Friday, November 30, 2012

so, guess what.

Oceanwind Knits will be expanding in the near future!

Please check out our new retail location, at 12B Clinton St. Teeswater, Ontario, OPENING DEC 5th!! Come in on Saturday, the 8th for 15% off the entire stock + door prizes.  :)

I am so very excited about this new opportunity.   :)

Here are some shots of the new location. Just add yarn and fibre and we will be open for business!







Please send a note to oceanwindknits [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions whatsoever.

OceanwindKnits.ca as well as the Etsy shop will remain active for online shopping.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

what are you working on?

It’s been a fairly quiet time lately on the forefront so I thought I’d share a few pics of some of the upcoming projects I’m working up for a new ebook behind the scenes:

 

 







They all use the new Oceanwind Knits mini-skeins or small scraps of leftover yarns, if you have them.

Tell me what you think!

What have you been working on?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

there are new things.

Yarn...





 

More new yarns here.

Silk hankies:



Rovings:

 

 

and more.  :)  Glad to finally get these posted.  We had a wonderful time at the Woodstock Fleece Festival a few weeks back.

I'm sure many of us could use a little woolly retail therapy after the past few days.  Sending healing and recovery thoughts to all affected by hurricane Sandy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Do you like pretty fibre?

Like this?





Silk hankies.  A new product for Oceanwind Knits.  These and other yummy hand-dyed yarns and rovings, patterns and spindles, among other goodies, will be at the Woodstock Fleece Festival with me tomorrow!  Hope to see you there.  :)

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

SALE!

I will update about various crafty projects over the coming weeks.

For now, I wanted to let you all know Oceanwind Knits is hosting a sale on OceanwindKnits.ca as well as in the Etsy Shop and Ravelry shop!

Save 20%!  Until Sept.10.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

shirt tale.

Isn't this coming together nicely?

I am impressed at how it's working out, since the last garment I sewed for myself was probably a pair of maternity pants (and said child who was the cause of those pants is going to be eight next month).  And it's a change of scene from my usual wool-related projects.  This is the neck opening, pre-basting:



 

And, once it was finished -



It's a teeny bit more tricky to put together than a typical faced-placket because I wanted a contrasting facing to show on the inside of the neckline.  It's doable if you use a lot of basting to hold it all together before you topstitch it all in place.

And then sewed the hem with the side openings -



And, then, the tension went all screwy on my machine.  Sigh.  It wound up being a long weekend of frustrations, trying to get it working again.  Adjustments like new needles, re-threading, buffing any burrs which may have been the culprits to oiling and cleaning did not solve the problem.  I've had the machine for about 9 years and never had this sort of issue.

I was checking out different machines and almost bought a new one over the weekend but I hadn't yet decided which model/brand I'd like to get.

On the weekend, I picked up a package of Schmetz needles which I usually have on hand, but I'd only had another few brands around.  I thought, oh, what the heck, put one in, see what happens.  I finally got to this point last evening.  And, low and behold, I was immediately able to sew two decent test lines of stitching.

Who knows.  Fairies?

At this point, it's not perfect but it's much better.  I was able to complete the sleeves last night -



Yes, it's not an optical illusion.  The one on the right has a deeper slit than the one on the left.  But, after getting to the end of it, without pitching the machine out the window and saying a lot of bad words under my breath, I do not care about the discrepancy.  I don't think my arms will care, either.

So, this evening, we'll see if I can insert the sleeves and finish it off.  Stay tuned.

The pattern, btw, is #134 from Burda Internationa; the fabrics are vintage, from my collection, much of which is inherited from my Mom's stash, some of which she'd inherited, too. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

lately knitted.

Although I have other things on the needles, I managed to finish up this wonderful shawl by Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops.  It's not yet blocked.  I think the texture is brilliant.  And there are also lots of little nuances which don't show up entirely in photos.

The pattern is Hecate, originally designed for the Wooly Wonka Shakespeare in Lace Club (2011).  I used Anne's yarns, dyed specifically for the pattern.

I will be thrilled to get it all blocked and prettied up but it's not terribly hard on the eyes as it is.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

coming soon

to a wheel near you?

