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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!

 

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!

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!

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!

WIP Wednesday – Criss Cross Applesauce

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I’m giving you a little sneak peek in today’s WIP Wednesday post.  As I mentioned in a previous post some really great mitten charts “found” me and I am in the process of converting them into some cute stranded colorwork hats.  This one is going to be called “Criss Cross Applesauce” after a game my cousins and I used to play when we were young.  I figured that it is very appropriate because of the criss crossing of the colorwork pattern and the color that I picked for the hat reminds me of applesauce with lots of cinnamon.  So far, I’ve gotten about 2/3 of  the hat knit and I hope to have a picture of the finished hat for Friday’s finished object post.

Happy knitting all!

March Spinning Plans

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March is already shaping up to be an interesting spinning month.  Both my first and second picks for the month are new-to-me fibers.  The lovely blue/grey/purple is 4oz of grey masham in “Snow Forts” colorway and the heathered green is 4oz of a 60/40 wool flax blend in “Deep Pine.”  Both colorways are by the lovely Amy of Spunky Eclectic.   The masham is spinning up like a dream and I am SUPER excited to try out the wool flax blend!

WIP Wednesday – The Tracks

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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!

Karlakór in Handspun

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A quick shot of the progress made with yesterday’s storm day knitting. It has been a while since I’ve used bulky weight yarn and 6mm needles so this sweater really seems to be flying.   It would be wonderful to have this lopi finished by the end of the month!

An Almost FO Friday Post – Hedge Fence Pullover

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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!

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