Hi all, I am back again today with another finished object, who would have known?
I started this one row scarf ages ago, it’s Miss Marja’s handspun and it’s a pretty bulky yarn. You would think it would be a very quick project, maybe a week or two worth of work. And yet, I started it at the beginning of February and only just finished last weekend.
Because it sat at work, and I didn’t knit on it more than a few rows here and there. There was a point at which I realized that I was close to finishing, and that was the point I brought it home and finished within an evening.
Anyhow, that’s that, I don’t have much more to say about this squishy scarf that took me far too long to knit!
I began a cozy corner shawl at the beginning of March, and it’s really been my only lives at home knitting project for the entire 3 months that it took to knit it. It is done!
This is all handspun yarn, the gray that I used as the main color was spun from a fleece I processed myself. I can say, one thing about fleece processing is that it always gave me loads and loads of yarn even though it took ages to create! It’s tempting to do another fleece some time in the future. It has been MANY Years!
The colors are from yarn Miss Marja spun and gave to me. I ended up using two of her projects in this piece. And I didn’t even finish the pattern, I ended up finishing early because I didn’t have any more appropriate handspun colored pieces to use. The shawl is immense anyhow!
This was a pleasant, easy, fun knit. I did enjoy it quite a lot! I just kind of threw in colors as I saw fit with very little rhyme or reason. If I had to do it all over again, I might just do a solid colored icord edge instead of striping the icord bind off. I would knit it again though, simply because it was fairly simple and comfortable to create.
It is consistently amazing even after all these years just how much garter stitch grows when soaked and blocked. This shawl ended up being so large once complete!
In the end, a large project knit over the span of 3 months now complete. And the hard part becomes what to knit next!
Before we got our most recent foster dog, I had been doing a fair amount of spinning. As seems to be often the case, as soon as we have a foster dog, I stop doing all crafts and just manage the foster dog. She’s still with us, as she’s being treated for heartworms, but I did manage to get some time to skein, wash, dry, and count yardage on something I spun prior to her arrival.
Already I have forgotten where the fiber came from, but I created laceweight singles on my wheel.
The green and brown colors are quite pretty and I do enjoy singles. I have 600 yards this time. Into the stash it goes, until I can find a project I want to knit with it.
Our foster dog went to her new home on Tuesday evening, the fun spunky gal gets two kids, ages 9 and 13, to play with and a cute little fenced yard with a friendly neighbor dog. It’s a great situation for her and she’s already quite happy there. And naturally, that leaves me slightly more time on my hands for a blog post. I have come to the realization that when we have a foster dog, even an easy one, I just do not have the extra time and energy that it takes to compose a blog post.
But, over the last few weeks I’ve been spinning. And in fact, I finished this particular yarn before our foster dog arrived. I pushed to finish it so I could put my wheel away. I try to keep my wheels out of access with foster dogs because they are often naughty! I spun the singles on my support spindles and then created a 3 ply yarn. I’ve got about725 yards of this one.
It’s a lighter pastel yarn because it is from locks I carded and then dyed with easter egg dyes a bit over a year ago. I am glad to have it completed! The rolags were taking up a lot of space in my storage. They certainly take up less space as yarn, but it’s still a pretty large and bouncy skein.
When I last wrote, we’d just placed our 7th foster dog in the home of Miss Butterfly’s father. The very next day we left on a road trip. We drove to PA to visit my parents, both of whom are vaccinated. (I am also vaccinated.) We spent 4 days with them, then turned around and drove one of my parents’ cars back, as they had so kindly given it to Miss Butterfly. Fury dog went with us and really enjoyed the trip. We did too! It was good to be able to travel safely and see my parents as it was going on two years since I saw them last.
Upon our return, our state opened vaccinations for ages 16 and up, so the rest of my family promptly got vaccinated and we are so joyful to report that in a few weeks, after dose 2, we’ll be a fully vaccinated family!
We’ve been waiting on our next foster dog who arrives this evening so there will likely be some photo opportunities and a blog post about that. Foster dog time is always a busy time, and this little gal is younger than we usually choose so I know we’ll be extra busy. But I look forward to the chaos a foster brings. I am hoping we will find her a perfect home as soon as possible!
