Category Archives: knitting

Good Luck Cowl

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My pattern, Good Luck Cowl, has been available since 2008.  It has proven to be a good little pattern, fast and easy to knit and you end up with a cute, kick-butt little cowl.  I’ve made the decision to put a price on it now, since I have been and still support the pattern.  I’m not charging a ridiculous amount for it, but since I’ve never done something like this – offered something for free and then charged for it, I’m a little apprehensive.  That being said, I’ve set the price at $3.50.  I feel this is reasonable for a pattern that is tried and true…..for a cute, kick-butt little cowl.  It is available only on Ravelry right now…until etsy has figured out it’s procedure with VAT and patterns sold to the EU.  If you are from the EU and want any of my patterns, please just email me and we will work it out.

Superbowl Sunday and we are getting ready for our annual get together – and a messy snow storm.  We’ll see if we get what we say after last weeks big mess up with the snowmageddonpocolyse 2015 that we didn’t get.  But truth be told, we did have a snow day and not as much clean up, so I’m ok with it.  Hoping for another snow day tomorrow – does that make me crazy?  I love snow days!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend have fun, be safe and stay warm!  It’s cold out there!

2015 Calendars are Now Available!

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Feeling a bit under the weather – cough, fever and general ick.  But I’m trying to carry on…. I made a goal and I really, really wanted to reach it.  Not only is the Tangled Sheep 2015 Calendar available now…..

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Tangled Sheep Calendar 2015

But I also made a Tangled ART 2015 Calendar as well…you know, for all of you who say Sheep?  Eh.

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Tangled Art Calendar 2015

Both Calendars are available on Redbubble now.  You can scroll through the months and see what art is on each month, too.  Just click on the link and thanks for looking!

New Sheep In Town

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There’s a new Sleepy Sheep in town….

 

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Tangled Sleepy Sheep.

Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

 

Apparently, I’m working on a series of Sheep now.  I love how these projects evolve.  My DH mentioned I should probably do some tangles fiber related, sheep of course would be fiber related.  I started drawing and so far we have two in the series.  I’m pleased with how they’re coming out and I hope you like them too.

 

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Tangled Sheep

Copyright © Christianne Gerstner 2014

 

To me, they are perfect for Fiber Lovers of any kind….I’ll be hanging mine up in my studio.  But a friend is thinking of getting them for her baby’s nursery and I can also see these in a child’s room.  Right now, they are both available in Prints, Shirts, Pillows and Tote Bags (the tote bags are so cute, I think I might end up with a collection) BUT redbubble is have a FREE SHIPPING promotion right now.  Just use the code WEEKENDBLAST.  Shipping adds up, so now is the time to shop!

Shameless Self-promotion out!

Well, is this a Blog or Not?

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Or does life just get in the way sometimes?  So much has happened since February, I don’t know whether to catch up, start from here or what.  Looking back, I can’t even tell you all that’s gone on, so let’s just go with more recent history……

I’ve started spinning again…..

My little Mini me came home with me one day in March from All About Ewe in Clark, NJ – a Schacht Sidekick.  I hadn’t any intention of buying a new wheel, but well, you know what happens when you sit down and spin on something that you don’t already own and become mesmerized by it.  Yeah.  Not to worry – the Ashford Traditional found a new home at All About Ewe and I sold my little Hitchhiker and a few spinning accessories for the Traditional that I never used – Ravelry is a wonder for selling stuff!  This is my Travel wheel and it’s already made the cut on our trip to Maryland  Sheep and Wool – it spins like a dream and I’ve produced more fiber in the last few months than I have in years.  If you are in the Clark, NJ area, stop in and say hey to Lisa and Jesh!  Great Shop, great atmosphere and you can even find some of our swifts and pins there!

Also, I’ve been weaving again….

Sock yarn warp, handspun weft – it’s awesome using your own handspun in your weaving.  This was the first project on my Norwood workshop loom in about ten years – the selvages are a wonky mess and I love it.  DH gave me a Schacht Cricket for Mother’s day, bought at MDS&W, and that will be coming camping with us this summer as well – love these compact little things.  I’ve made quite a few scarves on it….

Handspun warp and weft.  Fun!

But I’m most proud of this on the floor loom…..

Claudia Handpainted Silk in Huck Lace.  This is my very favorite.  Not only did I have to correct threading and sleying errors, I actually fixed them and ended up with something that I didn’t think I could do in my past weaving life.  I’m glad I’m older and can appreciate things differently now.

Not to worry  – I’ve still been knitting…..

