I bought a cute patriotic mini skein of yarn to test out for a bookmark. I bought this from Awenydd Yarn & Fiber on Etsy. This is how the bookmark worked out, I think it turned out cute. Independence Day is coming soon!! Tho’ my understanding is that it was actually signed on July 2, 1776 and published on the 4th. So, we could celebrate Independence day twice!
I have been awful about spinning during this year’s Tour de Fleece during the Tour de France competition. I will spin but starting from way behind, hahaha. I will be better prepared next year, it’s the thought that counts, right? uh hu (the little ones in my family hate when I do the uh hu thing, cos they know I’m calling out their “miss statements”.) 🙂
Before I start, just wanted to say, I didn’t forget Easter. I celebrated Easter on the phone (conference call) with some members of my church, it was nice. I just didn’t get on the computer afterwards. Hope everyone had a good Easter, even tho we were all physically distancing ourselves.
I did finally get a picture of my Spring Robin :). He kept his back to me so I didn’t get that beautiful red breast, but there he is :).
I didn’t get around to posting 1/2 way through this new Flax knit but here it is all finished. Still using Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek, colorway Violet Stripe. I think I neglected to say in my previous Flax sweaters my needle sizes etc. It calls for a worsted/aran yarn and the one I am using is worsted. I generally have to go down a size needle to get correct gauge because I am a looser knitter, but I went down two sizes on the body and sleeves and one size on the neck and cuffs. So I used a size #5 on the ribbing and cuffs and a size #6 on the body and sleeves. I’m sorry I don’t know what the mm sizes are :(, I like the fabric it created much better. I used a 16 inch circular on the neck and body and 9 inch circular on the sleeves and cuffs. I do like the way the color blocks on this yarn and pattern :).
I think my next project will be some more of those cute lace bookmarksI made 2 years ago. They are a free pattern and the link for those is on my linked page.
I did some spinning on my balcony today, since it was about 60F. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy a peaceful spin :). I’m working on the second bobbin for the white wool/alpaca I am spinning. I am having to have someone to make new bobbins for my Rick Reeves wheel, the other ones I had made didn’t fit and they didn’t have the metal piece in the middle to protect them while I spun. I found someone who specifically makes them for this wheel. Hopefully I can order them next month.
And as you can see, I bought some more progress keepers from CharmingMinis , they are sooooo cute, her artistry with polymer clay is amazing!! She always sneaks in a extra gift.
Hope everyone is staying safe and that we get back to normal soon, at least it’s getting warm!
I have been enamored with The Mandalorian from the Disney Star Wars series. I have finished all the season “chapters” as they are called and await this fall when the new new season comes out. Ugh only one season a year. But while I wait, I bought a Mandalorian stitch markers set with a Yoda progress keeper. I got them from Adoreknit and as usual they are wonderful. She even gave me an extra progress keeper that has the Mandaloian helmet in color and a stitch marker holder to keep them safe. She is a great maker!
It’s Spring here but not, I have seen a few Robins, no pictures yet, might not happen this year, go into that later. I have seen the Geese coming back, but because I live in the mid-west, Mother Nature said it’s not Spring until she says so and she sent us more snow last Saturday. It was raining today. Spring will be here sooner than later tho :).
The Saturday before last I went to a fairly local fiber fair with my son and his spouse. Picture shows part of their set up and I have a picture of my son using his new sock knitting machine. He loves it and makes a pair of socks pretty quickly :). They had me bring my more portable Rick Reeves spinning wheel and spin while I was there. Almost finished with bobbin number 1 of the Alpaca/wool blend I was spinning at the Mall fair in Dec (yeah I’m a slow poke sometimes) then I will spin another bobbin and ply a skein of yarn :). It was a fun day. This wheel spins very well and I’m enjoying the experience on a double drive wheel.
I did get another charity hat done, but haven’t gotten around to getting a picture yet. Caught another cold about 3 weeks ago (does that make 4 or 5 this winter?) and just dealing with some bronchitis now. It’s not as bad as usual but I haven’t felt like doing a lot. I’m doing my best to stay inside because of that dang virus going around (that is why I don’t have any first Robin pictures, but I’ll keep trying), tho once in a while I remember something I forgot at the grocery store, I try not to go, but you know how it is :P. I was able to start and finish all of the 2 seasons of Lost in Space. It was pretty good but oh my gosh the new season doesn’t start until next year! All these one season a year shows will make our heads explode! In the mean time I’ll just re-watch Merlin, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Star Trek series, at least they are all finished and aren’t going anywhere. I do enjoy a good marathon from time to time :).
Everyone stay safe.
I finished my Charity hat and have begun a new one. I wanted to cast on a new project, not quite sure what yet, but held myself back from starting a real project (only working on Charity knits because I need to be knitting on something) because I need to finish spinning the yarn I’m working on for a hat for a family member, I promised so I couldn’t very well let it go anymore. I was very sick last week with a horrible head cold. Feeling much better, just a little cough now. So starting tomorrow I will begin to spin on that project again. I have one bobbin done just need to start and finish the 2nd bobbin and ply them together, then dye the yarn and knit a hat :). More on that as I get there.