I have not been knitting at all really, but I have done a fair amount of spinning. A project I’ve worked on for months now is some singles on my support spindles from fiber Miss Marja created for me. I finally finished the singles and got the yarn plied. I did a 2 ply laceweight yarn and I ended up with over 1500 yards of yarn!
The skein is massive and the color absolutely gorgeous. It’ll just go into stash until I begin to knit again.
In my other spare time, I’ve been trying to gather the items we will need for a white water rafting wilderness trip this summer. Since camping far away from our car and civilization isn’t something we do very often, there are a few items we need to pick up to bring along. The trip is months off still, but there’s nothing that would stress me more than trying to find those items in the correct sizes at the very last minute.
So, that’s a bit of an update from us, how are you doing? How is the vaccine roll out in your state? It’ll be a beautiful day when we finally are able to get this pandemic set behind us.
I’ve been working on a new project, the Cozy Corner shawl. I decided that since the one project in particular that I really was inspired to knit last year was a Stephen West project, I should take a look at what else I could knit out of his pattern library. Cozy Corner really struck me as one that would hold my attention.
I am using a natural grey handspun yarn I made out of a fleece I processed paired with handspun that Miss Marja created (so far.) I am just kind of adding in color as I see fit, not being particular about color placement and just kind of knitting until I run out of a particular color. If I run out of the colorful yarns I am sure I’ll have others in my stash I can bring in.
It does indeed hold my attention so I am glad I chose it. And it is possible I already know what my next project will be as well, I am appreciating the botanique stole and if I can find appropriate handspun yarns in my stash, I think I’ll knit it.
Our foster dog did indeed find her home, she will be going there permanently on Tuesday evening. In the meantime we are really enjoying having her, mostly because she’s just such an easy dog. In other dog news, our Fury dog has been in advanced flyball class and today she ran the full course a few times, I was so impressed!
That’s it from here, it’s been a very busy weekend but also pretty lovely since the weather is pleasant!
I finished up my striped baktus scarf recently. I actually think if I make this again I’ll elongate it instead of making it this much of a triangle. And I probably will make this again, it’s a pleasant knit.
I used handspun yarn for this, grey and yellow, but the grey had some yellow in it. So while it’s striped, the striping is a little bit vague in certain areas. I kind of love that! I ran out of grey yarn, so one end fully yellow but I don’t think it’s too noticeable.
In other news, our new foster dog arrived.
She has winged eyeliner! She’s super cute and sweet and absolutely the most laid back dog we’ve ever fostered. She’s too easy. Fully potty trained with absolutely no adjustment accidents, loves to chill and nap, is not a morning dog and would prefer to stay warm and cozy in bed, just super easy all the way around. She is finishing up her last few days of kennel rest from heartworm treatment and I haven’t had to kennel her since she’s perfectly happy to laze around the house without the kennel. Naturally, because she’s so easy, she’ll be meeting her potential new home less than a week after she arrived to us.
This went so fast that it may be quite some time before we get another foster dog! I imagined having her through the bulk of March and then getting the next in April, but she’ll likely be gone so fast that we’ll have a pretty long break between fosters this time. That’s ok, a quick turn around means she gets to land in her forever home as fast as possible and that’s a good thing!
That’s all for today, but I do have a new project on the needles I should try to get posted shortly!
Since I managed to clear my queue for finished knitted objects, I had to cast on something new. I ended up going with a good ol’ baktus scarf. Striped. I forgot how easy and pleasant it is to knit these. I notice that the pattern is no longer available, but I know the pattern by heart. Or at least I think I do!
In this case I chose two handspun yarns to go with a “striped” scarf. These two skeins were from the same fiber source. One was yellow and the other grey with some yellow. So the striping becomes a little bit vague at times. But I really like the effect!
It’s kind of an interesting shaded look that is very pretty. It’s also knitting up very quickly and I’ll have to figure out what to next knit after this! Potentially another one or two of these. It’s too easy!
