Posted in knitting, Strings, Sticks and Wheels, Uncategorized, tagged afghan, baby knits, crochet, knitting, linen stitch, scarf, sock yarn on January 7, 2017|
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Well the “I will go for walks!” portion of my “ME” program hasn’t been so successful in the first 6 days of 2017, but darn I’ve gotten a LOT of knitting and crochet done!
So first off, I frogged the
horrible Mutton Sweater Wool Of The Andes baby sweater. It’s awful yarn. Will reknit the adorable Hyphen sweater pattern in some luxury superwash like MadelineTosh or something equally fine when I can afford it. Such a relief to just let myself off the hook for it. Lesson learned. Cheap yarn isn’t always a bargain.
But since I wanted to be making something for the baby, well, I started this.
A simple hexie afghan, and yes, it’s really that blisteringly pink. Miss Aubrey LOVES pink. Like more than any other color in the world, and according to her mother, the brighter the better. I’m about 3 rows – 27 squares – in to what will ultimately be a 15 row – 135 square – blanket. Good for naps and watching Octonauts on the couch or what have you. It’s Caron Simply Soft in “neon pink” which I had leftover from the Pussyhat Project caps I knit for the march on Washington. It’s also very cheap yarn but oh so soft and I think suitable for a toddler blanket. If this pink isn’t bright enough, I don’t know what will be.
Captain Sexypants has a birthday coming up, so I threw together some odd balls of fingering weight yarn and started a Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf (pattern from Churchmouse Yarns).
There’s some Koigu, some Sophie’s Toes, some Rowan. I’m about 2″ in to what is supposed to be a 6″ wide scarf. I love the fabric, love linen stitch, and LOVE this scarf – what a great way to use sock yarn you might not turn into actual socks. I’ve got three more bags of yarn set up to do more of these when I finish this one. I think this is going to be a hot contender for the Christmas Gift Pattern Of Choice in 2017.
So what’ve you got on the needles on this rainy Saturday? And hey, if I know you from the good old days, where are you blogging now? Or ARE you still blogging? Where my knitters at these days?
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Posted in spinning, Strings, Sticks and Wheels, tagged falkland, fiber, handpainted fiber, merino, sock yarn, spinning, yarn on February 1, 2014|
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Our little winter rainstorm turned into 2 inches of snow overnight. The cats get really excited when snow happens, and there is a lot of running from window to window and meowing at the white outside world. And then of course, there is feline snoring next to the wood stove. We’re glad for the water, however it is falling.
Inclement weather is a good excuse for spinning and this week I did up most of a Sheep to Shoe kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. I really like these Blue Moon kits. The fiber preparation is wonderful and the colors are really nice. This one has been stashed for quite a while and it was a real treat to bust it out of the bin and spin it up.
I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my spinning and spin yarn to use for specific projects. I wanted a nice tight 3 ply sock yarn with this one, and I didn’t really get one. I read that you want to overspin your singles a little and then overply the yarn a bit as well. I really thought I had it, it was definitely unbalanced in the too-tight right way after I plied, but not so much after washing and setting the twist. It’s a fine line. You don’t want your yarn to disintegrate on the first wearing, but you don’t want to spin it into twine, either.
Speaking of intentional spins, I’ve got 8 oz of Funky Carolina Falkland top on the wheel now. Being more than a little torqued about the inconsistencies in the yarn I just made, I thought I’d do another round and try to do it better. I did a little research first, and apparently Falkland is really good for socks.
Very grateful that the Captain does not require his socks and caps to be particularly understated or “manly” in hue. In fact he prefers the bright blues and greens and purples. No dull colors for him, no thanks.
Does anyone else feel like Facebook has essentially gutted the blog world? I’m really glad I don’t have internet at my house. It makes me seek out content that is more substantial in the limited internet time I have. I miss the conversations that center around blogging. The “like” button has not done good things for social media.
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