It’s been awhile

Ok. Owning a house is a lot of hard work. It’s work I want to be doing, no question. But it’s a lot of work. To some extent that left me feeling, last week, like I need to reevaluate my blog. After all, my crafting time is now spent gardening, cleaning, and cooking. And I am so very ok with that. But then I realized that my short bits of time crafting were still paying off after all.

Last evening Mr. Ink and I decided to just hang out. We made dinner and watched a movie on our new tv and just relaxed. I plied on my wheel. So pleasant.

End result?  180 yards of worsted weight chain plied merino yarn.

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The fiber was from The Dyeing Arts. I’d realized it had been quite some times since I’d made a chain ply, so I looked in my stash for the one thing I most wanted to preserve colors in, and this was it. I don’t think I’ve lost my touch!

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I am going to post some gardening updates as well, since all of the flowers coming in are so new to us, such a wonderful surprise. One of the biggest surprises in this house was the peonies. Just massive amounts of them along the second garage, and in the flower beds. So beautiful! I picked many many bouquets before they were done for.

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We’ve also got some roses! These are out front by the lamp post, and we ended up planting purple petunias around it. The contrast is absolutely lovely.

And lastly, Miss Bug spent the last week at Ranch Camp. She enjoyed it very much, and is headed back tomorrow for another week.

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All good stuff keeping us wildly busy and overwhelmingly happy! Enjoy the pictures!

 

Singles

I finished spinning singles on my spindles, both drop and support. Well, if we are honest, the drops weren’t all mine. I’ve got one, but Marja loaned me a bunch.

But, I finished 4 oz. of fiber and I wanted to ply it up asap.

Except, I realized that I also had singles on my wheel, and I really never feel like pulling a project off the wheel just to have to put it back on after plying.

So, I worked on those singles last evening.

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It’s gonna take me another evening to finish them up, but spinning progress is so satisfying!

The Final Howl

For now. I think it’s high time I get back to other types of knitting. In fact, I am beginning to welcome the idea of other types of knitting.

This third howl is again out of Marja’s handspun. The fiber is from Loop! and because of this, there’s a bit more of it. Enough so that I am not feeling like I must worry over each row.

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I admit it, I am hoping this one is going to be MINE. I am hoping I’ll look at it and think “YES, I do want to wear that!”

And I might even add additional embellishments to this one.

But first? First I’ll need to knit a few more rows.

So I Gather Completion

I finally finished the So I Gather shawlette out of Marja’s handspun singles. I think it’s fabulous!

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The colors are amazing and rich, the yarn has sparkle and depth, the gathers were a ton of fun. Absolutely a winning combination.

I knit on it until I was running out of yarn and couldn’t complete another repeat, so it’s a great use of handspun.

Upcoming, I have 3 Christmas stockings to make in short order, and then I can get back to my grandpa cardigan. The one I didn’t continue because of the yarn being too thin. I got new yarn, it has arrived, and I can get started as soon as my obligation knitting is complete.

Relaxing

Knowing that today would be a very full day, I decided to spend last evening relaxing. I had a few things that needed to be done, I had to work on my bike and wrap gifts for a party Bug went to today, but mostly I spent my evening plying.

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And, I finished my 2 ply fingering weight Sunshiny Day skein. The fiber was from Enchanted Knoll Farms, I bought it ages and ages ago.

I fractal plied this to mix those colors up really well, and that seems to have happened. It should be perfect for funky stripes in the funky grandpa cardigan.

Today was Global Fat Bike Day, and so Mr. Ink and I met up with the fat bike riders for a lap at one of my favorite trails. I always joke that while I don’t have a fat bike, I still ride fat. This is the second year in a row we’ve gone, and as usual it was a fabulous day. While I cannot keep up with the riders on their fat bikes, I enjoy seeing the bikes, and the camaraderie of winter riders gathering together for a bike ride. Tonight we’ve decided to see Box Trolls again in the cheap theater, since it was so enjoyable the first time around. I am excited to already know the plot and have the opportunity to really concentrate on the art instead.

I hope everyone else is having a fabulous weekend. Be it busy or relaxing, I hope the weekend is exactly what you were hoping for.

Well How Did That Happen?

I sat down at my spinning wheel last evening to work on my Enchanted Knoll Sunshiney Day fiber which I haven’t touched since mid November. I had just over half done, but by the end of the night I was plying! I couldn’t quite figure out how that happened.