Now that I am back to starting new projects I have taken a photo of a project that has actually been in progress for a little while.
The fiber spun into singles on these spindles is one which Miss Marja made for me and gave me at the end of last year. It’s very beautiful and she made it on her blending boards! While I haven’t been doing much spinning at all, I have been plugging away at this project and truly enjoying it. I’ll be making this into a 2 ply laceweight yarn, but no clue what I’ll do with it after. It should have loads of yardage though!
In order to ply it I will likely have to finish a project on my wheel that I started ages ago. It’s a very pretty brown and green single project but I tend to not bring out my wheel when we have foster dogs, and we have foster dogs more often than not these days! So, ultimately I am not sure when this project will be completed but for now it’s satisfying to plug away at the spinning of the singles.
I have yet another finished object! I really appreciate having made the time to finish up three projects in the past few weeks instead of casting on new things and letting these languish.
This one is Scottish Stripes. I’ve knit it before. This time was the same experience. Basically, I’ll get about halfway through and then just lose all interest. Then eventually I find I can pick it up again and finish. Honestly though, the lost interest part is severe and I hope I never choose to knit this again.
All that aside, the finished object is really truly amazing, particularly with handspun yarn! This one is out of Miss Marja’s handspun and it goes to her once it is finished. More than a year ago now I agreed to knit this out of her yarn for her. I bet she doesn’t even remember now! I was really looking forward to knitting it and passing it off to her, but the space in between losing interest and picking it back up was extremely long. It resided in a work drawer without being touched from before covid hit last year until just the past few weeks.
And that’s it! I don’t have any more long term unfinished but close to finished objects that need finishing, so I am back to choosing new items to cast on.
I started this project back in September but set it aside for various other projects over the months. I knew I wasn’t far from being done, so I recently decided to pick this back up and finish it.
I used 3 different handspun yarns. The green and the pink are my handspun and the white is Miss Marja’s handspun.
I had really been trying to use up ALL the yarn, so I knit and knit and knit and then it became apparent that my scarf would be way too long to even wear if I kept it up. So instead, I cut back and ended up with a much too long scarf, and I don’t mind much to long. I would mind unwearable.
I was really taken with all the different textures and colors in the scarf pattern which is truly what pushed me to knit it. I love combining textures and patterns and it really does help keep interest in a large scarf.
This mosaic knitting was probably my favorite part to knit, though I am not sure it’s my favorite part of the scarf overall.
The raindrops pattern looks so nice blocked out even though it really felt while knitting that these would look silly finished. I am glad I knit them anyhow!
Seeing the soft colors added in to the white yarn was really fun and gave the whole thing added interest. Tiny pops of purple, yellow, blue, I just love the way handspun knits up!
I probably wouldn’t knit this pattern again necessarily but I am glad I knit it. It was a very large project and rather intense, but kept my interest and was also quite satisfying. Turns out that blocking it was the true challenge! This has been sitting around waiting for photographs for a few weeks, so I am eager to finally wear it next week when I head in to the office in the extreme cold.
I test knit a pair of night mitts for Rachel at Dyeabolical in early December and after they were done, I immediately cast on for another pair. It was a really fun pattern and I loved the end result!
But as many other projects go, I got partway through the first mitten then put it down to make all the pretty little christmas ornaments. I didn’t pick it back up until a few weeks ago. I’ve been on a bit of a kick to finish up a couple of projects that were languishing before casting on something new.
Once I did pick it up, I started to have a few problems. I tend to knit on two circular needles for these types of projects. The first needle broke. No big deal! I went back into my stash and found another needle of the same size and started using it. The next day a second needle broke. That left me with only 1 needle where I needed two. In my whole stash! Which is surprising because I used to have scads and scads of needles of all the same size. But I bought most of them between 2006 and 2009 so I think they’ve just all outlived their lifespan pretty much all at the same time.
Naturally, completing the mittens took yet another pause as I worked out the new needle situation. I ended up purchasing a few new needle sets. The first one to come in showed up defective. So it had to be returned, setting me back even longer.
