September 23, 2013
Just look at these colors!!
SO much fun to spin the bright section!
and such wild wonderful yarn! (424 yards/116 grams 3 ply fingering weight)
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!
the palm side
Pattern: Fiesta Mittens by Lucy Neatby
A close up of the Flying Swallow Slip stitch pattern - I love how the colors jump out!
the chickens were very curious - following me around as I took these self photos...
Lucy Neatby's fun pattern coupled with this awesome yarn was a perfect match - LOVE my new mitts!
September 12, 2013
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.
Spun 119 grams into a 275 yards of thick luscious worsted weight 3 ply yarn.
and knit into this beautiful cowl that I KNOW I will wear all winter long - such incredible softness!
Pattern: A Cowl for Jeanne by Rosemary Hill
The inside is just as pretty as the outside - a truly reversible 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...
Much easier taking pictures on sunflowers than on myself - I'm lucky that I actually got the cowl in the self pictures!
September 3, 2013
Yep - very 1st egg landed this morning - I'm so excited! You'd think no other chicken had ever laid an egg :)
Gloria is doing the happy dance!
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.
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.
and knit some wild HAPPY socks
Pattern: 7X1 rib - basic socks made to fit Cam perfectly
He loves them!
Kayaking in NH last week :)