Spinday

I had a lovely Spinday yesterday. I’ve been working on some The Dyeing Arts Koi Pond, which I received recently. I’ve got 8 oz. of this 60/40 polwarth silk top and it is stunning and rich.

I decided immediately that it needs to be a 3 ply, I divided my wool, and got started spinning. Then we had the floors done, which meant that my wheel got shoved in the back of a craft room closet. And it didn’t get pulled right back out again. But, this weekend it did!

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I got a rather small amount done. It’s not much, but it is beautiful and I am looking forward to working on it.

I pulled out my A Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs as well, as I’ve been saying it’s time to start working through the book again. For this project, I think I’ll just do an opposing ply 3 ply yarn. I’ve never tried that before, and I’d like to see the end result.

I am also spinning something else on spindles at the moment, I’ll show that off soon. However, for that one, I think I’d like to try a crepe yarn and I have something in mind for that. So, that makes two current projects both working out of the book. And that really makes me feel so eager to spin!

What to post, what to post!

I have so much going on and so many pictures! I think I can even get us through an entire week of blogging at this point. But I am not sure what to start with!

Well, perhaps the one thing that hasn’t made it onto my Rav project page yet. I have a bunch of fingering and laceweight two ply handspun hanging around. Most of it actually is loop samples I spun but never did anything with.

After wandering through the pattern database, I finally decided on a Missoni Falls cowl. It seem a great option because I can just add color as I like, and as I go along. If I run out with what I currently have, I can just hold off, as there’ll always be more handspun leftovers in my future!

So, I got started last weekend but never blogged about it. And I’ve even come a fair way. It looks a bit sloppy at the moment, and I am already concerned about the number of ends I’ll be weaving in, but I do like it, it is bright and happy!

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As you can see, I’ve got plenty of yarn to keep me occupied for awhile!

I have even set aside thicker yarn for a thicker cowl sometime in the future. I guess I am enjoying myself!

Dipped in Handspun

Miss Marja’s handspun dipped infinity cowl is done! This one really was a fast knit for me. It’s almost always a fast knit when a beautiful handspun is involved.

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The colors are SO stunning and bold, yet they are also well blended and work so well together. It was a pleasure to knit this one up! AND, I even left her enough yarn for fingerless mitts. Adding another 100 yards would have made the cowl ridiculously wide, so I decided some mitts or something might compliment it nicely.

In other news, I got the first batt of a 6 month personal subscription at fatcatknits. It’s great! Basically, I asked for a variety of batts, can be smooth or chunky and wild. So over the next 6 months we’ll see what cool things I get. This one is called Dreaming of Tomatoes. And, well, it seems that I am! I want to spin all the green things lately.

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Just a quick peek because I didn’t want to open the entire thing up when I am unlikely to get a chance to spin it immediately.

Happy Weekend friends! We have what looks to be a fairly quiet one, free of major obligations. And we are DELIGHTED!

 

Sneak Peek

I have been working in most of my spare time on the dipped infinity cowl out of Marja’s handspun. It’s almost done now!

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Here’s a quick sneak peek at the stitch pattern with the handspun yarn. Isn’t that stunning? I can’t wait to see it off the needles and blocked!

Step 1

Step 1 complete.

When I purchased my house, step one really was to remove and replace the carpet in the kitchen and dining room. I got sidetracked with summer outdoor work, then with the deteriorating shower walls. And that’s not a bad thing, because what we chose for flooring was so far away from what I had expected to choose, I apparently needed that time to think it all through.

Even once we started looking at flooring, it took us ages and ages to decide what material we would use, with so many decision changes in the midst of it all. Did we want laminate? Did we want tile? Maybe we wanted to go with something very old school like marmoleum? And each thing we discussed had draw backs. It had been suggested to use early on to consider vinyl tile, but I had it in my head that these looked cheap and awful.

But, in my head I was thinking cheap vinyl tile you see in rental properties. And that’s not ALL the vinyl tile out there, I was amazed to learn! We decided against marmoleum because it’s extremely expensive, against tile because it’s just plain cold and we didn’t want to go to the added expense to heat it, and against laminate because we just didn’t think it would hold up well enough in a kitchen with two entry ways from the outdoors.

This left us with luxury vinyl tile. Even then it took weeks to decide on a pattern. After looking at a lot of absolutely beautiful vinyl tile that looked exactly like regular tile, we ended up deciding that a stone look was just too formal for us.

We chose, instead, a vinyl tile that looked warm and casual and modern and makes my fiber artist heart happy. It’s a linen look, and it really works well in our quirky artsy home.

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In through the kitchen

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And a shot of the dining room.

This is so on target for the look we are going for, it matches nicely, will hide dirt well, and will hold up to the beating it gets with two entry ways and high traffic. It also will work very well with my dream cabinets that I may save up for. It works now, and it’ll work in the future.

We move the furniture back in tonight, so I’ll take a few more photos once everything is back in it’s place.

In Process

Our flooring is currently in process. I came home after work to a very excited flooring installer who told me he had been in my basement and put over 100 screws into the kitchen and dining room subfloor and that I was now 95% squeak free! “TRY IT!” He said. And I did, so me, the lead installer, and the second installer were all walking around my kitchen and dining room floor like goofballs trying to find stray squeaks in the floor.

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This was the point we were at last evening. Subfloor in, no squeaks, and pattern laid out so that we could see and approve it. It’ll be done when I get home today! We are so excited!

Home Renovations

Just a quick update from me. Mr. Ink and I took the carpet out of the kitchen and dining room today in anticipation of the flooring installers arriving this week. I always think it’s interesting to see what layers reside under what we can see in an older home. In our case, it was linoleum.

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The previous owners, when they build the home, chose two different colors of the same pattern in linoleum and then split the different rooms, kitchen and dining room, with an interesting, even darker, detail. It’s quite cool to discover! Stay tuned to see the redone floors in the future, we can’t wait to see them!

The removal of the carpet and pad went just as well as could be expected really. We started at 11:30 and were done by 2:30. Completely done, with the old carpet taken to the garage and all the clean up finished. And we even stopped for lunch in the middle of it all! The adhesive was old enough that the carpet pad didn’t stick to it at all, so it was just a matter of pulling everything out, pulling up the nail strips, and then removing all the staples from the carpet pad.

But, I then swept and vacuumed probably a gallon bucket worth of sand from under it all. This is a very sandy area, and it’s a good testament to why I think main traffic areas really shouldn’t have carpeting. There’s just no way to get all that dirt up once it makes it’s way through the carpet.

Ah well, that’s over now!