I am positively giddy sharing this post today. J’s Hedge Fence Pullover is ALMOST finished. Only about 1″ of ribbing to go and one end to sew in and this baby is in the bag. I know that I’ll have it finished before this evening is up. Finishing both this sweater and the set of thrummed mittens I shared earlier this week was my goal for the 2014 Ravellenic Games and I am super pleased that I will be meeting that goal! Is there anything quite as satisfying as polishing off a couple of long standing WIPs?
Hope you are enjoying this years games and that you meet your goals as well!
I love the Ravellenic Games. The excitement, the plans, all the amazing inspiration … it is a great opportunity to try those projects you haven’t been brave enough to start yet, to learn new skills, or, as is my case this year, to finish up a couple of WIPs that you may have stalled on.
Going in this year, I had super high hopes of finishing both my Hedge Fence Pullover and a pair of thrummed mittens that I have been working on for quite some time. Today I am very excited to say that the mittens are finished (doing a little happy dance here!) and I am getting closer all the time to finishing the sweater.
Are you participating in the games? What events/projects are you working on? I’d love to hear all about it!
While the picture may be less than awesome, I am super-de-duper pleased with the progress of the Hedge Fence Pullover that I’ve been working on for J. The cabling is easily memorized and, if you chose to cable without a needle, the sweater works up at a nice pace. Both sleeves are finished and I’m trucking right along on the body.
I am hoping to finish both this sweater and if I’m really lucky, a pair of thrummed mitts, in this year’s Ravellenic Games. To me, it seems like a fairly tall order, but only time will tell. It will be really great to finish those two WIPs
Are you participating in the Ravellenic Games this year? What events are you planning on entering? I’d love to hear all about it!
The only ones in the woods
Just one of the unique trees along the trail
Using Jim for scale, you can see the impressive amount of snow down on the trail.
Lichen that looks like fairy floss.
Taking a well deserved break.
Nothing better than hitting the trails first thing in the morning for some snowshoeing! A friend and I had made plans to do Gairlock Trail today and, while our morning started out at a pretty chilly -14, that didn’t dissuade us from getting out and enjoying the crispy air.
Being the only ones on the trail is a real treat. We got to experience the quiet beauty of the woods and the pristine snow with the occasional serenade from a pack of yipping coyotes off in the distance. The snow was pretty deep and we had hard old slog in places but you just can’t beat getting out and enjoying these beautiful winter days.
What are your favorite ways to spend the winter? Do you snowshoe or ski or is it fairly mild where you live? Do tell!
When going through our craft supplies a couple of weeks ago, I found some packages of seed beads that I had picked up a while ago and completely forgotten about. I used to do quite a lot of beadwork but stopped when Jude and Will were babies because it was just too hard to keep the beads in the tray and not all over the floor.
Since the kiddos were happily working on a fun art project, I figured this was the perfect time to do something a little different and busted out the beads. After a couple of false starts on deciding on just what it was that I wanted to do, I decided upon a rainbow bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch. I had quite forgotten how much fun beading is and I’m sailing right through this project. The bangle about half finished already.
So what crafty things are you up to on this fine Friday? Doing something out of the norm for you? Do tell!
I have to thank my dear friend Tina of Peacefully Knitting for inspiring this week’s work-in-progress. She shared a post on the Elise Shawl by Crochet in Coloron facebook and I feel instantly, head-over-heels, in love with this crochet pattern. It is a quick and simple crocheted shawl with absolutely stunning results.
The yarn I’ve chosen to use is Debbie Bliss Party Angel in color 15505, which is a laceweight, because the deep merlot color is exactly what I was looking for. And hey, a little sparkle never hurts either. :-D Instead of the 5.5mm hook recommended, I’ve moved down to a 5mm crochet hook and am quite happy with how the fabric of the shawl is working up.
It has been a while since I’ve picked up a crochet hook so it is a very fun and satisfying project to work on and is the absolute perfect project for a storm day. I’m looking forward to pouring a nice cup of tea, snuggling up in a quilt by the fire, and working some more on it this afternoon.
Stay cozy all!
I guess I’ve been spinning up a storm this month. At 56oz spun already in January, I’m already 1/4 finished of my spinning goal for 2014. Now I realize that I certainly won’t keep up this pace for the entire year (my stash isn’t big enough to support THAT kind of spinning), but I’m really enjoying my evening cup of tea and spin time sitting by the fire.
Today I’m sharing my most recent spins with you. The first for which is my very first club shipment from Northbound Knitting. January’s club offering was 4oz of superwash merino in “Leonard Shelby’s Condition” colorway. Now, I must admit, I’m not normally partial to superwash anything but Lisa’s fiber prep is just so amazing that she definitely has me converted! Plus, the colorway just plain rocks. It is spun up as a 2 ply DK weight.
Next up is 4oz of alpaca, merino, silk, and angelina from Belfast Mini Mills in a glorious, sparkley blue. I chose to spin this as a fingering weight single as I can see it working beautifully for a lacy shawl or neckwarmer of some sort.
The last spin I’m sharing with you today one of my new loves … Cheviot. This 4oz bump is from Northbound Knitting and is in the “Pocket Lint” colorway. Spun up as a worsted weight 2 ply, there is not shortage of good things that I could turn this skein of handspun into. I’m really leaning toward mittens for this baby, though.
As I type, I also have 5oz of really lovely shetland in a natural brown resting on my bobbins and I’ve got a brand-new-to-me fiber just waiting to be spun. There may be more handspun for January yet!
This morning was one of those days where the world you wake up to could very well be a series of beautiful post cards.
A light, fluffy snow had covered everything over night and the sky was the most beautiful shade of rosy pink. When we set out for our walk this morning it was still dark with the stars and just-passed-full-moon to light our way.
My photo-taking ablilites (or lack thereof), just couldn’t accurately capture the scenery but I feel blessed to have experienced the quiet beauty of this morning.
Although we are enjoying a lovely mild spell right now, I’m hard at work making some cozy thrummed mittens for the inevitable cold snap that is to come.
Since the recipient of these mittens is a man who works outdoors, I’ve chosen some nice dark colors in the hope that the mittens will keep looking smart with wear. I picked up both the wool and the yarn the last time I was out to Belfast Mini Mills. It is REALLY hard to come from that store without adopting quite a lot of their gorgeous fiber and yarn!
I’m making the pattern up as I go along to match up with the sketch of his hand size so that they will fit his hands like a glove … er, mitten, I guess in this case.
What kind of crafty things are you up to, this fine Wednesday? Are you knitting warm woolly things to fend off the cold as well? Do tell!
Over the past year, I’ve been working on my woolen spinning and, with my 2lbs 3oz of local wool all spun up (yay!), I have accumulated enough to knit a lopi sweater. I did some mixing and matching up of my woolen handspuns this afternoon and have come up with a color combo that I am quite pleased with. Both dark grey and light grey are the gorgeous local fiber, the white is a border leicester and the gold colored, a romney/corrie cross that I picked up from Spunky Eclectic, and the blue is a beautiful wool/bamboo/mohair/soy silk blend that I picked up from Art Club.
I have yet to pick a pattern but I’m leaning heavily towards one in my vintage Reynolds Lopi Volume. 78 and the pattern Karlakór in particular. There are just so many lovely patterns to choose from! I still have a couple of projects to finish up first so I still have some time to decide.
Hope you’re all enjoying your week so far, and happy crafting!