Saturday, January 29, 2011


I realized I named my last post "Spinning in Maryland" then all my pictures were weaving so a few spinning pictures today. Actually spent most of my time today making plans, checking stash, taking some pictures, looking for the fiber I traded last week so I could mail it on Monday. So, my current spinning project continues - the silky BFL for the Iced sweater.
BFL Iced sample1 I did an actual gauge swatch, plied a little up and knitted! BFL Iced swatch1Turned out I was spinning it a little bulky so I have knocked it back a bit.
Spinning/Weaving coming up with these fiber/yarns.2ND RH Project The commercially spun Silk/Merino in the center will be the warp and I will spin the beautiful Oatmeal BFL from independent dyer Southern Cross Fiber in a fingering wt single for the weft. This scarf will be for my Aunt who has a birthday next month (shhhhh, it is a surprise - especially since I may not get it by her birthday). I really enjoyed her interest when I visited last weekend.
Here is Spunky Eclectic January 2011 club fiber - Merino/Bamboo "Fruity Drinks by the Pool". Fruity Drinks by the PoolIt already spoke to me - eventually it will be a shawl for one of my sister in laws.
Finally I have a current picture of my Haruni shawl. I am on the second of four repeats in chart A. Haruni jan29This isn't going fast but progress is being made. The socks and baby hat I am working on are going even slower - LOL.
So, plans made - now to accomplish them!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spinning in Maryland

What a lovely weekend I had - full of visiting with a cousin and her family. We spun together, knitted together and I finished my first rigid heddle project, pictures in this post!RH project 1
Rolling Hills scarf
What a lovely weekend I had - full of visiting with a cousin and her family. We spun together, knitted together and I finished my first rigid heddle project, pictures in this post! I haven't washed it or pressed or any other finish, not sure what to do there so I will wait on that. Now I am wishing I took pictures of people and puppies while I was visiting. Got a great dog fix with Milo, a 9 month old French Bull Dog who was there the whole time I visited and short fixes with Meathead, bulldog, and Grimace, pug. It is so exciting for me to have a family member getting into spinning! RH Project

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Projects, Projects, Projects

I just don't seem to be happy unless I have lots of projects in process. Here it is, the beginning of 2011 and I am running true to form! In Knitting there is the lace KAL I have recently started, pictured above (ravelry group Southern Cross Fiber Haruni). I just love this yarn I spun as part of Plying Games and so glad the yardage looks right for this shawl. Then there are my October socks - on hold when I started knitting christmas gifts, still waiting but should be a good October Socks 1mindless knit for social knitting. A pumpkin hat just barely started for a niece whose
baby is due at the end of Feb.Classic Elite I had better get that one moved along! I have another friend who is pregnant but not due until March - have the yarn but haven't started that one yet. Then there is my September socks - started last March but left sitting in this yarn Koigu KPM They are the lovely Rivendell socks by Janel Laidman and I do love this project, not social knitting for sure.
In spinning there is a sweater project front and center. BFL in mixed natural colors for an Iced sweater. This is a KSL/KAL in ravelry group Spunky Eclectic. BFL Iced Bobbin At least until the spinning is done it wont go into the knitting queue! LOTS of fiber in my stash just waiting to jump on the spinning wheel. I think after I finish the sweater lot I will treat myself to a quick spin with 4 oz. of handpainted loveliness - but which one????
Now for the weaving. Have located some yarn to finish the project that came with my 4 harness Leclerc Dorothy and have a warp on the warping board for 2 scarf projects. The warp is white wool and I think this skein of Claudia Handpainted wool/silk will make a lovely scarf.
Last Nights Wine In the mail is a 16 inch RH loom that I plan on using for small projects out of hand spun. My first project on that loom is still marinating in my brain.
Now that I have written it down, doesn't seem like all that much.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Year

I decided it was a good idea to go with a new look for the new year after seeing my cousin change her blog.
After waiting until 9 days before Christmas to decide that I would in fact do some Christmas knitting - I managed 4 hats.All out of heavy worsted to super bulky handspun. I have been working on heavier wt handspun. Didn't get a picture of my Brother,s hat before I gave it to him but I do have pictures of the other 3. This one for a friend, Foliage out of Southern Cross Fiber spun 2 ply, "Double Dog Dare" Spring Foliage

Then there is a hat for my sister, "Tuxedo Rose", spun as a very bulky single, from Spunky Eclectic. Tuxedo Rose
Then another Foliage for another friend out of 2 ply "Angelfish" from Southern Cross Fiber. Angelfish foliage  Finished
Not bad for such a late start on Christmas knitting!