Friday, May 29, 2009

You spin me !!!

So what have I been up too??? Well I'll tell you, I have been learning to spin on a Drop spindle I have to say it is very very addictive. It take lots of practice but I think it will be worth it in the end. I have manage to spin a very small am out of yarn so far and that's not because it's a slow process it's just that I have so many WIPS I have not been able to spend a lot of time spinning.

The only thing I would say is that if you spin from non commercial fibre be prepared for the smell of sheep, but the are so many commercially prepared fibre out they that they is no need to to have that experience. I was given some almost raw fleece so I had the experience, so I now know I don't like that odour so when I buy fibre I will buy commercially prepared.

I am hoping very soon to try spinning an a Wheel, I am very excited at the prospect. I hope to eventually get a wheel of my own, a friend of mine has an Ashford Traveller for sale and I am hoping that if I pool all my birthday money together I might be able to get it.

Here is my First attempt at spinning it's undyed as it's only about 35 yrds, I already have my second attempt on the spindle, I feel a bit more confident now so I will try and spin more fibre so I can have more yarn to play with.The fist pic is the yarn on the spindle and the 2nd is after I have set the twist of the yarn so it wouldn't kink up on itself.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lace Bolero

Finished finally, and I love it it fits really well and covers the top of my arms absolutely perfect.

The Pattern is Ribbed Lace Bolero, done in Rowan Cotton Tape colourway Jade on size 6,6mm and 7mm Addi Needles. It was a very simple knit, I don't know why it took me so long to complete, well it's finished now. I still have at least 2 balls of this yarn left I think I will make a nice summer beret for those many bad hair days when humidity causes me to look like a porcupine. So here it is:
It is very hard to photograph because of the shape of it, but I am going to be very brave and take a pic of me wearing it so you can see it better.

Well it's off to take a nice hot Lavender bath, at get ready for bed. I have had a very long dayand a hard night, for some reason I couldn't sleep last night, so it's almost been 24 hours since I have been awake and I am really starting to feel quite tired now, I really hope it's not a repeat performance tonight.

Sweet dreams!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Diva Knitting Blogs Competition

Hey interested in winning a Namaste Bag, 5 oz of hand dyed merino spinning fiber and maybe some more goodies check out Cheryl at her blog.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Back in the land of the living!!

Hi guys I am back!!!!!!
First let me start by thanking Carolyn for her get well wishes and kind words, she is a real gem. Also Vikki who sent me a fantastic get well package. It was a very nice surprise, thanks to both of you, lovely ladies.

And an update for anyone else who may want to know how I am. I am doing pretty ok, I still can't do certain things like; tinkle without pain but it will go away in time. Hopefully it will all heal before my next op, which I am not sure exactly when that will be but I have my pre op consultation believe it or not 3 days before my birthday wow what a bday gift. (NOT). But I am not going to worry because my God is Good. :O)

In other news, I had so much time just lying on my back I manage to finish my sock and hat and also knitted another hat and started another pair of sock !!Gulp!! on US size 1 needles, which feels like I am knitting with toothpicks. But it's different and I am enjoying it so I will continue. I have been trying to fish project that I have started and somehow have lost the drive to finish like my 10 feet shrug and my market bag. that is going ok because I have threatened myself in order to motivate myself to finish them. A real nut house aren't I? Don't answer. :O)

My 1st socks using Regia 6 ply on US#3 needles. I followed the pattern for Pom Pom Peds minus the pom poms. but I do have some Louet Gems in my stash that I will make these same socks with again.

My Stella Hat done on US#8 needles. the yarn is very nice and soft. I liked the style of the wide ribbed brim of this Next was

A quick Hat in bulky yarn on size #10 needles, with my version of color work. Made for DH.
I have not made any further progress on my hemlock, because I just couldn't concentrate on it plus I needed to look at the pattern and couldn't figure out a way to do that while on my back. :O) Here is a bad progress pic. These are the yarns in my get well package I received from Vikki. All of the them are very nice.
These are Sirdar Peru Naturals, it's a Wool/Alpaca/Acrylic blend. I am not sure what I will make with these 2 as yet, I have so may 1 balls I make make a multi yarn shawl or throw. Who knows. Wild fire Fibres Alpaca Sock Alpaca/Silk blend Fingering in PurpleWild Fire Fibres Ceres Alpaca/Merino blend Fingering in Brown
A nice Cotton, that reminds me of the ocean......definitely s nice dish cloth.

These 2 are where yarns I claimed on UKarma, for my Slouchy Summer Beret. I really love the colors I think they will make a beautiful hat.
Have a great day!!