Friday, November 29, 2013

so warm and cozy

So what's a girl to do with all this beautiful handspun yarn???
1) I admire it
2) I pet it
3) I admire it some more...
4) I am making blankets...

I've just finished one and I have two other blankets on the needles (one using just FatCatKnits fiber and the second is a mix of beautiful fibers)...
I am thinking of getting a wheel...but I am still having so much fun with my spindles...

Finished blanket

Words can't describe how awesome I feel whenever I use my blanket :)
Each yarn has a story....memories (good/bad) attached to them...
I hope that one day when I become a homeowner, I'll have a stack of handspun blankets...and handknitted/ quilts (I love making blankets!).

The second blanket is also a garter stitch, one of Purl Bees super easy baby blanket. I just casted on more stitches.

Yarn Love

My new obsession::  everything from Yarn Love and her fibers too!!

Polwarth Roving "Early Crocus"....

These colors just make me soo happy!!!!

Polwarth Roving "Warmth"

Audrey Hepburn Roving, 80% Polwarth / 20% Silk in Zippity Do Dah 

Scarlett O'Hara Roving, 60% Merino, 40% Bamboo

Marianne Roving , Superwash Merino " Foliage"

 Audrey Hepburn Roving again in  the colorway "Secret Stairs"

Fall Spinning

aaah...the joys of writing a dissertation and being on the job market.....
All I can say is that I am seriously tempting to include the art of spinning in the acknowledgements/ thank you section.
These past months, spinning, knitting and yoga have truly saved my sanity.... chocolate too!

From FatCatKnits,  I am still catching up on past club fibers
Arachne “Pride and Humility” , Greek Myths Fiber Club, November 2012
50/25/25 Merino/Tussah Silk/Bamboo

and regular colorways...

Merino Wool Combed Top "Curry"

 BFL combed top "Millefiore"

I tried a new wool...dorset  from Covered Bridge

A beautiful Miss Babs Merino/ Silk top "fog bank"

I can't have enough Three Irish Girls fiber...

Carys BFL in "Eighteen flavors"

 Carys BFL in "Blueberries"

 Cary BFL in Latackq, an exclusive colorway for the Net Loft

From Sweet Georgia Yarns, this beautiful fall color :)
85% Superwash merino, 15% Nylon, "Autumn Wind"

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

spinning away

I've actually been spinning more than knitting....
Spotted Circus Polwarth-Vineyard

Spunky Eclectic 60/40 Merino/ Yak , Preserved

Spunky Eclectic-Falkland Sheepswool Top, Aurora Borealis

Spunky Eclectic- South African Fine Merino,Daylily

Moonshine BFL Fiber- Nick's Room

Three Irish Girls Carys BFL- Ainsley

Miss Babs BFL and Tussah, Easter Grass

I am now ready to buy my first wheel :)

late summer

or early Fall? Time flies!
I've been enjoying my garden and canning summer produce..mostly tomatoes and peaches. YUM!

I have also been spinning A LOT!!
Below are FatCatKnits Superwash Merino- Shadowed Glen

 FatCatKnits Merino Combed top- Lichen

Into the Whirled BlueFace Leicester- Sansa

Into the Whirled 80/20 Merino Silk- Tuscadero

Into the Whirled Polwarth- Godswood

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tour de Fleece

This year I am also participating in the Tour de Fleece, spinning every day during the Tour de France.
Well, I started every day then got so busy (and stressed) with the dissertation ....
I have to say there's something so peaceful about spinning....touching the fiber, caressing it,deciding which sequence of colors to change!
I sound like a broken record but spinning does wonders to my state of mind!
And a few pictures of what I've spun recently:

The Painted Tiger:
Colorway: Qu'il fait froid!

FatCatKnits Fairy Tales Club "sea witch and little mermaid"

Enchanted Knoll Farm
Colorway: Hearts Afire

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Two special blankets

As a new spinner, I never expected to fall in love with fiber, build up a colorful fiber stash  and hand spun yarn. I still think of buying a wheel one day but so far I am loving spinning on a drop spindle, mixing different colors and creating thick and thin yarn.
I stumbled upon a simple pattern "The Traveler's Life Afghan" by Stephanie  Pearl Mc-Phee in her Book Casts off. Suddenly I had an idea, why not make a blanket with all my hand-spun yarn?? It has been sitting there waiting for a project...
I am currently working on two blankets..
The first one is made with just FatCatKnits fiber, clubs (the famous couples, Greek mythology and fairy tales) and non-club.
I casted about 63 sts and I am using size 13 needles

So far I've used: Brad and Angelina, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliette, Sid and Nancy, Gaia and Uranus

A close up:

At first I was afraid the colors will clash but I really love the results

Blanket #2 is made with a mix of other brands.
I casted on about 66 or 70 stitches and I am using size 15 needles

So far I've used Three Irish Girls  colorways in Nora, Sweet Pea and Beach Cottage as well as Miss Babs Watermelon
Words can't express the joy that I feel as I knit with my own hand-spun yarn, see the myriad of colors and memories associated with each fiber...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My second pillow

I recently purchased Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters and I am exploring the patterns. It is very fun!
I started with the pattern "stepping stairs" by John Q. Adams as it has mostly squares and rectangles.
I decided to make a pillow...Each time I look at those birds, I can't help smiling :)
They are just so happy, cute and simply adorable!!!

knitting for a silent auction

This month I've been knitting a lot for a silent auction. I feel so honored and humbled to participate by donating a few handmade items. I had so much fun making them!!!
 All proceeds will go towards funds for the food pantry's garden and nutrition programs.

Two handmade shawls
Boneyard by Stephen West
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios
Colorway: Lavenda
Size needle: 7

The Age of Brass and Steam
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios
Colorway: Azul Profundo
Size needle: 7

Two baby hats
High Peaks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Three Irish Girls
Colorway: Cabbages and Kings
Size needles: 5


Hot Waffles by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Three Irish Girls
colorway: You had me at hello

Baby blanket
This is my favorite to-go pattern
Spiral Blanket of Awesomeness designed by Sharon McMahon
Yarn: Three Irish Girls
Colorway: Tierney

and a scarf  "Hypoteneuse" designed by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Studio June