Location: Crescent City, California, United States

I love to make things with my hands. My current passions are knitting and spinning.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I have been spinning allot lately.
Off the Wheel:
This is the crazy fiber that I carded, spun and plied with variegated thread.
I consciously spun it thick and thin, because something with that many different kinds of fiber and bits and pieces of novelty yarn wouldn't look right any other way.

I have probably 7 oz. more of this fiber to spin, enough to make a substantial project, I'm thinking!

Also off the wheel is this 100% Baby Alpaca by Handspinner's Dream...
Waiting to go on the needles....

I bought this pattern for Flirty Tank by Y2Knit about a year ago. I fell in love with this yarn
(Olmue) by Ester Bitran. It is a cotton and Viscose blend and has a shine to it. (5-18 -I couldn't wait and had to cast). I'm hoping that it will be a nice, cool little summer top. I don't know if it will get done for this summer though! It is knit in the round which should help.
I finally finished the sleeves on the Printed Silk Cardigan. Now I just need to block it and do all the finishing. It seems like it takes me forever to finish some projects, maybe if I could focus on only one project I would do better, but I want to make so many things !!!!!!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The On-going Project, and Fiber Fun

Lately I have been working mostly on sleeves for the Printed silk cardigan. I have the same problem I usually have and am short 1 skein of yarn. The sleeve needs to be between 11-12 inches before I start shaping the cap of the sleeve, and I just have a tiny bit of yarn left I just ordered 2 more skeins which I hopt to have by the end of the week. I'd sure like to wrap up this project. (yes, I am knitting both sleeves at once).I did start a scarf with the Mooi yarn from Louet that I just purchased. The pattern is the Cocoon Lace Scarf by Fiber Trends, #AC-73X. I wasn't sure how to do the provisional cast-on, so had to make a trip to the LYS yesterday for help. I also did a swatch to practice the pattern, and when I actually started the scarf, it seemed to go smoothly. Here is a shot of the first reapeat plus 2 rows. (The bright pink is, of course, the provisional cast-on). Tere is an article for Provisional Cast-on here, and a tutorial here.

I have been playing with differnt colors and types of fiber. I recently purchased some "crazy" fiber from Websters......

close up of fiber...

Ready to spin "crazy batts".....

I hope to have some "crazy" yarn to show you next week.
Ready to Ply, twon bobbins of baby alpaca...
Also ready to spin is some 100% Icelandic lamb roving that I purchased from a spinning friend that raises Icelandic sheep. She has more roving for sale here.

Ok, I must go now. I feel the need to spin after talkig about all that wool!!

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