I’ve since finished this first Color Affection and started a second.  This garter knitting is just the ticket right now for my nerves.  Our youngest has just shipped out for the military and this has turned out to be more difficult for us than we thought.  I’m guessing the weaving, spinning, knitting will all serve to calm my anxieties in the near future!

Looking forward to this summer…..

You might see me in your travels…..stop by and say hello!

Weekly Challenge 15, Love Your Curves, Baby!

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A little nervous, but excited…..I’m participating in my first Weekly Challenge 15 – Love Your Curves, Baby,  over at the Diva’s blog….

This week it’s all about Curves!

So now this is a Knitting, Jewelry, Photography and Tangling Blog!

Most surprising is that I’ve had my first commissioned work….

I was extremely nervous, as the only requirements I was given were the name and to include a Peace Sign.  I was very relieved that the person was really happy with it.  Whew!

And I actually did some knitting today.   Still working on the Weekend Shawl – I wish real weekends seemed as long as this shawl was taking me!

And the Wind Keeps on Blowing

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Let me just start with how long I’ve been worried that this tree was going to come down in a storm. 

Long time.

It was extremely windy yesterday and last night, howling winds, the kind that knock the wind out of you when they hit you in the face.

Last night, while we were out to dinner with some friends, the sucker, er, very nice considerate tree, finally blew it’s top.

The top of it is pretty HUGE…….

I think it’s at least almost half the length of the tree, probably a little less, since I tend to exaggerate when I’ve been preoccupied with said tree for as long as we’ve lived here…….I knew someday the tree was going to at least lose it’s top, and I was always very scared it would fall the other way towards this….

The back of our house.  I just turned to the right after taking the photo of the HUGENESS.  DH always assured me it would fall up hill, away from our house.  There is a scientific reason, or a physics equation that made him feel good about it, but I always thought Sh*t rolled downhill, so therefore I was always positive it was going to fall and hit our house. 

I’m quite relieved it did not.  And now, there is all sorts of happiness about the firewood and that the rest of the tree can be removed without any damage to said dwelling. 

I’m glad we were out of the house when it happened – we were having a fun dinner with friends. 

Yesterday was an entirely fun day – Jeanne came for lunch and knitting and dessert and tea – it was so nice!  And since I feel the beginnings of startitis….

Terra using Cascade 220.  I had originally cast on in some stash wool, but it was just too rustic.  Rough rustic.  Like I wouldn’t want it to touch my skin rustic – Jeanne agreed.  And while this color never thrilled me in a sweater sized project, I’m happy with it as a nice comfy shawl.  It’s a nice knit and I like how the garter stitch alternates in there.  The addition of the lace at the bottom really makes me look forward to finishing this shawl.   

I’ve been pretty one-project-at-a-time lately, and had earlier in the week cast on for Irish Coffee

Berroco Blackstone Tweed, in Plum Island.  Gorgeous, gorgeous color and the yarn is like so soft and nice to work with.  I think I might have to get more to just have.    The pattern is just above where I would start the cables.  I’m hoping to get by there sometime in the next few days.  I’m really happy with Thea’s patterns.  She designs in a style that I love, the details that I usually look for in clothing that I buy, and it is so nice to be able to make them for myself.  Last weekend I finished up Nutmeg Russian….aka White Russian

I swear, I feel like Busty McBust in that photo.  While I love the Silky Wool, it tends to “bloom” and it’s pretty stretchy.  I made the 36/38 and modified the sleeves to be narrower and never made the length even close to what it should have been – like I said, the yarn just grows.  I’m glad to be able to try on as I go and make sure it fits me – another great advantage to Thea’s patterns, as she really makes you feel like you’re in charge of your own knitting – which of course, you are.  While I’m not happy that the photo doesn’t show my over 30 pound weight loss, I am very happy with the sweater ;)  I think I might even make this again in the heavier yarn the pattern actually calls for.  It would knit up even faster, I’m sure.

Well, whew.  Now I’m going to try to restrain myself from casting on for another sweater, and maybe another shawl.  Try.  No promises.  But I can’t be held responsible for my mood if we get more of that snow that they are forecasting right now.  I keep thinking that the weather people are just too scared to tell us the truth anymore – they’d rather do the “sorry we didn’t see that coming” report, than the “hang onto your snowshovels, we’re getting dumped on” report.  Of course that groundhog predicted only six more weeks of winter – I halfway think there might have been a line of hunters, ready to take aim if he predicted otherwise.

So in honor of doing something nice,  the DH has decided to have a SALE on his Black Walnut swifts – they are awesome and so beautiful in that wood……Go check it out, they’ll be on sale for a limited time only.  Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on our Facebook page, too!

I’m going to get back to enjoying the long weekend – enjoy yours as well!