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September 23, 2013
Come Together Fiesta Mittens

Ginny of Fat Cat Knits was the indie dyer for The Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Spinning Group's Summer SAL so of course I had to join in! The colorway I chose used this picture as inspiration. It is called Come Together and the fiber base I picked was falkland wool. When I saw the braid, I knew I would split it up into bright colors and dark colors, but had no idea what I would do with it.

Just look at these colors!!

come together falkland

SO much fun to spin the bright section!

Come Together bobbin

and such wild wonderful yarn! (424 yards/116 grams 3 ply fingering weight)

Come Together Yarn

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!

Fiest Mittens

the palm side

Fiesta Mittens

Pattern: Fiesta Mittens by Lucy Neatby
Size: Large (66 stitches )8" circumference - 10" cuff to tip
Yarn: 75 grams of handspun falkland wool 3 ply fingering weight - dyed by FatCatKnits in Come Together colorway.
Needles: 2 mittens on US 1 (2.25mm) 40" circular needle
Mods: changed cuff to K1 MC, K1CC instead of ribbing. Decrease only 2 stitches on thumb (instead of 4) so thumb worked on 24 stitches. Otherwise no changes to pattern. An exceptionally well written pattern as usual for Lucy Neatby!

A close up of the Flying Swallow Slip stitch pattern - I love how the colors jump out!

Flying Swallow Stitch

the chickens were very curious - following me around as I took these self photos...

Fiesta mittens with chickens

Fiesta Mittens Fiesta Mittens

Lucy Neatby's fun pattern coupled with this awesome yarn was a perfect match - LOVE my new mitts!

Fiesta Mittens

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


September 12, 2013
Rhubarb Cowl

handspun cowl

I have amassed an abundance of fiber since I started spinning 3 years ago and I'm always looking for ways to spin down the stash! I usually spin my club fibers right away, but I have lots of beautiful miscellaneous fiber that just sits there and gets lost deeper and deeper under the pile. SOOOO I decided to join 7 small Shawls Year 4: Friends and spin fiber for each one that I knit. I like small shawls (as opposed to BIG ones) and Rosemary Hill - Romi is an amazing designer - I knit her Erato from handspun last year (part of the 2012 7 small shawls) buying just the single pattern and it is one of my favorites! There is a great and very active Ravelry Group so each shawl has it's own KAL - so much fun to see different versions of the same pattern and have companionship while you knit :)

She is now designing/knitting the 1st of this years 7 shawls, but released a nice cowl pattern to hold everyone over - A Cowl for Jeanne.

I started with this amazing 15.5 micron merino - by far the softest fiber I have spun - feels even softer than cashmere to my fingers and MUCH easier to spin - dyed by Julie Spins in Rhubarb colorway.

15.5 micron merino

Spun 119 grams into a 275 yards of thick luscious worsted weight 3 ply yarn.

handspun merino

and knit into this beautiful cowl that I KNOW I will wear all winter long - such incredible softness!

handspun cowl

Pattern: A Cowl for Jeanne by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: 110 grams (254 yards) of Handspun 15.5 micron merino in Rhubarb colorway - dyed by Julie Spins
Needles: US 8 Circular
Size: 10" tall X 23" circumference
Mods: - did 6 pattern repeats to use up all my yarn and make it a little taller so I could pull it up for a hood.

The inside is just as pretty as the outside - a truly reversible cowl!

handspun cowl
handspun cowl

It's too warm to model it with my brown winter coat, but I know it will be a fabulous combination. This is how I imagine I'll be wearing it a lot...

handspun cowl

Much easier taking pictures on sunflowers than on myself - I'm lucky that I actually got the cowl in the self pictures!

Handspun Cowl

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


September 3, 2013
We've Got EGG!! (and socks)

Yep - very 1st egg landed this morning - I'm so excited! You'd think no other chicken had ever laid an egg :)

1st egg

Gloria is doing the happy dance!

Gloria

I promise this won't turn in to a chicken blog, but I couldn't contain myself today!

Cam wants handknit socks for pond hockey this winter- I told him I'd make him a pair if I could use this fiber ... He readily agreed.

dynomite

I divided the braid in half lengthwise and spun each half end to end into a long single which I then chain plied for striped socks - 407 yards (122 grams) of wonderful soft shiny fingering weight yarn.

dynomite

dynomite

and knit some wild HAPPY socks

dynomite socks

Pattern: 7X1 rib - basic socks made to fit Cam perfectly
Yarn: 3.5 ounces handspun FatCatKnits Panda Blend (SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon 60/30/10) in Dy-no-mite colorway.
Needles: 2 socks on one 2.25 mm 40" circular

dynomite socks

He loves them!

dynomite socks

Kayaking in NH last week :)

kayaking

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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