Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Right time and place

I'm a big believer in waiting for the right time and right place, not pushing things that are not ready. 

As an example, about 3 or so years ago I was given 2 cones of 10/2 perle cotton in the most hideous mustard color. I couldn't imagine what I would ever do with it so it has sat in my stash with nothing planned for it. 

When I finally started putting my toe in the weaving pool I thought it might be good throw away warp that I could practice with. 

Before Thanksgiving I finally wound a warp. In January I finally got the little 4-shaft table loom warped. This is the one I found buried in an out of the way antique shop in the wilds of Kentucky about 3 years ago which I spent quite a while cleaning up and putting to rights but haven't yet used. 

And there it sat. I had plans to do some sort of sampling but just wasn't that excited about starting. But tonight I was digging through some supplies where I found some multi-colored cotton flake that a friend had given me several years ago. I couldn't believe it!  It included the perfect colors to match with the warp that I had waiting. The PERFECT colors. 

Now I can't wait to get started weaving my towels. 
The turquoise on the right is just the waste yarn used to set the warp up and the blue in the middle is a perle cotton I was going to use for my sampling. And the. On the left is the beginning of the cotton flake. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ooh La La

FINISHED!  I ooh'd and aaah'd while I was spinning and while I was knitting but only in the wearing is the true luxury felt. 
Once it's washed and blocked it will lay a little better but I love it so much I need to work on writing down the pattern. I wasn't going to but I just have to. 

There's nothing hard about any of it but I didn't keep track of things as I went. Watch this space and I'll post it when it's ready. But to get the full effect you should really get your spin on!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Almost there

I've finished the skirt of my new sweater and I couldn't be more thrilled. 
I've still got to finish off the neckline and decide whether I want to add lace to the sleeves but it fits beautifully and it's softer than a baby's bum so I'm happy. 

It's always a gamble to design on the fly like this and the stakes are even higher when the gamble involves handspun luxury fibers (alpaca, merino, silk, angora and cashmere). I've held my breath through this process but it looks exactly like I saw in my mind's eye all those weeks ago. That's very satisfying, to say the least. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Soooo close

I got so close to finishing my sweater. I thought sure the 400 yds of lace weight I'd done would be enough. And it almost was. 

I got down to this. 
And that's not quite enough to do the job. 

So I spent my day working on getting a little more done. 

Now I just need to ply and wash and then   I'll be ready to finish.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Work has resumed

I finished spinning and am now knitting with the most luxurious luxury yarn I've ever knit with in my whole life. 
I just can't put it down (not without having a temper tantrum). Even if I never wear it, I will have it in my lap to squish and pet. Crazy soft and cushy. And I thought the alpaca part was soft. 

I think I've got enough in the 400 some odd yards I've got but I do have enough fiber over for another 300-400 yards if I need it. Otherwise it will be spun for another project. But it will be spun. Unless I need it for this project, I'll probably wait until it warms up a little so the silk doesn't go quite as nutso. 

But so far, so good and on we go. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

We interrupt our regularly scheduled project...

It took a while but I finally started making progress on my adult (grown up person) version of the Baby Rocks Vintage sweater using my handspun alpaca, angora, merino yarn. 
This section was knitted side to side and then I knitted a section below to finish out the bodice. I didn't want to do just a plain stockinette for that section and, since the skirt part is going to be lace, I decided to try something different. 

I knitted one round and then on the second round, I used twisted stitches (knit though the back loop) and repeated the 2 rows. Ancient Egyptian knitting used this twisted stitch frequently and I like the texture. 

It makes a really interesting woven texture that I like a lot. 

Lots of progress, right?  You'd think so until you realize that I still need to finish spinning the merino/silk yarn for the skirt. Here's what it looks like right now. 
There may yet be some work left to do. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Not everything takes 10 years

Handspun alpaca spun to cushy thickness and knitted to a lumberjack hat. Makes me want to sing, "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay. I sleep all night and work all day."

But I don't care. I've never had a hat this warm and that's all that matters.