January 28, 2013
More beautiful batts from Liz at Hobbledehoy - Just look at these batts - mmmmmmm!
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.
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.
Seemed like perfect yarn for a warm winter hat and I quickly found the right one...
Pattern: Let it Snow Ski Hat by Aimee Alexander of Polka Dot Sheep
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!
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!
January 18, 2013
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.
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.
A close up of the pretty sole
I'm spinning yarn for some chicken socks :)
January 13, 2013
I think I have made the prettiest pink yarn on the planet - well, at least I like it a lot!
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.
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.
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.
Pattern: End of May Mittens by Mandy Powers
Here is a peek inside - a nice soft merino/silk cuff liner
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 :)
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!
January 6, 2013
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 :)
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.
Pattern: Elisbeth Cap by Bonnie Marie Burns - Chic Knits