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

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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 🙂

 

 

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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The wheel is clear today, and  I think The Queen deserves a day of rest, because she’s been working hard! My thighs deserve a bit of a rest too, for that matter. Up there, you have 792 yards of lacey goodness, my friends. Dance Fever, 2-ply, 100% merino.

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Ain’t she a beaut?! This has been my best yardage to date, and I must say, I’m pretty proud. I’ve already picked out a pattern for her too; a little ambitious for me, but how can I not knit this into something absolutely magnificent!  And speaking of knitting with handspun, I do hope you’ll join me over in my group where I’ll be hosting a Back to School Handspun KAL running alongside the Must Stash ladies (so, yeah, double dip it up)!

In other news: an FO!

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…sort of. Still gotta weave in those ends!

And my most favorite WIP this week:

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Paulette is working up quick as lightening, quite possibly because I’m using the wrong needle size, but no matter. Chances are, I’m gonna have to frog the whole thing because of a shortage of yarn (since the needles are too big), but hey, maybe not! We’ll see what happens. This one is for my 3 y/o and now that I think about it, I think I accidentally cast on for the size 6 (instead of 4)… Anyhow, the yarn’s some self-dyed (over-dyed actually) Knit Picks-something-or-other in my Strawberry colorway.

That’s it from me, for now! What are y’all working on? Whatever it is, happy crafting!

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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Today’s post is gonna be a quick one because things are BUSY here at headquarters! My mom is visiting for a week, which is tons of fun! I’m hoping that will equate to lots of spinning time for me though, because I have a lot going on in the fiber world! More on that later though– I’ve gotta keep this post short and sweet.

For my spinning, I’m halfway through the 2oz sample of my Lazy Summer colorway. This was dyed on 100% Falkland with big color repeats of dark pink, tan, and a turquoise shade of blue. The long chunks of color lend themselves beautifully to fractal spinning, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I started spinning up the half that was split for short color repeats first– for some reason that always seems to spin up faster for me. I’m deliberately not spinning too fine, as I have a deadline to get this complete, so my singles are about a fingering weight, and I’m guessing I’ll have a decent sport-dk weight when the yarn is complete. I’m dyeing to see how this looks plied!

On the knitting front, Junior’s new longies are done, minus the drawstring:

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As you may very well see, one ball of yarn (self-dyed) came out much darker than the other, hence the two-toned legs, but that’s okay. Color-blocking is in 🙂

That’s all I have for today! Lots of things are in the works for DBDW, but I’ll save those details for another post! Things may be quiet here for the next few days, with my company and all, so I hope y’all have a great rest of the week! Happy crafting!

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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It kinda looks just like an ear of corn on the cob, doesn’t it? This past week I’ve been spinning up the 2oz sample of my Sweet Corn colorway, and I just got the first half done. This was dyed on 100% merino and is spinning up like a breeze. I’ll be honest though, this was more of a “spinning for the sake of keeping what little dignity I have left” project. Remember this post where I flashed that photo of everything I was gonna spin during the tour? I even made some superfluous claim about spinning a 3-ply sock yarn! Well, sadly, it didn’t happen 😦 Only one of those braids got touched ( The Sweet Georgia, Violet Hill), and the others are all still sitting in bags, in a box, waiting for their shot at freedom. I’m a little disappointed with how my first Tour panned out– I just didn’t have the time or focus to tackle most of my goals. It’s still so fun (and encouraging and inspiring) to see what everyone else is doing though, and that’ll help me stick with my goals, even if I don’t reach them until well after the Tour ends.

Some knitting?

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This batch of fluff is the beginnings of a Featherweight Cardigan, which I’m giving myself all the way until my birthday (end of November) to complete. I can’t wait till it’s done though, because I am going to LOVE this sweater so much. A simple, grey cardigan is a staple in my wardrobe, and the one I have now is nearly 4 years old, and getting a bit raggedy. Plus, I got it from Wal-Mart, so you can guess how luxurious it is.  Once this baby is done, I fully expect to be wearing it for the rest of my adult life. To ensure it’s long life, I’ll be adding a good bit of length to the body and probably changing/ narrowing the neckline a bit. And I’m also knitting it about 2 sizes bigger than I need– never know when it’ll need to be a maternity cardigan 😉

I also have a finished object!

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Despite what my 3 year old thinks, this  isn’t a “white pumpkin”, it’s a boob. Remember my friend who needed the uterus? Well she requested a breast that could be used for nursing demos as well. I used this pattern, and it worked up in no time. I’m excited to see what her next knitted anatomical need will be!

So that’s it for me today. Here’s to the last week of Le Tour! Happy Crafting!

 

Tour de Fleece (and other stuffs…)

Hey, friends! First of all, where in the world did last week go? Ghee whiz! That may have very well been the busiest week I’ve had this year. I was busting my rump to get my sweater done for the KALS, decided at the last minute to attend a friend’s surprise birthday dinner, had my monthly “mom group” meeting, and lots of dyeing and spinning in the midst. So, how’s about a recap, yes?

Le Tour de Fleece

Sadly, I was not able to spin through the 4oz of Dance Fever that I broke into last week, but over these last two days (days 1 and 2 of the Tour) I’ve gotten through the first 2oz. I’m soooo excited to see this finished up and to get knitting with it!  Please excuse these low quality night time photos:

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For today (or at least this morning), I’m spinning up some rolags in my Meadow by the Lake colorway, but there isn’t very much to show with that just yet. But since we’re speaking of rolags, if you’re a beginning spinner or someone who prefers spindles over wheels, rolags and punis (“POO-neez”– like rolags, but much denser) are perfect! You don’t have to worry about splitting fiber into sections, the process used to make them does  some pre-drafting for you, and they’re great for traveling! And if you’re a wheel spinner, the prep on them is ideal for woolen spinning.

Some of my other Tour plans include spinning up the Sweet Georgia fiber I acquired.

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I was thinking of spinning one of the braids into a 3-ply sock weight (they’re both superwash merino), but now I’m thinking I’m just gonna spin them as regular 2-plies and knit something fun for my girls… Maybe even ply them together!

I also want to spin this braid, dyed by another of my Rav BFFs, and get it knit into a Hitchhiker:

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School’s still in session over at Hogwarts! June was a much slower month for me, but I still got some classes complete, and one major assignment turned in. I had to get the OWL I proposed to 50% completion and I did! I’m interpreting the solar system into spun yarns, and here’s a few collages I submitted giving some insight into fiber prep and dyeing:

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I finished the sunshine sweater!!!!

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What I learned: don’t judge a pattern by the photo! I loved the shape of this sweater, but never fully considered how the shape was achieved; much to my demise, it was with a million short rows! Overall though, I love the finished product. Blocking it did wonders (although the 3-needle bind off at the shoulders still looks a little sketchy), and it’s light, loose, and oh so yellow!

Stash Enhancement

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The lovely Wren, of Sunrise Fiber Co., had a flash Facebook sale last week on samples, seconds, and a few one of a kind colorways, and I was able to snag this sweet skein. It’s on her Classic Sock base (100% merino) in a one of a kind colorway, Once Bitten, and it is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very dark (for me anyway– you saw that big yellow sweater), a deep berry color with a wash of black on top. I find it quite romantic, and am planning an equally romantic project for it, the All About Love Shawl by  Sylvia Bo Bilvia.

In other news, Junior made 8 months last week!

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Anyhow, that’s it for me today! I’ve got lots of cleaning, and dyeing, and cleaning, and packing to tackle today (more on that later). And spinning! And I have a few photo “tutorials” planned and, as always, I’ll be back on Wednesday with another spinning update.  Until then, happy crafting!