found it somewhat folded over on itself.

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Here’s an action shot of the little knee pads I made for Boy! Don’t you just want to take a bite out of that thigh? Too cute!

And lastly, a wee stash enhancement:

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New Orleans Saints self-striping, sparkly sock yarn, courtesy of Lollipop Yarn! A lovely Mother’s Day gift to myself 🙂

Well, that’s all I have for today, friends! As it’s a holiday weekend coming up, I may not be back till next week with more news, so until then, happy crafting!