This is a fractal spin, though the color changes still should be relatively long. I am hoping to pair it with some laceweight held double to make a Funky Grandpa cardigan.

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While I seem to have a desire to spin new and interesting things, I really felt strongly that I wanted to get this particular braid finished and in my stash so that if I had an overwhelming urge to cast on something new, all the pieces would be there.

However, I did recently cast on a new sweater, and it isn’t the Funky Grandpa. So, more on that tomorrow….

It’s almost over

I just had a nice long vacation. Today is the last day. It’s a bit sad, but I have the realization to hang on to that I’ll get another week off at the end of December.

As far as vacations go, this one was extremely productive. At the beginning of the week off I took loads of stuff to goodwill and half price books. On Saturday, Mr. Ink and I took two truck loads of crap that cannot be rehomed to the dump. The creepy basement has far less stuff in it, which makes organizing what is still there far easier. I did the organizing today.

I’ve still got a load of stuff to take to goodwill. Just one more load for now. But, what I am hoping is that my motivation does not wane, and I continue to purge and organize upstairs, starting with the kitchen. I think it can be done.

I’ve also had time to do fun stuff. I spent time with Miss Bug, hung out with Mr. Ink, and due to the extremely balmy weather yesterday, got to ride mountain bikes. I even had an opportunity to try out a fat bike, something I’ve hoped to try for a long while now.

As my regular readers are probably well aware, I’ve also got the bulk of the Christmas knitting done, and wrapped. Can you believe it? It feels great to be this ahead of schedule, though I suspect what with happen with being ahead of schedule is that I’ll add to the list rather than just be done with it.

Today I am trying to knock out the 5 itty bitty socks that need to be knit for Bug’s teachers. I have 4 done, I will finish a 5th, and then I need to do some for coworkers.

There’s also been some spinning, but not much. Last Saturday I went to our local guild show and picked up some lovely things. Perhaps the most lovely and decadent item I picked up was a package of rolags. I love love love spinning from rolags, and yellow is a color that always calls to me.

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I am spinning them on a support spindle, and these are the ones I may leave as singles and just immediately knit them off the spindle. I’ve never done such a thing before, but I think it could be an interesting experiment.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some itty bitty socks to show off! If I am not too bitter about going back to work…..

Crazy

I made crazy yarn, and didn’t end up wanting to knit with it.

So, I took that yarn and made it crazier, by plying it together.

And then I did want to knit with it. But, I couldn’t imagine ever wearing the colors. So, I decided that it goes nicely with the Christmas theme, I’d make a cowl for Bug, and she could wear the crazy colors.

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It’s just a simple stockinette stitch cowl, but I think she’ll enjoy it.

Don’t you love it when…

Don’t you love it when your vision of a project turns out to be less fantastic than the actual project?

I have had some of Marja’s singles in my stash, the handspun being of the inglenook variety. I think she was nervous about them being singles, but I was not, and the yarn was so beautiful that it wanted to be knit. I searched around for a bit for a pattern I thought would showcase the yarn itself, and landed on the So I Gather shawl. It’s a ruched pattern, and it seems quite wearable, so I gave it a try.

I worked on it most of the day yesterday, and I love how it is turning out. The singles look good, energetic but not too crazy. The large needles with the thin yarn give it all a light and airy quality. This one is going to be crazy warm once it’s complete.

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As with Inglenook handspuns, it is even more rich and luscious in person than my picture shows. But, I think you can see the depth of color pretty well.

I love this shawl so much so far that I intend to knit another out of my own handspun singles, which I am creating right now. I may even just knit right off the spindle for a new and interesting experiment.

Extra Special

I’ve got two more finished objects for Bug’s handknit Christmas, and each of them are extra special. In the sense that besides being hand knit, they’ve got an extra touch from someone else special in Bug’s life.

The first is her shroom hat, downsized to accommodate thinner yarn than the pattern calls for. Its extra special touch is the yarn itself, which was spun by Marja. It’s a wonderful purple and pink and blue toned yarn, and that’s a color combo Miss Bug truly appreciates.

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The second item is her tunic. I’ve been working on this for some time now, and it turned out fantastic. The pattern is Bulle, and I knit the largest size, and then added extra length since Miss Bug is quite tall. In addition to that, I messed up the yoke itself, so it doesn’t quite look like it is supposed to, and I was too lazy to do the pockets.

