<![CDATA[Audrey-Lee - Just Something]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:39:18 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Hats and Blankets]]>Fri, 08 Nov 2013 03:23:29 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/hats-and-blankets Well it looks like I’m going to be posting monthly even though I had plans on posting every other week. I can get a lot more done in a month though so my posts will be more impressive.

The things I have started but I didn’t work on this month include all of the blankets I have going right now. The pink and grey one and the granny square one are for my own baby and the blue and green one is for my friend’s baby
I finished two hats this month but they were kind of cheater projects. The first was a hat that I found when looking for yarn to make a hat. I pull what I think will be just black yarn out of a bag and it was a hat knit from the top down that just needed the ribbing. Not only did it just need the ribbing but it was knit with worsted weight yarn held double!

The second hat I finished was a baby hat for my kiddo. I used worsted weight superwash merino yarn from North Cabin Fiber Crafts. (Link to the shop) I mostly followed the Slippery pattern by Sarah Dupuis. The pattern is written for an adult size so I modified to make a baby size and I changed the crown shaping. My crown shaping is that there is none. I knit until I got to 6 inches and kitchnered the top and added some pom poms. I don’t know how this could possibly be any cuter!
My boyfriend’s socks are still coming along. I don’t know how to split a skein of yarn in half correctly because one “half” ran out long before the second one. I don’t know what I was thinking exactly, but when I got to the heels I put the socks on separate needles and I’ve continued to work on them on separate needles. Right now I have each sock on its own needle, half way up the leg, with one of them being out of yarn and the other having lots of yarn left. I’ll get things evened out soon. Soon being before Christmas…
At the end of October, Tina of the Knitting Blooms podcast started a mystery knit along for a new shawl that she designed. I picked out some Spud and Chloe fine in the Hippo color way and so far I’m really enjoying the pattern but I’m not so sure about the yarn. I love the color and I loved how the sample felt in the store so I’m hoping once it’s washed and blocked it will be softer. I have one and a half more repeat of the second chart to go and I’m hoping to keep up with the clues.
I have also been spinning! I got this fiber from North Country Fiber Crafts when I bought my yarn. Actually, I picked the fiber first and then heard she was having an update and kindly asked her to wait to ship until after I saw the update. Then I saw that yarn and added that to my order and I couldn’t be happier! I split the braid into 4 almost even parts and will be making a two ply. I’m spinning two parts end to end. It goes from tealy blues into the brown shades back to blue then to brown again. I’m planning on spinning both plies with the same color repeats and eventually making a shawl or scarf with it. I really love the variety and depth of the colors in this fiber and I have really enjoyed spinning it so far.

Its fall now and it is beautiful outside!
<![CDATA[I Think I'm Back]]>Sat, 12 Oct 2013 01:37:01 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/i-think-im-back I took a long hiatus from all things etsy and ravelry related while I was getting through the last miserable bits of my pregnancy and the first part of being a new mom. My etsy shop will still be closed for a while because what I was doing before was incredibly time consuming. I just don’t have the time to be reclaiming enough yarn fast enough to keep my shop stocked. I have some ideas of what I want to do next though. There are several things I can do with the wool sweaters I have that don’t require so much work. Two of my most appealing ideas so far are felting them and sewing them into soakers (I’m super into cloth diapering now lol) or I can unravel the sweaters to make dryer balls. Or I could do both!

Another possibility is to focus more on pattern design. I have one pattern for sale on ravelry that I haven’t bothered with selling on etsy. If I do that then I can just avoid etsy all together because, quite honestly, I would rather give my money to ravelry. The ravelry folks are amazing and awesome.

What I'm Working On
I am actually knitting again! Finally. I had no time and really no inspiration for way too long. I’m currently working on a granny square blanket using some a variety of acrylic yarn. I’m alternating rounds of pinks and purples with white inspired by this blanket. I’m planning on making it about a 4-5 foot square.

I’m also working on a pair of socks for Chris. I bought some Cherry Tree Hill yarn in the rasta man colorway specifically to make socks for him. I made the toes black and I may do black heels as well depending on what kind of heel I choose. I’m doing them toe up and using 00 needles. I’m only a few inches in but I love how the yarn is striping so far.

I have several projects on the back burner including 2 other blankets that were supposed to be for my baby and my friend’s baby. They will now hopefully be gifts for their first birthdays but no promises!

