I have been having so much fun knitting this month that I have kind of neglected my poor spinning wheel but when I got some new fiber from NBK in the mail, I just HAD to start spinning it up right away. It is a 4oz bump of absolutely heavenly BFL/Silk in the the colorway “The Tracks.” This evening, I’m planning to put on a nice pot of tea, some good tunes, and get this yummy yarn all plyed up!
Last week I had set a goal to finish my Pheasant Quill in time for this week’s FO Friday post and I just barely squeaked this one in! I hold good books from the library totally responsible because I just couldn’t put them down :-) I finished up the last two repeats of the edging this morning as the kids ate their breakfast.
This has been a whopper of a shawl, consuming:
- 4oz of BFL/silk in “Pheasant” colorway by Spunky Eclectic
- 6oz of BFL in “Dijon” colorway by Spunky Eclectic
- 4oz of alpaca that I was gifted by my dear friend Tina of Peacefully Knitting. The bottom picture is all that is left of that handspun … that was a close one!
That is a total of 14oz of wool for this baby!
The pattern was straightforward, very well written, and a delight to knit.
I made two very minimal mods which didn’t affect how the finished project looked. Instead of working purl rounds in the Old Shale Lace Frame, I wrapped the first stitch of the round and fliped to the wrong side (not that there really is a wrong side to this shawl) so that I could work the round in knit instead of purl. Once I reached the start-of-round marker, I would wrap the next stitch, flip my work back to the right side, and work as for the chart directions. Easy peasy no purling!
My second mod was really of very little significance. Instead casting on the lace edging stitches using backwards loop, I used a provisional cast on method and then grafted the two edges together once the lace edging was completed. Yes, that’s right, I CHOSE to do kitchener stitch! He he he. What a rebel I am!
I’m very happy with how the shawl turned out and I highly recommend this pattern for handspun yarns, especially for fun handpainted fiber. The garter stitch center panel really makes the yarns the star.
What have you been working on this week? Have you finished up any big projects recently? I’d love to hear all about it!
I was recently gifted with a delightful cowl pattern by my dear friend and fellow blogger, Tina. The pattern, Sleeping Beauty Cowl by by Anne Podlesak, is one that I’ve been admiring and I couldn’t wait to get started in some of my handspun.
I dove into my stash and quickly found the perfect yarns. The main portion of the cowl is knit is a really wonderful BFL/silk in “Le Tigre” colorway by Northbound Knitting. The color makes me daydream of butterscotch candies … mmm! For the rest of the colors, I chose some odd and end balls of yarn left over from other projects. Some “Firewoman” on Norwegian by Northbound Knitting, some “Shades of Burgundy” on BFL by Greenwood Fiberworks, and even some really amazing quiviut thrown in for good measure (and softness … and cuddliness!). The resulting cowl is something that I am really quite proud of. Actually, I’ve been wearing it since I’ve finished it and it is very soft and warm
What have you been working on this week? Anything that you are super-duper proud of? I’d love to hear all about it!
I had planned to do a FO Friday post on my newly finished Carson Sunrise yesterday but we had so much fun at the Not-Back-To-School picnic with the other homeschoolers that the time got completely away from us. So I’m doing my FO Friday post on Saturday
This was an interesting project for me. I had originally planned on using other yarn but changed my mind when I saw the 3 color version … I snapped one of my good knitting needles and learned a very valuable lesson (don’t leave your knitting where you might sit on it!) … and knit on it all while dealing with a hand injury (which is thankfully almost 100% better now). It might sound like quite the knitting catastrophe but the finished shawl, in my opinion, is very much worth all of the craziness. This shawl is so unbelievably soft, the colors bright and cheery, and it drapes and wraps around me like a daydream. I LOVE it!
Also, the more I work on semi-circular shawls, the more I absolutely love the shape of them. They seem to stay put really well and they are very cozy. I’m almost a little sad to finish this because now I need to find another fun semi-circular shawl to cast on.
What is your favorite semi-circular shawl pattern? I’m looking for a fun new project to cast on in handspun and would love to hear your suggestions
Tour de Fleece is off to a roaring start. The fur … er, wool … is flying in all directions all across the globe. This is one of my favorite time of year. Spinners dive into their stash and plan their spins weeks (or more) in advance. Big goals are made, some go out the window while others are quickly surpassed. Fibers are decided upon, tossed back on the pile and then picked up again. It is a time of excitement, crazy spinning, inspiring yarns and fiber-licious fun.
Pictured directly above was the goal I had set for TdF2013. I figured 20 oz was a moderate and reasonable goal for me to meet during the Tour. And then my June helping of Spunky Club Fiber arrived and I just HAD to add that in as well and that would take me up to 24oz … Throw in two days of being the “Artist at Work” at Artisans on Main in Montague and I’m over half way through my fiber picks already. How crazy is that!
