I’ve got fresh handspun woollies to share with you today! A little later than I had intended to share it, seeing as it is Sunday and all, but glad to be able to share none-the-less
This is a handspun version of Celes by Jared Flood that I made for my friend D’s sister. It made from some very special fiber – a blend of merino and D’s sister’s dog’s fur. Most of the fiber was hand carded with my trusty Ashford cards but I did send some to be processed into roving as I have not been able to do any amount of carding since I hurt my hand this summer.
I am so pleased with the finished product. The blend of merino and dog fur yields such a dreamy soft and fluffy finished stole. The only mod that I made to this pattern was instead of knitting the center panel in two pieces and grafting together, I chose to knit it in one continuous strip. If you have been wanting to knit this pattern and haven’t yet, I highly recommend it. Not only is it a very fun knit but the resulting stole is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to eventually knitting one for me in some fabulous BFL!
Happy knitting all!
I’ve had this sweet tam finished for a while but between getting prepped and vending at craft fairs, filling custom spinning orders, and holiday knitting, I just haven’t gotten around to sharing finished pictures.
The pattern is Scatness Tam by Kate Davies which is one of the lovely patterns in her book “Colors Of Shetland”. With the gorgeous patterns and beautiful photograpy, the book is a veritable feast for the eyes. If you haven’t check it you yet, you really must!
This tam was a perfect project as I already had all the yarn that I needed in my stash. I used bit and bobs of left over Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock, and while the colors aren’t exactly the same as the hat pictured in the pattern, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve gotten many compliments on it when I wear it out and about!
What projects are you working on this week? Finish anything warm and cozy? Do tell!
Whew! This was a quick knit! As I posted on Wednesday, I cast on for a Tea Jenny cowl in the morning and I was finished knitting and hat it blocking by bedtime on Wednesday night.
My mods for the cowl are as follows:
With 4.0mm needles and a provisional cast on, I cast on the same number of stitches the pattern calls for in the body of the hat and worked the ribbing chart as directed. When I was ready to start the tea pots, I switched to 4.5mm needles for the duration. I switched back to 4.0mm needles and worked the ribbing, reversing the colors so that the top and bottom edges mirrored each other. To finish it all off, I worked an i-cord edging on both the top and bottom edge for a nice, neat finish.
Since I was only using five colors instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I had to mod a little bit more to make things work out colorwise but I’m really happy with the end result. There is something truly satisfying about being able to knit stranded colorwork and Fair Isle projects in your own handspun!
What are you working on this week? Anything you are super-duper proud of? Do share!
It is Wednesday again! Where is the time going? It seems like the days are quite literally flying by, but not to worry, I have a work-in-progress to share
Yesterday I posted a picture of my new yarn bowl and my most recently finished handspun, a wool sampler in five wonderful natural shades of Finnish wool. Lollyknits commented on yesterday’s post suggesting Tea Jenny by Kate Davies would be a great match for this yarn and I couldn’t agree more.
Since I do have a lot of hats but still want to knit this pattern, I’ve chosen to make it as a super cozy cowl instead. I’ve cast on the same number of stitches as the body of the hat with 4.0mm needles and worked the brim chart. With only five colors, instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I’ve had to play around a wee bit with the colors but I think that it is working well. The body of the cowl is worked on 4.5mm needles.
Even though I only started on this project this morning, I am ALMOST finished. I only have the i-cord trims left to knit and then a-blocking we will go!
What are you working on today? Making cozy things for the cooler weather? Do share!
I’m back from an extremely fun and exciting weekend vending at the PEI Crafts Council 49th Annual Christmas Craft Fair. What an experience! So many wonderful people, talented artists, and great conversations. My handspun yarns also found lots of happy new homes.
Part of the fun this weekend was all the spinners and weavers that I had the pleasure of making acquaintance with. Spinning wheels a-whirring was a frequent and welcome sight and it was really wonderful to get to talk fiber with other fiber lovers. Between meeting all of these amazing women and all the excited chats about fiber, I did squeeze quite a bit of time for spinning. I started AND finished my Finnish Fiber Sampler from Woolgatherings this weekend. And what goes better with some yummy new handspun than a really fabulous new yarn bowl? I picked up this little gem at the Village Pottery stand and am putting it to very good use already.
This week I’ll be busy preparing for the One Month To Christmas Artist Sale in Orwell. So if you’re looking for some fun handspun, stop by MacPhail Homestead from 12 – 5 on Sunday, November 17th!
I know I really don’t need any more hats (my collection is borderline obscene!) but I just couldn’t resist this pattern. Knotted Pine takes virtually no time at all to knit up and I adore the crown. I’ve never seen the top of a hat worked this way and I just love it.
I used some of my own handpainted DK weight merino and 3.5 and 4.0mm needles and, because I opted not to use a cable needle, it worked up much more quickly for me. For anyone interested in cabling without a cable needle, Grumperina has a fantastic tutorial which you can check out here. Since it is so quick to make, I’m thinking this would make a perfect holiday gift for a couple of special people.
So what have you been crafting? Do you have any favorite patterns for gifting? Do tell!
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!
After finishing large projects, I like to do a few really quick knits as I find them a nice change in pace. I decided that this project should be colorwork as well because I never get enough of it.
I have chosen Diamond Hat by Elizabeth Morrison as I have admired it since the first time I saw it in the Knitcircus online magazine. The pattern is very straightforward, extremely well written and easy to follow. It calls for two colors of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles so it works up very quickly. This is actually my second Diamond Hat that I have worked on in a week! For those of you thinking about starting some holiday knitting, this is a really great project to help you get a jump start.
Do you have any work-in-progresses on the go? What are you working on this week?
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!