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!!
Here is a picture of what I’ve accomplished so far on the first spool of singles. Spinning this rolag is a little different than spinning from roving, it doesn’t move quite as fluidly as I thought it would, and this combination of fiber did NOT want to be spun thin. After fighting with it and having the singles break on me a couple of times, I decided to spin it a little heavier and it has been behaving since. The colors are beautiful and I will be spinning this for a shawl.
We have had some really bad storms here in the last couple of weeks, I’m tired of rain and humidity 😛 It is suppose to be in the 90’s this coming week, and I just have to remind myself that I will miss this heat in the winter when it’s 30, 40 and 50 below zero and tons of ice and snow :P. Tho’ honestly I have been known to miss the piles of snow when it’s 90 outside as well, lol.
I did finish the Alpaca!! 222 yards at 14 wpi, which looks like a fingerling weight. It was very fun to spin and will become a hat for my daughter :). For the Tour de Fleece tho, I can only count half of this because I already had one spool spun, so just the 2nd spool and the plying went toward this year’s Tour de Fleece.
It’s ok tho, I’m ready to start my next hand spun which are 4 ozs of these lovely rolags by The Wooly Witch. I’m excited to see what they spin up to be yarn wise :).
I decided to join the spinning Tour de Fleece this year. I am working on the alpaca I have on my wheel (pictured to the left). I have been working on it for a while so maybe now I will finish it :P. It requires some spinning every day, I’ll make the time ;).
On the right is a picture of the other two fibers (4 ozs of rolags and 4 ozs of roving) I will spin on after the Alpaca is finished. This goes on from July 2nd through July 24th. We will see how much of this I am able to finish before the end :).
I have been working on the 2nd sock for that 1st pair of socks. I’ll try to post a picture of my progress in the next few days :).
I went to my first Shepard’s Market/Fiber Fair this past Saturday. Lots of nice stuff – think, spinning fibers, yarn, spinning wheels, spindles, weaving looms and various other things with fibery stuff on it :). Sorry my picture turned out a little blurry 😦 I’m not a wonderful photographer like my sister :P. But you can see the tee shirt I bought (gotta love it this time of the year with elections coming up :P), a really cute red mug and matching bag (the bag was a mother’s day gift from the vendor so I didn’t have to pay for it woot woot), and of course you can not go to a Fiber event and not come home without a skein of yarn!! I am not where I can get the names of the vendors I bought from at the moment but will come back and edit this in a while and put their names and web page addys on and give more info on the items I bought :). It was fun, the vendors were wonderful and I am saving up so I can spend more money next year!!
Friday, the day before the market, I was in the mood to spin but not feeling like carrying my big wheel to the park, which I usually do once or twice in the spring. So I carried it outside to my balcony and finally finished that first bobbin I have been working on for quite a while (laziness and lack of time on my part) and started the next bobbin. I am going to try to spin on it every day until I have the 2nd bobbin done and then ply them and have that beautiful alpaca yarn done :). That will become a hat for my daughter, then I will have to decide which of the other beautiful rovings I have that I want to spin, tho the light colored cria I have is calling my name :P. Someday I want to save up and buy a portable wheel so I can more easily go to the park to spin whenever I want and not worry about damaging my bigger wheel in transport.
To the left is the Polypay fleece I was gifted from a friend this spring. Because I was very busy with little ones this summer I did not have time to spin 😦 , so I decided to let The Shepherd’s Mill go ahead and spin it into yarn for me this year instead of just processing it into fiber to spin. I do heavily skirt the fleeces because they do not put coats on them and the fleeces are pretty dirty and loaded with vm (they are raised as meat sheep rather than for their fleeces, tho because the ewes are Polypay they have a softer fleece.) I take off the really ugly stuff and pull out all the vm that I can and send in the fleece to the mill, they wash it (usually twice) and process it. I sent in about 4 lbs of skirted fleece and received 2.55 lbs of yarn (picture on the right) and a little left over roving that I will spin.
I will knit a hat for my friend’s husband and son from their own sheep as a thank you :). I’m sure they will appreciate the extra warmth this winter :). Now to pick a pattern to knit and colors for the yarn :).