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WIP Wednesday – Sochi

IMG_4735This beautiful braid of fiber has been sitting in my spinning basket, staring at me, since February but I just didn’t know what I wanted it to be.  It is a 4oz bump of BFL  hand dyed by Carolyn of Greenwood Fiberworks in the colorway “Sochi” which was, you guessed it, a colorway inspired by the Olympic games.

I needed something extra fun and special to show off the bright beautiful colors of this fiber and while I was peeking at Ravelry on the weekend, I found just the project.  Nest (nestfibers on Ravelry) recently knit three of the most gorgeous infinity scarves from handspun that I’ve ever seen.  The colors just POP!  They are handspun versions of Chevron Delight Infinity Scarf and when I saw them I knew instantly what my bump of Sochi needed to be.

I set to work this afternoon on spinning my fiber.  I split the fiber lengthwise once and am spinning it from tip to tail quite fine, with the intention of N-plying.  Already, I have approximately an ounce spun and I’m really liking how it looks.  If my handspun Chevron Delight turns out even half as nicely as nestfiber’s I will be very happy indeed!

 

100 Happy Days

I know I’ve been kind of MIA lately but rest assured, I haven’t been idle.  Lots of things are happening around here both crafty and otherwise.  Here are some of the happenings around here:

  • I am working on three new patterns (two of which will be free.  Yay!)
  • Thanks to finally biting the bullet and getting new glasses, I can comfortably read for longer periods of time again so I have been glutting myself on books.  Just about every spare minute I have lately has been with my nose stuck in a good book.
  • I’ve been smashing out Bloom To Fit’s 21 Day Burpee Challenge and working on both the March Backbend Challenge (even though it is April) and the Yoga To The Core Challenge.Hey!  A girl can’t knit and read ALL the time :-)
  • And in keeping with one of my New Year’s goals, I am spending more time taking pictures which leads me to the true subject of this post.

Several of the moms in our homeschoolers co-op have been taking part in 100 Happy Days. Their photos and blubs are so wonderfully inspiring that I decided to jump in and give it a go as well. I’m a little late on the scene but better late than never right? And what better way to spread a little sunshine?  Here are my first few days:

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Day 1 – Bugsy, my partner in crime and crafting, was very obliging and allowed me to take numerous shots of him relaxing on the back of our easy chair. This little fur-ball is great company.

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Day 2 – Having some wild winter storms and the power was out.  Since I’m an early riser, I got to enjoy my book and a nice cup of coffee in my smug-mug by the light of a kerosene lamp.  Very cozy feeling.

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Day 3 – Getting my burpees done with this little munchkin. She calls herself “Princess Burpee.”

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Day 4 – Smashing out my skipping and burpees before we started school this morning. And yes, I use a Dora the Explorer skipping rope because I’m all grown up ;-)

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Day 5 (today) – Discovering these happy little pink blooms on one of my houseplants this morning. A little taste of spring even though there is snow outside.

So that is a tiny little slice of my life.  I look forward to continuing along with the 100 Happy Days and celebrating the little things in everyday life.

What have you been up to?  Have you started anything new or are you still trucking away on your New Years goals? I’d love to hear :-)

FO Friday – Deep Pine

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In March I had the pleasure of playing around with a wool/flax blend for the first time.    I had purchased 4oz of wool/flax in “Deep Pine” colorway from Spunky Eclectic and I have to admit, I was a little nervous about it because I tend to find plant fibers difficult to spin, but this fiber prep was WONDERFUL.  The blend actually spun up like a rougher wool and was a bit hairy in appearance.  Once it was washed and given a good thwacking on the back of a chair, it became very apparent that this yarn is going to be absolutely perfect for either a stole or a shawl.  It has absolutely amazing drape and the more that I play around with it, the softer it is becoming.  The gentle color variations, combined with the fact that it seems to have taken on most of the characteristics of the flax, will make this excellent yarn for lace.  I have already been sketching out some ideas and feel a fun lace pattern brewing in the back of my mind just with this yarn in mind.

Hope that you are having a wonderful Friday and that you have fun crafty things planned for your weekend!

WIP Wednesday – Wolf In Alpaca Clothing

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I have a whole new kind of fiber to share with you today!  I’m knitting my first ever project in wolf.  Yup!  You read that right … wolf fiber.  It is very much like the samoyed blend yarn that I knit with quite often … the same beautiful softness and loft … but in a gorgeous taupey-grey. It is a real privilege to get to knit with something like this.

The recipient is looking for an chullo style hat with an alpaca motif on it so I did a little searching and sketching and came up with what I think is a fun mix of patterns and motifs.  The hat has  intarsia stars on the earflaps, a wave pattern for the brim, and I’m in the process of knitting some happy looking alpacas.    Despite a few false starts (and pattern re-writes ) it is working up fairly quickly.

What have you been working on this week?  Have you tried a new fibers or material lately?  Do tell!

St. Patrick’s Day Spinning

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St. Patrick’s day spinning by a nice cozy fire. Finishing up my green wool/flax and enjoying a big mug of my favorite tea.  It seems like most years we have a blizzard or storm of some sort on St. Patrick’s day but it looks like it might, just might, skip us this year.  It is cold today (-21 with the wind chill) but the sun is peeking it’s cheery face through the clouds.

Stay cozy and I hope you all have a very merry St. Patrick’s day!

Saturday Sewing Plans

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Working on some nice simple curtains with lace trim this afternoon.  I like the cheery spring colors in the cotton and think they will be perfect for the living room.

What crafty things are you up to today?

WIP Wednesday – It’s A Mystery

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Today’s work-in-progress Wednesday post is a little different than normal because you don’t actually get to see the WIP.  What?  But that’s not fair, right?  You will eventually get to see the project but this is a test knit for someone (not telling who either! he he he) so it has to be kept under wraps until the pattern is released.  I am, however, showing the yarn that I’ve picked for the project because it isn’t the yarn the pattern calls for.  Tricky, tricky!  Pictured above is Palette in Wallaby, Briar Heather, Finnley Heather, and Hazelnut colorways.  I know that it isn’t much of a clue but let me tell you, it is going to be gorgeous!

Enough teasing for now … Hope you all have a crafty Wednesday!

East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon Cowl

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It is no secret how much I love colorwork knitting, and when the opportunity arose to do some test knitting for Anne Podlesak’s newest book “Legendary Knits, Volume Two”, I jumped at the chance.

The pattern is called East of the Sun, West of the Moon Cowl.  It comes in two different sizes (mine is size small) and is worked up in fingering weight yarn.  I chose to use Knit Picks Palette in various shades of green, yellow, cream, and grey and 3.25 needles.

The pattern is beautifully written, the charts are a dream to knit, and the finished cowl is colorful and bright … the perfect thing to wear for those of us who are (not so) patiently waiting for the arrival of spring.  It keeps my neck wonderfully cozy when I’m out for my quite crispy morning walks.

What fun crafty things have you been up to?  Are you making anything bright and colorful as you dream of spring?  Do tell!

Homemade Birthday Cupcakes

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I’m getting totally spoiled today.  I pretended to sleep late and Kirby helped the kids make me coffee and breakfast in bed.  We all snuggled down and spent some time reading books in be and later we get to enjoy some fabulous homemade carrot cupcakes with toasted coconut topping.  Yum!

Saturday Night Sewing

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Spending Saturday night at our sewing machine.  A nice glass of Malbec, some planetary printed fleece, a homemade sewing pattern, and my husband now has a funky new pair of PJ pants.  Now … what to do with the left over material?  :-)

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