And a gratuitous cute baby picture!
<![CDATA[And the Winner is....]]>Sat, 01 Dec 2012 09:03:44 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/and-the-winner-isNumber 28! I had a total of 32 entries in the raffle and number 28 will be receiving an email tomorrow. All I requested form you all was your email address so I can't give out any info about the winner, I mostly wanted to give you a heads up that the drawing as been completed. I really appreciated everyone who has purchased the pattern or given me such amazing comments on the blog. If you want to purchase the pattern you can go to my Ravelry page here. ]]><![CDATA[A Family of Slippers]]>Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:59:06 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/a-family-of-slippersI finished all of the slippers for my brother's family! His are the huge green and brown ones and his wife gets the brown with the pink toes. I Had just enough brown to do the toes and the heels for their 6 month old baby girl. I still need to weave in the ends for the baby ones. They are made out of red heart soft held double for the big ones and single for the baby ones. 
I finished knitting one of these huge felted slippers for my brother in law. It took about 2 whole skeins of wool and a good chunk of time. I'm hoping to get the other one done this week and then get the seaming and felting done. 
My friend sent me a picture of a hat that she liked and asked if  I could make one like it but grey. This is my third attempt and I hate this yarn. It's a fuzzy acrylic nightmare but it's bulky and should be done in no time now that I've figured it out. 
I'm making some steady progress but I think I have about a million hats left to make! Plus I'm working on a couple of projects for me so I don't go crazy!

If you're reading this and you haven't done so already.....
You should enter the raffle! <-- click there
It's a chance to win something for you or it could be a great gift!
<![CDATA[Enter The Raffle]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2012 07:56:27 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/enter-the-rafflePicture
Up for grabs in this raffle is this shawlette that was hand knit out of malabrigo lace weight yarn. It was one that I knit while testing my Lil' Bit Shawlette pattern. The pattern will be available for sale through Ravelry for $2.00 later this month. If there are more than 100 entries I will be giving away 5 free copies of the pattern as well. 

Only one entry per person please. Enter by filling out the following form. It's not much of a form but its a good way to track how many people enter and in what order. I won't email you anything unless you win and your email address won't be saved anywhere and will be removed once the raffle is done. If you have any questions at all please contact me!

    Raffle Entry Form

<![CDATA[Fur Monster Slippers]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:26:48 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/fur-monster-slippersSo I made a real list for my gifts. An official one. Unfortunately it made me realize that I don’t have very many gifts done. I had three done but my dad needed another hat and I decided to not make him wait two months for it. Now I have two gifts done out of 12 and luckily 4 gifts are for kids. I’m really trying to focus on gift knitting so I put my socks on hold and I finished a shawl I was working on for me. This is the Lonely Tree Shawl made out of reclaimed yarn.
I used my hand spun alpaca to start this lined beanie. The brown gradient is the hand spun and the blue is reclaimed alpaca yarn. I’m a little more than half way done and I think I’ll be able to finish it this week. 
I felted these slippers and they ended up a little furry. They are a little too fuzzy right now and one of them felted more than the other but it was good practice for the ones I’m making as gifts. 
I started these new slippers last night and I might be able to finish the knitting today. I’m making these women’s size medium
My plan for this week is to finish the felted slippers and the alpaca hat. I also want to make one of the kid’s gifts but I keep changing my mind on what to make them.

In other news, my pattern is almost done being tested and I took some new pictures of my completed shawlettes. Thursday I’ll be starting the raffle for this blue shawlette. 

<![CDATA[Just Another Update]]>Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:43:49 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/just-another-updateI fished washing and weaving in the ends on the socks for my boyfriend. They are big on me but they seem to fit him pretty well. 
After I finished his socks I really wanted to try out my new size 1 hiya hiya needles so I started these socks in Malabrigo sock. I’m using the Socks on a Plane pattern and I was testing out a new short row heel method. I think I was supposed to twist a stitch somewhere or something because I have some serious holes. I’m going to rip back and try again. I might try an afterthought heel if I can’t figure this one out. 
I started working on the felted clogs and I have finished the knitting on one and I’m just missing the outer sole on the second one. I need to seam both of them up still. I also need to get my washing machine fixed before I can felt them because it started leaking water this week. 
I got an ounce of BFL in the Witches Brew colorway from Funhouse Fibers in a swap that I participated in. It’s a bright green and black variegated yarn now that is plied with some purple random wool that I dyed. I ended up with about 130 yards and I think it will be perfect for a monster. The purple wool was really hard to draft and was fairly coarse  the BFL was great but I'm not the greatest spinner so it's a little lumpy still. 