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to enjoy some spin time with Linda, a talented paper maker who is also a spinner! I was such a treat to be able to kick back with our wheels, let the fiber fly, and talk spinning.
And another happy addition to our band of merry artists yesterday was John. He was such a great sport for putting up with the two of us and our spinning talk and I really enjoyed watching his painting come to life. Surrounded with beautiful art and crafty folk, we all agreed that Artisans on Main is a pretty sweet place to be!
Today’s spinning was back the norm for me … in the kitchen next to my kiddos playing legos. I got started on my 4oz bump of “Sundown” on Superwash Corriedale which I am spinning quite thin (see the picture a the top with the dime). I’m planning to N-ply this gorgeous gradient into a nice fingering weight yarn. I had to take a bit of a break from spinning as I’m getting a blister on the bottom of my big toe from all the treadling (seriously, who would have thought!) but I hope to be back in fighting form again tomorrow.
Happy Tour de Fleece everyone and I hope you all have wonderful fiber adventures!
I can’t believe that it is time to share another month’s spinning already. May really seemed to fly by!
My first spin was 4oz of Polwarth in “The Giving Tree” colorway by Northbound Knitting. It is a beautiful progression in light and dark greens and brown. LOVE! This baby was spun up as an N-plyed fingering weight yarn. I’m thinking that it would really like to be mittens.
My next spin was 4 or my 8oz of BFL in “Dijon” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. This was spun as a fingering weight single and will be paired up with my Pheasant in BFL/Silk for the Fine SAL/ Romi KAL happening in the Spunky Eclectic group on Ravelry. If you’re interested in joining the fun, you can find out more info at the previous link and jump right in! This gal is planning on knitting Carson. It is going to look so yummy in Pheasant & Dijon!
The next was a “just-because-i-can” spin. I had 4oz of really lovely BFL in my stash that I decided to spin as a laceweight single. I’m planning on dying with a semi-solid and eventually knitting it into a fun shawl. I don’t have any specific pattern picked out yet but I know that I REALLY wants to be a pretty lace shawl.
And last but not least is 4oz of really gorgeous fiber that I picked up at Pembroke Farms during the Celebration of Sheep and Wool. I got to practice my long draw and I got a beautiful and light, bouncy, bulky weight 2-ply. It was such a delight to spin! I’m looking forward to my next trip back to the farm so I can pick up more of this delightful fiber.
So May’s spinning total was 16oz, bringing me up to a total of 6.5lbs so far this year. I’m half way to my goal!
I don’t crochet often enough. It is something that I really enjoy but I just don’t do it as much as I would like. Since it is kind of a dreary and wet day, it seems like the PERFECT day to bust out my trusty crochet hooks and work on something fun.
I’m using 4oz of handspun BFL/silk in “Medieval” colorway by Southern Cross Fibre to make some super awesome granny squares. The pattern is Control Issues by Cynthia Boylan and it is such a fun (and addictive!) pattern to work with. The pattern calls for a 5mm hook and worsted weight yarn but since the handspun I’ve chosen is fingering weight, I’ve dropped down to a 3mm hook and I really like how the squares are turning out. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to make from these rockin’ granny squares … probably a fun cowl … but I’m loving just kicking back and crocheting for the heck of it.
Happy Tuesday all!
Its that time again … time to share the previous month’s handspun booty I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying already! And of course, I enjoyed this months spinning immensely. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I am completely and hopelessly in love with wool. Each month is always my “new favorite” or a newly found and much loved new-to-me technique.
April was my first time ever spinning for a cabled yarn and can you guess how much I liked it? I loved it! I picked out 4oz of South African Fine in “Day Lily” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with 4oz of Merino/Mohair/Alpaca in “Good Morning Sunflower” colorway by Belfast Mini Mills. The end result is a wonderfully round and brightly colored yarn that just screams “CABLED COWL!” to me.
My next spin is another of my absolute favorite fibers – Romney. This was the March club shipment from Spunky Eclectic and, during 20 Questions, when it was revealed to be Romney, I did a little happy dance. Long wools are so much fun to spin and they make amazing shawls. I decided that this 4oz bump should be fingering weight singles for exactly that reason … to make a shawl.
My last spin for April was another favorite for me and many other spinners as well. The April club shipment from SE was oatmeal colored BFL overdyed in a rainbow of gorgeous hues. Amy’s inspiration for this colorway was seashells, hence, the name. I chose to spin this fiber as a fingering weight single as well because it NEEDS to be a shawl too.
So, my spinning total for April is 16oz bringing my 2013 total up to 5.5lbs of fiber spun. Trucking right along towards my spinning goal!