Its extra special touch is the buttons. They’ve been hanging around in my button stash for a few years now, because they were made by my mother, and I wanted an extra special project to put them on. This was the project.

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And now, I get to wrap a few more gifts to set under the tree. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I do hope you are enjoying it.

Gradient Vest

It’s finally complete!

So, awhile back I found a vest pattern at a new local yarn shop. I purchased the pattern, and was tempted to purchase the yarn. Then, I remembered that I had two loop bumps that I could spin for a nice long gradient, and I’d probably have enough for the vest.

So, I embarked on the long journey of spinning for a finished object. I was concerned about the yardage once I was done, especially since I added an additional repeat for my height. But, in the end, I had a bit left over, while still going through the entire gradient. I was quite pleased.

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It fits nicely and it’s interesting and cute. The pictures don’t really show the sparkle, but it’s in there. I love the way it drapes, and it’s quite comfortable to wear, so I will call it a win.

More Christmas ornaments tomorrow!

The Flaw in the Plan

I am taking a bit of a break from Julie’s clothing. I had a ran out of yarn situation, and I couldn’t bear to keep going once I ripped that pretty little shirt out. So, I decided to work on my gradient vest a bit more.

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I am no longer fearful I’ll run out of yarn, so that’s a relief. Both armholes are done, and now it’s just a matter of knitting the second front long enough to match the first front.

And then there’s the seaming. Which is where the flaw in the plan comes in. I failed to realize, as I was knitting along, that once I was done with a gradient piece, I would no longer have the appropriate yarn color to seam the shoulders. I’ve got one shoulder that’s orange toned, and the other shoulder that’s yellow toned, and by the time I am done I’ll be in green tones.

Lesson learned. If you are knitting a gradient garment, save some of the yarn color needed for the seams.

I am not sure what I’ll do about this issue. I’ve got some loop scraps in my bin, I could check them for color. Or, I could just use the green on both shoulders and hope for the best. At least the shoulders will match? I’ve no clue what I’ll do once I am done. But, I won’t make that mistake again, at least there’s that.

What do we call this?

I had 4 sets of rolags in my stash, you know the kind made on blending boards? 3 from dyeabolical, and the 4th from Spinmonkeys. There wasn’t enough for a full project in any of them. So, I decided to mix them up and combine them. The colors were….passably matching. Plenty of green tones, and a nice burgundy tone, with bits of purple and orange and mustard and sparkle thrown in for good measure.

I contemplated how I’d draw it all together, as I spun these rolags, mixing them all up. I figured there had to be a way to make them really match well, or at least blend appropriately. I contemplated different chain ply techniques, and then after consulting with a very talented spinner friend of mine, I decided to give chain plying 2 singles together a try.

I don’t know if there’s a name for that. Double chain ply? 6 ply chain ply? No clue. But what it created was far better than I imagined. Not only did all the colors blend beautifully, but the yarn is thick, super bulky, and extraordinarily rotund.

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I ended up with 140 yards of 6 ply, which was also more than I expected. I think I’ve got a hat in mind for this one. it certainly is hat season soon!

Handspun Stripes

Awhile back now, Marja was parting with some of her handspun. She just had to much, and as a non knitter, she was happy to send away some yarn that might get some love elsewhere. I put two skeins, one very bright, and the other more solid and dark, into my yarn stash. I contemplated what I would do with them for a long time. They just sat there next to each other, teasing me a bit, but I couldn’t think of anything.

Then, one afternoon, after waking up from a nap, I was looking at those two skeins of yarn, and I realized that what they really wanted was to be paired together. And I remembered that there was this great 1X1 rib scarf from way back when that I could do.

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So I did. I got started, because I needed “purse knitting.”  The stuff that doesn’t need a pattern. Even though my current obsession leans more toward the Tandem Adirondack shawls, I do pick this one up and put some time in on it daily. Not much, but enough to make it count.

Tandem

I have decided to work two shawls in tandem. I am working on the Adirondack shawl. The first yarn is Marja’s handspun gradient from inglenook batts. It’s gorgeous. In tandem to that, I am using some dyeabolical fiber handspun 2 ply I spun awhile back. It’s a fractal spin. So, I thought it might be fun to compare a fractal spin and a gradient spin on the same pattern.

