Just showing of how well the fpdc and bpdc is coming along. Slowly but well.
Friday, June 7, 2013
The knitting experiment is going well, I ripped out the first stretch of it because it was wrong, but the second batch is going really well. Counting my rows is *definitely* helping. (yeah, yeah, funny that!) :D
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Like I don't have enough on my plate right now, I've decided I'm going to try knitting again. So my travel not-spinning project is Wisp. Though I'm only doing it as a shawl, not putting the buttons or button holes on it. I've already had to rip it out once though, so I'm a tiny bit nervous, but I think it will be okay.
I'm using the last of the silk/merino lace-weight I bought for Christmas projects last year from BlackSheep DyeWorks in the lovely Chestnut Multi. I like working with lace-weight for crochet, so I'm hoping that lace-weight will be more successful with knitting too...
I feel like an 8 year old holding one of those fat pencils with no clue what the hell you're doing. My fingers just don't have that muscle memory yet and it's not coming quickly... I am hoping with time, that will change. But, for someone who is usually pretty proficient with string, it's horrible feeling so graceless!
Someday I desperately want to own a shetland ring shawl, and that requires knitting, so I need to learn. *nods*
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
- the CALs (definitely need to finish May, we'll see what is on the dock for June, July & August)
- spin linen for summer hat, crochet it
- spin wool for Wēland's garters
- spin wool for Wēland's sweater
- finish Wēland's socks
Current status of all this..
May CAL - Blooming Flower Cushion from Attic 24 in Carons Simply Soft- Sticks and Stones (none of the pics on the web actually do the yarn justice, so I'm not linking).. The complicated part is almost done, I just need to finish the last petal round, then start the back, which is just a bunch of dc in circles. It will drive me insane, but shouldn't have any problems finishing it by the end of the month. :)
Summer Cloche - Shell Brimmed Cloche in handspun linen. I need a summer cloche and have been lusting after this one, and cannot find one to purchase that I like as much, so.. clearly that means I make one of my own. :D
Garters - Wēland and I are involved in re-enacting, and it was traditional for a woman to present her love with garters, they were a small present that were regularly given (garters in this case being a narrow band used to hold up wool or linen stockings). The wool is 100% Shetland (Kentswold Shetlands for the win), dyed with onion skin. It's a lovely yellow. My made-of-awesome EvilTwinSister is lending me her box loom until mine is done for this project. :D
Sweater - This one is also for Wēland (seeing a trend this summer?) I'm spinning up yarn for his Mom to knit him a sweater out of our lovely gray ewe, Sen (more Kentswold Shetlands for the win!). Not dyed, just lovely luscious heathery wool. She's got a sort of light weight double coat, and I left the heavier black in to create some texture. Thankfully this is not intended to be worn next to the skin, or I would absolutely have to separate out the less soft fibers! :D
Socks - Annnd another one for Wēland. I'm working on a pair of socks for him, which I've already posted about. :D
OH! And I haven't talked about the stinky project.. Have been collecting first morning urine from Wēland for the last few days, I'm dying with indigo this summer! :) Obviously I will be posting pics of that as it happens. :D
Last update, I swear.. I was totally weak today (payday).. Bought some goodies from Sirensong Fiber, because she's evil and posted two things that I had to have... One is a cloud of merino silk mohair and alapaca (there are still 3 ounces of Stella Luna left for those so inclined) and the other was an "impulse" buy of cochineal and saffron died silk in the most amazing orange. Sadly there was only .8 ounce (why it was an impulse, have no idea what I'm doing with it.. lol), but the color was irresistible!
So much for "No, I really don't need any more roving... WEAK IN THE FACE OF FIBER!!!!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This has been interesting because the "top" size in the pattern is 66 rows around, which didn't get past his ankle. So this is my first ever sock, and I'm having to mess with the size. Wēland is not a small man, but he has hobbits feet. :D I'm a little nervous about how it will go once I get down to the ankle, but I'll be here to share. :D
Also? I found some old hooks at a local antique store recently, a set of size 1, 2, 3 and 4 steel hooks, wtih a beautiful patina. I think some are size repeats, but.. they were $1, and needed someone who would love them. :)
- Pattern: Top Down Socks modified to fit Wēland's feet (I hope)
- Yarn: VillageSpinWeave's 30/2 spun silk (doubled)
- Hook: 2.75
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
While sick as a dog over the weekend, whipped out this silly bit of stuffy-blanket. It's the Crochet-Along project for April, for the Google+ Crochet-Along.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Luxurious doesn't even begin to describe the yarn or the start of the throw. I am so in love with this fiber and the finished product that it starting to show. :)
Sunday, January 27, 2013
First off, my apologies for the silence. It's been a rough week for my sinuses and thus general ability to function.
Still working on Neptune's Tears, haven't been spinning (because it's been making me dizzy, see comments about sinuses above, I hate my sinuses).
Also, I will be a little quieter until the end of May, in addition to being a fiber junkie I have goals involving academics, and classes started up this past week, so much of the time that I would have been spending with fiber in my hands was instead spent with a book (or journal article as the case may be).