But I am now pleased to say that I have a few more needle sets to replenish the ones that have bit the dust over the years. And, I also have a new pair of mittens!
These were knit with some handspun yarn from Miss Marja. I really enjoyed the yarn and was pleased to be able to get two pairs of mittens out of one skein. I gave the other pair to Marja, so this pair I get to use myself. Just in time too, it’s awfully cold here in the midwest!
Guess who got good sleep last night? This girl! Little foster nugget did not whine in her kennel at all last night so she’s really catching on to the routine. She also went for her third walk last evening, and she actually enjoyed herself. She had a moment or two here and there where she was concerned, but by and large had a great time. Progress is being made, including so much progress that she’s getting nice and naughty around the house. This is exactly the type of progress we want to see out of a timid dog, it means she’s blossoming right before our eyes.
The other good news is that she has a potential home, she will meet her potential family on Saturday. We will have her through the end of the year no matter what, but it will be good to get her home settled and know where she is going once she’s done with all her vetting.
As for the advent stuff, let’s start with the christmas ornament. My goal with this project is to have only spent money on the pattern. From the start, I had intended only to knit from stash yarn and stuff with stash wool. So far so good! However, I am running out of lighter colored yarns for contrast. So for this christmas ball I used a handspun yarn. It’s mostly natural colored with a few bits of a light brown thrown in. You can see that in the ornament itself.
It works just fine, and there’s something pretty about the addition of silk in the handspun that is adding some places with extra shine. I really enjoyed using the handspun on this one.
I am actually falling behind on knitting these. Initially I was keeping a few balls ahead each day so that I could get them blocked and then a decent photograph taken. But, this morning before work I had to put the kettle on and boil some water so I could steam block this one before work. The photo is dark, but it is still evocative of the christmas spirit. I actually love those dark december days leading up to winter solstice.
As for my makeup advent, this morning I opened my too faced natural face palette. This one tends to be a little on the darker side and I typically only wear it in the summer. Receiving it in the winter felt like a bit of a stretch! But at the same time, I think I made it work just fine. I used a blush, a bronzer, and a highlighter out of this.
And that’s it, that’s day 18 as a wrap. Looking forward to a weekend!
Here’s the thing. I am doing a lot of knitting right now. Quite frankly, we are in quarantine after my daughter tested covid positive. Don’t worry-none of us are particularly ill. I still don’t know if I even have it, and Mr. Ink has been the sickest but we don’t have his test results either. We are the classic case of thinking “are we or aren’t we, no couldn’t be, better get tested anyhow” and then being extremely surprised when Miss Butterfly tested positive.
I’ve got a little extra time on my hands. Our foster got adopted about 2 weeks ago. Right before that, Rose, our coonhound, somehow managed to tear open a hole in the side of her body needing stitches. So, all our many weekly dog park trips came to a sudden halt. Giving me more time. Then the day Rose was to get her stitches out, we found out at Miss Butterfly tested positive, so in the end, we had to take Rose’s stitches out ourselves, because we couldn’t go to the vet. So we also can’t go to the dog park, leaving us, again, with loads of extra time on our hands.
I’ve continued knitting. After yesterday’s big reveal I felt the need for a palate cleanser. Thick yarn, easy pattern. 1×1 rib seemed perfect. And, I had a skein of Miss Marja’s handspun that would precisely do the trick.
This resulted in a very fast and very pretty squishy scarf. As soon as that was done, I was on to my next project, which is a post for another day.
Since I’ve been generally uninspired about a lot of knitting/crafting lately, I’ve been trying to fill my time with other creative pursuits when possible. Meaning that even though I know many of those creative pursuits won’t stick the way knitting and spinning did, doing them makes me feel more creative and probably works my brain in a way that is healthy.
This weekend I had a woad dyeing class at our local botanical gardens. Woad is like a lighter version of indigo, grown in Europe, and while it doesn’t get as rich and deep a blue, it does get a nice denim blue.
We learned to make a vat of woad dye and we were given a hemp apron to dye. We were then shown a few shibori dyeing techniques and allowed to go to town on our apron.
