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March 1, 2014
The End

Of blogging, that is - it's been almost 8 years and it was a great ride! I'll still be knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting, but I won't be broadcasting it anymore. My blog will stay up until the next payment for website space is due - I think another 1 1/2 years - then will magically disappear. Thank you so much for reading my ongoing fiber saga - it's been fun :)

Here are my latest projects - I'll still be on Ravelry and all the info for these and my upcoming projects will be there.

Handspun Socks

Latvian Mittens

Happy knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting - and THANKS again for reading all these years!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


February 16, 2014
Handspun Handwoven Scarf

Yikes - I'm knitting and quilting faster than I'm documenting new projects - I just counted and have 5 projects (including 2 small quilts) done! Better get a move on....

Moriarty Scarf

This little scarf is my favorite woven project so far.

I got a little luxury battling pack from Hobbledehoy with different shades of red/maroon/grey - only 2 ounces and very very soft - in fact soft enough for my bare neck - had to be a scarf and weaving seemed like the way to go.

Morarty Battlings

I love plaid, but don't like weaving plaid - the ongoing color changes, multiple shuttles and ends to be cut and woven in - blahhh. SO I decided to spin these battlings for plaid. 1 ounce spun for the warp into a 2 ply light fingering weight with long color runs. The other half used for the weft was divided (after calculations about 1/8 of the size) for short color runs and spun as a 1 ply light fingering weight.

Moriarty Yarn
Moriarty Yarn

A reader asked how I tied on my warp for less waste - here is a picture.... You Tube directions here.

Warp

I crossed my fingers and started weaving - it WORKED! A soft gentle not perfectly delineated plaid. I think this would work even better with handpainted combed top since the colors would be clearer - will try this next.

A close up view of the weave and all the pretty little pops of color from these batts.

Moriarty Scarf

Handspun Scarf Handspun Scarf
Handspun Scarf Pattern:Plain balanced weave
Size: 7" X 54" after fulling
Yarn: 1.6 ounces (46 grams) handspun from Hobbledehoy Luxury Battlings (superfine merino, yak, tussah silk, bamboo, sari silk and angelina) in Moriarty Colorway. 2 ply for warp and 1 ply for weft
Weaving Specifications:
10 dent rigid heddle
Sett:10/inch
Picks:10ppi
Warp Length: 70"
Warp Ends:86
Finishing: hemstitched ends (3 per stitch) - 2" fringe

This is the softest scarf I've ever woven and light as a feather - LOVE!

Handspun Scarf

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


January 28, 2013
Handspun Let it Snow Hat

More beautiful batts from Liz at Hobbledehoy - Just look at these batts - mmmmmmm!

Hobbledehoy Batts

I decided to spin some worsted weight 3 ply - 2 of the plies in each of the 3 skeins are the bigger batts and then I spun a thin ply of the small darker battlings as the 3rd ply (with the batt behind it in this picture) for a little zing.

Handspun Yarn

Rich wonderful heathered yarn - so full of bits of beauty! (108 yards grayblue/113 yards orange/99 yards red - total of 113 grams of yarn.

Handspun Yarn

Seemed like perfect yarn for a warm winter hat and I quickly found the right one...

Handspun Hat

Pattern: Let it Snow Ski Hat by Aimee Alexander of Polka Dot Sheep
Yarn: 2.8 ounces (80 grams) of 3 ply worsted weight handspun from Hobbledehoy batts in Ygritte colorway
Needles: US 4
Size: Adult Small - 21" circumference 112 stitches around

No mods - followed pattern as written - I made a nice brim lining with the light gray/blue yarn - here is a peek inside - so thick and warm with 3 colors of stranding and a double layer brim!

Peek Inside

The tassel is made by just twisting the strands of yarn - kind of like a long thin skein of yarn - here is a tassel close up.

Tassel

All in all a great winter hat!

Handspun Hat

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


January 18, 2013
Fibonacci Socks

Fibonacci Socks

My plan is to knit all the socks in Op-Art Socks from beginning to end along with many others in the Op-Art KAL on Ravelry. The optical art patterns satisfy something in my nature - I love the geometric shapes as well as the illusion of movement - there are patterns that would be great for men too, which is always a plus for my heavily male household. BUT the 1st pair is for me :)

Fibonacci for January - LOVE these socks! I used 2 colors of KP Chroma which played off of each other beautifully.