I have had a Christmas cactus, that was given to me by a friend, for about 6 years. It had never bloomed so I just kept it around because I like plants and a friend gave it to me. I was so surprised to see blooms on it two weeks ago!!!! Guess it isn’t sure yet when Christmas is :P, but that is ok, it looks beautiful anyway :).
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the fact that Spring will be here in about 6 weeks!! Woot Woot!!
I bought a new progress keeper that I have been saving for. It is a hand crafted polymer progress keeper. I bought the little duck in a bottle (looks like it’s swimming in the bottle.) She buys the bottles but crafts the duck and puts the stuff in the bottom to look like water. Her crafting is amazing! She also sent a cinnamon roll progress keeper and a crown stitch marker. Please go check out her shop CharmingMinisShop on Etsy, you will be amazed at her crafting skills.
I was asked to help a family member at a Mall Christmas craft fair. His spouse was out of town and he needed help and I happily agreed to help with their alpaca merchandise. I have included some pictures of his set up and some cute Alpaca stuffies on his table. The yarn is from their herd. I did this on Saturday and after Church on Sunday. It was fun, I was encouraged to bring my spinning wheel to spin there, so I brought my Rick Reeves Wheel, which allowed me to get some spinning practice on it. 🙂 Since it is a double drive wheel, and I’m not real practiced on those (I’ve always used a scotch tension drive) and since alpaca is a slippery fiber, I blended some alpaca with a little wool on my blending board so that it was a little more grabby and easier to spin on a different wheel. Went well :).
Hope everyone is having a great December :).
I finished the Flax infant sweater by Tin Can Knits. Love her design, knit from the top down and no joining or sewing up seams, perfect!! Wish to colors showed up better, I seriously lack photo skills! It has light blue, pink, purple, green and yellow.
The 2nd picture is a musical clock that I received as a gift on Thanksgiving. My son’s mother-in-law and I exchange gifts on Thanksgiving and this was the gift she gave me. My eyes almost popped out of my head, I love it so much. It plays music on the hr and turns off the musical chimes when it’s dark so it won’t wake you up, how is that for awesome. I gave her the Changing Stair Cases shawl I had been knitting for her, hehe, she was also very excited :), lace shawls will do that ;). Life is good :P. I’m still working on some Charity hats, but I need to pick my next project. Well actually I think it has picked me and I need to finish my spin for the hat I’m making for my family member. I will have some time later this week to work on finishing it. Hope everyone has a great December, only 3 or 4 more months (depending on where you live) until Spring :P.
Happy Belated Birthday Dad. I didn’t forget (hope you got your birthday card in time), I just haven’t been on line much this past week. Hoping you had a very happy birthday!!!
Well, it is finished, you can read more about the yarn and needles in the previous post. I will have to figure out what to do to keep the stitches that I am holding for the sleeves (the sweater is knit in one piece, love that!) to keep them from getting too tight while they sit there waiting their turn to be knit. If anyone has more experience in how to keep hold stitches from getting too tight please let me know. You can see the little line where I took them off the yarn that was holding them for later use. I know my friend’s daughter won’t mind, she will just be tickled to get a hand knit sweater for her baby. I was knitting the newborn to 6 month size but it turned out larger than I thought it would, 6 month to 1 year. But babies grow fast and better to turn up the sleeve cuff and the baby be able to wear it all winter than not. I think I will knit another one to match the hat I made for my friends little one. 🙂 FO for my non knitting friends is a knitting term that means finished object :).
Started another charity hat (my mindless knitting that also helps others). I’ll post a picture of it, or my progress of it, in a few days. I also need to get to work on the spinning I’m working on, which was going to be toward the wedding shawl I am going to knit for a family member. I made this same family member a hat a couple of years ago and she lost the hat sometime this past summer (long story, wasn’t her fault honest), and she has requested, with a ton of apologies, another hat just like it, so the spin will now be for that. So hat first then shawl. There is always a never ending list of things to knit, and as long as they space themselves out it’s all good :).
I finished the hats to match the coats for two children of a friend of mine. I hope they will be well used this winter.
I have a sweater for a little one (about 2 months now) that I need to finish, and two new hats to start for some little family members. I will probably start a hat and then work on the sweater when I have the luxury of time that allows for concentration, and on the hats when I don’t. I also have to finish the spin I started at the Alpaca farm days, so it’s not like I don’t have anything to do :P.
Today I was asked to participate at my son’s Alpaca farm for Alpaca farm Days. Something the Alpaca farms do here this time of year every year. Do they do this all over the country?
It was fun, many more people than was expected came and enjoyed the Alpacas, and the Alpaca products my son and his spouse had for sale. They had a sock machine, a hat machine, and a drum carder out for people to see how they worked. They also had a screened table, which allows dirt and vm (vegetable matter) to fall to the ground, and show people how they skirt and pick through the fleece 2nds (the smaller less desirable parts of the fleece, tho they are still very soft they are shorter). They use the 2nds to make the felted dryer balls people love to use :), the 1sts are sent to a fiber mill to be washed and spun into yarn. A friend and I spent the day spinning on our spinning wheels and answering questions regarding spinning and using my blending board and carders. I look forward to doing this again next year. 🙂 Please enjoy the pictures above, oh the two Alpacas are not kissing lol, they are not as close to each other as it looks, but it made for a cute picture.
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 :).