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I am, at this point, a tiny bit ahead on Marja’s shawl, as I brought it to work today to catch it up, but then surpassed the place I was on my shawl.

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The other difference in the yarn is that Marja’s gradient is a 3 ply, and mine is a 2 ply. And, as is the case with yarn comparisons between the two of us, I’d say Marja’s yarn is denser, mine more light and airy. This leads me to believe that her shawl is going to hold up better to wear than mine will. I expect mine will probably pill and felt faster, while hers will look nice long term.

It’s been rather fun to have regular use of someone else’s handspun. Quite a treat!

December Baby

So many new babies surrounding me! I just finished up another cardigan for a little boy due to arrive in December. It’s double breasted, and has silk in the yarn for extra warmth.

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I ended up using orange buttons, which don’t show up properly in the picture. However, they are awfully cute. I’d thought about other cutesy buttons like crayons or tractors. But, it just felt like it was cheapening the spirit of the sweater. So, orange was bright and fun, but still classic.

I know there are more babies on their way, so I know there will be quite a bit more baby knitting in my future. However, I also don’t know the gender of those upcoming babies, so I am willing to wait.

I feel like I have so little to say about the sweater I finished that I need to post another picture. We’ve had this wonderful, unseasonable weather lately. Or rather, the entire spring and summer has resembled Seattle rather than the midwest, but now all of a sudden we have this pleasant 78-80F weather to enjoy. So, I sat outside yesterday on the porch and got some more spinning done. I’ve now moved into the darker orange on this loop bump. Only one color left to work through once the dark orange is done, and then massive amounts of plying.

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Not sure the picture is fabulous, it was getting dark!

Stay tuned for side by side handspun shawls, and a handspun scarf I’ve been working on….all to be discussed in the next few days.

Time

Weekends are such an odd thing. Maybe that’s just as an introvert. You must so carefully balance what you decide to do in order to gain enough downtime to survive the week. This weekend has been absolutely lovely, but it’s also been on the busy side. Both Friday and Saturday night Mr. Ink and I made lovely dinners together. Saturday morning was spent running various errands, because Saturday afternoon Mr. Ink wanted to take advantage of free museum day to take Bug to the museum she’s been hankering to go to, as well as a few others.

This all left such precious little time for downtime, that downtime was spent on errands. Cleaning the house, doing dishes, laundry, mowing lawn, yard work.

This morning, Bug’s dad picked her up for a running event. I decided that the best thing for me to do would be not going on the bike ride I’d planned to try. (I’ve been sick for more than 2 weeks, and wanted to try a gentle ride to see how my lungs handled it.) Instead, I got chores started, and then sat outside on the porch with some spinning and a podcast. I just desperately needed some gentle, quiet, alone time.

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This is the loop bump I am working on, and I’ve made it into the lighter orange. This one is spinning up so very nicely, it’s quite a pleasure to work on it regularly.

I also managed to start a few things, but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow when there’s a bit more to show for it.

 

Spinny News

I’ve done quite a bit of spinning over the past couple days, compared to what I’ve accomplished in these past few weeks. So, I think today is a great day to show some of that off. I started my second loop bump, the first one being done and set aside last week. This one seems to be spinning up very quickly, and very comfortably. I am pleased with the singles I am getting out of this one, though I have no idea why they would be any different than the singles I managed on the last bump. Tension? Who can say.

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I’ve also been doing a bit of support spinning, I am still working on my Themyscira superwash woool from Dyeabolical. I pick this one up, and then put it back down for long periods of time. However, at this point, it looks like I am actually making tangible progress. In part, the colors are so beautiful that I am not sure what I am going to do with the singles once they are complete, and, I am not sure I want to finish it, because then it will be over. Anyone else ever have this issue?

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And, in spinning news, I was a very lucky gal to snag a large destash of Wild Hare fiber. Big destash, extremely low price, completely irresistible. I’ve got braids of superwash wool, some of polwarth wool, and 3 of a very interesting combo, wool/flax. Some of this will head to the box for drum carding into batts with interesting additions. Some will be spun as is. I am very pleased with this purchase, and am excited over the stash infusion.

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And finally, I’ve got more of Marja’s yarn, and I am prepared to use it!

