Well I tried to put these pictures together but it wanted to make the scarf so small you can’t see any detail. So this is what I get, sigh. These are the 2 projects I have gotten finished. My Little Lace Daisy Scarf and the basic ribbed hat (no pattern to share for that :(. ) The scarf is my own design, used hand spun, I hand dyed it and then knit it. So almost start to finish, I didn’t start with raw fleece :P. You can see the difference in color when I dyed the two skeins separately (they were spun separately). I did the ends using the lighter skein and then transitioned as it were to the darker skein. But at least it is the same on both sides.
The other project was a hat for my hats for the homeless pile. Just started that this year so I don’t have much done yet, but I guess every little bit helps. Will have more by next fall. The hat beside it is a new cast on for that pile. 🙂 I used I love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.
I also bought some new stitch markers and progress keepers (last ones for a while). They are for my Cowboys and Raiders football teams :P. I got these from Adore Knit on Etsy. She has really nice stitch markers and progress keepers, she also added a I love football progress keeper and a fall leaf, she is such a wonderful maker. I also have a bag I made a couple of years ago for my Cowboys :). I don’t have one for my Raiders, but when I get a chance I will probably make one for them too, to go with my new stitch markers and progress keeper.
I still have a baby sweater on my needles and a new basic rib hat, and a scarf that I am knitting with friend as a scarf along, but I feel less stressed already :P.
I remember where I was when this happened, do you?
As we remember the 18th year since this heinous attack was perpetrated on the citizens of the USA, may we take a moment to remember all those who died on this day 18 years ago and thank those who helped in the aftermath. I would like to salute those heroes on flight 93, and all those who, on that day, willingly and unselfishly sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others. I also salute those in our armed services who have given their lives and those who continue to fight, selflessly putting their own lives in jeopardy to protect us and others from terrorism. They are all heroes to me and I will never forget.
I wasn’t sure at all about the colors when I blended them on my blending board, just playing around with colors from a bag of various colored bits of roving that had been given to me. The first bobbin (on the right) was 2 shades of orange (med orange and a light orange that looks yellow, but it’s not.) The 2nd bobbin was a repeating range of complimentary colors to the oranges. So I put together the colors I thought might blend together the best and there we have it, these were the rolags I made with the fiber. I am very pleased with the final skein of yarn :). My next spin will be some white roving (not sure what the sheep breed is, but it might be merino) and blend it on my blending board with an alpaca batt I have . I will either kettle dye it or play around and try to make it a gradient when I am done spinning it . It will probably be sometime next month before I start it, I have knitting I need to finish first. I’m glad I got the blending board put together, it’s offered me a lot more creativity with colors and ability to bend different fibers together. 🙂
**Forgot to say this ended up being 368 yards and 90 grams, a good fingering weight. I’m thinking fingerless mitts :).
I meant to add to my blog a few weeks ago, but I got pretty busy and then I caught a cold and a GI bug right after that. Neither were fun, still dealing with bronchitis.
On to nicer things :). I am about 3 rolags short of being finished with my 2nd bobbin (showing on the 1st picture) on the last spin I was working on for the TDF (Tour de Fleece). Yeah I know I’m late, but I’m gonna finish anyway :). Going to try to have it done by sometime next week. It is a fractile spin with the first bobbin being half light orange and half darker orange and the 2nd bobbin shorter bursts of color going from yellow to very light orange, rose, very light orange and back to yellow. That flows through out the bobbin. Not sure how that will play out when I ply them, but I guess we will see. 🙂
In the 2nd picture you see my new acquisitions :). I love buying stitch markers and progress keepers from Adore Knit on Etsy. Her stitch markers and progress keepers are awesome. I bought a snoopy with a pumpkin progress keeper with beautiful fall stitch markers and she put in an extra gift, an acorn progress keeper, so cute! I also purchased a spring set with a flower on the first stitch marker (makes it easy to know when you finish a round when you are knitting in the round) and an umbrella for the progress keeper (will be nice to remind me spring will come when the winter is lasting forever) and she gave me another little gift, a progress keeper with my initial on it. She spoils me :). If you are ever in need of set of stitch markers or progress keepers please go visit her Etsy shop, she is putting in markers for football season now, but she has a lot of different marker sets to choose from!
I am knitting on several different projects will try to get pictures of my progress and post sometime this next week.
This is my first bobbin of the “Tour De Fleece”. It’s a spinning take off on the Tour De France. We spin every day during the competition. I got a late start, so I teased my friend that my “bike” was down for repairs :P. I do spin a little bit everyday, not as much as I would like but life happens.
This bobbin is only half done tho, the first half is a dark medium orange and the 2nd half will be a light orange, tho it looks yellow in my picture. Sorry my photo skills are seriously lacking. I took the picture after starting the 2nd half so you could see both colors. I will update when I I finish this bobbin and start the 2nd bobbin.
Happy Birthday, ie: Independence Day to the country that I love, the United States of America. Long may our Flag wave! I hope you enjoy the following music.
I went ahead and made rolags today for my next spinning project. I made it from scraps that I had been given and tried to make the colors as aesthetic as possible together.
The first single will be the two shades of orange rolags in the back and the 2nd single will be a gradient of yellow (mixed with white), a really light orange,dusky rose, pink, then going backwards, dusky rose, really light orange and yellow (mixed with white), shown by the rolags in the front. Not sure how that mixture will work out, guess we shall see.
I’m thinking of calling this colorway Sherbert. That is what it looks like to me anyway. Dang, now I’m hungry for sherbert or ice cream!
