We got 2 inches of snow on Sunday morning/afternoon, and from yesterday evening until this morning when I took the picture we got a little over 3 more inches of snow. So the ground is once more white with snow, and more snow is on the way on Thursday or Friday, sigh. I just keep saying Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner…..
I finished the Basia hat, and gave it to the intended recipient. She was very pleased. I knit this on size 4, 16 inch circular needle for the ribbing and changing to size 6, 16 inch circular needles and (at the end when it got to small around for the 16 inch needles) size 6 double pointed needles for the crown, instead of going up a needle size for the slighter heavier wt yarn, causing it to be a bit denser and heavier. I used the sport/DK wt Polypay, which dyed up a lighter brown, and a dark brown alpaca, which I hand spun as heavy fingering wt. These two yarns used together was a heavier weight close to, but maybe a little heavier than the worsted wt called for and oh my it will be so warm. I had promised my family member that I would hand spin alpaca for her hat, but since the Basia hat she chose calls for worsted wt and I truly did not want to want to have to do the math for the lighter wt yarn (I’m not a math person :P), I added the Sport/DK wt wool I had on hand which made it a little heavier than a worsted wt. She is happy with the hat, and with the sub zero weather we have been having I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to her winter wear :). I think you can see better the lighter and darker browns together and how they play well with each other :). I forgot to get a picture before she left, she was kind enough to send me one for my blog ;).
Oh my gosh this was on my wheel for a little over a year! But—it’s finished!! The problem besides procrastination and a broken hand was the Baynes spinning wheel (no longer in production, I included a link so you can see what it looks like, mine looks like the one on the left.) The screw that holds one of the posts on the Mother of All (spinning term for part of the wheel), that helps hold the spool holder on, won’t tighten down and comes loose and the spool holder with the spool of singles (or plied yarn) occasionally falls off. Ugh, very annoying. So I will need to get some wood putty and fill in the screw hole and then screw the screw back in so it will tighten up properly (tho honestly for a second when I was spinning, I considered gluing it down :P). Another problem is that this wheel will not hold 4 ozs of spun yarn so I was only able to spin 3.25 oz, and I had a very full bobbin of plied yarn. Once the bobbin gets full on this wheel it is hard for it to take the yarn in anymore, so I have to watch how full the bobbin is. I finished with 312 yards at 16 wpi (wraps per inch – for my non spinning friends – tells me how thick or thin the yarn ended up being – a light sport weight in this example (that is what my chart says), however I have seen charts that call 16 wpi a fingering – tho if it is, it’s a heavy fingering wt.) Any spinners reading that would like to weigh in on that and if there is a definitive chart?
I will go back to working on the practice roving I have on the Rick Reeves wheel now, so I can figure out the double band drive and how to adjust it to find my sweet spot for spinning, at least I know the spool won’t fall off that one :P.
I have a friend who had a baby girl about 2 months ago so I decided now that my hand was better to make her a simple baby hat (my hand still tires easily and gets nerve pain when I over do, but it’s slowly getting better.) I certainly can’t leave her 3 year old brother without a hat, so after finishing the 2X2 rib hat from 5 Easy Pieces – Knit Newborn Hats (Circular), (free pattern on Ravelry) for her daughter, I started one for her son. I choose the 2X2 rib because it’s, easy (to knit and on my hand) and soft and squishy. I used a size 6 for the newborn size (the pattern called for a size 7, I knit loosely so I usually go down a needle size to get gauge) and used the size 7 for the 3 year old’s hat and added 12 stitches. I will also add length so it will cover his ears :). **There use to be a way to magnify the pictures on Word Press but I can’t find it anymore, so even tho you can’t see the yarn very well, it’s Yarn Bee (from Hobby Lobby) Soft and Sleek, the pink is pink stripe and the blue is Denim Blues. It is very soft stuff and knits nicely. I believe Hobby Lobby is having a yarn sale in the store this week (Monday Dec 24th – Saturday Dec 29 2018) for 30% off. Incentive to buy some more :P.
I am still working on the spinning. I finished that rolag and weighed the bobbins with the singles and first one is a little heavier so I decided to get another of the rolags to spin (that will leave 3 left) and put 2/3 of the rolag on the lighter bobbin and the rest on the other bobbin, hopefully that will balance it out. We will see.
Tomorrow will be baking day, rolls for Christmas dinner on Tuesday :).
**Update: I discovered that if you choose the pictures side by side choice that you can click on them on the blog and they will enlarge in a separate window, however if you chose the single pictures they will not. So there you go.
