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So much yarn, so little time!



October 16th, 2009

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Finished up a few more things recently. Afghans for Afghans was asking for baby blankets, so I dug out some of my wool leftovers and some wool that I had bought to make myself a pair of felted slippers (but I have since changed my mind on colors). I used a corner of the Modern Quilt Wrap pattern for my block placement and knit up most of this blanket while watching football.

Mitred square afghan

Since it has been cold enough for scarves around here lately, I dug out some of the blue-green Malabrigo that I bought last year and made a Just Enough Ruffles scarf.

Just Enough Ruffles scarf

I also finished up spinning the alpaca/silk roving that I bought from the Gale's Art booth at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival last month. It is about 25 WPI and 260 yards/ 2 oz. The color is called "Deep Blue Sea" and is a mix of teal, purple, and green. I'm thinking that it will make a very pretty cowl.

alpaca/silk yarn

I've got a whole ton of other projects on the needles - an amber colored cardigan for myself, some scarves, some socks .............

September 25th, 2009

Still spinning and knitting

Finished up a cute top for my little niece. I tried to get a pic of her wearing it but she moves too fast. : )
Claire's top

I finished up spinning 8 oz. of some cochineal dyed CVM roving that I bought from Handspun by Stephania at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I spun it on one of the spindles that I bought at the festival. This is half of it:
Red CVM yarn

Caught up on the first 4 episodes of Glee on Hulu this afternoon while spinning up some amber colored Wensleydale roving - not too much more left to spin and then I will see how much I have and can decide what it wants to be.

August 30th, 2009

Spinning and knitting

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Have been doing a lot of spinning lately on my drop spindles. Last week Friday I picked up some gorgeous Mountain Colors Targhee Top in the peppergrass colorway and spun it up. I used the singles to knit up another Aestlight shawl which I finished yesterday:
aestlight- handspun 1

I still have almost an ounce left of the handspun so maybe I'll make some wristwarmers or fingerless gloves.......

August 11th, 2009


Went to Target yesterday for a few groceries and checked out the "Back to School" stuff while I was there. I found 2 pencil cases that are great for my knitting/spinning.

One $1.99 pencil case (9 in by 3.5 in by 2.5 in) makes a great project case for my sock knitting. There is a lot in there. : ) :
pencil case1

pencil case2

The other one is smaller but it will hold an assortment of double point needles or my 1/2 oz Golding spindle with some fiber:

pencil case 3

August 3rd, 2009

More Handspun

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I spun up some more yarn last week from my fiber stash. I found a roll of teal with black roving that I bought probably 10 years ago that looked like it would be good to practice with. After I spun it up on my Golding spindle, I remembered that I had spun up another roll of the same color on my wheel a few years ago - or rather overspun, so I decided to ply the two together. I ended up with slightly over 400 yards if I counted the wraps correctly on my niddy noddy. I washed it and whapped it and hung it up to dry yesterday on the screen porch:
teal handspun yarn

And today, my 2 new Golding spindles arrived - a tiny cherry .5 oz one and a 1.3 oz Celtic Ring 2. I dug out my samples from the Painted Rovings class that I took up at Siever's in 1999 to practice on and found the rovings that I had painted in the class for a shawl that I never got around to spinning up previously. Maybe now I finally will.

: )

July 28th, 2009

Drop Spindle

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I haven't been posting much over here although I have been knitting lots. At least I have been posting pics on Ravelry.

Among my other projects, I recently bought a Golding Celtic Ring spindle. On Friday I stopped in at the Sow's Ear and bought some Mauch Chunky roving to practice on and by Sunday night I had 2 ply yarn!

You can see the spindle better in this pic:
Celtic Ring spindle

I am now spinning some teal with black flecks wool from some roving that has been in my stash for probably 9 or more years. I've gotten a lot done while my niece naps.

I also made 2 small spindles from some donut shaped beads - one is Amazonite and the other is teal glass. I used rubber grommets in the holes to fit them onto old paintbrush handles and bent some copper wire for the hooks. They are pretty light weight so I will have to practice a bit more before I attempt that bombyx silk roving that I found in my stash. : )

June 8th, 2009


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I keep forgetting to post over here. I have been on a green kick lately. I usually go for teals- all the bluey greens and greeny blues. A vast part of my stash iis in these shades.

But for the last few months, I have been attracted to the more yellowy spring greens. I thought it was just because of winter, but here it is June and I am still buying yarn in that color.

I 'm working on a scarf in some fingering weight cotton for myself - I've started over about half a dozen times so far, trying to find the perfect project for it. I've also started a tunic top from the latest Curvy Knits pamphlet for myself in some Naturally Caron Spa (an acrylic/ bamboo blend). Both are in that spring green color and not really far enough along for pics yet. I also did a scarf for my sister-in-law in the same green in the Spa.

One that I do have a pic of is a scarf in some green Malabrigo lace weight that my sister sent me. I knit up a scarf from Victorian Lace Today:
green scarf 2

I also finished up a Baby Surprise Jacket using up the leftovers (plus a coordinating darker green of the Berocco Comfort DK) from my niece's sweater and bunny:
green BSJ

April 23rd, 2009

More Socks

I've recently finished up 3 pairs of socks - for me, yay!

One is from some Malabrigo sock yarn that my sister gave me. Switcheroo socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn:
switcheroo socks

These are my Pomatomus socks, done in Jojoland Melody Superwash:
pomatomus sock

And the last pair are some basic socks knit in Red Heart"s Heart and Sole in the Green Envy color:
Green Envy Socks

April 4th, 2009

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I made a few things for my niece who is turning one at the end of this month. One is a Secret Garden sweater from an Alice Starmore pattern. I knit it up in Berroco Comfort DK so it will be machine washable and dryable:
Secret Garden sweater

I liked the Comfort DK so I picked up a few more balls and knit up a bunny from the Debbie Bliss Toy Knits book. I made up my own clothes though for the bunny as I wanted to use up some stash yarn, including some of the leftovers from the Secret Garden sweater. I also knit as much of the bunny as I could in the round, rather than flat as the pattern called for.

The bunny:

I also took another drop spindle spinning class this week. It was fun. Now I just have to practice so I don't forget how again. : )

March 13th, 2009

A Few New Things

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I just finished up my Fylingdales Sweater from A Fine Fleece - sewed the buttons on today.
Fylingdales cardigan

I never knit things in the yarn and color that is shown in the pattern picture but this time around, I had the exact yarn and color in my stash. The weird thing though is that the pattern said that I would need 9 skeins of the Blackwater Abbey yarn and I ended up using 5 and a half of the 10 skeins that I had. I find it hard to believe that a sweater as big as the one I made only took 1200 yards but I have enough left over to make a vest or something. I think that the yarn must have been breeding while it was in my stash. : )

I also finished up a scarf done in basic seed stitch. I needed something simple to knit while my baby niece was napping on my lap. I recycled the yarn from a shawl that I knit a few years ago that I never wore- if I remember correctly, it was Mountain Colors Mountain Goat.
seed stitch scarf
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