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February 23, 2008

Here’s what I’ve been up to, and when I say “what I’ve been up to” I mean, what I’ve been totally obsessed with…dreaming about…planning my days around…you know.


This is my hand-dyed fiber, that I spun myself and on Thursday began to knit. It is intoxicating.

The initial plan, that I had in mind before I even bought the fiber, was to make a sweater like one I saw on Flickr many moons ago (on Flickron Ravelry). It wasn’t until I had skeined and washed the yarn that I realized how thin I had made the yarn. Whoopsie. I guess I’m still learning. The yarn screamed at me, “Make socks! Make socks!” So that’s what I’m doing.


Moonshine socks. I am calling my yarn Moonshine because, well, everyone around said I should call it Sea Glass. I agree that Sea Glass is a descriptive name for this yarn, but it is also too beachy and peachy and cutsie for me. Since I’m now dyeing my own fiber and will be giving it names I figure that the first batch should be representative of how I want to proceed. Moonshine is in honor of a friend, who wrote and recorded a song called Moonshine. A song I blast on the stereo whenever blasting music loudly is appropriate.

My singing-songwriting friend is Sarah LeMieux and she is just an all-around incredible woman. I wouldn’t plug just anybody, so if you’re so inclined you should check her out. Here is a video of a performance from the Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington, NC. If you watch it, you’ll hear Moonshine at the end of the clip. You can also hear the song (and others) on her MySpace page here (that link plays music). I do hope you enjoy!

Now I think I’ll go knit some more on that sock. Intoxicating and somewhat distracting — in a good way — and delicious. Oh, and I’ve dyed more fiber and it has no name yet. Non-peachy suggestions for names are welcome and encouraged.

hand dyed

21 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2008 12:51 pm

    No wonder you are obsessed…
    It is Gorgeous!
    I love the photos of each step!

  2. February 23, 2008 2:05 pm

    Wow. That stuff is beautiful! It looks like Trekking made even better.

  3. February 23, 2008 3:14 pm

    Oh wow, that is so beautiful! That is my ideal color scheme and I can’t wait to see your socks finished!

  4. February 24, 2008 11:51 am

    Now I see why you were obessed! Just beautiful! Perfect for spring coming up!! :oD

  5. February 24, 2008 2:32 pm

    Everything about this yarn is gorgeous! I love how it looks knit up. I’d definitely be planning my days around it too 🙂

  6. hspoth permalink
    February 24, 2008 3:31 pm

    as far as a name for the new yarn…to me, it looks like a photograph of a beautiful pond. Still and clear and it reflects all of the colors and vegetation and sky around it. Like a tundra pond.

    How about tundra?

    I really want you to stick with the alcohol theme. How ’bout “Champagne”. As in the “Champagne of Wool”.

  7. February 24, 2008 5:49 pm

    this looks great. and great being obsessed.

  8. Carol permalink
    February 24, 2008 6:31 pm

    Love the yarn! You are so talented.

  9. February 24, 2008 7:04 pm

    gasp! that’s all I have to say…..gasp! and I think you chould call the new yarn ENVY…it is green afterall!


  10. Sarah permalink
    February 24, 2008 7:44 pm

    I love Mandy.

    Your yarn is just gorgeous.

  11. February 25, 2008 10:13 am

    Oh, so pretty! You must be having so much fun 😀

  12. Katrina permalink
    February 25, 2008 11:49 am

    Moonlight Woods/Twilight.
    It makes me want to knit socks and I have not felt compelled to knit socks. I love the roving. Can’t wait to see the socks.

  13. February 26, 2008 6:07 pm

    Ha – it’s hard to spin thicker, isn’t it? Love your socks!

    How about Rainbow Trout for your new colorway?

  14. carpoolknitter permalink
    February 26, 2008 6:56 pm

    It makes me think of a Pacific coastal tidepool, with flora and fauna included. That’s not a very catchy name, is it? It’s lovely, lovely.

  15. February 27, 2008 10:41 am

    Ooh that is stunning – the socks are turning out beautifully and I love watching the color changes!

  16. Shannon permalink
    February 27, 2008 10:22 pm

    Oh I am jealous of your skills. Must learn to how to spin myself…

  17. Chelsie permalink
    February 29, 2008 2:43 pm

    Mandy!  I haven’t checked in a while and when I do… look what crazy skills you’re demonstrating!  That fiber is EXQUISITE!  What an amazing talent!  And how totally cool to take something from the very, very beginning…. to create your own raw product and then knit up something beautiful!  I’m in awe…I’m in my own obsession over here… fabric.  All things retro and big, bold floral.  🙂  I was up til 3am last night just surfing fabric sites.  I dream of combinations and of what I can sew with the different prints.  Sigh.  I totally understand your addiction.Regarding names?  I loved Envy…. rainbow trout was great…. Holly had a great description.. and as she mentioned, if you’d like to keep the alcohol theme running (the only way to go, really. 🙂 ), I’d name it Absinthe!Wondering if you’re up for a (gulp) baby hat (and/or a cute sweater?) to be commissioned?  I’ve got to have one of those wig-hats for baby Caroline.  Maybe I could buy it through theoldredshed!  🙂  Let’s revive it… you’ve got way too much talent not to be putting that stuff out there. 

  18. March 1, 2008 2:55 pm

    That yarn looks beautiful!! I love the colorways in that, and the socks are looking fab– way to go!

  19. March 2, 2008 3:20 pm

    The roving is beautiful and it reminds me of Jamaica. Jamaican colors are yellow and green and there’s definitely a grittier quality about the country in places, but it’s gorgeous, too. 😉

  20. katie permalink
    March 3, 2008 2:45 pm

    So pretty! The yarn knitted up looks like Trekking, but better.

  21. March 3, 2008 4:48 pm

    This is so pretty!

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