Lessons Learned

I’m on to my next handspun. This is another dye experiment from Yarn School. We were encouraged to being an inspiration collage, mine was jewel-toned and covered in flowers of course. My favorite was this gorgeous poppy covered, gold lined shoe, you can see in on the right side of the collage. These are the kind of shoes I would love to own but probably couldn’t walk in anyway. 

   

From my collage I created this color work which was utterly a disaster while I was painting it. It looked like vomit. Seriously. So I felt dejected and I decided that I was just terrible at colorwork. I absolutely hated it and refused to take a picture of it. Now I wish I did! 

 When it “cooked” in the microwave the brilliant colors came out and it actually wasn’t so bad at all. In actuality, it was the yarn I got the most compliments on.

Now that I am spinning it up, it is even more gorgeous. I love how the colors meld together if I take the time to try to spin two colors together. Pictures to come!

Lesson learned: Have a little faith in yourself.

Spinnin’ & Grinnin’

Finished my second skein of handspun!

{Spinning has officially become a problem….I am abandoning all other projects….send help}

I am extra proud of this one as it is my very own handspun AND hand-dyed creation. This was the crockpot dye from Yarn School back in October. Funny enough, in my mind it was going to all different shades of red, using deep russet colors and bright scarlet. Instead, it turned out to mostly be all shades of pink with a smattering of red and purple. I still love it and couldn’t wait to see how it “spun up”.

Well here it is it all of it’s pinky loveliness.

image_medium2This spin wasn’t as smooth-going as my first and I think that is because I was trying very hard to spin thinner threads. The plying was extra difficult because my threads kept snapping, so this skein has lots of knots tied throughout it. I also didn’t really get into the groove until about midway through, which resulted in some inconsistencies.

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But you know what? That means it is homemade so take that! Truly, I am very pleased with how it came out. Now I just need to figure out what to knit!

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Just Call Me Spinderella

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I have fantastic news. I finally bought my very own spinning wheel.

Watch out world!

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Treating my Knitty Noddy and wheel parts with Danish Oil, in dark walnut.

I’ve been saving since Yarn School last October so I could buy a wheel. Though I was horrible at it, I was completely hooked and wanted my very own wheel. Also, wheels are super pretty. With the help of some Christmas gift money from my folks and lots of saving, I finally had my funds to purchase an Ashford Kiwi 2 from my favorite local yarn shop WC Mercantile, during spring break.

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Spray painting my wheel a super gorgeous glossy red!

I bought it in March, spent lots of time treating it with oil and painting it. This past week was finally the first week where I could actually take it on a spin (pun completely intended…har, har)

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Almost done putting my Kiwi together!

It was very, very slow going.

I think I had to restart twelve times. Plus the flyer I had was a little different than those I had practiced on, so I had to Google it. Then there was lots of YouTube viewing, both when putting together my wheel and when trying to use it. Seriously though knitters, what did we do without YouTube? I think I made lots of shit up.

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Second attempt at spinning!

So now I’m on my second bobbin and things are looking alot better. I am slowly getting the hang of drafting, the importance of pre-drafting and my spinning is almost actually even! Who would have thought? My work was so crazy the first time around. I feel like I am doing better this time than at Yarn School, but I am pretty sure it is because of the awesome fiber. I am practicing on some fiber I won at Yarn School and it is pretty easy to draft and already came in some nice roving strips. I feel lucky.

I have alot to learn, so I’m reaching out to my knitters and spinners. Are there any resources or videos that you absolutely love?

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Colorful Rainbows of Fiber

IMG_6761I have set the Madeira aside for a while to focus on one of my other yearly crafting goal projects, the Striped Chevron Scarf. As I mentioned before, I’ve made this gorgeous scarf before but not the stripey version so I am very excited about this. I’m knitting it with two beautiful yarns that I absolutely adore.

The darker color is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock in Farmhouse, which I purchased from L&B Yarn Co in Norman, Oklahoma while on our road trip to Yarn School. The lighter color is Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Primavera, purchased from WC Mercantile, our lovely LYS in Navasota Texas, during the super rad Hill Country Yarn Crawl.10979656_385718538276901_781409162_n

I am typically a solids type of girl and overwhelming choose texture over colorwork. But I am trying. So during a Ravelry search, I was inspired by the colors I found other Ravelers using on this pattern -namely Socks that Rock combining my Farmhouse with the spunky Watermelon. The mixture is gorgeous, but I couldn’t see myself wearing those bright stripes, so I chose a more muted pattern using Malabrigo’s Primavera – which by the way is utterly gorgeous. The subtle honey and sage hues throughout Primavera get a bit lost in this pattern. I very much want to buy another skein to use on a cable or lace shawl.

‘Tis a gorgeous and a fun pattern that becomes very easy to remember. It’s a fun knit but I cannot wait to be done with it so so I can brighten up these drab winter days with some rainbows for my neck!

However, if it gets sunny again before I am done knitting….well, I think I can handle it.

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Winter Trips & Knits

Today I am looking out the window at a rainy, cold Texas winter day. I feel lucky that we are south enough to not be experiencing the scary winter storm in north Texas. Thankfully, last week I had a short reprieve from the 30-degree temps with a trip to Corpus Christi.

The first thing this former Californian did was run to the ocean. During my three days in Corpus, I walked the beach every chance I had. It was far too chilly to get into the water, but I touched it just for good measure. During one of my walks, I found the “Surfing Jesus” sculpture and saw two sweet nuns reading while gazing at the water. It was one of the most serene moments I’ve seen.

I was in Corpus for work conference, but during the last day of our trip, my guy and I did a little tour of the tourist attractions in Corpus. I pretended to captain the WWII aircraft carrier USS Lexington, aka “Lady Lex” and fed stingrays at the Texas State Aquarium. I’m fairly certain one of the stingrays was professing its undying love for me…or it was hungry. Hard to tell.

All the while, I was knitting my Madeira which looks exactly like it did last time I snapped a picture because I’m fairly certain it will take half of my lifetime to knit this sweater. Can someone tell those nuns to pray for me?

I jest. This can be a very relaxing knit right now because I just k1,p1 until my arms want to fall off. I’m actually almost done with the waistband, only half an inch left…

Which will likely take me until the end of March.

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Knitterly Valentines

Knit Picks is having their Red + Pink Sale again, so I’ve done a tiny bit of damage today. Really, it was quite modest, $12 to be exact. I purchased some super cute Palette Yarn in “Lipstick” and “Currant” because one day when I have magical more time I am going to make another shawl. I’ve had my eye on the stripey, lacey wonder that is the Cladonia for quite a while now. Isn’t that gorgeous? P.S. Red + Pink sale ends today so don’t think about your yarn lust for too long.

My tiny purchase also led me to finding the most hilarious valentines for you to share with your knitter friends. My favorite is the ball of yarn hitting up the sheep.  I sure do love some puns.

Send yours to a lovely knitter!

 

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