March 1, 2014
Of blogging, that is - it's been almost 8 years and it was a great ride! I'll still be knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting, but I won't be broadcasting it anymore. My blog will stay up until the next payment for website space is due - I think another 1 1/2 years - then will magically disappear. Thank you so much for reading my ongoing fiber saga - it's been fun :)
Here are my latest projects - I'll still be on Ravelry and all the info for these and my upcoming projects will be there.
Happy knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting - and THANKS again for reading all these years!
February 16, 2014
Yikes - I'm knitting and quilting faster than I'm documenting new projects - I just counted and have 5 projects (including 2 small quilts) done! Better get a move on....
This little scarf is my favorite woven project so far.
I got a little luxury battling pack from Hobbledehoy with different shades of red/maroon/grey - only 2 ounces and very very soft - in fact soft enough for my bare neck - had to be a scarf and weaving seemed like the way to go.
I love plaid, but don't like weaving plaid - the ongoing color changes, multiple shuttles and ends to be cut and woven in - blahhh. SO I decided to spin these battlings for plaid. 1 ounce spun for the warp into a 2 ply light fingering weight with long color runs. The other half used for the weft was divided (after calculations about 1/8 of the size) for short color runs and spun as a 1 ply light fingering weight.
A reader asked how I tied on my warp for less waste - here is a picture.... You Tube directions here.
I crossed my fingers and started weaving - it WORKED! A soft gentle not perfectly delineated plaid. I think this would work even better with handpainted combed top since the colors would be clearer - will try this next.
This is the softest scarf I've ever woven and light as a feather - LOVE!
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
December 28, 2013
I realized this Christmas that my family LOVES handknit socks better than any other knitted items. I love variety knitting - socks, mittens, hats, shawls, scarves and even sweaters, but they all want socks (and I also realize, they don't care whether the yarn is handspun or not) SO I'm making more socks this year - MINE will be handspun - haha :)
I just finished my 2nd sock in Claire Ellen's pattern club - An entrelac pattern - Nessa...
The construction of this sock was different than anything I've ever knit, so I learned many new techniques which was fun. Here it is right after turning the toe...
Mods: None, but if I were to do it again, I'd change the construction order though...I'd knit through to the toe, then instead of turning the toe and working back up to the heel, I'd put the toe stitches on hold, pick up the heel and work from the gusset to the toe - kitchenering the toes. This would be better for several reasons - 1) easier to determine correct length of socks 2) easer to kitchener a few toe stitches than over 100 heel/gusset stitches 3) I think the picked up stitches along the edge would look better going in the other direction - maybe.
Here they are off - love the 3 dimensional poof of the entrelac!
Christmas feast for chickens - a flat of wheat grass, alfalfa, broccoli, clover and radishes - yummmm.
December 17, 2013
I started drumcarding and spinning this fiber WAYYYYY back during the 2012 Tour de Fleece - here is a quick recap of that process... (more details here)
the ingredients for each little battling
carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings
then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn
and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...
I never button cardigans, so this open front pattern is perfect for me - I've been wearing it in the house all day for the past week (our house is quite cool!)
Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
I love the construction of this sweater - the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece (with a fake slip-stitched seam) and then the sleeves are picked up and worked down from the top using short-rows to shape the sleeve cap - no need to set in the sleeves at the end - when the sleeves are done the sweater is done - well, not quite - then you knit the left and right collar bands (which are shaped with short-rows at the back of the neck) and kitchener them together before attaching the very cool collar - DONE!
Such a beautiful collar transforms from the front cable/rib bands - her patterns are flawless. Can you see the grafting? It was a challenge to kitchener the ribbing!
Anastasia likes it :)
Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))