Monday, December 31, 2012

Wonderful Christmas Gifts!

G and the kids got me a blending hackle and wool combs for Christmas this year! I was quite thrilled and pleased. He even started his shopping on December 1st rather than waiting until Christmas Eve. The set arrived this past Friday, but I didn't get a chance to play with it until Sunday evening as we had been away for the weekend.

The set he purchased is from Moon Song Ranch.

(Doug, if you'd prefer I remove the photo that I took from the listing in your etsy shop, please let me know. 
Your photo was much better than mine.)

Doug included a little sample package of gorgeous grey alpaca fleece, from their boy Tycho, some wool in a few different colors, some silk and some firestar (or is it angelina - I can never remember which is which) I've been playing with it already and have a few little nests of blended top!

I'm spinning it on my Kundert spindle as a DK weight low twist singles.

I can see this being a lot of fun! I have some farm fresh merino lamb I want to make into combed top next!

Friday, October 5, 2012

White Hot Chocolate

I'm always looking for an alternative to hitting the Tim Horton's drive-thru for my family's favourites. G's fav (other than coffee) is white hot chocolate. We've heard rumblings that Timmies might be discontinuing this hot bevvy. So I hit the kitchen with a likely set of ingredients.

Working from my French Vanilla Powdered Mix as a starting place, I mixed together:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup vanilla flavoured coffee whitener

Add 1/4 cup of mix to a large mug and stir in boiling water. Froth the top with your handy dandy frothing tool and you have a Timmies Hack to make you happy.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Zahara - help with ears

I've recently had a question regarding help with grafting the ears closed.

See that cute little ear, and the way the tip of it looks like the knitting just continues right over the tip? That's actually the grafting, otherwise known as the kitchener stitch.

Once you've finished the decreases for the ears you are left with 6 sts. Make sure you have 3 stitches on one dpn and 3 sts on another dpn. Then you would graft the opening closed the way you would the toe of a sock.

Knitty has a good tutorial that may help.

I've also found this YouTube tutorial by KnittingHelp for those of you who prefer your tutorials with moving pictures rather than stills.

Hope this helps!