Here’s what my apron looked like before the first dip in the dye bath:
I used clothes pins, tongue depressors, chopsticks, and rubber bands to create my negative space. I went in quite aggressively with my negative space as our instructor told us that more is better.
And here’s what I ended up with!
This is currently in it’s unwashed state, and the white may get brighter once I wash it.
We were also given the opportunity to bring something we’d like to add to the dye vat, and so I brought some white handspun I’d created years ago. It’s a 2 ply laceweight yarn out of a corriedale fleece I processed.
This also turned out so beautifully! The skein is also in a prewashed state so it may fade down a bit, but honestly, I will probably knit it up like this and then wash it before blocking.
There were only 3 attendees in this class due to the pandemic. I have to say, being willing to take some classes during this time frame has been nice, each class I’ve taken gets more individual attention than any of these classes might get otherwise.
But, the other thing I am noticing is that I haven’t got the passion I used to have for fiber arts in general, and that’s a bit odd for me. The other attendees were quite passionate about dyeing and natural dyeing and fiber arts in general and wanted to talk about what wheel I have and what kind of fleece I used and so on but I just wanted to create this new thing I’d never done before, without getting into the weeds about my other hobbies. But I recognized myself in them, I was them, wanting to hear all the details and discuss different wheels and so on. I just have lost my passion for it right now, and that’s strange, disappointing, and leaving me a bit bereft, what am I if not someone who works with yarn in some way?
Maybe I still am, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it right now. While I have had, previously, times in which I feel like I lose mojo for a bit, this one is so much more pronounced. I know I keep complaining about it, but it’s just so odd!
The class was fun. I’ll not be taking up natural dyeing. This was not my new passion. Maybe I’ll take the basket weaving class next.
It’s been nice to get a little knitting mojo back after such a long break. First it was video games, then it was just having so much to do in the evenings after work, interfering with knitting. Things are slowly calming down a bit and progress is being made.
For my Festival of Stitches shawl, I have now worked through “clue 3” which takes us to the mosaic stitches on both sides of the shawl. I like how the pattern is written, with one side having the green color as the background color and the other side having the pink color as the background color.
As you can see at the top on the right hand side I have also begun clue 4. This clue is a cable clue, and while it was written to be done in the pink color, I have chosen to knit it in the green since the pink color isn’t likely to cable all that well. The handspun is just enough thinner to make it not ideal for a cable clue. I don’t think that changing the color will change the overall effect of the colors in the shawl, and I’ve plenty of yarn. This pattern is particularly good at indicating how much yarn to use of each color during a clue so it gives me confidence that I can continue knitting in the colors I prefer.
I am still enjoying this project and even though I haven’t had much in the way of finished objects this year, I think I may get a nice amount of use out of this one once it is complete.
Just some updates with what is going on around here. First and foremost, our lovely foster dog, who was with us for more than 2 months, found her forever home!
We will absolutely miss her cute face and antics. We will NOT miss having what is, technically, a puppy around the house. While she was over a year old, pregnancy happened while she was still a puppy, and that plus mothering kept her from continuing on as a puppy like she should have. So she picked up where she left off in our home. Her new family will love growing with her and I am so glad she found her place.
Miss Butterfly, who had been begging for a foster dog break prior to our foster dog finding her home, immediately decided she wanted a new foster once she was gone. While that’s not how it works, we did end up saying we’d babysit another foster, so this little guy is with us at the moment.
He’s not really afraid, he makes himself at home in any situation. He’s not a puppy. And he likes Mr. Ink, something our previous foster never could manage to do. So, we are pretty pleased with our short time with him.
I’ve been doing some knitting again. Still working on the festival of stitches I showed off last time I posted about knitting. It’s come a good way since then! I am really enjoying the progress.
Mr. Ink has a week of vacation this week, and while I am trying to get at least one day off, work is busy enough that it may not happen. It’s fascinating to me that despite a pandemic, things are moving along so quickly at work that I cannot afford to take time off. Crazy!
I did manage to find a new project that I could get inspired about. I had seen a finished Festival of Stitches stole on instagram and decided that was one I could really get interested in.
