Thursday, September 21, 2006


Thank you Sarah, for posting in my absence! I've been tired and busy, and also the internet here at the Inn has been down almost half the time we've been here (pretty much the entire weekend!)

Here, at long last, is Orangina.
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My belly makes the sweater look a bit funny, so my sister Joy kindly modeled it for me. (Thank you!)
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Yarn: Rowan 4 ply (I think the colorway is "blush" -- it's a soft coral/pink)
Pattern: Orangina by Stephanie Japel
Needles: Aluminum #3 circulars -- not sure of brand, I got them at my LYS in NY. For the ribbing I switched to KnitPicks classic circulars #2 because it was way too loose at the larger gauge.
Cast-on to cast-off: Technically I started this last year when I first picked up knitting again, but then I ripped it back entirely before starting it again at the beginning of the summer. So it took a few months. I didn't work on it non-stop, but whenever I would really take time on it, I was amazed at how quickly this worked up.
The lace pattern is very simple, but if this is your first lace project, you'll want to pay VERY close attention at first and count your stitches often. Also, maybe start with something smaller, like socks, and then tackle this.

Here is a close up of the (yet unblocked) lace pattern:
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I feel proud, but have no idea when I'll be in the right shape to wear this. Summer in Germany isn't very long, so this isn't the most practical type of sweater for living here. Ah well. I'll probably get to wear it two Summers from now or something. By then my belly should have flattened out enough...hopefully.

Speaking of Germany, we did arrive safely, although quite harried (the flight was overnight, and I couldn't sleep at all. We arrived at 1am NY time, but 7am here, so our day began before the last one was over, etc.) I have to tell you though, forgoing sleep alltogether is one heck of a way to get over jet lag. None of us have suffered from it a bit. The first day we all took a nap, then the first night here we all slept at least 14 hours, which set things right. Now I feel as though it's all normal.

I'll post more about our new surroundings and all in later posts. We just found our apartment, so when we move in, I'll have some interesting pics to show. The apartment is unique, to say the least.

I have yet to check out our new little town, but I will definitely be scouring it for yarn shops!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

This weekend I went to the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival (this is Sarah(not Faith) the mysterious blogger who jumps in now and again especially when the Flashbang family is super busy like now!).

I dragged along my parents and my husband for what I hoped to be an interesting event for us all! Let me tell you first that I've never been to a fiber festival. I have heard about them, and waited for a whole year to go to this one (I must missed it last year). This being the first and only fiber festival I've went to- I though it was great!

This is my husband and his alpaca friend, just minutes before the alpaca was nuzzling his face!

This is some lace knitting? I'm not sure, it just looked really hard.

This is a sock knitting machine. The picture with the girl in it is a silk wheel thing. She is taking those little cooked silkworms and winding the tiny threads onto that wheel. Wow.

Sheep on a wheel. Sheep in on the run. (These sheep were being herded by an enthusiastic herd dog)

This is Mr. Lama, who I didn't get very close to. This is just one booth out of many, there was tons of stuff, I mean tons of stuff!

The man on top is weaving on a loom- the man on bottom is knitting on a machine

Some cute little guys hanging out. This lady is spinning flax.

The fiber is mine, merino and colorful. I can't wait till I can spin well enough to spin it nicely!

Finally, I was so excited when I got home that I had to do something. So I needle felted this leaf and I made my Dad make me a drop spindle and I spun up some yarn!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Needle and the Damage Done

News Flash: Faith and family have successfully made it to Germany! Stay tuned for more Flashbanging Fun in the near future, but for now the Flashbang family is resting...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Traveling stitches

We spent last week in PA with my inlaws, but I've been feeling more ill and tired each day from this baby. It's amazing that someone so tiny could make such a huge energy difference, but it's true. It's also kind of frusterating when pretty much the only things that sounds good to eat are pineapple and peaches. Not very filling. It's always hard to be away from home when sick, because even though I have more help with the kids, I don't have my familiar foods and such. I know that I could have written up a little shopping list or something, but I never thought of it (forgetfulness = another thing this baby gives me lots of). Oi. Anyway, now we're at my parent's house in NY, so I'm with familiar food again, and am feeling a bit better. Yesterday I actually ate several slices of my brother's homemade pizza and almost felt full. Shocking!

Anyway, this is not a baby blog, so I'll tell you a bit about what I've been knitting. On the 15-hour car trip, I finished Orangina. Finally! Unfortunately, with my growing potbelly, I look more like a chubby teenage girl trying to look "cool" than anything, so I can't wear it right now. I'll have to get a picture of one of my skinny sisters wearing it though so that I can present it as a proper Finished Object.

Also, I finished my mom's socks, and she loves them! She especially loves the fact that Sarah dyed the yarn and then I knit them for her. (Sarah, you'll have to see them in person on Saturday!)

Last night I finished a Baby Suprise Sweater (by Elizabeth Zimmerman) in a pink fingering/sportweight two ply Merino that I spun up a while ago. It's the first successful project that I've completed out of my own handspun, and I'm very pleased with myself. The sweater is soft and squishy, and the mitered angles of the sweater work perfectly with the multi-colorway.

Since I've been so sick and tired, you'll have to forgive the current lack of pictures. I will post them as soon as I get a chance. I figured that I'd better post somehting though so that you'd all know I was still alive and clicking. =)

Next week we'll be in Germany!


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