Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back at it

I have been under the weather the past couple of weeks and not up to my usual crafty self. But I am feeling better now and have a burst of energy
  I have cast on three projects AND I am rethreading the big loom to a 4 shaft overshot project in Ancient Rose Design from M P Davidson's book.
The shawl shown here I finished a week or so ago. It is my second go at Evelyn Clark's Swallowtail design with some slight  modifications. I discovered I don't enjoy nupps, so next time I will try putting a bead there instead.

Friday, March 24, 2017

It is really done

I had my occasional doubts about this bottoms up shawl. I thought for awhile that I had made a big mistake and would have to knit extra rows to fix it. I was wrong!
Penny Schumers Thistle in Bloom shawl came out beautifully. I used up 640 meters of fingering weight yarn and I love the size. Yesterday I was trying it on before blocking and it was big. I made it to keep off  the indoor chill this summer at knit night.
I chose the yarn and pattern to celebrate Spring.  I call it My Organic Lawn in Spring and I think I  got the look I wanted.
This is a great pattern. Yes, I was a little daunted with it being bottoms up, but it all turned out well and I am happy with my new shawl.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bottoms up

Row 34 of 192. One of the disadvantages of knitting a shawl from the bottom up is knowing exactly how much is ahead of me.  So I am just about 1/6th in. But it is starting to speed up a bit. I  will be interested to see how it is in another 34 rows.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spinning DK

Spinning wool for consistency can be tricky at times. I want to turn the pounds of Romeldale roving that came home from the mill in January to DK weight. I would like enough to knit Starmore's Irish Moss.

Getting DK has been tricky. I have discovered my default spin is 13 WPI. Or nothing quite standard. This is fine for my own design and could be squeezed into sport or fingering projects, but this time I want to try for spot on 11 WPI.

The yarn gauge is a big help.

Experimenting has shown me that I need to aim for a slightly smaller weight on the grid because of the way I "eye" the thickness against the line of the guide. So I am heading toward a 24 single for two  ply instead of a 22. This will work for me.
I also need to concentrate on consistency, which for me means writing it down.

The yarn on the left came out 9 WPI because I  didn't pay attention. When I concentrated, I managed the one on the right which came out at 11. It still needs improvement and I am looking forward to showing off an even skein next time. Or not. I suppose the fun is in trying and they do have machines that make really spot on DK.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Knitting lace has become a bit of an obsession for me. Shown is my second triangle shawl and I  have at least a dozen more projects lined up in my queue on Ravelry. The knitting itself is interesting, and watching it grow fun. I can see a lot more being made and a few gifted. This one will be wrapped up and sent off this week.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

My resolutions this year are both creative and health related. I already have a jump on them by starting some socks and spinning an ounce of this lovely Polworth Pygora blend I have. Here are my goals:

1. Make 17 projects using stash yarn.
2. Spin 17 skeins of yarn.
3. Knit 7 pairs of socks.
4. Knit 7 shawls
5. Weave off towel warp and finish.
6. Weave placemats.
7. Weave tencel crackle scarves/shawls
8. Finish silk scarf.
9  weave throw.
10. Weave more silk shawls?
11. 7 pairs of earrings.

12. Finish that sweater from 2010

1. take 1000 miles of walks.
2. Lose 60 pounds.

Yes, pretty ambitious, but why not? This is going to be the best year yet!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Three skeins

I just finished three skeins of rug yarn and I'm ready to start spinning  more. This is part of my effort to meet all my 2016 goals. At least I'll take a good stab at most of them. So far I've made 16 scarves, 16 things from stash, 5 out of six pairs of socks and I'm almost finished a challenge to make 16 different things. This will be a productive year of competitive knitting.