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Self-striping yarn (these socks are made from TurtlePurl Yarns - colorway Absinthe) mixed together with afterthought legs make perfect socks. 
I rarely walk out my front door without knitting in my purse. Having a simple project to keep my hands busy while I’m in line or killing time in a waiting room is a must. Plus, I enjoy it more than playing the same game over and over on my phone. Vanilla socks are my favorite purse projects, but a pair can hang out for so long that I get incredibly bored with them. I try not to chuck the offending socks into a WIP bin never to be seen ...
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My second rule for going Cold Sheep is: Knit from the stash, but only the yarn you still like. Don't feel guilty about it either.

Since I went Cold Sheep in June, I’ve only had one rule: Don’t buy yarn or spinning fiber. I’ve mostly followed that rule with the exception of 88 yards of t-shirt yarn joining the stash 18 days later. I made it another 30 days before buying 6 oz of fiber to play with on my new-to-me drum carder. I don’t feel guilty about either of these purchases because, while they were impulse buys, there was a project waiting for them. I’m going to ...
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I didn’t finish all of my Tour de Fleece spinning, but the past 3 weeks have been a great success. I made over 500 yards of awesome yarn, and made spinning a regular part of my routine. Sounds like a win to me.
I started Tour de Fleece this summer after a long spinning drought. I had set up my wheel and cleaned it, but never picked out anything to spin. Something else always came up. The daily spinning challenge that is Tour de Fleece turned out to be just what I needed to get moving again. I’ve spun for the Tour every year since 2012 and I wasn’t going to skip this one. Three weeks later I’d spun a pound of fiber into 3 skeins of yarn - with ...
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This past week of Tour de Fleece has been all about sock yarn! My big challenge was to spin 2 skeins of matching sock yarn. I'm almost finished spinning the 6 plies I need and then I can ply. In the mean time, here's how I prepped the fiber for easy spinning. 
It’s the second week of Tour de Fleece and I’ve spun a lot of yarn. Definitely far more than I expected to for this point in the tour. In the first 5 days, I drafted, plied, and skeined 200+ yards of bright colorful goodness. I’ve haven’t stepped away from the wheel since I’ve also been spinning the 6 plies I need to make 2 matching skeins of sock yarn. I am so glad I did all the prep work for this handspun before the Tour. It’s made ...
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I'm spending the rest of this week getting ready for Tour de Fleece! Just need to clean my tools and prep my fiber so that it's ready to spin.
It’s officially summer which means it’s almost time for Tour de Fleece, a spin-along that runs alongside the Tour de France. If I’m being honest, both summer and the Tour snuck up on me this year. How is almost July? I’m not complaining through since I love summer and a reason to spin for 3 weeks straight. Tour de Fleece starts on July 2 and runs through the 24th, same as the Tour de France. The only tour “guideline” that I abide by is ...
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After years of searching, I finally found the perfect pattern for a knitted face washcloth
There are plenty ofthings I should have been doing yesterday: cleaning, designing, making phone calls, etc. Instead of doing any of those things, I cast on for something fun, the Mini Almost Lost Washcloth. The pattern popped up in my Pinterest feed and was too cute too resist. I’ve been on the hunt for a good face washcloth for a while and this seemed to fit the bill. Plus, it was small so that meant it would go fast, right? I pul...
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I took my knitting on an adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park!
The Bearded One and I went on adventure to Rocky Mountain National Park over the weekend. We got a late start to the day but still had time to stop in Estes Park for caramel corn and a visit to The Stitchin’ Den. The weather was absolutely perfect for driving the Trail Ridge Road and making frequent stops to enjoy the view. I probably could have finished knitting the pair of socks I brought with me, but the mountains and sky ruled the ...
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Plied the last of my handspun and set the twist! Now I’m really finished with Tour de Fleece. And ready to get knitting too. :)
My spinning wheel and I spent a lot of time together last week as I finished plying my Tour de Fleece yarn. Glad I did too because, not only did I free up all my bobbins, I added some lovely new yarn to my stash. This Tour de Fleece handspun has really taken the edge off going Cold Sheep last month. 23 days and counting… After the plying, it was time to set the twist for every skein. All the yarn got the same treatment. First, a 15+ ...
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The Tour de Fleece sock yarn didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, but it’s still a success. Plus I've got enough yardage to knit a giant pair of socks. Whew!
The last week and some change of my Tour de Fleece spinning finally moved to the next step over the weekend. I finished drafting all 6 sock yarn plies and rewound them onto storage bobbins so I could spin them from the same end. I only have 3 regular bobbins for my wheel which wasn’t enough to leave the plies as they were. Also, it was an attempt to hack my brain. If I stopped midway to ply the first skein, I knew it’d be harder for me ...
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My first skein of Tour de Fleece 2016 is off the bobbins! I've wanted to spin a yarn like this since last year, and I'm so glad I finally did. 
Tour de Fleece kicked off 5 days ago and I’ve been at the wheel for every one of them. It’s been an absolute blast. I’ve gone stash diving, spun yarn that’s been on my list for way too long, and am pushing myself to become a better spinner. The Tour came along at the right time to be the perfect motivation I needed to get going again. It’s been months since I’ve spun anything at all, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until now. ...
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After coming to terms with the overwhelming enormity of my yarn stash, I’m going cold sheep.
Let’s play a game called “Find The Knitter”. Done? Awesome. That’s my 5’6” self standing behind the majority of my yarn and spinning stash and I can only just see over the top. I’m not standing on my tippy-toes either. Had I piled on those WIP bags and roaming skeins, I’d be well hidden. Hello, my name is April and I have a yarn…storage problem. After several years of separation and a recent road trip, the bulk of my yarn stash, ...
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My first attempt at knitting two-at-a-time felt like wrestling an octopus. I gave it another try and decided the technique wasn’t that bad if paired with the right project.
I've tried knitting two-at-a-time before. The exact details of the project are fuzzy - maybe it was a pair of socks - but I do remember not being fond of the technique. Learning to knit with double pointed needles felt like holding an ornery hedgehog. Trying to knit a pair of socks at the same time on one long circular needle was like wrestling an octopus. After that initial attempt, I didn't bother trying two-at-a-time again as it seem...
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