But I will be updating projects as they go. :)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I plied up a small sample of the yarn over the weekend (yeah I need pics) and thus, I need to do the official... new project comments.. :D
Pattern: Hinterland Throw
Yarn: Handspun Muga Silk from FiberDyet (roving from FiberDyet, I'm doing the spinning)
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Four Roses: At the 75% mark for the whole doily, 4-5 rows into the last two roses.. I should be done by Monday, depending on how much I work on it over the weekend (as we will have guests, that will likely be less than it would be normally.. :))
Muga: It arrived, and is more ridiculously beautiful than I could have possibly believed. But Wēland and I have decided that quite frankly it is far too beautiful a fiber to be used on something that will go into the kitchen, so I bought more (also from FiberDyet), and I think that it will be used instead for the Hinterland Throw. I have been told that making a throw out of a silk that was once reserved for emperors is horrifying and insane. I think making a snuggle throw for my family out of an amazing and beautiful fiber that begs to be touched is the only sensible thing to do. But my concept of sensible has long been warped.. :D
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Neptune's Tears has taken something of a backseat (though it's still making good time), but I'm enjoying the Four Roses so much that when I get home, I want to work on it. I should be done with that by next week sometime, I started it Sunday and am already at the half-way mark. :)
Filet is fun, because at first it really looks like there is nothing there, but as you start to make progress, and then you step back, all of a sudden, there's a flower, or a vine, or whathaveyou.
It's sort of magical.
Though I feel bad, I know that I will not be working on it as much once the Muga arrives.. but maybe I can finish it in advance. :D *fingers crossed*
Also? I've decided I need this t-shirt: http://www.zazzle.com/clotho_shirt-235716924362333274
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Okay, so the solid rows of Neptune's Tears getting kind of boring after a while, so I took a break to start a new project that is destined for my office. The co-worker that I work closest with and I share a hallway window, that we have taken to decorating for various holidays, and she mentioned the other day that it was a shame that we didn't have anything to decorate the space with (we're going to do Valentine's day, but Christmas JUST came down, so it's a little early still).
Obviously I took this as a sign from on high that I should do as I had been threatening to do for some time, and do a doily/fillet crochet project..
Pattern: Four Roses Doily
Yarn: Camilla Valley Farms 2/20 Irish Linen
:) It's coming along swimmingly and surprisingly fast, I'm already on the fourth row (first actual "pattern" row).. Can't wait until this one is done.. I admit that there is a part of me sort of hoping it will end up too big for the space alotted for it (the 2/20 is larger than the #20 thread called for), so it can stay home, but.. Either way I'll get to see it every day, so.. :)
Friday, January 11, 2013
*Much as MB is the nickname for the daughter on here, Wēland is the hubby. :)
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I have finally accepted that the bus is NOT the place to spin cobweb silk. As much as I pretend that I can spin cobweb anywhere anytime, the bus is a ROYAL pain in the ass to deal with fine silk.. Which is extra stinky since it delays the silk embers scarf spinning which was the next scarf I wanted to make a priority, and will delay the spinning for the Daisy Table Runner with the Muga (the bus is a surprisingly useful time for spinning, since there is no 8 year old, or dogs or cats to interrupt me).
The Muga is mostly why I wanted to post today though, I finally broke down and picked up 3 oz of Muga Silk from Fiber Dyet and I cannot wait until it arrives. Muga is a very specific variety of silk that is the most amazing golden color, and is incredibly strong and lustrous. I've heard all sorts of wonderful legends that only the Mughal of India was allowed to wear this style of silk, though I haven't done the historical research to confirm this as truth or not. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assam_silk#Muga_silk).. I hadn't bought it years ago when I saw it at $7 per ounce, and have been kicking myself ever since, so when I saw that it was available for $8.25 at Fiber Dyet I had to have it... Now I just have to be patient until it arrives. Yeah, patience, HAHAHAHAHAHA, whatever. I WANT MY SILK! :D
But for the bus? I'll stick to the panda roving for the MB's scarf (merino/silk/bamboo in the Gummy Rainbow colorway from Spinner's Candy, pattern it will be for is: Monika)
note: MB is my daughter, no those are not her initials, they are the initials of her nickname, which to preserve her eventually realization that it's a horrible nickname even if it was given in love, I will not give here..
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This feels less like I'm losing my mind or out of my depth, which is a nice feeling.
Though it is amusing how much faster the first few rows go.. :D Hehehehe
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I have decided that I am doing 3 lace panels, 1 solid, 2 lace, 1 solid, 1 lace, then the edging. I think this will be lovely and use the yarn I have well. I am also treating 3 repeats of the solid as one panel (since it is only 2 rows).
I do have to laugh, shawls are amusing, every row goes slower than the last, psychologically and literally. But I am loving this and cannot wait until it is done, blocked and wearable. :)
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The reality is that I am having an INTENSELY difficult time keeping the sides balanced, and I don't know why.
I think I need to walk away from this for a day or two and then go back to it, but I finally managed to finish the solid section, and have it balanced, and I started the first lace section and it's gone wonky.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I ripped out the stupid thing no less than 5 more times after that first post, finally figured out what I was doing wrong (putting the dc in the base of the ch3, then putting a dc in the top of the stitch next to it, as though it were not the base stitch of the ch3, so I kept ending up with too many stitches on the starting side of each row.
I know better than that, but for some reason? Brain was not functioning last night.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Yarn: Hand spun merino/silk/bamboo blend, on a 1 oz bottom whorl spindle.
Colorway is "Ocean's Swell"
Roving purchased at: Spun Right Round in Cortland, NY.
That is what I am doing here. :)
There will be updates on projects, rants about issues, and if I find something doesn't make sense in the pattern, I will make my notes here so that I can find them later. :)