November 21, 2013
Started with these fluffy battlings from Hobbledehoy in Blue Sky (a fall battling SAL inspired by Breaking Bad ) These tiny batts were so soft that I knew I wanted the finished project to wrap around my neck - the ingredients.. merino wool, superfine merino, silk, bamboo, tencel, sari silk, alpaca, sparkle - YUMMM!
4 colorways - a total of 2.5 ounces/240 yards of 2 ply - not very much, but I decided it was enough for a woven scarf and if the scarf wasn't long enough I would turn it into a woven cowl.
But at 46" long X 7" wide , it was perfect for a nice lightweight scarf - and a scarf it will stay - not turning it into a cowl this time, but I still think that is a good idea for a future short scarf.
Here is a close up of the weave - all those little nubs of color and specks of sari silk, shiny tencel and bamboo and the glistening sparkle (which sadly you can't see in these pictures) - I can stare at woven fabric for a long time - mesmerizing!
I now have visions of using up all my leftover handspun and leftover sock yarn to weave plaid scarves!
November 7, 2013
Started with this beautiful bfl/silk fiber from FatCatKnits in Deep Sea colorway
then combined it with Knit Picks Palette for some pretty colorwork mittens
Pattern: Quaternity by Rose Hiver
Never easy to be the photographer and model!
Viewing the back of the hand stitch pattern - Depending on how you look at it - there are stars or 4 petaled flowers. Also different patterns if you keep looking - kind of like a quilt. I also really like the braids - sets the cuffs off beautifully.
October 31, 2013
I want to spin every braid of fiber I have and make Rootys with each one - Such a quick fun little knit and I LOVE my new hippie-ish hat :)
After waiting for years, I have finally made it into the Hello Yarn Fiber Club and this was the 1st shipment.... Spirograph in falkland wool - gorgeous!
I spun this beautiful fiber into 217 yards (111 grams) of 3 ply worsted weight yarn. (Lots more spinning pictures here.)
Perfect for a hat.
Pattern: Rooty designed by Alexandra Tinsley of Dull Roar - I love her hats - will make more!
I made super long braids and nice big pompom - have I mentioned I LOVE this hat!
October 13, 2013
I always have a spurt of garden energy in the fall - trying to extend the season as long as possible and starting to plan for next year's garden and planting all kinds of garlic!
I even joined a Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds of the Month Club which has been so much fun - (and WAY less expensive than a fiber club haha - only .57 cents/packet!) I love getting my package of surprise seeds each month - There will be quite an array by spring! I just got these...
What the hell is Corn Salad? I didn't know, but here is the description...A miniature gourmet salad green that is one of the most sought after early spring greens. Broad, dark-green leaves form rosettes which may be harvested continuously, the texture is sort and buttery. The flavor is delicate with a hint of nut and mint.
Here are some pix of my garden taken this morning - No frost yet and I'm trying to eek out some very late plantings....
Trying to hold on to these as long as possible
The strawberry patch (getting bigger) and beautiful asparagus ferns sending lots of nutrients down for the spring
Here's a spot all ready for garlic which I'll plant at the end of this month - I LOVE garlic!
The chickens are very excited when I start gardening - lots of bugs and worms
And just think how awesome next year's garden will be with all my new chicken poop!
Just finished a handspun hat - pictures coming soon...
ETA - I decided to really push it, so right after lunch I just planted some Corn Salad and other greens in the garden - fingers crossed and row cover ready :)
October 13, 2013
Now THIS was a fun Mystery Sock (SKA September 2013 MOCK)- Rasta socks in tropical colors - Just look at all those little dreadlocks!
Pattern: One Love by Claire Ellen of Wimpwoman Designs
and a couple of other views...
I smiled the whole time I was knitting these socks and I will be smiling whenever I wear them - they are just so cute and funky :)
One Love! One Heart!
October 1, 2013
My son's best friend wore these mittens last winter while playing pond hockey and asked me if I would make him a pair. I usually don't knit on request (I tend to knit whatever I want and then let people pick from the pile), but how could I refuse a 16 year old boy! So I squeezed them in just before this winter.
Anthony picked the yarn and the pattern and I turned them into Glittens using Kathy's wonderful "turn any mittens into glittens" pattern - Mittens + Gloves = Glittens. Ravelry link here. Warm wonderful versatile mittens - I think I need to make a pair for me :)
and now from all angles with my pretty fall blueberry bushes in the background.
The pictures show it all - if you need your fingers the top flips back and inside are nice partial gloves. Kathy's pattern insures there are no sneaky places for snow, cold, or wind to get in. The flap comes down nice and low on the palm with a snug wide overlap. I've made Turkish Rose before, but just as regular mittens.
Pattern: Turkish Rose Mittens by Cap Cease and Mittens + Gloves = Glittens by Kathy Kochran.
Finished just in time to start Rose Hiver's Mystery Mittens today - Quaternity - the 1st clue looks wonderful - The cuff's have a picot edge, beautiful star colorwork pattern and Latvian Braids - what could be better??
On the chicken front - we got our 1st blue egg today - thank you Anastasia :)
September 23, 2013
Just look at these colors!!
SO much fun to spin the bright section!
and such wild wonderful yarn! (424 yards/116 grams 3 ply fingering weight)
There were some attempts (I so badly wanted to make Love and Peace mittens with this yarn, but the contrast was not distinct enough for lettering) and misses using this yarn, but I finally settled on the perfect pattern - Fiesta Mittens by Lucy Neatby. The 3 dimensional aspect of the slip stitch pattern made the contrast yarn jump right out - Perfect!
the palm side
Pattern: Fiesta Mittens by Lucy Neatby
A close up of the Flying Swallow Slip stitch pattern - I love how the colors jump out!
the chickens were very curious - following me around as I took these self photos...
Lucy Neatby's fun pattern coupled with this awesome yarn was a perfect match - LOVE my new mitts!