Archive | April 2008

The Handspun Ribby Shrug…

is all done!

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It turned out nicely, I think, though it’s much bigger than I expected from looking at the way it fit on the model in the magazine. Now, of course – LOL – I’m not a gauge-checker generally and didn’t check to see what the finished measurements were compared to the specs in the pattern. My original gauge was a little off, I do know. I think the yarn was just a tad too thick to match the pattern’s yarn and that’s where the difference came in.

I guess beginner-spinner-luck can only last so long! 🙂

So…though I love it, I know it’s a little different than it was meant to be 🙂

It’s quite impossible, really, to NOT love this blend…the seacell/silk is awesome on the skin and it makes me crave enough to make a real sweater. Definitely something I’m going to think about next time I’m fiber shopping!

Look how nice it is up close…

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So….

I have to finish my taxes!!

LOL

I’ve definitely left them ’till the last minute this time.

I’m planning to finish the ‘ribby shrug’ today…I have about two inches left on the final sleeve and then it’s just the cast off and the seaming. Oh, and dropping the stitches 🙂 I’ll post a picture sometime today, I hope! I really like how the yarn looks…I like the ‘homespun’ look and don’t think I always want to get an even yarn. Thick and thin is OK with me!

I’m about ready to admit that jeannie is dead. I’ve lost interest and it seems an awful waste of a beautiful yarn! I rarely bail on a project but I think – in light of the price of the yarn I choose – I will frog it and use the beautiful yarn for something I can WEAR. I wanted to learn how to make the double sided cables and I wanted to learn how to work with dropped stitches. As my dh pointed out (after about an inch or two)… ‘You’ve learned!’. He’s right…I’ve learned and I’ve got so many things I want to knit instead.

I’m beginning to spin the yarn for my son’s sweater. He claimed the grey/black superwash merino I bought at the black lamb. I’ve found a basic jersey pattern at the drops site and I’m planning to use a complicated and really attractive (I think) cable pattern instead of plain stockinette. The boy is in on the planning and he’s loving the plans so far. LOL…I tried to suggest – having found the stitch pattern first and THEN finding the jersey pattern after – that we use the plain jersey and skip the stitch pattern. No way! The boy is learning to like the details 🙂

He wants – and he’s very specific lol – me to spin the black and grey while holding both colours at once and then ply that into a two ply. When we were discussing it, I asked him if I should make one strand grey and one black and then twist those two together. He looked at me like I was speaking another language and said ‘Do you mean PLY??’

At least I know he’s paying attention!!

And no…he does NOT want me to make each ply a seperate colour…he very specifically wants all the colours all the time.

So there’s the day…spinning, taxes, and knitting. The taxes are less traumatic if I tuck them between the knitting and spinning…see? Ahh, and mailing, mailing is important.

Have a fantastic day!

Working On The Ribby Shrug!

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It’s pouring rain today…and snowing in some places!! Not here though, I’m happy to say 🙂

I worked on the Ribby Shrug yesterday and I’m almost halfway done. I don’t think I’m going to have enough yarn to make the matching tank but I’m thinking a tank in another of the colours I have…it’ll be superwash merino instead of the seacell/silk if I do it that way. I think either the wine red shade or the mossy green would work with the natural beige. It’s a bummer but I’ll make it work.

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So today it’s taxes (yeah, fun) and knitting. Cleaning too if I get energetic, lol. Thankfully my taxes are very basic and I’ve already done a rough copy, months ago. If I had been smart I would have just finished them up then. Fortunately I don’t owe money this year (unless we count the back owed from last year) so the deadline isn’t cast in stone for me – BUT I plan to have them mailed by tomorrow evening, at the latest.

Another Yarn :)

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I’ve finished the first skein of two ply seacell/silk from the rovings I purchased at the black lamb!! I have 242.5 metres of a roughly dk weight thick/thin yarn. I love it! It’s a nice light natural beige and I am SO hoping I have enough to make myself the tank/shrug I want. We shall soon see!

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Grow Babies, Grow

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My baby plants are growing really well! 🙂 I can’t wait for summer….

I’ve finished Ice Queen and I LOVE it! I used an assortment of beads — didn’t have enough of any one colour and I reclaimed them from kids bracelets so I couldn’t change plans and buy more of the same.

Check it out!

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I used 1.23 oz for this and have .49 oz left for another day!

Though I CAN wait for winter…had enough already!…I’m looking forward to wearing this when the weather turns cold again 🙂 I think the colours suit the pattern and the yarn worked out so well I have a yearning to spin some more lace…wouldn’t it be beautiful in a sweater!

New Magazines!

And that means…New patterns I want to knit…and spin for…lol!

I picked up the new Vogue Knitting (Spring/Summer 08)…it features ‘organic style’ and we(me and my daughters) like a few of the designs! Not the norm for us and vogue…so it’s a nice surprise 🙂 Vogue is one of those magazines I have to have but rarely knit from. This issue inspired me to pull out the ‘eyelet candy’ issue from 07 too 🙂

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The other one I found was Knit’NStyle’s June 08 issue — featuring Meg Swansen and summer projects. There are more than a couple sweaters/tanks and a shrug we like very much!

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The first thing I want to make is the Ribby Tank and Shrug from the Knit’nStyle….

Ribby Tank And Shrug

I’m desperately hoping that I can use the 30/70 seacell/silk blend roving I bought at The Black Lamb for this…wouldn’t it be just beautiful in an ivory silk???!

I began spinning last night…I don’t know how far it’s going to go and could well end up being another little top BUT it’s going to be beautiful regardless!

70/30 seacell/silk

I’m aiming for a two ply dk/light worsted weight. The silk – lets just call it silk, it’s that soft!! – is not difficult to spin but does try to go thick and thin for me yet. I just hope, lol, that the ‘thick’ of one ply meets the ‘thin’ of the other! 🙂

Note to self – buy three bags of the seacell/silk next time…restraint!! What was I thinking?!

Good Morning :)

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I made bread yesterday…it’s delicious! I’ve been making it a lot lately — with store brand white bread going for almost $3 a loaf, it makes sense and in terms of minimal preservatives and chemicals, it also makes sense! I figure it’s foolish to assume the ingredients don’t have preservatives…the flour, yeast, etc but at least there aren’t the added ‘extras’ that you get at the store.

Took a picture of the rising loaves…ok…lol…I’m easily amused 🙂

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I love the recipes at breadworld. I downloaded some and printed them out a long time ago. The bread I make day to day is the Top Choice White Bread. Quite simple to make, uses quick rise yeast and a mixer with a dough hook and takes about half an hour to make plus 45 minutes rising and 30 minutes in the oven. I think the whole trick to bread is kneading it the full ten minutes at the end…even IF your arms are falling off after five. 😉

I’m 24/85 rows into knitting Ice Queen with my handspun laceweight and I LOVE how the colours are changing in a regular way in the yarn. It’s very very nice – earthy tones, so soft and the beads are pretty!