Well I did it again. No I didn't cut my finger with the rotary blade - but I might as well have. In an attempt to get my big spinning wheel working I was testing out some fiber - when all of a sudden the whole flyer and bobbin came off and slammed into my big toes. I'm pretty sure it is broken or really badly bruised. I've been icing it and it hurts to walk. Again the hubby wonders why hobbies are so violent!
Ps - I know I have ugly toes...get over it, they are feet!
Well I had a play date this week with a dear friend who reminded me exactly how much I do love spinning. I've been fighting with my large wheel (since the fire they broke some pieces and it just doesn't work correctly). But, my traveling wheel works perfect. Hence ... a little to show this week.
2 oz singles of a wool/nylon blend that I plan to design a pair of sock for.
2 oz singles of a Twiggi roving that I have no plan for yet.
Hopefully I finish these up and can show some yarn soon.
Project Details: I did this as part of the Ravelry group on using up stash sport and sock yarn. They pick the patterns and you just work on the ones you want. I've been meaning to do one but haven't done it until now. I started on May 2nd and finished today May 24th. I could have done these in a day if I had nothing else on the needles. They knit up really really fast! I used Wayward's sport yarn from the Sherlock Holmes club. I probably used around 150 yards. I could make another pair out of the yarn I still have.
The only change I made to the pattern was to do fewer repeats on the thumb (because I have short thumbs). Otherwise it is exactly as written.
I decided to do a few mini quilts to practice techniques. I suck at machine quilting. I can do quilting in the ditch and straight lines but anything else and I'm crap. For this quilt I decided to let my mind go wild. I had fun and learned a ton. Next - perfect binding!
Well I've finished the mystery 220 project from May (have I said how much I love this group?)
Project Details: Started on May 1st and finished on May 15th (quick knit). It took 220 yards of fingering weight yarn and is done with drop stitches. There is even a little ruffle at the bottom. I think it is officially called a shawlette. The pattern is Storm Cloud Shawlette and is free on ravelry. Great use of left over fingering weight. I used Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham baby alpaca yarn (so it is really really soft).
I was going to start cutting out a bunch of hexagons from this jelly roll. But it turns out the template I have is too large for the fabric. Guess I'll have to wait till I'm home to print out a smaller template.
It had to happen sooner or later. A crafting accident. I put a new blade onto my rotary cutter and the cut the side of my finger off. No stitches - but it did bleed for a full day. It is finally healing up.
In my UFO Domination plan for 2011 I HAVE TO FINISH THIS QUILT. I know. Say it loud and it is sure to happen. But, that is what I'm hoping for. I have all the pieces cut out and am 1/2 through piecing the first bit of the leafs together. Once each half is finished then I will put them together and add stems. Then I can put the whole quilt together. Sounds like a lot I know - but shouldn't be too bad.
My goal for this project is to piece the blocks little by little during the week. I hope to have the whole thing pieced in the next two weeks. It will be a queen size quilt once it is finished.
I've been working on the Cleopatra Shawl and woke up this morning to find that Methow had carried the shawl into the kitchen and also drug yarn throughout the house. Feeling uninspired to work on it once this has happened.
In my attempt to finish up UFOs this year I have finished up the top of this quilt. Since it is larger than a king I can't quilt it - so I'll be taking it to someone to quilt up. You can see in the photos what the backing fabric will look like and also the size (since I had Mike get in one of the photos).
I think this might be our fall quilt. Once it is finished that is.
I'm a knitter and a lover of all fiber arts. Could there be enough time in the day to design and knit everything you want?? I keep busy by being outside, getting into trouble, and being a general good pain in the ass!