I immediately chose three handspun yarns that would work for the stole and began winding them. And there they sat for at least a month while I went through my no knitting period.
Then when I started knitting again, I acted like I couldn’t read a pattern and had to restart the project at least 4 times. I don’t know what my major malfunction was but there was certainly a brain block I needed to get through.
I am on my way now and have knit the center triangle.
I am not sure I ever expected to knit baubles voluntarily but I really do like the look of them in there. Now I get to begin the next section.
I’ll tell you what, I mentioned in a recent update post that I haven’t really been knitting lately, and that is certainly the case. However, I did have a project on the needles for a time and I finally finished it.
It’s another Nighshift shawl, once done with the first colorful one I was inspired to knit another since I had the yarn for it. That being said, I kind of ended up going on a tangent in regard to the color transitions. I planned them out how they’d best work for the yarn I had rather than what the pattern called for.
This one was far more pink and purple toned than the previous one, and I planned it that way. I again truly enjoyed knitting this and also very much enjoyed using all my leftover handspun yarns for it. And now I have nothing on my needles at home and haven’t had for about a week. At work I’ve got a project but I haven’t worked on it since at least March. It may be some time before I manage to post another craft related photo. And for me, that’s a little odd.
It’s been some time since I’ve done any sort of update that wasn’t makeup or project pan related. And the reality is that this has everything to do with not crafting much at all. There are full weeks that go by without any knitting or spinning done at all. Many days are just busy, but I am also playing a lot of a video game instead as well. It’s kind of funny because back when I started knitting obsessively, I had decided to stop playing video games because at the end of the day I didn’t have anything to show for it. At least, in my mind, my creativity with knitting had a tangible object at the end of it. And so it’s been for 14 solid years. If it wasn’t knitting, it was spinning, processing fleece, dyeing yarn and fiber, sometimes even weaving, but always with the tangible item at the end.
The reality is that I am often overloaded with tangible items. They go to charity fundraisers and family and friends and still I have more tangible items than I need.
I have found that the current state of the world means that I just don’t have the energy to even think of what I might knit next. My brain is fried and even trying to find a pattern or read it or even download it is too much. So, I am back to video games and quite frankly, I could not care less about having a tangible item at the end.
In any case, today I do have a tangible item. Back at easter time I dyed some grey locks from a fleece I had processed with leftover easter egg dye. I didn’t do a fantastic job really, many of the locks were really muted in the end and I really would have done well to heat them higher with a longer period of soaking. But, at the same time, I had a cousin over and we were getting ready to go to the dog park and I really didn’t care.
I began flick carding those locks pretty soon after I dyed them but the project has sat in my living room unfinished ever since.
This morning we got a break in the heat. I am extremely sick of looking at that project unfinished in my living room. So, I sat outside and worked on it:
Oh yes, while outside I was also blocking a project I finally finished, more to come on that once it’s dry!
Out with me is our current foster dog. Poor gal is about a week into her forced kennel rest after heartworm treatment and she’s pretty miserable. There’s a ton o f whining and crying and not much at all of fun for her. She finds that even in the kennel she wants to be where the people and dogs are. We’d let her rest on the couch without the kennel as we did with our previous foster, but she doesn’t know the word rest outside the kennel. She’s young and extremely active and we can’t risk complications by letting her roam free and play. So we are all a little miserable during this time. Her bored and us sick of the whining and crying. In fact, the whole family is ready for a bit of a foster break after this darling finds her new home next month. Anyhow, point being, we just brought her entire kennel out to the patio so she could have a change of scenery while I worked on my project.
We did this last night while cooking too, just brought the entire kennel to the dining room so she could watch us cook. This little darling is a fantastic dog, active and fun and playful. Which means that it’s all the harder for her to be calm and makes me feel all the more guilty for forcing it even though it’s what is best for her.
In any case, I did finish the project! So I grabbed a shot of all my rolags from the project together.
Do I have any clue what these will be and how I will spin them and when? Nope, I do not. But, they can go back in the craft room and no longer live half done in my living room after 5 months of hanging out there and me working around them or trying to ignore them.
