Monday, October 24, 2011

Phat Laceweight

I spun like a mad woman for the later part of this week. And had an all day plying marathon on Saturday, but my Phat Laceweight is finished (and I made the check-in for Project Spinway)

The finished yarn is soft, colourful, luxurious, green, jewel toned. The shine from the milk, silk and bamboo takes my breath away. The sparkle makes me smile. The yarn is wildly varied and yet a cohesive whole at the same time. It has turned out just as I’d hoped, but is even more beautiful than I could have wished for.

This is one Honkin’ skein of Phat laceweight!
930 yards, 24 wpi, 6.4 oz

I enjoyed this challenge immensely, despite being pressed for time. I used about two thirds of each Phat Fiber Sample from my check-in picture and about 7/8th of the eXtreme Spinning batt. I intend to spin up the rest of the Phat Samples and the last bit of the eXtreme Spinning batt. I expect to get another 130yds.

I did say I love this yarn, didn't I?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lace Weight without Effort

Have I said how much I love my new Thumbelina?! I can spin laceweight on it without any difficulty. It's so much fun.

After sampling a few days ago, I decided to make laceweight yarn with these fibers.

Here's what I have so far.

That's half the eXtreme Spinning batts and about 1/3 of the Phat samples. I need to have my spinning finished for Project Spinway on Saturday, so hopefully I can carve a little more spinning time out of the week. Plying will be for Saturday. I expect it will take a considerable amount of time to ply 50wpi singles!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fuzzy Lamb

My Fuzzy Mitten Lamb is finished.

I didn't sew the limbs on the way the pattern suggested. I think the photo included with the pattern has sewn them on differently too. I used a mattress stitch to put everything together. (This is a great tutorial for seaming toys)

B suggested he needed a little lamby tail too. I think he might need a little cardigan too. Then he'll be a coated Corriedale! I can't wait until I spin up some white fleece I got this summer. Hopefully it will be enough for another Fuzzy Mitten Lamb.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lamb Parts

The Fuzzy Mitten Lamb has been the perfect project for the last few days. It takes up very little space and I can work on an arm or a leg while waiting in the van for the kids. I've got most of the parts completed.

Just one more ear, and then I'll sew him up. I'm very pleased with the face. I used plastic safety eyes from 6060 on Etsy and some Knitpicks Palette in "Blush" for the face embroidery.

Fun, Cute and Quick! I think I'll be making more of these.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lamby Legs

I've just found the cutest lamb pattern ever. Barbara Prime's Fuzzy Mitten Lamb. I love his lamby little face. The pattern is written for knitting flat, but as I'm not a fan of seaming, I'm knitting it in the round.

Look at the little lamby legs! Aren't they just the cutest?

More lamby parts to come!

I'm using some corrie handspun and some of my first handcarded handspun!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sampling for some spinning

I've got a few things I want to spin together. Two smoothly blended batts from eXtreme Spinning and severl Phat Fiber Samples. Several of my samples are from Phat Fiber artists who also contributed to the Celery Spindies Paintbox. (Sadly Spindies has put their Paintboxes on hold for the time being).
These are the samples yarns I've come up with: laceweight, worsted weight, bulky weight and dk weight.

I think it's pretty cool that 4 completely different yarns can be made from the same fibers. Which one do you like best?

Monday, October 10, 2011

I love blocking lace

There is magic that happens when you take a lump of knitting, soak it, gently squeeze the excess water from it and pin it to your blocking board.

I always find it breath taking!

Pre blocking: 17.5" x 27"
While blocking: 27" x 58"

I expect it will pull in some once it is freed from its pins.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Brandywine again...

I've decided to knit a shawl for a friend who needs a bit of a pick-me-up. She had commented a few times on my Peacock Brandywine shawl so I knew I wanted to knit a triangular shawl. I wanted to use a skein of handspun, but I didn't want any lace patterning to be lost in the color changes of the yarn.

After browsing Ravelry for hours, and favoriting more than several shawls, I decided to knit Brandywine again. I love it and I love how the garter stitch portion shows off handspun yarn so beautifully.

I was working the Ontario provincial election yesterday from 8am to 9pm and managed to squeeze in several rows throughout the day. I finished Chart A.

Should be able to find lots of knitting time over the weekend. I hope to block it by Sunday night!