Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Swatches Swatches!

For the Southern Cross Fibre & Friends SAL/KAL I have been working on spinning swatches that I then knit up. I still want to wash and block them but I have made a decision. First the pictures. Here they are knitted(woolly on the left - n ply on the right:
Jan 2012 SAL knit swatch
Here they are spun and washed (woolly on the top - n ply on the bottom):
2012 SAL/KAL
I wanted a woolly airy yarn and even though my eyes love the n plied samples - the 2 ply is what I want for this project. Ha - I also got gauge with that one!
Similarly with the felted samples I did for Hannah's Hat - I am not choosing the one my eye loves the best but the one that looks more like Hannah. The one with blue.
Hannah swatch 2
Felting swatch1
I really see how helpful swatches are in so much more than just gauge!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Second Houndstooth

This pattern was the first Spunky Eclectic Weaving Club project and I loved it but gifted the first so bought some more of the same yarn to make one for me – I finally did! Could use a little press but it is finished.
Linda's Houndstooth closeup
Also swatching for yarn to be used in a SOL/KAL on ravelry. It is Southern Cross Fibre Polwarth - just love Polwarth - in a sale lot plus I will be using some Polwarth Tencel also SCF Snowgum colorway. I am planning on a Vine Yoke Cardigan designed by Ysolda Teague. I will blend the Snowgum and use that yarn for the yoke, the more variegated fiber will make yarn for the body. I am excited about this project, it is another sweater that is constructed side to side.
2012 SAL/KAL
When I was spinning I was sure I would like the 2 ply the most, it is very airy yarn which I wanted but looking at the n ply, now I am not certain. Kitting each will be next then hopefully a decision!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Christmas knitting continues!

Finished my brother's microphone cozy, just needs a wash. Knit out of my handspun Spunky Eclectic "Headache" single. This is pre-soak, it is soaking now.

Tendrils finished plying and washed. This if for my next socks with tall cuffs.
At my spectacular, lovely, fantastic weekend at the beach with Elaine, Elizabeth, Susan and Leslie I wove my scarf. I have been wanting to do one with the stripes long ways. Kind of miscalculated so ended up with a more narrow warp than I thought but I have already worn it!
During the week, in bits after work, I got my Harp rewarped with yarn I bought from Spunky Eclectic to do another hounds tooth scarf. The first I gave to Susan but I loved the pattern and the fabric the yarn made so I got yarn for a project for me.
Swatching to find out how the yarn I got for Hannah's Felted Hat will felt. I am thinking I will use light blue instead of the fuchsia. I think that will work better for her. Got too dark to get a picture of my second swatch. This last Christmas gift needed to wait until she was here so I can get a good fit (that is my story and I am sticking to it!)
Now if I just had one more day in the weekend!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Knitting in 2012

Actually, the knitting was the end of 2011 but I seem to have missed taking pictures of a lot of my Christmas knitting. Here are the fingerless gloves, Autumn Mitts, I knitted for my sister out of hand spun 2 ply Shetland from Spunky Eclectic a club fiber in the colorway Pomegranate. The pattern is Leafy Mitts by Ruth Stewart
Autumn Leaves
I also took a picture of my finished Corinne sweater with the crocheted neckline to keep it from stretching. I am so happy with how it now feels - I wear it regularly and am in the process of picking out the fiber for my next hand spun sweater!
Finished sweater!
Still spinning SCF Tendrils for my next socks and have fiber beamed on my Harp - just need to finish the threading.
Have to love a month that starts with lots of fiber fun!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


As I was responding to some compliments on pictures I had posted in ravelry I glanced down the list of individuals I was including in my post: New Orleans, Texas, England, Wisconsin, Australia. The internet is just amazing! When I heard about the earthquake in Virginia near DC this year I emailed friends and family in the area. Many responded almost immediately since they got the messages on smart phones. I visualize all these contacts as a globe with arcs from each individual connecting them to me - all part of my community. I just love it! I do believed all life on earth is connected - how nice that with the web we can have contact and exchanges too!
Happy 2012 all!