Sunday, November 18, 2007

Oh spinning ADD

So I can't remember what I did in my last post, but I've started spinning two different lace yarns meaning to knit a shawl for this spin along/knit along. Neither of them are done because of beginner's mistakes. So I spun something new. It's 4 ounces of bfl, which is my new favorite fiber.

This was the original roving:
And this is how it spun up. 600 yards of a fingering weight yarn. Not sure of the WPI, probably from my estimates, 17 or 18? (I need to find a ruler...) I'm going to knit the swallowtail shawl from it. I have yet to knit one and I think this will work out great.Right now it's soaking and I'm about to go hang it to dry! I can't wait to knit it up.

ETA: Ok I went and looked back to see my last post. The merino silk is being spindle plied due to breakage and is taking forever... I have finished spinning the pink merino but it's under-plied and I need to fix it (ugh). AND I have a new wheel after all! Majacraft Little Gem. It's great for lace and I love it SO much.

It looks crooked in this pic, but it's not, it's just my ever-so-talented skills at picture taking.Oh large bobbins how I love thee...

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Mobius

No, it is not as refined as other recent posts but yes, it fits my style and lifestyle perfectly! The Mobius shawl sets on my shoulders just right and it is warm without being heavy. I am wearing it tonight to our local High School's Championship Football will be just right with my jeans and a light sweater under it!

I do have a 'finer' shawl in the works, but I keep ripping it out.......I will perservere.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My spinning on this project is still progressing (very slowly). But I finally took my original sample and swatched it up to see what it would look like. I'm pretty happy with the result (more photos on the blog):

It won't be Frost Flowers and Leaves, I think that I would prefer a rectangular shawl and I'm also sure I won't have the appropriate yardage for the original - but I have a 'thing' for this stitch pattern, so I'd love to use it somehow.

I think it's reasonable to assume that I'll finish the yarn by the end of the year; I've got a few more ounces of the merino/tencel to go, which is progressing very slowly; and then I think it will need to sit for a bit before I ply since I've been working on it for so long!

I'm loving the inspiration from all of your progress and FO shots :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

One End Done (Legends of the Shetland Seas Stole)

Well it has been a long time since I posted. The "Legends" stole went to the back burner while I finished other lace projects but I have resumed knitting on it. The Center has been done and now one end is also completed. See above. 2 ply BFL and Merino singles from fiber purchased from Lisa Souza . Now to do the other end.

Monday, November 5, 2007

It's dryyyying!!!!

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It's so big that we had to fold it in half.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

waiting to block

The Cap Shawl is all done. I finished yesterday but, it's waiting to be blocked. The only spot big enough in the house where it won't be stepped on is my parents bed and that won't be completely free for use tomorrow (my house is filled with people and dogs). So, I'll take picture on Tuesday if the weather is good. I would have pictures right now, but unblocked it looks like a giant mess. I know it'll all be straightened out when I block it. I'm already picking out my next handspun shawl but, before that I've got a little bit of Christmas knitting to do and I'm thinking I'll knit one out of commercial laceweight too.

Shetland Triangle Finished

Here is my Shetland Triangle shawl that I finished from my handspun.


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