Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oh! My.....

Oh lookie - a package for me!

What could it be?

Something from the Cupcake Fiber Company!  Is this not the most fab packaging ever?


Close up fluff!  Oh!  My....

This lovely stuff is the creation of The Fairy Godknitter.  It's 6 beautifully carded one-ounce batts created for spinning sock yarn.  You spin each batt separately, then ply two 3-ply skeins of sock yarn from them.   There's plenty for a pair of socks - even knee highs!   I'm not one to jump in and buy something the minute I see it, but the Fairy Godknitter posted about her new venture and I couldn't resist.  So lovely - and the packaging is pure genius.  I can't wait to finish my current spinning so I can get going on this!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.... 

There's been knitting.  I seem to be all about the small stuff lately.  I finished my afghan square (picture some other time) and then started Fenimore by Jared Flood.  When we were at the zoo I felt really chilled for the first time since moving here about 5 years ago.  Maybe I'm finally acclimating!  Anyway, feeling cold for once game the urge to make a hat:

Here's what it'll look like:

Both pictures are pretty sucky, but I hope you get the general idea.  I'm using Cascade 220 Superwash in a heathered dark purple.  I also continued on my socks.  I'm now done with the heel flap and I'm ready to turn the heel.

But first, I had to stop everything to make this for a post-holiday gift exchange at work:

This is Pretty Thing by Stephanie Pearl McPhee out of 'Baby Twist' Alpaca.

And I had to make this too:  a friend of mine at work asked me if I'd make her a headwarmer and brought me the pink one in to copy:

I don't know what it was about this project that excited me so much, but I did it in a day.  It's so girlie, and so not my style - I couldn't put it down!  I stayed up past 2:00 am to teach myself how to crochet the flower.

And I found the perfect buttons. 

 I love it.  And my friend does too.

And Miele loves Trouble.  A little too much for Trouble's liking...


Kathy in San Jose said...

Are those batts as soft as they look?

Natalie Servant said...

No fair! I'm still checking my mailbox with eager anticipation for my cupcake delivery. Hmph.

joan said...

Thank you Rachel!


Big Alice said...

I like that hat, the cables look interesting.
Yum, and the fiber looks enticing. Happy spinning!

Cookie said...

Woo Hoo!

What a beautiful colorway you picked! You will love spinning those batts. I can't wait to see the yarn you get.

Lovely knitting, too. You've been busy!


Sydney said...

What a smart idea! Six batts! And yet so simple. Brilliant. Enjoy spinning!

Novelty Pens said...

What cute packaging! Love the colors you received!

~Donna~ said...

LOVE that headwarmer thing you made.

This post is just FILLED with purty stuff!