Meet (yellow and green) Princess Peach, and (teal on the top and blue on the bottom and some white) Yoshi. My son and his spouse weren’t having enough time for these love birds because of their alpacas and shows to sell their alpaca yarn, etc. So I inherited them. Unfortunately they are both females so they have to have separate cages because, tho they like each other, it’s from afar, lol. I didn’t realize just how noisy and loud love birds can be, they make a call similar to the kookaburra, :P. They also have quiet noises as well. You can’t see the color well on the teal/blue love bird, but she is beautiful. They are not friendly so I have to love them from afar as well :P. They are very intelligent as most parrots are, Miss Peach figured out how to get out of her cage and I had to secure all the doors on her cage, she is naughty :P.
Ok, re-posting the finished spool of singles and the progress on the 2nd spool and showing the rolag with it. I have four more rolags not counting the one I draped across the wheel, however I have the 1st spool about 1/2 way full and tho I can get more on it, if I have 2, more than 1/2 full spools, I worry that it will be overfull after plying, and my Baynes wheel doesn’t do plying well once that happens. So I might have to just spin what is left over, after filling this 2nd spool 1/2 way, and ply the left over singles from a center pull ball and use it if I need it for the scarf that I am planning on making with this yarn. I’m hoping to have this done tomorrow evening or Monday sometime, been a long time coming with this skein :P. Then I can concentrate on continuing learning to spin on the Rick Reeves double drive wheel ;).
Well, had my hand Dr appt. today and the cast is off! I will now be wearing this for at least the next 4 weeks. Plus starting Thursday I will be having physical therapy appts, where I will find out what my new physical therapist determines will be the duration of my torture, I mean therapy sessions. The dr was nice enough to prescribe me pain meds for the upcoming therapy sessions after he bent my little finger to see it’s flexibility after being in the cast for 6 weeks and my eyes almost bugged out of my head, and I said I don’t think I want physical therapy. He then informed me that if I didn’t I would lose a lot of mobility in my fingers, and to be honest at that point I would have been fine with that :P. Can you tell I am not looking forward to these? I’m accepting volunteers to take my place for those :P.
I was hoping I would be knitting again, however I did not anticipate having a splint/brace on for at least another month, sigh. Maybe time to see if I can figure out the throwing knitting style or a variation there of (I normally knit the combined continental knitting style, also referred to as picking, so I use my left hand for my knitting tension like a crocheter does and my right hand does the actual knitting.) Time to get serious to see if I can spin with my left hand in this contraption. At least, I can take it off to wash my hair :), and for those dang physical therapy sessions and whatever home exercises they make me do. Otherwise it is to be in this thing, tho honestly, my hand is grateful for the support the splint/brace gives. Aspirin at this point is my friend :).
I couldn’t resist this one more stitch marker set from Adore Knits , it was on sale and so darn cute! These are tiny for sock knitting, which works well for me because I have to use size 0 to get gauge for my socks.
Just keeping some accountability in doing some spinning or knitting every day. I have been only doing spinning and I didn’t get any done the day before yesterday. But I am making progress on both the yarn I’m spinning and learning the double drive wheel. The Rick Reeves wheel spins very nicely, I feel so blessed to have it.
I found some darker roving than what I am spinning, in the same color line, and was thinking about spinning it after this is done and making a skein that goes from lighter to darker for a shawl. It’s just in my head at the moment (the yarn not the shawl, I would be choosing an already written pattern :P.) So we will see if that works out as well in rl (real life) as it does in my head. Would probably have to do it as two different skeins and blend as I knit every other row for a few rows (maybe 10?) when I go from the lighter to the darker. I am hoping for about 4 ozs total when I am done, but we will see, I might be lucky to get 3 ozs. It’s just a thought.
I decided since I have a little extra money each month that I would invest in a set of stitch markers and progress keepers when I found things that were adorable. I love the stitch markers at Adore Knits. This is my 2nd order with her and as a returning customer she included a stitch marker holder (the little container with the green lid), so nice to keep them from being lost or destroyed in my bags :P. They are well made and beautiful. I chose the Harry Potter markers and progress keeper. I love that she has an extra attachment on one of the markers so when you are knitting in the round you know where your beginning and ending is. 😉 She also has The Knitting Samurai and her Guys podcast on Ravelry.
I have been very lax this year on my knitting and spinning. As I said before in one of my posts, just very unmotivated this year. So I said to myself, time to get the show on the road girl and get some things done, a change of attitude is what I need. So I will begin by making myself do something with my knitting or spinning every day, knowing that eventually I will be back in the swing of things. I still love knitting and spinning, just not motivated to do them, so I will treat myself like one of my children and make me do it :P.