That’s it for today. It’s end of the month so it’ll be a fresh lot of makeup and project pan related posts shortly but somewhere in there I’ll also be able to post one precious finished object which feels like it’ll be the last for a long time. But who knows, perhaps my whims will switch again.
I took a much needed 2 weeks off. Most of that time was spent at home, obviously, with Miss Butterfly. Mr. Ink also took time off to be at home for part of my two weeks. I had projects around the house I felt I wanted to get done, but in the end, I didn’t do many of them.
The reality is that I really needed that reset of my brain and my work attitude. And it worked! I am no longer stuck in the loop of checking my email while I am at home and worrying a lot about work items that aren’t mine to worry about on off hours.
I have a few blog posts planned, and I had this finished object to photograph, but just couldn’t be bothered to get to it. I finished this likely about a month ago actually.
It’s really lovely! It’s a combo of handspun that I made, the grey tones, and handspun that Miss Marja made, the colored yarn. I believe the two yarns really look perfect together, and I am glad I made the choice.
Today was supposed to be a post of my pan those eyeshadows roulette update, but I just didn’t get photos in a timely manner. Returning to work this week has been exhausting. Hopefully I can get that post up soon though as I am still going strong on my project and still enjoying it quite a bit.
That’s the quick update from me today, hope everyone is having a decent week.
When I finished up my nightshift shawl, I wasn’t in the mood to go hunt down a proper pattern and yarn combo. So, I used a couple things that were already wound up and sitting near my living room chair. One was a chain ply yarn that Miss Marja made, and the other was a 3 ply yarn I made out of fleece I processed myself.
I decided on the simplest of the simple scarves, and just did a 1×1 rib knit alternating the yarn colors. It’s always a hit.
I’d say it’s coming along quite nicely and I definitely appreciate the pairing of the grey with the greens and purples. I am approaching the halfway point, according to the amount of Marja’s handspun I have available for it. I had 2 balls of yarn and I am almost done with the first.
At some point, I’ll need to take a closer look at my stash and my patterns to see what I want to knit next, but this will definitely do for now.
I’ve been following a lot of folks who have made the nighshift shawl and I’ve always enjoyed how they turned out. I finally decided instead of just following and drooling over finished objects, it’s time for me to knit one of my own.
I did not end up following along with the proper color sequence. Instead, I decided to use a bunch of handpsun yarn I had, most of which had 100 yards or less per color.
It turned out bright and cheery and scrappy. I enjoyed it so much that I have another shawl’s worth of handspun already wound up and waiting for me to start one with predominately pink and purple tones. I doubt I’ll start it today, but likely at some point this week.
In other types of news, I really enjoy blocking a shawl in the summer. Once soaked, I can often set it out in the sun and it’s done drying in no time since the heat is so high here!
We were looking forward to our next foster dog, a blue-eyed gal that I’d already fallen hard for. But, alas, her mental health just isn’t what it needs to be to come to us and get adopted out. I am thankful for the rescue she’s currently at being honest about the situation and not putting us and our dogs in danger. I hope for the best for her. Sometimes rescue is sad.
But, our rescue, knowing how much we were looking forward to our next foster dog, hooked us up with a mamma dog that needs placement. Her puppies are also coming to our rescue and will go to a different foster home. So, we again get to look forward to fostering and are hoping that an arrangement can be made for our foster dog to be here soon!
I am still knitting, though I had been dividing my time between two different projects so progress looked slower. Now that I think about it, the second project never even made it to an in progress photo and blog post. It is close enough to being done now that I will just wait until I have another finished object to post.
But, I did show off my striped bias shawl made out of laceweight silk and a leftover ball of gorgeous handspun I had in stash. Now it’s complete.
This is a strong “will knit again” project. I like the drape of it, I like the pops of color in the handspun, the knitting of it was very pleasant, and it’s soft and going to feel fantastic around my neck in the winter. And in fact, I do have enough of the laceweight yarn to pair it with another handspun ball of leftovers.
