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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Although we are enjoying a lovely mild spell right now, I’m hard at work making some cozy thrummed mittens for the inevitable cold snap that is to come.
Since the recipient of these mittens is a man who works outdoors, I’ve chosen some nice dark colors in the hope that the mittens will keep looking smart with wear. I picked up both the wool and the yarn the last time I was out to Belfast Mini Mills. It is REALLY hard to come from that store without adopting quite a lot of their gorgeous fiber and yarn!
I’m making the pattern up as I go along to match up with the sketch of his hand size so that they will fit his hands like a glove … er, mitten, I guess in this case.
What kind of crafty things are you up to, this fine Wednesday? Are you knitting warm woolly things to fend off the cold as well? Do tell!
Over the past year, I’ve been working on my woolen spinning and, with my 2lbs 3oz of local wool all spun up (yay!), I have accumulated enough to knit a lopi sweater. I did some mixing and matching up of my woolen handspuns this afternoon and have come up with a color combo that I am quite pleased with. Both dark grey and light grey are the gorgeous local fiber, the white is a border leicester and the gold colored, a romney/corrie cross that I picked up from Spunky Eclectic, and the blue is a beautiful wool/bamboo/mohair/soy silk blend that I picked up from Art Club.
I have yet to pick a pattern but I’m leaning heavily towards one in my vintage Reynolds Lopi Volume. 78 and the pattern Karlakór in particular. There are just so many lovely patterns to choose from! I still have a couple of projects to finish up first so I still have some time to decide.
Hope you’re all enjoying your week so far, and happy crafting!
January is starting with a bang in the fiber world. Lots of really amazing KALs and SALs happening and Ravelry groups are ripe with challenges to hone your skills, learn new techniques, and to bust those knitting and spinning stashes. How can you not feel inspired with the enthusiasm and verve shown by fellow crafters!
Last night, after checking out some awesome spins by fellow ravely members, I got out my wheel and finished up spinning my bump of amazing polwarth in the “November” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I didn’t spin with any SAL or challenge in mind, it was just spun for the sheer delight of it. Spun up as a DK weight fractal 2 ply, it is soft, fluffy, and very bouncy. I love, love, love both the colorway and the fiber itself.
Since I was in a good groove last evening, I got started on my first challenge for the year … the woolen challenge in the Spunky Eclectic ravelry group. I got out my 2lb 3oz bag of gorgeous locally sourced organic shetland/border leicester cross fiber and didn’t stop spinning until THE ENTIRE BAG was spun up into singles. I also plyed my first skein, to boot! Eventually, I am planning to use this handspun for a nice lopi sweater from on of my vintage pattern books. I have some really nice cream, blue, and yellow woolen-spun handspuns in my stash that might look good as accent colors.
Sooooo, I *might* have been on a bit of a spinning binge last night but it sure felt good.
What kinds of crafty things are you up to so far in 2014? Did you join any groups or challenges?
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!