WIP (Work in Progress)


OK, I know it’s positively depressing, the lack of knitting that has been posted on this blog of late.  So though it’s not terribly exciting, I have for you: Noro Silk Garden, knit up into a garter-brim hat.  I loved working with this yarn, which is a joy, and I enjoyed this simple hat pattern I ‘designed’, especially as I made a couple of modifications the second time.

Secondly, I’ve started on YET another hat, knit from Malabrigo Merino Worsted, which until my employment at Urban Yarns, I had not tried.  MMMMmmm it is lovely to knit with (like butter), but I fear it will pill and wear quickly.  But I’m withholding judgment for later.

So of course, I’ve also been spinning!

And loving the results – though they are but meagre.  Upper left is a single-ply mystery-wool that came in a box from a friend of my mom’s, and which I dyed into intense (offensive?) pink, purples and blue – about DK weight, and 170 yds.  To the right is 2-ply, fingering weight merino, spun from tiny balls of roving I bought at a lovely artistan’s shop during my bike trip of the oregon coast (december 08).  It’s about 40 grams, and 130 yds.  At the bottom is ‘wildflowers’ a single-ply silk which I hand-dyed and spun, also procured from the box of mystery handed down to me by a spinning friend of my mother’s.  I have TONNES more silk to spin, but I am seriously lacking the skills to do it effectively.  This little skein, ~ 100 yds, is uber lovely, though, I must say (so modest!).

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I’m currently designing this sweater… (well, I guess it’s only a sleeve and a half so far.. hardly qualifies as a sweater)… which is going to be pretty stripey all over.  It’s knit from recycled and hand-dyed merino yarn, and it’s at a pretty fine gauge, knit on US#3 (3mm) needles.  As the same needles are being used for gloves that I’m currently knitting, I have had to wait before getting back to the sweater.  Of course, I’m impatient, because who doesn’t love stockinette in the round with only stripes to distract one from cheesy TV?!  And I think the end product will be very wearable – that is if I ever finish it!!


I’ve been obsessively making these little 5 1/2″ crocheted circles.  I’ve just learned to crochet, and it’s SO addictive to make circles!! It’s so fast, and you use up little scraps of yarn, and it is a great way to use up all the odds and ends of hand-spun that have been piling up on my desk.

Circles are so satisfying and beautiful!  These are all started with single crochet, and continue with double crochet, and finished with a round of single crochet.  I’ve got 39 circles done so far, and I think I need at least 88, so I’m not quite to half.  And I really have no idea how I’m going to join them all together, but I’ll get to that eventually!!  Probably with black yarn.  Maybe with little tiny intermediary circles?  It’s hard to say now.

I am VERY excited, because I’ve finally begun to learn how to crochet.  A friend from my knitting group is kindly teaching me.  Below are my first attempts – the white alpaca will be a floppy hat, and I’m not sure about the green yet.

New Projects for the New Year?  Well I did start another pair of Monkey socks…

My knitting resolutions for the upcoming year are:

  1. Enjoy making beautiful things in this beautiful city
  2. Write out patterns for some of the projects I’ve knit up.
  3. Spin more; specifically, dye and spin enough for a sweater, then design and knit the sweater.
  4. Document my finished objects more carefully
  5. Pick up and COMPLETE some if not all of my unfinished projects – at least those projects which are promising.
  6. Knit myself a puppy…  OK – the story is I really want to get a dog, but since I’m moving, and it’s pretty much impossible to find a place in Vancouver that allows dogs, I think that at this point in my life, I’m just going to have to be realistic, and move on.  Thus I figure the solution to my problem is a knitted puppy.

Monkey Socks part deux

belated xmas spinning

belated xmas spinning

It has been a long time since I posted… but I’ve been knitting!  I also quit my job, and did a bike trip down the Oregon Coast… in winter… yeah, it’s been a hectic and tumultuous period in my life! 

Bandon, OR

Yachats, OR

Cape Foulweather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 But I’m loving my projects.  There are a couple christmas projects that I can’t unveil on this blog quite yet, but I have some socks I can show off;  first, Monkeys:

They are knit from fibranatura yummy yarn, a lovely skein that I bought in Seaside, Oregon, on Day 1 of my bike tour.  I thought since I was kicking my own ass biking in the winter, and I was on vacation, then I had to treat myself to yarn every time I biked past a yarn shop!!  Luckily, I passed a lot that were closed at the time I was there, so my stash fit in my paniers just fine!! 

Another single sock that has been knit, but is begging for its mate is a Jaywalker, which I knit from 2 skeins of hand-dyed garn sisu.  It was originally intended for either my mom or my mom-in-law, but I ended up doing hand-spun mittens for my mom, and a different pair of sock for my mom-in-law, so these may end up being mine?  I knit the 84 stitch version, which is a little bit big on me, unfortunately, but it’s pretty lovely anyways!  I knit it on US #0 needles, which are crazy tiny, and make a very dense fabric, which I hope will wear well.

 

I’ve also been making little tiny christmas stars to send out with christmas cards…. which…. I am ashamed to say… still haven’t been sent out…

But they will be. Soon.

So the last pair of socks which I have completed were the christmas socks I made for my mom-in-law, and they are knit from Cascade 220 superwash ‘quatro’, which is a fairly thin worsted wt. yarn.  22o yards = 100 grams, and I used exactly 50 grams for each sock, which was scary as I approached the end of the second sock.

After knitting the Jaywalker and the Monkeys, I was no longer intimidated by the top-down sock, in fact, I am now more comfortable knitting socks top-down, and I feel like I can do whatever I like with them now.  These were very simple, with a seeded rib pattern on cuff and top of foot, slip stitch across the heel flap, and st.st. sole.  As they were 45 sts at the cuff an 48 sts through the foot, they went quite a bit faster than fingering-wt. socks do, but they still took some time.

So I had a lovely holiday in Salinas, California, and soon my husband and I will be heading back north to Vancouver, hopefully allowing me lots of knitting time during the road trip!  Happy Holidays to all!

So the apartment now has colour, and I have the most amazing space I’ve ever had in which to adore fibre of all kinds: my craft corner!! OK, it’s more like an alcove, … and lets face it, it basically takes up the entire dining room… but I am overjoyed, to say the least.

So I’ve also been making some stellar progress on the Lady Sweater – I’m done the body, and part-way done one of the arms. I’m VERY excited, as I intend to ACTUALLY FINISH this sweater, and that will make it my first! Hopefully my aran cardigan will follow soon after…

I’ve also been unravelling more thrift-store sweaters, and dyeing roving, and doing a bit of spinning.

The blues/greys roving is polwarth sliver that I got from birkeland bros. here in Vancouver, and hand-dyed using the hot pour method (stovetop). It felted very slightly (not as bad as I have done before, but still not great), so I think I’m going to go back to the oven-dyeing method, which I think is a little safer.

Here are a couple of yarn shots of some spinning tests I’ve done with this roving:

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