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