I was up late last night blocking my Changing Staircases Shawl. Was very fun to knit, I will definitely knit it again! The pattern is easy, I just have one word of warning, pay attention to the beginning of the last row of each section so you don’t have to tink back to do the part you forgot :P. The link gives info on the pattern and yarn I used. I can hardly wait until Christmas to give this gift!
I also finished the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf I was knitting with my friend Kari (info for my yarn and needles in link.) She was killed in a one car accident last October, and I decided to finish mine in her memory. It’s an easy pattern, tho since I can’t remember where I got it and I can’t find it online, I can not share it. There are many similar patterns out there that you can search.
Now I can start the Little Lace Daisy Scarf (one of my own patterns) from the Teal merino that I hand spun. Been a nice vacation, one more week then back to work :P.
It’s either my photo skills or my camera (could be both), but my spinning pictures are really muted. In rl (real life) these are brighter. The fractal spin does mute things a little bit but the purple bobbin on the bottom was brighter purples and the aqua is a little darker (tho not dull) and has more blue hues scattered through out in it. I got 274 yards of yarn and it weighted 106 grams, that would make it a light sport weight I think. It was a fun spin and I will have to dig around for patterns that require that much yardage or less to make something nice. Maybe a cowl or if it’s enough yardage a hat and mitt set. I’m not a big fan of yarn chicken, so I will be looking at patterns. 🙂
I’m going to start the scarf for my friend from the teal yarn that I finished spinning just before this last spin. I think I’m going to knit my Little Lace Daisy Scarf pattern. But I will add a few more stitches to the edges to make it a little wider. I showed her the finished yarn and she loved the teal color :).
I also am going to work on finishing the Changing Staircases Shawl that I have been working on. I think I only have two more complete pattern sections (20 rows each) to be done. Then I can block it and store it, it’s a Christmas gift. Not waiting until closer to Christmas like I did last year, because if you remember “Murphy” moved in and I broke my hand last August and there was no Christmas knitting. “Murphy” isn’t allowed at my house anymore :P.
I will be planning my next spin, but I want to finish the shawl first and get started on the scarf, then I won’t feel so anxious. I generally do not have more than 2 to 3 projects going at any given time. One is always a mindless knit for stressed out and non thinking days (usually a dishcloth or diagonal scarf, both which are very mindless knits.) When I have more than that, I feel drawn in to many ways and anxious. When I get more comfortable with the heels and gussets on socks, I will add them to my mindless knits :). Besides I need a reason to test out my Flexi Flip needles (looks like they are on sale for 20% off at the moment.) Maybe they will still be on sale when I get paid!
My blending cloth came today from Howard Brush Co in ME, USA. I ordered it this past week end and it was sent on Monday and I received it today, I have to say not only is the quality excellent but the process was so fast!! In the first picture is some of the fiber that will be spun on the 2nd bobbin for the yarn I am working on. The 1st bobbin is pictured below (lol obviously way below.) The 2nd picture is my first rolag, more on that in a moment. The blending board DIY project is not hard, it will requite a 12X12 piece of blending cloth (mine is 72 TPI, teeth per sq inch), that seems to be a reg normal. Cloth for finer fibers will have 90 TPI. You will also need a wooden cutting board large enough for the 12X12 cloth, I got mine at Tuesday Morning it is a 16X13.5. You will also need a dowel cut into 16 inch lengths (you should get 3 from one dowel, you will only need two 16″ lengths so one dowel is plenty) I had mine cut at Home Depot, which is where I bought the dowel. I’m sure Lowe’s would cut it for you if you bought it at their store as well. If you already have a staple gun you are good to go, if not you will need to purchase one of those as well. My staple gun was only $16. Ok, big fopah there, my dad always taught me never to say only and money in the same sentence. Sorry Dad! Staple the cloth to the cutting board (DO NOT glue it) the cloth will need the flexibility of NOT being glued down. You will need a stiff paint brush or if you don’t mind spending the money, Howard Brush Co has special tools you can use to push the fiber into the teeth as you put it on the blending board. Total cost for me was Blending Cloth $52, Cutting Board, $11, Staple Gun $16, dowel $1.50. I already had a tool to help push the fiber into the teeth of the blending cloth. If you buy the blending board it can cost up to $200. DIY is nice :).
I will put a link to a video on youtube by the Knitting Expat for how to make and use your new DIY blending board :). I follow her knitting podcasts but if you are only interested in the blending board info it starts at about 13.27 into this video. There are many other video’s on youtube that you can watch as well for using the blending board.
Ok two lessons I have learned for using the blending board already: #1 DO NOT roll your rolags to tight when you are rolling them off the blending board or it’s a real struggle to get the dowels out, hahahaha #2 be careful when using the blending brush with the metal teeth (or dog grooming tool if that is what you get), because the teeth on the blending board are not forgiving on your fingers!! :P. Think I will get a stiff paint brush to test out as well :). I’m sure there will be many more lessons.
Ok earlier I said to see the picture below for the 1st bobbin of singles I just finished spinning. I’m ready to put it in now, sorry I am a bit wordy when I try to explain things :P. I wish the colors would be more true, it really is much brighter than this. It is dark aqua (or light teal) and varying shades of purple. This bobbin is mostly the purple. The 2nd bobbin will have mostly the dark aqua with some purple running through it so it will contrast and and be more fractal. Looking forward to seeing how it will turn out :). No plans in my head yet as to what I want to knit with it. I’m sure it will be next week before I have a plyed yarn, because tomorrow I have a young family member coming so I can show her how to make an fresh apple pie and apple butter. 🙂