What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

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Hey folks! Is it just me, or is time passing by at lightning speed? It’s only gonna get worse, what with the approach of the holidays and the fact that 4/5 of us have birthdays coming between now and Christmas! Good news is, I’ll have plenty of reasons to take lots of photos, so I’ll at least have some recollection after it all blurs past.  Another good thing is that I haven’t lost any of my crafting mojo! I’ve lost most of my focus and forgotten completely about prioritizing for said birthdays and holidays, but I’m making, nonetheless. Starting with spinning!

That there on the bobbins is my The Sky at Sea colorway (from my Lazy Days of Summer series). I’ve not done much traveling in my life, but whenever I enter into that season, I’d love to go to a place where you can just barely differentiate where the sea ends and the sky starts on the perfect beach horizon. This was a two ounce sample that I’m spinning completely from end to end, and then I’ll Navajo-ply it on itself. This is another skein I’m working on as inventory at the shop, along with these:

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As usual, I’ve got several WIPs going at once, but the one I’m most excited about now is this:

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It’s Granny-mania here at headquarters! I was doing some deep cleaning yesterday and realized just how much scrap handspun I’ve stashed up since last year, whether it was the remnants of FO’s or some of those earlier, not so pretty skeins from when I first started spinning. I decided a great use for them would be granny squares for a big, scraptastic blanket, something I’ve always had on my bucket list, but hadn’t ever attempted. This is a great way to pursue this goal, and for cheap– a blanket like this would be SUPER expensive if I was buying yarn specifically for it. Another plus: granny squares are SO forgiving, especially of those first wonky skeins of handspun! I’m pretty excited about the outcome and hope to have it done in time for Christmas, if not sooner.

I’ve got a few FO’s for y’all:

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This is Zuzu’s Petals, knit out of some of my early handspun. I actually dyed the yarn after I’d spun it, which helped me to achieve this fun variegated look. I was a wee bit short on yardage, so I couldn’t complete the lace chart, but whatevs, I love it!

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This is The Age of Brass and Steam, also out of handspun. I churned this out in a matter of the week, as a part of A Yarn Loving Mama‘s spin-along/knit-along in honor of this pattern. And that week included the spinning and knitting. Talk about instant gratification! Sadly, it just isn’t my color, so it’ll be gifted. I started with 4oz of BFL top that I dyed in big chunks of red, grey, blue, orange, and a bit of brown. I split the braid in half, then ran each half through my drum carder which gave me this awesome color blending, which is exactly what I wanted, I just think it’ll look better on someone else. So here’s a tip: if you ever get stuck with a braid of fiber that just isn’t doing it for you, or you want to avoid super obvious striping, run it through the drum carder for a more subtle, tonal effect.

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One down, one to go! This is the Paulette tunic, and this particular one is for the 3 (1/2) year old. The yarn is KnitPicks bare, something or other, that I hand-dyed (and eventually over-dyed) this lovely autumnal shade of red. This pattern is so cute! Super quick and easy, and very easy to modify, which I did; I kept the eyelet pattern only on the bottom portion and never realized until much later that there were supposed to be buttons on either side of the neck… So, funny story, once I finished this (and it’s been done for weeks actually), I gave it to the 3 (1/2) year old, beaming inside, so proud of myself. Her response? “Let’s give this one to ‘the kids’ and then you can make me a yellow one!”

FYI: “the kids” = Goodwill

Nothing but beanies and mittens for her for awhile. But, that’s what’s going on around here! Have you started any holiday crafting yet?

❤ Dawn

What’s on the Wheel Wednesday!

For today’s post, I’m joining Ginny over at Small Things for the Yarn Along! Join us there, or leave a link in the comments below, showing off what’s on your wheel this week!

 

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Talk about a hiatus, eh? Sheesh! I’ll admit, things were a teensy bit crazy around here for a few weeks, but with a new season, comes a change of pace, and I’m looking forward to both! And lots of pumpkin-flavored treats 🙂 The good thing is, I’m still spinning! Pictured above is a bobbin full of sweet, Strawberry goodness on 100% Merino, but in actuality, I have three bobbins in rotation right now, switching them in and out as the mood strikes:

 

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The front bobbin is the start of some Internet Celebrity on 100% BFL that I’d been hoarding for myself. It’s only 2oz worth of fiber, so I’m thinking I’ll spin it all onto one bobbin and then Navajo ply it and hopefully end up with some decent yardage. Same goes for the Strawberry. Both of those will likely be set aside as inventory at Wild Yarns (whose grand opening is TODAY! SQUEE!!). The fiber in the middle was gifted to me by the lovely Stephanie of the Intertwined Stitches podcast, waaaayyyy back when I was still a hopeful Harry Potter House Cup participant. I’m pretty sure it’s Corriedale, and is getting spun into a simple 2-ply and knit into a Hitchhiker (which she also gifted me the pattern for some time ago). She basically spoils me as if I’m her only daughter.

Over in my Ravelry group I’m hosting a handspun KAL and have a new FO to show for myself!

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This is the Spring Hoodie pattern by Purl Soho knit up in some handspun SW Merino from Sweet Georgia. This was an easy enough pattern, and I may even knit another for myself! It’s essentially a cowl, but with defined hood shaping (as opposed to just being a really big cowl that you can pull over your head). I modified things a bit, as the pattern only comes in one size, and that was HUGE on my little one. There’s also supposed to be some kind of I-cord edging all around the opening, and the top of the hood is kitchen-er’d together, but neither of those things were happening for me. By the time I got done with this thing, I had a killer headache, so I just did a 3-needle bind off to graft it together and skipped the I-cord jazz altogether. The Kid didn’t mind one bit. Her favorite part of the whole thing is the pom-pom on the back (also of handspun– staying true to the KAL)!

Other FO’s you might have missed:

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My mom’s birthday socks

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A beanie for Jr.

Have you gotten started on your winter or (dare I say) holiday knitting yet? You better get to it! Happy crafting 🙂