Fibonacci Socks Fibonacci Socks

All selfie sock pictures - trying to keep the chickens away at the same time - what a show! In the above pictures they kept pecking at the self timer camera sitting on 2X4s.

Fibonacci Socks

Pattern: Fibonacci by Stephanie van der Linden from Op-Art Socks
Yarn: 2.9 ounces (84 grams) Knit Picks Chroma in Midwinter and Smoothie - I'm a little bummed that I didn't make it to the pink colors in Smoothie. The good news is there is enough for another pair of socks.
Needles: 2.25 mm 40" circular
Size: 72 stitches around - woman's size 7 1/2 - for ME
Mods: I left out 1 repeat on the leg -would have been way too tall and did a regular toe after her initial decrease row to 64 stitches.

Love these with jeans - they will be heavily worn so we will soon see how Chroma holds up. It is only a 1 ply, but has nylon in it which I'm hoping will make it durable. Definitely has a soft fluffy feel to it and a nice fuzzy halo.

Fibonacci Socks

A close up of the pretty sole

Pattern: Fibonacci by Stephanie van der Linden from Op-Art Socks

I'm spinning yarn for some chicken socks :)

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


January 13, 2013
End of May Mittens

End of May MIttens

I think I have made the prettiest pink yarn on the planet - well, at least I like it a lot!

FatCatKnits Batt Pack

I started with a 2 ounce batt pack from Fat Cat Knits with a little bit of everything in it and put it through the drum carder just once for this soft poofy shimmery batt.

fat cat knits batt

In no time at all, I spun a 2 ply worsted weight yarn - it's fun to spin thick singles once in awhile. Drumcarded yarn is beautifully heathered - little specks of prettiness everywhere.

Handspun 2 ply

and closer

Handspun 2 ply

I wanted to make mittens and with less than 2 ounces, I could either make some fingerless mitts or stretch it by combining with contrast yarn for colorwork and make some real mittens - I like my finger tips warm, so decision made. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes stash to the rescue.

End of May Mittens End of May MIttens

Pattern: End of May Mittens by Mandy Powers
Yarn: 45 grams - 86 yards of handspun from Fat Cat Knits Batt Pack (used every last inch - in fact, for the tip of thumbs, I actually had to pull the 2 plies apart and use them separately to get enough length to finish them! 50 grams Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in a heathered gray and a few grams of leftover Knit Picks Gloss for the cuff liner.
Needles: US 4 circular
Size: 48 stitches around - 8" circumference and 10" from cuff to tip - perfect fit for me!

Here is a peek inside - a nice soft merino/silk cuff liner

Peek inside handspun mittens

I tried to take pictures by myself - (all the above) - so frustrating at times since I can't get a picture of 2 mittens on at once without crazy finagling - So when my 15 year old son walked in I grabbed him! Here are all views - Thanks Cam :)

End of May MIttens

End of May Mittens

End of May Mittens

I love worsted weight stranded mittens - Quick to make and so nice and thick and warm!

The mystery mittens have been ripped - my yarn/needle size was a poor match - they were to big and going to be way too long and I just wasn't feeling the love - ahhh I love deciding to rip when it's the right thing to do.

Next up should be a scrap crumb quilt or socks - both are almost done!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


January 6, 2013
Elisbeth Cap

I finished this hat in early December, but didn't like the pictures I took, so was going to take more - I never did and (as you can see with the green grass) decided to just go with what I had.

THIS picture I love :)

Elisbeth Cap

I wanted natural sheepy colors so I carded a batt made from Mixed BFL, cormo, yak, merino and cashmere/silk - all super soft fibers for the fluffiest batt ever!

batts

and spun 177 yards of aran weight 3 ply yarn

handspun yarn

The construction of this hat is fun - knit the shaped (bigger in the front with the cables getting smaller ending in ribbed back) cabled band 1st (beautiful in itself as a headband), then pick up stitches and knit the slouchy top.

Elisbeth Cap

Pattern: Elisbeth Cap by Bonnie Marie Burns - Chic Knits
Size: 96 stitches around - 21" circumference)
Yarn: 3.5 ounces handspun mixed BFL, cormo, yak, merino, cashmere and silk - 3 ply aran weight.
Needles: 4.5 mm - US 8
Mods: It's been almost a month since I finished this so I don't remember clearly, but I think I knit exactly as written in the pattern. Bonnie Marie's patterns are very detailed and clear.