I'm working on processing some more yarn for my shop so check out the shop updates page for that. Remember to check back after November first so you can enter into the raffle for the Lil' Bit Shawlette. The pattern will be available on Ravelry by December first when the raffle winners are announced. 
<![CDATA[The Rules for the Raffle!]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2012 02:47:37 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/the-rules-for-the-raffleThe testers are almost done testing the Lil’ Bit Shawlette pattern. This pattern has a lil’ bit of lace and a lil’ bit of ruffle, hence the name. I have made two of these and I will be raffling a shawlette made out of Malabrigo lace weight yarn. It was hand knit by me with lots of love. On November 1st I will post a survey in my blog. Not like a serious survey but an easy way for me to track who wants to enter in the raffle. Only one entry per person and the raffle will close on November 30th. I’ll be covering the shipping costs and I’m open to sending it internationally so everyone has a chance! If I get more than 100 entries I will raffle off 5 copies of the pattern as well so invite your friends to enter! The package will arrive before Christmas so if you would like to give it as a gift for the holidays, you should have plenty of time. If you have any questions you can leave a comment here or email me at AudreyLeeYarns@yahoo.com
<![CDATA[Short Socks, Long Post]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:51:14 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/short-socks-long-postThis week I finished knitting two gifts! Two whole ones! I took pictures yesterday morning and last night I finished these socks for my boyfriend (I only had 5 rows left for the cuffs). I’ll get some finished pictures after I wash them and weave in the ends. He loves wearing wool socks but during the summer he likes to wear short socks. It’s hard to find short wool socks in stores so I knit him these ones. If he likes them then maybe I’ll knit some more.
I also finished this hat that I made out of some locally raised alpaca fiber. The farm isn’t far from here and they get there fiber milled in Oregon as well so I was able to enter this item in Amy Beth’s local fiber KAL (the LoKAL). This was awesome yarn to work with and I love the rustic texture. Not rustic in a bad way but it just feels like petting an alpaca and it looks like almost like hand spun (from a super awesome and consistent spinner). This will be a gift for my brother or my dad. 
On top of finishing some knitting I finished some spinning as well. The cowl that I made with hand spun alpaca used a little over half of that fiber. I spun the rest of the fiber a lot thinner and was able to get about 130 yards of sport to worsted weight yarn. I’m planning on making another alpaca hat and I think I’ll let my dad choose which one he likes and then my brother can have the other one. That’s my plan today but who knows, I might end up with another cowl lol. 
I worked on spinning some fiber on my drop spindle as well and it’s just a slow process. I’m about 2/3rds done with the first half and I’ve been working on it for a while. It’s some kind of superwash wool blended with bamboo from shooting yarns in the berry patch colorway. The tag is somewhere so by the time I finish it I’ll have all of the info. I was planning on spinning this yarn for socks but it depends on how it turns out. 
This is turning out to be a lot more than I thought because I also started a new project. I joined a KAL for the Lonely Tree Shawl in the Beginning Lace Knitters group in ravelry. I am using reclaimed worsted weight yarn that is a wool silk blend. I have more of this yarn in my shop and I was planning on listing this mega skein but it just needed to be this shawl instead. I have no idea about the yardage because I didn’t measure it but I would estimate it to be about 500 yards and the shawl calls for 330 yards so I’ll have plenty and I could possibly make it bigger. It’s a free pattern and I’m about half way done with chart B. 
For the rest of my Christmas knitting I am planning on making slippers. I have some of that orange wool dying in the crock pot right now and it looks like it will be a really deep red color. I’m using that and some other wool for felted slippers. I’m also still trying to get motivated to work on those slipper socks. I just haven’t been in the mood for them but they are a quick enough knit that I can procrastinate just a little longer. Next week I should have an update that includes felted slippers and the results of my dying today.

In the next couple of days look for the information I'm going to be posting on how the enter the raffle for a shawlette knit from the pattern I'm getting tested right now. If you are interesting in testing the pattern I still need a couple of people to test in fingering weight yarn. You can join this group and look for the Lil' Bit Shawlette thread or feel free to PM me on ravelry or in my etsy shop or email me or comment to this post if you have questions. 
<![CDATA[Pattern Testing]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:29:36 GMThttp://audrey-lee.weebly.com/just-something/pattern-testingPicture
I have officially begun testing my shawl pattern! I posted it in the free pattern testers group in ravelry so if you would like to join the test just hop on over to the group (link to get there). The deadline for testing is November 15th. I’m going to be starting a raffle for the finished shawlette on November 1st and picking a winner on November 30th! I’m deciding a method for conducting my raffle but it will most likely be done here on my blog. I will announce to rules for the raffle by October 20th. Depending on how many entries there are I will also be giving away free copies of the pattern.