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 :).
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.
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!
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. 🙂