Jumping right in!

Hey y’all! I’m Dawn, aka dlyn1124 (on Ravelry), and welcome to the launch of the Daybreak Dyeworks blog! Please excuse the podcast-like intro and layout, but I figured this would be a good foundation for the start of things!

First off, Works in Progress:

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This is the Half Granny Square Shawl by Anastacia Zittel. Cute right? This is the first thing I’ve crocheted in quite some time and I’m really loving how it’s working up! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t just itching to start hookin’ something, but I think I picked the perfect project. I’m participating in the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup for the spring term, and for Charms class, the prompt was (in short) to craft outside of your comfort zone. That can be anything from spindle spinning if you prefer a wheel, trying out a dyeing technique you’re unfamiliar with, or, as is my case, trading in your needles for hooks. This is one of the things I’m loving the most about participating in the HPKCHC– the way the class prompts challenge you to do things you wouldn’t have bothered with on your own! That, and all the badges you get for completing things 😉 For this shawl, I’m using some awesome Noro Sekku that I got in a destash from another house-mate (for a STEAL!). I’m not too familiar or even comfortable using lace weight, but crocheting with such thin yarn isn’t as intimidating for some reason.  Probably because it didn’t take as long to see progress.

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Next up is my first adult-sized sweater! I’m knitting Toujours by Joji Locatelli, double dipping in knit alongs hosted by the Must Stash ladies and TheKnitGirllls.  This is my second go-round with this sweater. I had to frog and restart a few days ago because I had this horrible gap that was forming at the beginning of each round.  I don’t know what that was all about, but you can be sure this yarn got a good, stern reprimand before I cast on again.  All in all though, the pattern is great. It’s well-written, easy to understand, and should turn out a gorgeous piece when it’s all said (or knit) and done.

Also on the needles are my husband’s Father’s Day socks. I have one completely done, and was nearly to the heel of the second one (working from the toe-up) when I realized I had done the instep pattern around the entire foot… They also received a tongue lashing this week and were frogged back to the toes.  They’re behaving now, and I should be back at the heel again in no time.

Now, on to Spinning!

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This is the second half of a self-dyed, 100% corriedale wool.  It’s spinning up pretty thin, a lot thinner than I planned actually! I haven’t decided my plans for the finished skein though, besides the fact that it will be a 2-ply. I’m considering over dyeing the finished skein, but we’ll see.  This was more of a “spinning for spinning’s sake” type of spin!

Finished Objects:

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This is a nifty little handspun hat that someone apparently stepped on during the blocking process, as I found it somewhat folded over on itself.

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Here’s an action shot of the little knee pads I made for Boy! Don’t you just want to take a bite out of that thigh? Too cute!

And lastly, a wee stash enhancement:

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New Orleans Saints self-striping, sparkly sock yarn, courtesy of Lollipop Yarn! A lovely Mother’s Day gift to myself 🙂

Well, that’s all I have for today, friends! As it’s a holiday weekend coming up, I may not be back till next week with more news, so until then, happy crafting!

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