This is how spinning batts start out.  First you weigh out the fibres you want to blend together.   Each piece of fiber is then halved (in my case) into two equally-weighted sections, one of each section going into each batt, layered onto the drum-carder in a particular order.



After several blending trips through the carder, they are peeled of the carder and rolled up to look like this.



For me, the process is akin to layering on glazes when painting on canvas.  Very enjoyable.  And the exercise when carding is not a bad thing, either.

I wrote about batt-making in a little more detail here.  And if you're looking for information about how to spin batts, Anne has written an informative article here.

Hoping to get them posted to the Etsy shop later today!

Here's a preview of a finished batt:



 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

oodles of new things!

New on Ennea:

The Orbspinner Scarf knitting pattern, by Anne Podlesak. Join the KAL on Ravelry.

Are you a spinner?  Here's how to spin the yarn for it.

Also recently published:  the Berry Patch Socks knitting pattern and spinning tutorial.

On Oceanwind Knits (Etsy shop):

Spindles!

More spindles are on the way.  This one is an all-purpose spins any weight of yarn well, from fine to heavier weights.  Spindles are also available on OceanwindKnits.ca.

And, rovings.  Some polwarth, some merino, bfl, bfl/silk...  all sorts of yumminess.


And now I'm off to card up some batts. I'm looking forward to it because a) the heatwave has finally broken and even though we haven't yet gotten any much-needed rain in about 6 weeks, it is much more comfortable than it has been in several weeks; and, b) making batts is fun and it's been a long time since I've fired up the carder.

Enjoy your afternoon.  :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

today is

hanging out the handknit socks day.



Wouldn't it be sweet if it were an international holiday, seeing all the handknit socks hanging around your neighbourhood?

Friday, July 13, 2012

spindlings.

I'm still working on learning spindle spinning.  However, I'm getting to the point where I have decently uniform singles in the weight I'm aiming for (depending on the fibre, of course).



I still have some 'scrappies' (from Funky Carolina) left over from one of my last spindling projects (see shot of the multi-coloured yoke in my previous post).  They are perfect small amounts of fibre to practice with.  This time I'm aiming for laceweight.

And, I've also been playing around with various simple woodworking shapes and dowels to develope some simple drop-spindles.  They will be available soon!  This is a practice run for the 'fine' spindle, perfect for spinning lace to fingering-weight yarns.





 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

well, well.

Where have I been?

Although I'm still not quite through the long list of updates and new things imposed on myself and my businesses this spring, I am getting to a point where I can focus once again on the work of actually dyeing yarn and roving and writing more patterns.  Yay!

There has been some of that ongoing.  Just not quite as much as I would like.

I decided this year there were several websites which needed to be freshened up.  You've already heard about Ennea's new look.

Oceanwind Knits has a new look as well as a new shopping cart.  Quite a few new yarns and rovings right now in the shop on OceanwindKnits.ca as well as on Etsy, too.

I bet you've also noticed the blog has a new look, too.

And, I've added a vintage goodies business to my portfolio:  Raven Spies.  I have a penchant for finding old treasured sentimental things and I decided I'd like to share my finds.

Coming up...  new designs!  Several in the works, including -

Crocus Blossom Socks - the pattern is currently available as a series of clues.  The full pattern will be available soon!



And, the Zen Cardigan -



This version is knit up in handspun and this version



is being worked in commercial yarns.

I've also got the loom warped and there are, as usual, various fibres being spun up on the wheels.  Hopefully, you'll see those projects soon!

Happy summer!

 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

new things.

It's awfully spring-y around here.  It's almost too spring-y.  Especially for March.  But, I am quite enjoying the warmer air and sunshine.

It's also been a little more motivating to get into the dyeroom lately instead of hunkering down and knitting.  But there has been knitting ongoing, too.  :)

New in the Etsy shop:

Rovings!  BFL-silk and merino-cashmere - YUM.





And, a new sock pattern!  Available on Ravelry, at the moment.

Vinely Socks



In a few weeks we will publish a new Ennea Collective.  It seems to be a time of new things, lately and to come!  I am enjoying all the productive work.  See you soon with more new things!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

do you like to knit?

Well, then.  I have some knitting patterns for you.

The first is a Mystery Sock KAL.