And this last picture is just a fun shot from the yarn photo shoot. Apparently, I need a supervisor to oversee all things here and Bugsy was diligently keeping watch as I snapped some pics. He takes his job very seriously!
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and Happy Fiber Friday!
Its that time again … time to share last month’s spinning … and I had an adventurous month!
I chose to start off 4oz of buttery soft alpaca that my dear fiber friend Tina gifted to me. This was spun up as a fingering weight single which I think will be absolutely perfect for a shawl. Probably a nice West Knits design
Next up was 4oz of some amazing Wensleydale from Rosa’s herd. This was my first time spinning Wensleydale in carded form and I just loved it! This was spun up as a fingering weight single as well because I though that it would pair up perfectly with the alpaca from Tina. I can’t thank both of you enough for the wonderful fibers!
This bump was another first for me … my first time spinning Cotswold sliver. The feel of the fiber reminds me a bit of Shetland and the colors in this are AMAZING! This was the January offering from Spunky Eclectic Fiber Club and is called “Eye of the Peacock” which I chose to spin as, surprise, surprise, a fingering weight single. This handspun is going to make perfect socks!
And I tried another new fiber this month … Norwegian. I fell completely in love with this fiber. I find it similar to Falkland to spin up and it makes the most delightful singles! This 4oz bump is from Northbound Knitting in the colorway is “Firewoman.” This yarn has been telling me that it wants to be either a cowl or shawl. I guess only time will tell but I how can it not be awesome in these great colors?
Do you guys ever get sick of me telling you how much I love each and every fiber that I spin? I guess that I just really enjoy wool and this fiber was no exception. “Aurora Borealis” was the December club color way on Falkland from Spunky Eclectic. It sat for a whole month in my stash because it was one of those “special” bumps of fiber that I would take out and admire and then gently tuck back to save for another time. I love the blues, green, and purples that blend throughout this colorway and I think that it will make gorgeous fingerless gloves, a cowl, or shawl.
And nope, I never get sick of Falkland. I love how it spins up, especially in the “Reese’s” colorway by Northbound Knitting. This fiber practically BEGGED to be spun up nice and fine and then navajo plied. This, I have secret knitting plans for!
And last, but certainly not least, is 4oz of “Peacock” in mixed BFL by Northbound Knitting. This was another fiber that wanted desperately to be navajo plied. It also told me that it wanted to be pre-drated too. I generally don’t pre-draft my fiber anymore, and almost never with BFL because it drafts so well, but the effect that it makes on the color is hard to pass up sometimes. I like how it stretches out the color changes and gives even more subtle transitions through the colorway. Combine that with navajo plying and I think the effect is quite striking. These two skeins are already designated to the “special” yarn section because they are almost too pretty to knit. Notice that I did say “almost.”
So February really was a productive and adventurous month, with trying new fibers, and fibers in new preparations. My total amount spun was 28oz bringing my 2013 total up to 44oz … just shy of 3 lbs. Not too shabby!
So how are your 2013 crafting goals going? Are you trucking right along or have you revised your goals? I’d love to hear!
I enjoyed last year’s spinning challenge of 12 lbs in 2012 so much that I decided to join up with the 13 lbs in 2013. And I’ve got a bangin’ start to this year’s spinning.
My first spin for January was 4oz of rambouillet in “Posturing” colorway by Hello Yarn. It was my first time spinning both rambouillet and Hello Yarn fiber and it was such a treat! The fiber is soft and fluffy and very much like merino and polwarth and the colors are bright and cheery. I chose to spin this as an navajo plied fingering weight yarn as I plan to knit some really awesome socks!
Next up was 4oz of BFL/Silk in “Le Tigre” colorway by Northbound Knitting. I LOVE the drapey hand to singles spun from this fiber, and the colorway is to die for! I chose to spin up this bump as fingering weight singles as I think it will look really wonderful knit up into a shawl … probably another Stephen West shawl
Next was my second bump of October Club … 4oz of superwash merino in “Summer’s End” by Spunky Eclectic. This was a progression dye I chose to spin it as another navajo plied fingering weight yarn as it will make really awesome socks. I mean, look at Spinnydread’s Summer’s End Socks … they’re freaking beautiful!
My last spin for the month was 4oz of border leicester locks which I carded up into rolags and spun woolen as a bulky weight 2 ply. The more that I play with carded fiber and long draw, the more I’m loving the whole woolen process. I’m not really sure what this yarn will be but I’ve got a few ideas percolating.
January’s total was 16oz or 1lb of fiber spun and I’m already working on some really lovely spins for February.
What have you been working on lately? Do you have spinning, knitting, or crochet goals you are working toward? I’d love to hear all about them!