Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Fiber Arts Shop in SF

I was able to check out Urban Fauna Studio's grand opening in San Francisco. I didn't think I'd get a chance to but since Bubba and I couldn't get hold of his family to figure out where to meet them at a street fair, I decided to take a detour to the new shop while we waited for them to get hold of us.

We finally got there right before 3pm after fighting holiday traffic, Cal Bears football game attendees, and 19th Ave. traffic and looking for parking near the shop. We were greeted by the owner's husband, Blas, and told us that an hour before there was a line out the door to get into their tiny but really cute shop. I was glad we got there when we did because I was in no mood to stand in a line after going through what I did to get there.

The front part of the store has a bunch of different artsy and crafty stuff and the very back has most of their yarn. They sell yarn dye and jewelry too. I snapped some pics of the back area:

I knew they were at the Renegade Craft Fair and even grabbed one of their business cards then but could not remember which vendor they were...UNTIL I saw their handmade dyed yarns. I remember wanting to buy some of their yarn at the fair but I had already spent too much. I had to put down the yarn and made myself walk away. This time I was able to purchase a couple skeins in 2 different colors. I also scored a free goodie bag with my purchase.
No more yarn buying until I use up most of what I have already. Maybe.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kitty Stuffie

One more stash busting project down. Using chunky yarn resulted in a huge stuffed toy for my nephew.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Using Up Stash

Bubba keeps asking me why I keep unraveling stuff I've knit in the past because he's been helping me through hours of untangling the mess. My answer is why not? If a finished project is sitting there unused for years because I hated the results then the yarn is going to be re-purposed. I bought the stuff so I'm going to use it for something good.
Which leads me to my stash. I have a giant basket full which includes 2 sweater's worth of yarn and approximately 20 skeins of other miscellaneous yarns for future knits and amigurumi projects that I plan to do someday. Then there's the yarn I shouldn't have purchased. Like the 5 balls of Classic Elite Bazic Wool...3 different pastel-ish colors to make a vertical knit scarf for myself. Eh. Pastel. What was I thinking?
I'm seeing a bunch of my family this weekend in Tahoe and decided that I wanted to make something for my little niece and nephew (my God son). Two balls of the pink bazic wool is the perfect amount to use for the Kittyville hat from Stitch n' Bitch. I had to modify it a bit to fit a 2.5 yr old girl.
Here it is in progress:

Here it is finished (sans ear flaps and i-cord ties):

I'll come up with completed hat pics later. I stole an idea from a fellow Raveler and attached little crocheted flowers at the end of the i-cord instead pom poms.

For my 1.5 yr old nephew I'll be making a Bunny/Cat Stuffie (pattern by Ysolda Teague) out of some Lion Brand Thick N' Quick, an early knitting purchase. It's quite a thicker gauge yarn than called for. Stuffie might end up being as big as my nephew. I have yet to start it and don't even know if I'll have time to work on it before the weekend. I have so many other things I need to do before the trip. Ugh.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Ready for Cooler Weather

Yarn: Artfibers Ming
Pattern: Stacked Eyelet Cowl

This was a simple knit. Maybe not the best yarn suited for this pattern but it came out alright. I know it'll keep me warm in a pinch when I don't want dangly scarf ends in my way. I don't have a clue what to do with half a skein I have still left over. It goes back AGAIN to the stash for now.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Bye-Bye Slouchy Hat

Hello cowl.

Unraveling the slouchy hat was a pain in the ass, as you can see from my frustration. It took FOREVER to ball that dang tangly yarn up. I threw it across the room once, but it's done. I'm determined to get that ArtFibers Ming goodness around my neck before Autumn comes knocking on Summer's door.