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!
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!
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!
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!
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!