Archive for December, 2007

Toasted Marshmallow Spin-a-long

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 26, 2007 by subversiveyarns

I hang out on craftster a lot, and I love the challenges people post. This month, there was a challenge to spin a yarn based on a picture. I found this picture on flickr and loved it!

I spun my yarn out of white merino wool and a batt I drum carded, brown corriedale wool with flecks purple and blue. This was more of a design decision, my mushroom didn’t have any blues or purples. 😉

I had alot of fun with this and made 86 yards, enough for a hat. It’s so soft!

Twinkle Twinkle

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 26, 2007 by subversiveyarns

I spun Twinkle last night during a 50mph Alaskan whiteout. If you’ve never seen a whiteout, the wind whips the snow into the air until all you can see is the shimmering, flying snow. Twinkle is 65 yards of black Merino and teal Icelandic wool, with a little bit of Angelina added for shimmer.

I’d knit Twinkle on size 10-13 needles. She’d make a great contrasting stripe on a sweater or an ipod cozy.

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 19, 2007 by subversiveyarns

I was net surfing yesterday and came across this post in a blog (thank you cozy cat) I thought it was pretty great, so I thought I’d repost it here for everyone.  I edited for content and space. 🙂

8 Reasons You Should Buy Handmade Products over Commercial Products

1. Handmade products are unique. Do you really want the same scarf, mug, earrings, necklace or other item that 20,000 other people have? Of course not! Handmade items are always unique, even if they are the same type of product because they are not made by machines they are crafted by human beings so each piece will have its’ own unique characteristics.

2. Handmade items have personality. Life is not about being blah. Life is about expressing yourself and to do that your things need to have as much personality as you do. Don’t you want to express some personality?

3. Handmade items are special. When you get a gift don’t you feel a little bit more loved when someone gives you a handmade gift? Everyone loves getting handmade gifts or wearing something that was made just for them.

4. Handmade items last longer. Because they are made from high quality materials and handcrafted by trained artists items that are handmade last longer than low quality imported mass produced items.

5. Handmade goods are high quality. If you are a person who values the quality of an item more than the price then you already know that handmade items are far superior to mass produced items. When quality matters, go handmade!

6. Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained craftspeople make each handmade item. So while you might pay a few dollars more for a handmade item it’s because you are paying for quality materials, years of experience, artistic talent, and well-honed craftsmanship. It’s  worth paying for!

7. When you buy handmade you are supporting traditional arts and crafts techniques that have passed down through generations. In today’s high tech world the old arts and crafts traditions are being replaced by mass production but when you buy handmade you are saying that you prefer your items to be high quality pieces of art instead of mass produced trinkets.

8. When you buy handmade you are supporting local and small businesses. By paying artists and craftspeople for their goods you are supporting them and all the businesses that they do business with. If you are a person who believes in supporting your community economically then buying from local artists is a great way to support your community and make sure that your money goes to support local businesses.
*Buy Handmade!*

Corazon (Heart)

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 14, 2007 by subversiveyarns

I spun Corazon from a variegated merino I picked up in an Indiana fiber shop. I generally spin lace weight, but I wanted to try something different so I gave Corazon thickness and texture. This yarn is one of my new favorites it’s 95 yards of soft bulky singles. Violet hasn’t been in a picture in awhile, so I thought she could pose in this one.


I’d probably knit Corazon on size 9-11 needles, with a strand of something that shimmers. She’s worth it.

Happy Birthday Knit Monster!

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 10, 2007 by subversiveyarns

My friend Larissa, is the craziest. She runs a knitting design company and is probably the best knitter I know. (You can check out her blog on my links page.) I knew when she decided to have her birthday at the Local Yarn Store I wanted to make her something special. This is her Knit Monster cake, it’s made with dark chocolate, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and pecans. I wanted something that signified Larissa, what better than, sweet, nutty and a little boozy 😉 There are just a few pictures from the party, we were having to good of a time to take pictures!

The Cake!

Top- The cake

Bottom- Ashley and Larissa

Larissa cutting the cake

I hope you had a great birthday, girl!

Woohoo! My new store banner!!!

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 10, 2007 by subversiveyarns

Okay, this might be the coolest thing this week. I have a small shop on Etsy for my yarns. I was fortunate enough to find at bittymoose to hook me up with a decent banner. Hooray! It’s pretty great, check it out:

Cornucopia!

Posted in art, Blogroll, crochet, handspun, knitting, spinning, Uncategorized, weaving, yarn on December 8, 2007 by subversiveyarns

I spun this out of 95% Ingeo. Ingeo is made from corn, yes- corn! Ingeo is 100% annually renewable fiber. It has a beautiful sheen like silk. It has great loft and makes your yarn squishy and silky. I’d recommend knitting it on size 7-9 needles. My daughter wants a hat out of it, but I hate to knit. Ingeo is naturally stain resistant. It’s even lighter than bamboo. I had lot fun spinning this up. 141 yards of thick and thin fun!