Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Socks Done!

Maybe this ravelry is good for me... Because this is the 2nd FO in 2 days!

I finally finished my Mad Colour Weave Socks. The ones that I started last October. Finished today! They are gorgeous! I am very pleased with how they look. Here I am modelling them holding them against the large (melting) snow pile in my back yard.

Yesterday I finished my Pinwheel Sweater. I will post a picture of it modelled by my daughter, as soon as I am able to get that photo!

Now, onto other WIPs. I am actually excited about getting things done... Spring must be in the air!

Monday, February 11, 2008

I just joined Ravelry!

Well... That was fun! I have been planning to do it for a long time. It is pretty exciting. I uploaded some of my current projects and some of my handspun. I think that I will try to do a few each day. Since I have so many WIPs, I am sure that I will have a lot to keep me busy just posting projects!

On the topic of WIPs, here is my most recent start (and coincidentally, it is probably one of the most completed projects that I have on the go right now). It is Elann's Pinwheel Sweater in the child size, for my new little daughter. I am making it out of odds and ends of stash. I think it looks kind of neat...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Devil Hat that didn't quite make it

When I saw this lovely Devil Hat I knew I had to make one for my friend's upcoming birthday. Unfortunately, it turned out really small. Here it is, pictured on my much-too-big head. So, I revised my plans and decided that it would become a child's helmut. Sans horns, since I don't think kids need more of an excuse to be little devils then they already are!

Here is my single ply merino. It came to about 300m from the 4oz. I still have another 4oz left, but I haven't decided if I should do the same thing with it or something else.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Spinning Merino

I threw my new merino roving on the wheel today. Oh my gosh, it is so soft!!! I know, I know, where have I been, of course Merino wool is soft. But I still need to say it again: It is SOOOO soft! I just love how it feels. And the colour is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

So, as far as the spinning itself goes: my hand hurts. I was planning to make a bit of a thicker slightly thick and thin yarn. Turns out that is easy to do with this roving. If I had wanted a more consistent yarn, then I may have had trouble. This roving has such a short staple length that it isn’t exactly easy to make it consistent. But I think that it is turning out perfect. Exactly as I wanted it!

Here is a seed stitch scarf that I am making out of the very first yarn I ever spun. I love how it turned out. My husband asked why I would take inconsistent yarn and then knit it up in a seed stitch pattern which only accentuates its inconsistencies. But I think that the texture is fabulous! I will be a happy camper wearing this one.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NiddyNoddling Along

Yup, I made myself a niddy noddy! Out of some PVC pipe. Seems like all the spinners on the net are doing it! I had to join in for the ride. It works well and is sturdy. My main complaint would be that it seems really static-y. Oh well, probably rubbing a bounce sheet on it would help.

I am really happy with how my 2ply turned out this time. I am sure that it comes out more and more even every time I spin.

One of these days I may even get up the courage to try navajo plying. It is really intimidating for me, but at the same time, I think that it would look fabulous with my new roving which I blogged about last time.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Last week I received a whole bunch of new fiber from my favourite Etsy store: the Arts at Eagles Find. Here is 16 oz - Yes 16oz! - of blended wool roving called Rock Springs Run. I have spun up this stuff of hers before and really like the way it behaves. Don't ask what I was doing with the roving... just chalk it up to artsy photo op. :)

I also got 8 oz of merino wool in the Campfire colourway, which I love (but don't have a photo of), and 12 oz of undyed mohair. I haven't tried spinning mohair yet, so I am curious to see how that works out.

I have been spinning up some of the fiber I got in my last shipment. Here is some of the Caribbean blues wool that I am doing up into a chunkyish 2 ply. I still don't have a whole lot of control, but it is definately getting better everytime I sit down at the wheel.

I have decided that I need a niddynoddy, so that is my next project!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Not much to tell

I don't have anything new to post, but I did want to put up a photo of the Christmas scarf that I made for my Daddy-O.

This is the Pythagorean Scarf pattern by Smariky Knits. It was fun to make with BriggsLittle Heritage wool, although the yarn is way to scratchy for a scarf and the varigation does nothing for the cool relief pattern. But my dad still loved it, and wore it every day that he was here visiting me for Christmas.

I started a new scarf for my hubby out of a forest green BriggsLittle wool, with my own pattern that shows off the relief pattern really well. I love textured patterns, and I like the way this one is turning out.