Thursday, September 25, 2014

Projects!

     What a wonderful last couple of months I've had...many challenges, but blessings along the way, as well. I have acquired new work, secular, so-to-speak...that is, not fiber related in any way...though I will admit to spinning on my drop spindle whilst I wait for work. Shhhh...don't tell anyone!
Also, Hal, my DH, has been dealing with some pretty severe health issues which, by nature, bring additional challenges for the rest of the family. The good news is, he is now somewhat stabilized and since I can work from home, I don't have to worry about leaving him alone and I can also schedule around his doctor appointments...another blessing.
And, finally, there are the projects! The first and most interesting of these I'd like to share is this one:



















This lovely bedspread is 80 years old...it was crocheted by a woman and her granddaughter has asked me to repair it. It has been such an honor. Can you imagine all the work and years it must have taken to create this piece? All the torn seams have been repaired at this point and all that is left to do is re-crochet various squares that have come undone over the years...a labor of love, I assure you!
Next, I am knitting with my handspun. This will be a shawl knitted in a wool/silk blend I spun up on my wheel. The lighting in this picture does not show the true color of it. This fiber is really a pinkish grey....
It's a fir cone shawl, a pattern I adore and have wanted to knit up for some time. It is a Shetland pattern, isn't it? Some of you may know. At any rate, it has been very enjoyable! A pattern may emerge from it, depending on what I do with the edgings and whether or not I am happy with the result. 











You know how much I love shawls! And, you know, I really want one for the cooler weather just round the corner. I want it to be wool and warm and I really don't care about making anything to be patterned or sold in any way, just something I can enjoy. The color here is pretty close, though I think the blues are a good deal brighter. I love Plymouth Mushishi...lots of yards and beautiful color changes.  This is now my reward for getting my work done during the day...I get to play with this project every evening until it is finished! I leave you with a mouth-watering picture:0) Go and get some for yourself and do what I'm doing...a decide as you go shawl...you never know, it could be the best thing you ever knitted!







 



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Crochet Along - Ogle House Throw

Hello Everyone!

Wanted to let you all know that the Designer Crochet Along for the Ogle House Throw starts today at the Crochet World Group on Ravelry.  We will be making our first square today and I will be offering designer insight, tips, charts and video to go along with the crochet along, so definitely join the group, if you aren't already a member, and crochet with us.
We will be using Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted. You can order yours here.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Plying and Spinning

Plied the last bits of my Woolgatherings Superwash BFL today. The drop spindle is a very hand tool, along with my makeshift Andean Bracelet...

Just to free up a couple bobbins for this...

The oatmeal BFL from Paradise fibers...the plan is a nice 2 ply to knit a vest. We shall see if 8oz. Will be enough...

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Spinning....

Just received some lovely fibers I want to share with you spinners out there. So scrumptious! 
The first is a rose color blend by Ashland Bay from Slim Chicken. It is 70% merino (21.5 microns) and 30% tussah silk. I'm spinning it on my drop spindle. This spins like butter, but is really more grey than rose...

Next, I have some beautiful, oh-so-soft oatmeal BFL from Paradise Fibers...


This is a full 8 ounces, which I hope will be enough to spin and knit a vest for my husband.  I'll be spinning this on my wheel, two ply, or possibly 3 ply. I need to do some reading to decide which would be best.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Hello, Everyone! I just wanted to wish all of you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Mine has started well and I am happy to report that I have accomplished many tasks for my first day of this new year and am very pleased that it has started so well.  Fingers crossed that this kind of success will continue!
I have also gotten myself into a little bit of trouble…you see, over on Instagram, some of my photo buddies have brainstormed a new project idea for 2014. It is called a crochet mood blanket.
Here's how it works; participants are to crochet one granny square per day in a color that reflects their mood for the day, joining squares as they go.  I, of course, have been talked into participating…see, my box of yarn bits, hooks and notions is ready to go…..
















And my first two squares are done and joined…..




















See what I mean?….trouble…I have many projects in the works, so I'm feeling a little foolish for starting this one, yet, I simply could not resist the idea of doing one small crochet square each day which could ultimately turn into a lovely blanket.
I cannot promise that I will make all 365, my life has a tendency to stray into the crazy at times. But, I do promise to give it my best try, and what fun that will be, yes?
I am using Red Heart Supersaver, as I have the more of it in my stash than any other yarn.  I am crocheting 3-round squares and using soft white for the edging.  I have 2 skeins of it and should have no trouble buying more whenever I need it.
I do think I need a few more colors, though, don't you?