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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.


All in all a great winter hat!

Handspun Hat

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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!


and spun 177 yards of aran weight 3 ply 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 :)


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