This is some left over Polypay roving that I kettle dyed a few years ago. Thought I would kill two birds with one stone and get it spun (won’t be a lot of yarn, maybe 200 yds of heavy fingering) while I learn to spin properly on my Rick Reeves spinning wheel. I’m still working on figuring out the tension on the double band drive so…. it is over spinning a little bit, but eventually it will be right. I did this yesterday and will spin on it every day until it’s done. I also need to get a pair of socks started for my dad for his birthday, I have a few months before that is here, but considering how long I took with my last pair of socks, LOL, I need to get the show on the road!
I belong to a Ravelry group called The Fiber Pusher Podcast . She is very knowledgeable with natural dyes, fibers, weaving and knitting. On her group she is having a spinning year and when we post pictures of how our spinning is coming along or just general comments in that thread we become eligible for a give away every month. April’s prize winner never got in contact with her so she redrew a week ago and I won the new drawing! It is two 4oz braids of 80% Targee wool/ 10% Viscose Bamboo/ 10% Tussah Silk (there are two pictures of it because it was to long to get in one picture :P.) It is from BaH Yarns and is so pretty and very soft. I have not spun Targee wool before so this will be a fun spin as I watch the colors unfold in the yarn I make. She also has a sheep breed study she is doing and she had some Navajo Churro fiber that she gave away 1 oz to the first 16 people who voiced that they would like to spin some. That is the little packet of white fluff you see in the picture. It’s not a soft fiber but will be an interesting spin to know what the different breeds are like to spin and what they are best used for. 🙂
You meet so many wonderful people online. If you are a knitter, spinner weaver or crocheter please check out Ravelry if you aren’t on there already, there are so many wonderful patterns and podcasts. It’s a great place to see what others are knitting, crocheting or spinning. And definitely check out the Fiber Pusher Podcast, she even has a wonderful free ezine (email newsletter/magazine) she does once a month you can sign up for in her group, sooooo much information!!
I am working on the 2nd sock just not fast enough lol. Hopefully I will post a picture soon :).
This year in the Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry we are working on spinning. This month it’s getting things finished that are on our wheels. I had finished the first spool of singles last year, and had started the 2nd spool so am now working on finished that 2nd spool. I’m excited to see this 2nd spool finished and plyed with the 1st spool because I know it will be a beautiful yarn. My yarn usually ends up being a light sport weight. You can see the rolags I am spinning from, here. I’m trying to commit to at least 20 min of spinning a day, but at the very least 3 or 4 times a week. That way I won’t feel bad if I miss a day or two because of odds and ends unplanned things that happen in life. Would love it if things never happened unexpectedly however…. :). I haven’t decided what I want to make from it yet.
I will still be working on the mitts, but I have decided that rather than chance I will fail at the yarn chicken game (made me nervous to see the ball going down faster than I had hoped) and I really did not want to have to frog two mitts to redo them with another color yarn, so, I am going to insert one of the other colors where the design is so it will be a two tone mitt and better match her 3 color cowl :). I’ll post a picture when I have passed that design point and you can see it better.
I have also promised that I would finish the socks I am working on for someone for their birthday (next month) and I need to make two hats for two little ones as we are in the throes or a polar express here :). We were at -21 yesterday (New Years Day and this bitterly cold weather started with the early afternoon on New Years Eve) with wind chills dipping from -30’s to -42 and it was still very cold earlier today, tho now, late afternoon, it’s only -2 with a wind chill of -14. woo hoo, a warm up :P. So I should have a very busy next few weeks with spinning and knitting :).
Altho’ because of time constraints, it’s taking me a little more time to work on these than it should, I have finished the 1st sock of the pair. I am getting ready to cast on the 2nd sock today. 🙂 I love the color of these they are fun to knit because of the random pops of color. Even tho I went down a needle size and they are closer to the size I needed, I will either have to go down one more needle size or cast on 4 less stitches next time for a better fit. It’s all about learning with new projects. The recipient is very excited and tried on the sock and was so pleased, she can hardly wait for me to finish them :).
I’m also working on 2 lap blankets for two different people for Christmas, I have one close to finished and then I will begin the 2nd. I have another project I will begin after the socks are done that will also be for Christmas that will be knit while I knit the lap blanket, that particular project I’ll talk about later on after I finish this pair of socks, I’m very excited to begin working on it. I like having multiple projects that I can work on at the same time, different places I am during the day require different amounts of concentration, giving me the opportunity to have something to do no matter where I am, challenge or no :).
I do have one more project I will need to start sometime sooner than later, the hat for my daughter that I spun the alpaca for. She needs to sit down with me and pick out a pattern she would like that will work with the yarn I spun up for her. :). I do have some singles on my wheel that I have not worked on and I really need to finish and ply. So many things to do and not nearly enough time :P.
Oh and how can we forget about those Dallas Cowboys!!! They are doing really well so far this year, 5 wins and 1 loss and number 1 at the moment in the East :). WOOT WOOT!!