I’m happy to share with you another yummy colorwork project … my second Sleeping Beauty Cowl. This project took me approximately 1 day to finish I have fallen completely in love with the designs in Anne Podlesak’s book “Legendary Knits.“ If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do. It is a real treat!
My second Sleeping Beauty is knit in a delightful pairing of yarns … The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in “Peacock” and Shibui Knits Cima in “Ashes.” Since the Shibui Knits yarn is a lace weight, it was held double throughout. The yarns have yielded a cowl with incredible hand and drape as well as luscious softness and fantastic color. Nom, nom, nom!
What have you been working on this week? Do you have a certain pattern or project that you simply can’t get enough of? Do share!
I’m starting to get my crafty groove back after this weekend’s craziness. I guess sometimes you just need a “do nothing” day to reset and recharge. A fresh mind is a wonderful thing!
My most recent project is another Sleeping Beauty Cowl which has been a requested by a friend. You all know how much I adore colorwork, so I jumped to the task. This cowl is knit in only two colors, as opposed to the eight that the pattern calls for, and I think that it is simply charming! The main color that I’ve chosen, The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in Peacock, is a really fantastic tussah silk/merino blend and I paired it off with Shibui Knits Cima in “Ash” which is a buttery soft blend of baby alpaca and merino. These yarns are both a treat for the fingertips!
I started knitting yesterday and simply couldn’t put the project down. I’m only about 10 rows shy of finishing!
So what are you working on, on this sunny Wednesday? Do share!
All that’s left after the alpaca trim.
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!
4oz Merino in “Tranquil” colorway. Hand dyed by me.
Fingering weight single.
4oz of Alpaca, merino, silk, & angelina in “Plum Fancy” colorway by Belfast Mini Mills.
Fingering weight single.
4oz of Alpaca, merino, silk, & angelina in “Snow Sparkle” colorway by Belfast Mini Mills.
Fingering weight single.
August was a super busy month but I managed to squeeze in time to spin another pound of fiber. This month’s spins bring me up to a grand total of 10lbs of wool spun for 2013. I’m excited to be closing in on spinning goal of 13 lbs in 2013 as it means that I have lots of yummy handspun yarns in my stash to choose from when I start new projects.
My August spins were prepping for the Westknits Mystery KAL. Last year I chose to knit the KAL pattern, Rockefeller, in handspun and am very happy with how it turned out, so why not do it in handspun again this year? The Tranquil, Snow Sparkle, and Plum Fancy yarns are what I have chosen for this year’s KAL, the first clue of which has been released yesterday (yay!). While I haven’t started my Clue 1 yet (I’m working on two really big projects at the moment), I’ve been following along in the spoiler thread and admiring everyone’s work.
Now for September’s spins, I’m trying something entirely new but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out exactly what Happy crafting all!
Today has been one of those strange days of off and on rain, so, between trips out to work in the garden, I’ve been working on a fun new handspun crochet project.
I came across Hip Granny Tunic yesterday and was itching to start it immediately. Taking a dive into my stash, my “Queen’s Garden” handspun seemed like the perfect choice. I decided to wait until the kids were in bed and the housework was done (dang housework getting in the way of my crafts!) before starting and I had the entire front of the tunic finished by the time I went to bed. And just so you all know, I’m one of those people who finds it almost impossible to stay up past 10PM so you know that it works up fast! lol
Today I’ve been trucking right along with the back and hope to finish the piece before bed tonight. The yarn looks so yummy when worked up in crochet … it reminds me of the colorful street art that you see in some cities. LOVE!
I’m hoping to have a picture of the front and back joined for my WIP Wednesday post later this week. Stay tuned!
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!
Still working steadily away on my new pattern and thought that today would be the perfect day to share a couple of spoiler pics.
I have chosen to name this shawl “Spring Snow” because it is soft, fluffy, and delicate, much like the last snows of the year. The basis of the shawl is a garter stitch triangle with a knitted on top edging and a lovely geometric lace border.
The patterns is in the final stage of writing and will soon be sent out to be test knit. I’m looking forward to making another Spring Snow already.
I’ve been working on a new pattern and have decided to give you a little sneak peek of what is going on. I’m being extra tricky too, because you can only see a teensy little piece but I will give you a few hints:
- it is a shawl
- some garter stitch love is involved
- geometric lace
- it is modular
That, and I’m knitting it is Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze … one of my favorite yarns. I always feel incredibly spoiled when I get to play with this particular yarn.
So that is all I’m going to share about this project for the moment, but do check back as I plan to post more spoiled pics as I go along.
Happy WIP Wednesday everyone!
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!