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June 29, 2013
Sugared Beets Mittens

Pattern 4-5 has always been one of my favorites in Magnificent Mittens, but I knew I didn't want to use 2 solid colors. Along came a beautiful skein of handspun falkland wool - Sugared Beets...perfect!

sugared beets mittens

falkland sugared beets falkland sugared beets

My original plan was to use this fiber for a very cool Sea Lettuce scarf and I actually started - this is as far as I got before deciding that even though it was pretty, I probably wouldn't wear it - frogged without too much regret -new yarn for mittens :)

sugared beets mittens

Pattern: Magnificent Mittens 4-5 by Anna Zilboorg (Ravelry Pattern Link)
Yarn: 107 grams (284 yards) of FatCatKnits Falkland wool in Sugared Beets colorway - I had 113 grams total so used most of it up. (Divided fiber into 6 lengthwise strips - singles spun end to end then chain plied)
Morehouse Merino 2 strand in Oatmeal for contrast color
Needles: Yikes - I forgot to write it down and I've already put the needles away - I think I used US size 5, but not positive - could have been US 4 - 40" circular
Size: 13 1/2" cuff to tip - 9" circumference
Mods:I changed the cuff pattern divider rows to the ones used in mitten 6-5 just because I like them better.

Magnificent Mittens are knit from the top down for a perfect fit and there isn't a chance you'll get bored with all the fun pattern changes along the way - this is my 3rd pair from the book and there will be more. I LOVE the giant cuffs which cover even the biggest puffiest jacket sleeves - no snow getting in and no cold wrists, that's for sure!

I had enough yarn to make pretty linings too - wow are these ever warm!

sugared beets mittens

Taking pictures by myself, so could only manage 1 handed shots.

sugared beets mittens

and on another note...
Pearl is happy when I come to visit in the morning :)

Pearl in the Morning

They like to help me spin by jumping on the treadle next to my feet or jumping in my lap to check out the fiber.

spinning help

All 7 chicks resting peacefully after a big day of hunting and gathering (7 weeks old)

resting chickens

stir fry tonight :)

peas and broccoli

Tour De Fleece starts tomorrow, so I'll be busy spinning until July 21 - will try to get a post or 2 in during the tour, but life is full here in the summer, so who knows?

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

June 18, 2013
Leaf Evolution

Leaf Evolution was the perfect spring spin and knit - such a well designed, beautiful mystery shawl! It was presented in 6 weekly clues starting from the small leaves and growing gradually and fluidly into larger leaves and flowers - simple lace, but oh so pretty!

Leaf Evolution

Started with this soft thick fluffy batt from FatCatKnits - filled with merino, falkland, bamboo, silk tencel, and firestar,

green batt

3 ounces of fiber spun into 441 yards of 2 ply lace weight yarn

2 ply handspun

I have to tell you about the very stressful ending to this shawl - here is how it went down. As I got closer to the end of the shawl, I knew I had cut it way too close and started knitting faster and faster with increasing anxiety. With 3/4 of the bind off left to go I ran out of yarn. There was a teeny bit of leftover singles on a bobbin so I plied that which got me to about 12 stitches left. Next, I spit spliced the little pieces I had used to tie up the original skein - had to go to the trash can for those! - which gave me another 10" getting me to 6 stitches left. My first thought was to pull back the bind off and use a regular bind off which uses less yarn, but is not as stretchy - then I thought pull back a little and divide the 2 ply into 1 ply for the last few stitches, but I really didn’t want to do either of those , so I went to bed and when I woke up, I saw that beautiful piece of yarn from my cast on - wahooooo! I spit spliced it to my tiny end and bound off the last 6 stitches - phew!


Leaf Evolution

Pattern: Leaf Evolution Mystery Shawl designed by Tetiana Otruta
Yarn: 441 yards of handspun 2 ply lace weight (FatCatKnits batt - also has batts in her Etsy shop) merino/falkland, bamboo, silk, tencel, firestar) - all very very soft fibers.
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 40" circular
Size: 62" wingspan X 30" deep

The subtle color changes from this batt made such a beautiful shawl - the lace pattern shows up perfectly and there is still lots of interesting beauty to catch the eye in the yarn itself - love it!