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This is a gradient yarn made out of inglenook batts that she made. She loves it, AS SHE SHOULD! and so I am knitting it into a shawlette. As is always the case, I am so excited to see how it looks. Also exciting? For once I didn’t forget to take a photo of it in the skein.

A Very Braidy Cowl

Yeah so, this was a fast and satisfying knit! This is, again, Marja’s fabulous yarn, knit into a Very Braidy Cowl, and it will be given as a gift to someone by Marja.

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This is a project that thrilled me from start to finish. The yarn is wonderful and soft and bouncy and round. The cables are fun, the colors are simply amazing, and the end product is beautiful and unusual and unique. I am thrilled with it. I do hope the recipient likes it too. And, the pattern is certainly one I’ll be knitting again at some point!

What Next?

I finished two projects yesterday. This leaves me with two rather active projects on the needles at the moment, and both of those are nearing their conclusion as well. This leaves me wondering what is next. And, quite honestly, it’s too busy right now to figure it out. So, I guess that question will be answered another day.

I finished the Trillian shawl last evening, and I love it! This is the same 3 ply handspun I used for my stripes gone crazy sweater. I had such an exceedingly large amount left over, and I loved the yarn so much, that I decided to knit with the remaining yarn immediately.

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The yarn thrilled me as stripes on my sweater, and it thrills me equally as a shawlette. It is beautiful and rich, it contains so many colors, and I’ve always loved a mustard yellow, which it is, predominately. I am so sorry to have now officially knit all my crown mountain farms superwash merino. It really was the dreamiest stuff to work with, and I am sorry there is no more available.

Recovering

Sadly, the past two days I’ve really still not felt well at all. I worked, because I had to, but my lungs are sincerely unhappy and I am exhausted. Bug went to her dad’s last evening, and I had a Friday night/Saturday morning combo to myself. I slept in, and then decided I’d do some plying on the wheel while drinking coffee on the porch. It’s been warm again recently, and since that’s not bound to last, it seemed important to soak it in.

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I plied the batt that Bug and her friend made. It’s a 2 ply laceweight, and I decided to work on it until it was done, I even skipped breakfast.

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I now have 195 yards of 2 ply laceweight, and the yarn is really fun. It’s a rusty color, with pops of silk in various bright colors. I think it will be quite interesting knit up.

And then? I went back to bed.

OMG GORGEOUS!

Ever cast on a project where the yarn is so wonderful and stunning that your reaction is just that of the title? I am having that experience right now.

I cast on the very braidy cowl out of Marja’s handspun. This is a knit item that will be going back to her so she can give it as a gift. But, as I knit with it, I just can’t stop looking at the stunning colors in the yarn, and the bouncy yarn paired with a bouncy, full pattern. It is JUST GORGEOUS!

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I am not sure the picture even remotely does it justice.

The Land of the Living

Mr. Ink has always instructed me not to knit for him. But, apparently he likes the knit washcloths, as that was snatched up quite quickly, and clearly greatly appreciated. I greatly appreciated the appearance of pizza at my house on a day I was too sick to worry about cooking, so we’ll call that a win.

Last evening I was finally feeling a bit better, and spinning was accomplished. I finished the loop bump I’ve been working on for ages, so now, when I become inspired again, I can start on the companion bump.

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I also did some supported spindle spinning. I’ve been working on the batt that Bug created with her friend on the drum carder. I took it, made it better, and began spinning it into a quite thin yarn on my hipstrings spindles. There’s just a bit left now, and since I am in between loop bumps, I could even get this one plied before starting on the next bump. That would be the most logical choice anyhow.

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We had a few funny moments in our house during my sickness. Bug absolutely insisted she should be staying home if I was staying home. This got annoying quite quickly, and eventually I had to firmly tell her she needed to go to school, no more argument. I think that because she’s used to me staying home with her, it only seems natural that she would stay home with me. But, this argument is not one I want to have 3 or 4 times in the morning before she leaves for school when I am feeling seriously under the weather. After the school day was done, she came home and informed me that I’d need to stay home from work another day, as I did not sound like I was in any shape to go to work. I said “Well, are you going to give me a hard time about staying home tomorrow morning like you did this morning?” Her answer was a shrug.

