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Angelarae Knits: January 2014

Angelarae Knits

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Location: Raleigh, NC, United States

Hello! Welcome to my Blog! I live and enjoy the fibery crafts here, in Raleigh, NC with my husband and 5 children! I love to share patterns, tips, and recipes along with my spinning from time to time. I hope you'll enjoy your time here and stick around a bit!

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...
spindle with handspun wool

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

spinning bfl wool on spinning wheel
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...

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Thursday, January 09, 2014


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.

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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…..

Crochet Mood Blanket granny squares

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

crochet mood blanket granny squares

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?

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