Saturday, October 31, 2009
What it looked like spun up.
I hand spun this yarn (Diego Rivera from Oceanwinds Knit). It was 2 ply 300 yards sport weight. I used size 8 needles to knit this up. I used Susan Undulating Waves Scarf pattern ... it was free on my pattern of the day calender. The pattern calls for beads - I did it without. I'm sure that when I make it next I'll use beads. This was started on September 25th and finished October 31st. Of course I wasn't focusing on knitting it (it was my house knit project).
I'm now just trying to decide if I should block it or let it be more natural.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Well here is the skinny. Taking my gauge of 5 sts/inch (when I should have 5.75 sts/inch) and doing some math - I came up with knitting the size super small for the Sicily sweater. Knitting the small sweater means that the final dimensions should be spot on with the medium size that I was going to do before. THANK GOODNESS! I really wanted to use this yarn. I'm now 2.3 repeates into the cable that goes under your breasts. I believe I'll end up doing around 11 of them. This is slow going - the cable pattern isn't easily memorized.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday is suppose to be spinning day. Well I can say that no real spinning has been done this week. NONE. Anne helped me fix my wheel last week.
I got the mitten book I wanted to read up on the gauge of yarn I wanted to spin with the latest roving of the month. The new mitten book looks AMAZING. I have found 6 things I need to do.
Mittens I'd really like to make.
Anne has told me that the latest roving needs a bit of prep work before spinning and how now scared the holy living crap out of me. I'm worried I wont be able to get the gauge I need for these mittens. Should I start? Should I try it? YIKES! Nervous!!!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Question I just posted to Ravelry:
Okay - here is my question. I got my yarn out, super excited to start this project, and I’m having a very hard time getting gauge.
I’m using Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK. I’ve gone all the way down to a size 4 needle (which is INSANELY tight) and I’m still only getting 5 sts per inch.
Can anyone help me? I bet if I go to a size 2 or 3 I might get close. But, at that point the sweater wont even move. It will be like concrete.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I just got this book: The Enchanted Sole in the mail. I've been waiting for it and even paid extra to get it here fast. I'm fully in love. Amazing patterns - and they appear to be easy enough to read. I have 6 picked out to make ... I'll have to pick one and get cracking.
I'd say very unexciting - but that would be an over statement. These socks seem to be the slowest knitted socks on the planet. I keep picking up other work in the middle of them. I figure if I post the slow progress - maybe (just maybe) it will force me to get my butt in gear and actually finish them up.
This is still the Seed Stitch pattern (from the SOTM kit) and Trekking hand painted yarn. And ... still sock #1. Ouch - right - hopefully I'll finish these soon.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Knit on size 0 needles. The pattern is free from Knitters Brewing Company. I used two different left over sock bits to knit this up. Took about 1 hour and was very fun.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Started October 13 - finished October 18 (easy as pie to knit up). The hardest part was figuring out the gauge. I started on size 8 needles - but the hat was just too big. I went to a 5 stitches for inch gauge on size 7 needles and prefer the fit. I also removed all of the extra knit rounds during the decrease so that the hat is less deep (or tall). I prefer shorter hats. The yarn was dreamy and the pattern was great to read. The pattern, from Impulse of Delight, gives both written instructions and a chart. The yarn is from Liberty's Yarn and is very very soft.
As you can see the decreases and knit stitches make a nice shape to the top of the hat. I'm sure this will be a regular in my wardrobe.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Regardless - the poor wheel hasn't been spinning anything this week.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Dreamy. Just dreamy.
Oceanwind Knits Waterlilies (August's club I believe). Merino-secell roving 100% superwash. Fantastic to spin and well ... a dream. I'm so inspired and impressed that I feel like I need more more more. Lori really out did herself. I'm thinking I might make a hat with this.
234 yards of DK weight double ply.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Bend's thoughts on the Gretel Tee.
Patons Australia Fireside 8 Ply (6 skeins out of the 9 used). Size 6 needles. I made this a size smaller than I normally wear. It fits much better than I thought (even thought it is a bit small in the sleeves). I started it on August 30th and finished on September 10th (I guess that would make this a very very fast knit).
Monday, October 12, 2009
My September Oceanwind Knits roving package arrived this weekend (while I was gone to the races - at least I wasn't able to sit around and be sad that I haven't finished up the remaining 2 oz of blue from last month). I have not decided what I want to do with it or even how I'll spin it - but the colors sure are lovely.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I think when I'm done - depending on yardage - I'll make a lovely hat out of this. This is some of the most fantastic yarn I've ever spun. Fast, easy and like cotton candy!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My goal is to finish up this top at the race track this weekend. Possible?
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This weekend is the Taos Wool Festival. It is a small festival - but packed with great booths and lovely people (I even met some Santa Fe knitters, a knitter/spinner/weaver who lives 1 block from me, and some new ABQ friends).
Here is Mike and Ritch helping me out at the festival. They stood outside of the tents with a large backpack and carried my loot as I walked around. It was very nice to have such good help!
They had all kinds of live stock - mini sheep, alpacas, shearing demos. It was neat to see them all there!
My purchases. I didn't go crazy. I got a pound of wonderful mint chocolate chip merino, I got some angora, a few skeins of yarn, a mixed bag of bright roving, and some other fibers .... way too much fun!