The next morning, she decided she should have her temperature taken, just in case. When this did not yield the hoped for results, she then began to get very sweet. “Would you like me to get you more coffee Mommy? Could I offer you some orange juice Mommy?”  I am not sure if this was apologetic, or if she hoped that her sweetness would make it more likely that I’d allow her to stay home. However, I happily sent her off to school anyhow.

I’ve made it through the day rather productively today, a little foggy brained, but well dosed up on OTC cough meds, with my inhaler as a trusted sidekick. I’ll just try to get some extra rest again this evening, and hopefully kick this out of my system in no time.

Scarf Weather

Today is scarf weather. Yesterday too. I’ve been enjoying dragging out the scarves and wearing them, especially since I’ve got new ones completed over the summer that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet. Tonight we head to an outdoor concert, which will be very long, and it will be in the low 50s all evening. I plan to wear handknits in order to stay warm.

I haven’t had much in the way of blog pictures, mostly because I am working on all the same things, and all they’d be is progress pictures. The one thing I’ve made reasonable progress on is the Heartwood Cape out of Marja’s handspun cabled yarn. It is looking amazing, and I am still loving the pattern and yarn combination. I’ve got about 14 inches in, and it asks me to knit to 20 inches. However, I suspect I’ll knit even farther than that, since it’s just such a lovely bit of business. I am tall, I can handle the extra length. Here’s another progress shot:

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The weekend in crafting.

I was happily knitting along on my trillian shawl until my elbow started to give me sharp stabbing pains. This is something that happens to me these days when trying to knit too much with small needles. Hence the lack of socks now. So, I decided to temper that stress on my body by casting on something new that required larger needles.

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This will become a cape, the type which I have tried on, loved the look of, but not yet knit.

The yarn has its own interesting story. It’s handspun, spun by Marja. There were two loop bumps and she thought it would be interesting to ply together, so they became a very large amount of 2 ply yarn. Unfortunately, once finished, the yarn was not satisfactory to her. So, I suggested she take that two ply and cable it. This would mix up the colors more. She ended up with 660 yards of worsted weight yarn, and this is yarn I absolutely fell in love with. It was soft and squishy and muted and interesting. I Had To Have It. I was promptly indulged, and I’ve had the great pleasure of knitting it up.

I can also show off the trillian shawl, it has come a long way even though I had to stop knitting on it this weekend.

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I still love the colors, they are fantastic together. And, the resulting shawl is going to be stunning. But, for now, the going will be slower.

And finally, I began spinning the batt the little girls made on Saturday morning. Before doing so, I added some additional color in the way of silk. More orange, some blue, and more yellow. The resulting batt is rather….bright. But, it’s also interesting and fun to spin. I started it on my hipstrings mistral, just in time for a new hipstrings mistral to arrive.

You see, I had purchased a zephyr, and it was just too heavy for my spinning style. I knew I was eventually going to destash it, but figured I’d try to get used to it first. However, I saw a mistral go up for destash, and the person destashing it mentioned that she was going to purchase a heavier hipstrings. So I offered mine up in trade. It worked out, I got a new spindle, got rid of the one that was too heavy, and, the person destashing the mistral threw in some rolags from her shop, which was a complete surprise to me. I’ll show you them later. But, you should check out her shop, since she’s got some lovely yarn and fiber, and she’s a lovely and considerate person.

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It really was a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I managed to get stuff done around the house that I’ve been putting off for ages, and that was wonderful. I hope you had an equally lovely weekend.

Stuff other than knitting

The crafting ADD has remained. I don’t really mind, a bunch of different projects are fun.

Last evening, Bug began her first ever sleep over. The little girl she invited over apparently has a grandmother who spins. This led to her knowing a great deal about wool and yarn, and gave her a big interest in learning more about my various craft tools.

I finished warping the loom this morning, and the girls wound bobbins for me. Then they decided they wanted to learn to use the drum carder. They created this batt:

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It is wool, alpaca, and silk. I might add some yellow to it, but otherwise, it’s a very nice job done by them. Good stuff!

I pulled another batt off the drum carder so they could use it. It’s CVM Romeldale that I washed and dyed the locks. I had a couple leftovers, so I added a deep forest green, an orangey red, and undyed grey. I didn’t think it would look very good, but it’s ok.

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Bug thinks that the deep green looks more blue in this context.

And, finally, there’s been more spinning.

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I’ve really only got one more color to work through, and I completely forgot to get a picture of the yellow that is in there. Ah well, next bump!