Here’s a finished object I quite enjoyed knitting in the most mindless of ways.
This is the Strider scarf and boy did it turn out beautifully! The yarn is Miss Marja’s handspun. I was 2/3 of the way through when Rosie dog got hold of the ball of yarn and ripped it up pretty good. I was able to untangle enough to finish the scarf properly without too much loss. It’s still a nice beefy scarf. But, I would have appreciated having all the yarn to devote to it of course.
This is most certainly on my list of items to knit again. Absolutely.
So, I finished up the flatten the curve scarf over the weekend and realized I hadn’t shown the other project I’ve been working on. The pattern is called Strider, and it’s a very simple modular scarf/shawl. I am, again, using Marja’s handspun from my stash. This one is a nice deep green gradient. The long rows of this knit show off that color beautifully.
The rows are long, the increases are simple, and it’s all garter stitch. I should be bored. I am not.
I decided to use some of Miss Marja’s lovely handspun to knit a flatten the curve scarf. Sadly, I did not read the pattern correctly and missed some of the garter ridges. But, it’s still a pretty scarf.
Half of it is knit flat and the other half on the bias, which is pretty clever, I think. That being said, this really needs a garter border down the length of the side, as the edges on the flat side want to curl in.
I really enjoyed the changing colors of the handspun yarn though, isn’t it pretty?
Recently I am generally knitting only one project at once, but this week I ended up casting on two new projects.
I think I chose to do so because when I started the one which was laceweight, I quickly got bored knitting laceweight stockinette, and had to do something which had more interest to me.
Here’s the laceweight stockinette project:
The pattern is Striped Bias Shawl but I cut down the number of stitches to make it into a scarf instead. I had plenty of laceweight yarn, but the thicker handspun I wanted to use was lower in yardage than what was called for. So, I decided to make it a scarf instead.
This should be a very soft scarf, the laceweight yarn is silk and the handspun has a high cashmere content. I like pairing two textures together, I often think this is one of the best uses of handspun. So, I think I’ll be particularly happy with this project when it is done even if I am not thrilled with the knitting of it.
Because I quickly exhausted my motivation for laceweight silk, I cast on a Flatten the Curve scarf out of Miss Marja’s handspun. It’s handspun I’d had my eye on for a very long time in her collection. During our holiday time spent together, she decided it was one she would allow me to knit up. I am loving this scarf, no motivation problems here at all!
I am sure that’s part color change and part slight interest with the bias section and simple pattern. This is one of those patterns that wants to knit itself. If I had to do it over again, I’d make a garter border and a bit of a garter stitch edge on the straight knit side, as those pieces want to curl. But, it’ll be a nice warm comfortable scarf once it’s done.
I haven’t managed at all to work on any new spinning, but I think that’s probably ok for now. Current projects and foster dog care are pretty sufficient to keep me occupied at the moment!
I’ve been doing a bit of spinning lately. I finished up 8 ounces of 2 ply over the weekend, and it was very pleasant to work through. Want to see it?
I ended up with a sock weight yarn, and it’s 685 yards or so. I really like the brights!
Then I did a little more plying. I’ve been saving up my scrappy ends of singles for well over a year. I used a mason jar, and every time I had extra I’d ball it up and throw it in the jar. The jar was full, so I decided I’d get a skein of scrappy yarn plied.
I just love love love the craziness of a 6 ply yarn. I’ve done them as chain ply yarn holding 3 singles together before, but this time I just wanted to do a full 6 ply yarn.
I ended up with 125 yards of bulky 6 ply yarn and it’s just so pretty! The common thread in this skein is that there is one navy blue single all the way through. I have enough navy blue singles to do at least one more skein, but I need more scraps, so it’ll have to wait. I’ll fill up my mason jar again, and then do another ply session. It’ll be quite some time before that can be done, but since handspun yarn does tend to live in my collection for a good long time, that shouldn’t be a problem.
I’ve started a few knitting projects and look forward to showing them off this week. Again, handspun will be a major component in both of them. And I do think I’ll start another spinning project soon. In the meantime, stay well!