Leaf Evolution

Thank you to my beautiful model, Shaina (Connor's girlfriend)

Leaf Evolution

The chicks are 6 weeks old and look like miniature adult chickens - Every morning they are waiting for me on their outdoor perch (they get up and come outside early early in the morning as soon as the sun comes up)

good morning

oh how they love to be out and about in the yard



usually head straight to the raspberry bushes


Anastasia sunning herself


Little Red

Little Red


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

June 10, 2013
Better Late...

I started this Mystery Quilt in November 2010 and had the top completely pieced and borders on in 3 months...THEN it took me over 2 years to sandwich, quilt and bind it - but it is now completely done!

Here is a reminder from 2+ years ago....




and today....

roll roll cotton boll

A wonderful light summer quilt - I used up so much scrap fabric in this quilt :)

Pattern: "Roll Roll Cotton Boll" Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter
Size: 69" X 69"
Fabric: cotton scraps - naturals, pinks, browns, greens and reds
Method: Machine pieced - Machine quilted in the ditch and crosshatched


I love fiber mysteries since I am forced to step out of my controlled world - freeing but a little scary :)

Here are a few more mysteries in the making...

Leaf Evolution - this pic is through clue #3 - Clue # 6 arrives today.

Leaf Evolution

July Mystery Mittens by Torirot - starts July 1 - I will divide and spin this beautiful Fat Cat Knits Falkland braid in Montpelier colorway for my first Tour de Fleece spin and use the yarn for my mitts - can't wait for this one!

Montpelier Falkland

and I just signed up for this fun Blue Mountain Handcrafts "What's Your Sign?" Ravelry SAL - From the BMH site .... Each kit will contain approx. 4 oz of fiber and 1/2 oz of add ins. The base fiber will be hand dyed Portuguese Merino Top and the package of "add ins" that may contain a few or several of the following: silk, bamboo, nylon, firestar, angelina. There will, of course, be a small package of surprise goodies with each kit.....we hope you enjoy them! I am Pisces, so my kit will be forest green, baby blue, gold, sunset pink - yummmm - this will be some fun drumcarding and spinning!

I think that's enough for now - especially since the Tour de Fleece starts in a few weeks - I am on (no surprise here) Team FatCatKnits.

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

June 1, 2013
Handspun Houndstooth Woven Scarf

Started with this gorgeous braid of All Spun Up Merino Tencel - such soft fiber with a beautiful sheen! After staring at it for a long time, I decided to split the fiber into blues and yellow/green and spin them separately.

ASU Merino Tencel ASU Merino Tencel

Love these bobbins - such pretty shiny singles!


Handspun merino tencel 3 ply

Decided to experiment with a houndstooth pattern even though there is not quite enough contrast for the pattern to show up well - I quickly realized that I really like the muted pattern - now you see it/now you don't :)

on the loom

handspun woven scarf

Pattern: Houndstooth (alternate 2 ends and 2 picks each color)
Yarn: All Spun Up 50/50 Merino Tencel in Lily Pond colorway. Used 84 grams (161 yards) 3 ply fingering. (Sadly, Kristin is not dyeing anymore, but I have a few ASU braids left in my stash thank goodness!
Size: 7.5" W X 58"L
Warp and Weft Specifications:
10 dent rigid heddle
Sett:10 ends/inch
Picks: 10 ppi
Warp Length: 83"
Warp Ends: 96
Finishing: hemstitched ends (3 per stitch) - 3" fringe

Such a pretty soft, light, spring scarf - the drape is to die for!

handspun woven scarf

folded in half - through the loop

handspun woven scarf

ooops - Little Red snuck in.... 3 1/2 weeks old - My very favorite girl :)

Little Red

full length folded over

handspun woven scarf

handspun woven scarf

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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