Elisbeth Cap

Elisbeth Cap

At some point, I plan to knit the matching cowl (choice of vertical or horizontal cables ), but it's not happening now, since I am deep into Torirot Mystery Mittens and Op-Art socks KAL :)

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


December 28, 2013
Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

I realized this Christmas that my family LOVES handknit socks better than any other knitted items. I love variety knitting - socks, mittens, hats, shawls, scarves and even sweaters, but they all want socks (and I also realize, they don't care whether the yarn is handspun or not) SO I'm making more socks this year - MINE will be handspun - haha :)
I just bought Op-Art Socks by Stephanie van der Linden - lots of fun optical illusion socks that work for men and women. There is an Op-Art Ravelry Group (of course) that is having a KAL working right through the book - prizes and everything :)
I'll be starting with Fibonacci on January 1.
Here are my previous Stephanie van der Linden socks - some of my favorites - Binsenkorbchen, Florenz and Nordic Inspiration.

I just finished my 2nd sock in Claire Ellen's pattern club - An entrelac pattern - Nessa...
I've knit entrelac socks before, but this took it to a whole new level - continuing right down the heel flap and instep.

Nessa Socks

The construction of this sock was different than anything I've ever knit, so I learned many new techniques which was fun. Here it is right after turning the toe...

Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

Pattern: Nessa by Claire Ellen
Size: Medium - 64 stitches
Yarn: 3.1 ounces (88 grams) of Knit Picks Chroma in Roller Skate colorway.
Needles: 2.25 mm circular


After working the 1st set of rectangles, I realized the runs of color were going to be too long for my imagined outcome, so I decided to knit from both ends of the skein for more of a basketweave look and I LOVE it!


Nessa Socks
Nessa Socks

Mods: None, but if I were to do it again, I'd change the construction order though...I'd knit through to the toe, then instead of turning the toe and working back up to the heel, I'd put the toe stitches on hold, pick up the heel and work from the gusset to the toe - kitchenering the toes. This would be better for several reasons - 1) easier to determine correct length of socks 2) easer to kitchener a few toe stitches than over 100 heel/gusset stitches 3) I think the picked up stitches along the edge would look better going in the other direction - maybe.

Here they are off - love the 3 dimensional poof of the entrelac!

Nessa Socks

Trying to finish 2 hats and a pair of mittens by January 1 so I can start on my Torirot Mystery Mittens, Fibonacci Socks and Claire Ellen Club socks that day.

Christmas feast for chickens - a flat of wheat grass, alfalfa, broccoli, clover and radishes - yummmm.

Chicken Feast

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


December 17, 2013
Handspun Metro Cardigan

Handspun Metro

I started drumcarding and spinning this fiber WAYYYYY back during the 2012 Tour de Fleece - here is a quick recap of that process... (more details here)

the ingredients for each little battling

batt baggies

carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings

sweater batts

then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn

Handspun batts

and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...

Handspun Metro

I never button cardigans, so this open front pattern is perfect for me - I've been wearing it in the house all day for the past week (our house is quite cool!)

Handspun Metro

Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
Yarn: 12.6 ounces (700 yards) handspun from homemade batts (my own hand combed corriedale fleece, Merino, BFL, Polworth, Louet 50/50 Cashmere/Silk, Bast Bamboo, 50/50 ASU merino/silk, and BMH Magenta Silk, FatCatKnits Falkland wool in Lavendal, FatCat Batts (Romney, bfl, falkland, mohair, firestar) FatCat corriedale fleece)
Needles: US 8 and US7
Size: Small
Mods: none - knit exactly as written - excellent pattern!

I love the construction of this sweater - the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece (with a fake slip-stitched seam) and then the sleeves are picked up and worked down from the top using short-rows to shape the sleeve cap - no need to set in the sleeves at the end - when the sleeves are done the sweater is done - well, not quite - then you knit the left and right collar bands (which are shaped with short-rows at the back of the neck) and kitchener them together before attaching the very cool collar - DONE!

Handspun Metro

Such a beautiful collar transforms from the front cable/rib bands - her patterns are flawless. Can you see the grafting? It was a challenge to kitchener the ribbing!

Handspun Metro

Anastasia likes it :)

Handspun Metro

My upcycled chicken feed reusable grocery bag - I LOVE THIS! (loosely based on this tutorial from Fresh Eggs Daily)

chicken feed market bag

Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))

brrrr chickens in snow

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