The weather is quite deliciously cool. I had told the girls last night that their ability to have another sleep over was directly linked to how much sleep I got last evening. I never heard them! And apparently they even came down and raided their cookie stash. I blame the wonderful weather, sleeping with the window open, and some white noise. They then slept in until almost 10, so clearly they had a great time.

 

Crafting ADD

This is one of those mornings where nothing is quite able to scratch the crafting itch. I did a little knitting, I did a little spinning, I started to warp the loom, I cleaned up a crafting corner and did some organizing, I wound some yarn. It might just be one of those days where I wander back and forth between projects, never feeling like I am getting far with one in particular.

My desire these days has certainly been to knit from stash. It’s been entirely effective, an entire sweater knit with laceweight yarn I had in my stash since 2007, which I was unlikely to ever use. At one point, I was REALLY into lace knitting, and now I really don’t have or take the time for it. So, I raided my stash again, looking for more laceweight yarn I could use for a garment. Unfortunately, for what I was looking for, I did not have enough of any one color. So, I decided to combine two colors this time.

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I did begin my Trillian shawl yesterday. Thankfully, it’s a bit of a mindless knit, while still holding my interest. It’s fun to see how this yarn looks when it is not a stripe on a sweater. To me, it looks a bit like a sunset in nature at the moment. I think I am going to enjoy the look of this one very much.

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That’s all from me at the moment, I have no clue what the rest of the weekend will bring from a craft perspective. I’ll be as surprised as you are!

Circles

Knitting wise, I am still going around in circles. Progress has been made, but showing you another picture of stockinette sounds like no fun for either of us. But last night, I went around in circles a different way. I did some spinning. I managed to make it all the way through the green and into the yellow on the loop bump I am currently working on.

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I also fixed my drum carder last evening, in anticipation of cooler weather and hopefully the desire to card up some of my various fun colors. I’ve got a batt that needs to be finished, and then I need to pull out all my colors and fibers and just have at it!

At Long Last!

Actually, it really didn’t take that long at all. Less than a month. Less than a month to knit a sweater in fingering weight yarn, in a nice large size. I’d say I was completely obsessed with this one.

And the end result is completely satisfying. It’s beautiful, and interesting. It blocked nicely, and it is lightweight. A sweater I can see myself wearing very regularly this fall.

I ended up using very plain blue buttons, mostly because that’s what I could find that I felt matched the best.

I learned two new techniques for this sweater. German short rows, and contiguous sleeves. The german short rows are fabulous. Easy to do, and they look great in a knit. Plus, they are faster than wrapping and turning. The contiguous sleeves fit like a dream. So, both techniques were a smashing success.

I am not really sure what else to say about this one. Stripes Gone Crazy, knit with knitpicks laceweight held double as the main color, and my own handspun 3 ply as the contrast color. Here it is!

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Blocking….

Guess what is blocking on the floor right now?!?!?! Yep, I am ridiculously excited to note that my Stripes Gone Crazy sweater is complete and blocking. I finished it late Saturday evening. I admit, it was a little big goofy looking and bulgy, and I did worry that it wouldn’t block out nicely. The pattern warned about this, and thankfully, just as it stated, it blocks quite nicely. So, now I am forced to go shopping for buttons. I can’t decide, blue or yellow buttons, or both!

I had a ton of the handspun yarn left over. I think that’s good, since I absolutely love the yarn. I decided to send it through a yarn counter to see how much was left, and it’s about 470 yards. Enough for another Lintilla Shawlette! Yes, I am absolutely considering knitting another.

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I needed another project to work on while the sweater was blocking. I’ve got some Rowan cotton in my stash, and it’s been there for years. Bug absolutely loves her ruched yoke tee, but it’s getting a bit short. So, I decided to make her another in the 12 yr old size. I started it while she was with her dad. We then picked her up and took her swimming at a local state park, since the day was ridiculously hot and humid. I’d popped my knitting and the magazine the pattern was in into my bag. When we were taking a break, I pulled out the magazine and asked her if she remembered the pattern. The following conversation happened:

Bug: Yes, I remember that one. I want another!

Me: That’s good, because I just started knitting you another.

Bug: I hope it’s blue!

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I then showed her the project, and she cheered. Now that’s a way to make a knitting mamma happy!