I got up this morning and did my 15 minutes of spinning despite a small disability due to almost cutting the tip of my index finger off yesterday (maybe a little dramatic but some glue or a stitch may have been a good idea, I’ve stuck it down with tape and it’s stopped oozing and throbbing unless I knock it). It felt great (not the finger, the spinning, sticking to the plan etc), done by 7am, let’s see if I can keep it up. I ended up doing more than 15 minutes though as today is Sock Sunday and I don’t like the socks I’m working on. Despite only having 20 rounds of pattern to go, they are a trial. I took them to the skate park but didn’t get them out, I took them to an afternoon kids party and left them in the car, now I am off the read good night stories and then, maybe then, tackle the last little bit. As incentive I dug out the next pattern so hopefully I’ll have something to show next Sunday!
14 September , 2014
13 September , 2014
Prompted – as I often am – my Ruth’s blog post at the start of the month – I’ve been thinking a little on blogging lately & how my attention to blogging ebbs & flows. My attention is like the water ways around here dry and still or full and raging. Like many things in my life I am all ideas and no action so often but the thing with knitting, and spinning, is that it’s till there when you get back to it. The thing is, things don’t knit or spin themselves, they require time & patience – things I have sparingly (but I am working on that – well the patience anyway!).
When I did the Certificate of Spinning at the Spinner’s & Weaver’s Guild I vowed I would spin for 15 minutes every day – it lasted a while. I joined up the Yahoo Groups Monthly Dishcloth KAL and vowed to keep up – but I never seem to do so consistently (although I do knit all of the cloths each year even if it is a race to the end). When I started playing with the drum carder I bought a heaps of beautiful silk to blend with wool (in 2009!) to spin up the yarn for Henley Perfected – the batts are around somewhere. I engaged the family to pack up my fleeces to send off for processing – but they are still sitting in big bales in the shed (I got cold feet – what if my wool “isn’t good enough”; what if no-one will buy any & I spend a whole heap of money getting it processed into roving?). I started to tidy the study so I could get the the knitting corner & sort it out – but I had to go to work (it really gets in the way!). A friend phoned me last September to say he had some coloured fleeces from his Merino X sheep on his verandah – then called me again this week to say it was still there. It’s a pattern – a head that is easily turned; a flighty mind (maybe just super busy?).
Well, I am going to make a change – it’s good to get inspired every now & then so that things get finished! I went past my friends house & picked up the 2 garbage bags of fleece – and, to my delight, I think my fleeces are better! Got to love having a small flock that is so loved. On Thursday I flicked about 60gm of the fibre & over the last few days I have been spinning – just for a little time each day but a little time is more than none! I want to do the Susanna IC KAL on Ravelry and, while casting around for a yarn I came back to the whole “Wow – it’s going to cost me $30-$60 to get the yarn & I have all this fibre……”. I started Googling “how much fibre do I need to spin 1000 yards lace weight” but the results were not very informative. I cast around the internet for yarn again. I emailed Charli at IxChel Bunny. I sat down & flicked some fibre – 60gm took about 1/2 an episode of “Doc Martin” - done. I figured once I have this spun up I’ll flick another 60gm & spin it for plying & that will give me plenty to start the KAL but then I thought maybe I should dye the yarn? I’ll show you when the first skein is done & you can tell me what you think……
Anyway – I told my husband that from now on my summers where going to be about spinning & my winters were for knitting so my newest plan is to spin for 5-15 minutes every day from now til Christmas, it will be interesting to see how much is achieved …..
31 August , 2014
23 August , 2014
23 August , 2014
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Pattern: Giftie Slouchy Beanie
Needles – 6mm DPM
Gauge – no idea!
Timing: 29 July 2014
Yards – I had a fair bit left over – enough for another hat!
Modifications – Nil. Not really slouchy in this case, I think I’d do another repeat before shaping crown if I knit it again.
I knitted this as a last minute gift before realised the the recipient runs pretty hot. We still gifted it and her mum wears it mostly! It’s a super quick knit and fun. Not sure that I’d knit it again as I have so many beanies/hat I want to knit but I would recommend it.
20 August , 2014
When I finished the last pair of socks, I also finished off Sorella for my niece. They got bundled off together & were well received. I need to order yarn for my other niece for November but haven’t quite got there yet. Next week.
Pattern: Sorello by Georgie Hallam
Yarn – Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury
Needles – 4mm.
Gauge – no idea!
Timing: 29 March 2014 – 29 July 2014
Yards – no idea.
Modifications – Nil. I really enjoyed knitting this although towards the end it felt like it was taking for every due to it being the largest size!
30 July , 2014
I have finished a pair of socks! These guys have been finished for a little while and they’ve been posted & received. Disappointingly they are too big for J but she likes them anyway – I’ll actually measure her foot next weekend for a new pair because I don’t think these will give her the right feel for hand knit socks.
The yarn was from Charli’s sock club last year, it’s soft, glossy & was lovely to knit but I started way back in April which makes them a very long knit. In the past few months I have been working pretty much full-time and going some work slightly outside my scope of practice which made it really challenging but really rewarding. After the last school holidays life slowed down a tiny bit for a few weeks and I picked up the knitting again. It’s feels so great.
Yarn – Ixchel Bunny Sock Club
Needles – 2 mm DPN
Gauge – 8 sts/inch (I think)
Timing: Sunday 13 April 2014 – 29 July 2014
Yards – I had a fair bit left over – maybe enough for booties?
Modifications – Nil.