The last few days have been spent taking pictures of some of my finished projects. I finally got one of my crocheted Over the Willamette Shawl. Blocking didn't happen. When I spread it out and realized how big it already was, I didn't want it to stretch any larger. It's 80 inches wide by 40 inches down the center spine already. The other two pictures are my Raspberry Vanilla self striping socks I dyed the yarn for, and Tulip Rib socks for the summer KALs. The Firework Vanilla socks picture has disappeared from my files, but it's in my project page.
I'm participating in two sock KALs this summer. One is "Sockapalooza" with "Sockbunny Knit and Fit". The other is "Sock It to Summer" with Amanda of "Knot a Podcast". Both ladies allowed in progress socks that were 50% or less knit. This worked out great for me since I had three pairs that met that requirement. Two were in Cascade Heritage Prints self striping, and one was in Haute Knit Yarns "Fireworks" colorway. Those are all finished and I'm almost done with a fourth pair I started in some yarn I had dyed a while ago. The pattern is "Tulip Rib Socks ". My yarn is a tonal pale lilac color. I just need to knit the foot of sock 2. Both the KALs end on August 31 so I hope I can get it done in time. Here's a couple pictures of the two self striping pairs. The two skeins are the yarns from the other two pairs. I don't have pics of them yet.
The Vivid blanket has six squares finished now. It's in time out right now so I can finish that sock. Here's a pic of the yarn. One shade is missing since I bought it at a later date.
July was Tour de Fleece so knitting time was limited due to all the spinning I did. My total spun was 23.45 ounces all in 2-ply. The last two pictures are of a batt I made on my drumcarder and the yarn I got from it.
Right now, the wheels are taking a rest until next weekend's monthly spin in at my friend Sue's shop.
My fingers have been busy with spinning, knitting, and crochet. Finished items include "Over the Willamette Shawl", "Piper's Journey Shawl", "Thinking of You Scarf ", and "Wheat Scarf". All are all waiting for cooler weather to be worn. There's also one pair of socks finished, and a couple of other pairs waiting for their mates to be knit. Along with the socks, a shawl, and "Vivid" blanket squares are in process. The blanket is now knit with a machine washable wool instead of the handspun.
Some spinning also got accomplished, but not as much as I wanted. Mostly, it was some of the natural colors I had previously planned for the blanket and will use some other way. Sadly, my LYS, Eneri Knits, closed. There was quite a bit of yarn shopping before the end though. My plans to use 2 skeins for every 1 coming into the stash is kaput. lol It's more like use 1 for every 4 skeins that came in. The first weekend of May was my knitting guild's annual retreat. I wasn't sure until a few days before if I was going for sure. Happily, my plans didn't have to change and I got to have a wonderful time. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in West Yarmouth, which is a very nice hotel. This year saw me shopping with projects in mind most of the time. Yarn for seven projects (socks, shawls, scarves), and a few patterns came home with me. Next in my yarny travels is a trip to WEBS soon. I do not plan to "be good" at that time. I only go there once a year, usually. so I have a list, of which about half will be bought. :)
It's been a long while since I posted. Here's an update on what I've been doing.
2014 year end update: Spun 12.875 pounds of fiber Used 48.75 skeins of yarn (knit and crochet)
Finished projects: (goal #/completed #) hats 4/6 shawls/scarfs/cowls 6/15 socks 4/4 sweaters 2/0 snuggles for pets 4/5 mitts 0/1 use books in my library 2/6 (for 9 projects)
I'm happy with the year end results. So far in 2015 I've finished 2 hats, 1 sweater (not a WIP) 1 socks (second pair just needs ribbing and heels) and 3/4 of a shawl (working on the applied edging). I've also finished 34 ounces of fiber with 2 more fibers on 2 of the wheels. Here's a pic of the finished Miranda sweater.
Some of the finished spinning included several stash fibers, mostly from older stash. I just grabbed a couple of bins and started working my way through them.
I had planned to dye a semi-solid in blues and one in reds to ply with two fibers I had previously bought from June Pryce Fiber Arts. Cheryl was at my spinning guild in January. I bought some tonal blues to go with "Nolan" and some tonal reds to go with "Tuscany". The blue set is done and looks great. The red set is still waiting for me to finish it. Since she only had two braids of that, and I ordered the third one I need, I'm not in a hurry to finish it right now. The spinning was done on my Minstrel and the plying on my Sonata. I used the jumbo flyer for that.
Lots of time has been spent reading as well. I love my Kindle for that. I can just download books and read at my leisure. There's a few sites with lots of free books for this. BookBub and EreaderIQ are my favorites.
I've been listening to The Yarn Thing Podcast. Each episode has the guest giving a special word/phrase to be used in a comment for a prize drawing on an future show. I won twice since November. One prize was an ebook, "Sock Architecture" from Cooperative Press. The other was a sweater kit from WEBS. It includes the pattern, enough yarn for the largest size, three sets of needles needed, and a Della Q project bag created for the WEBS 40th Anniversary. Here's a pic of the kit.
Now for the present part of this post. Dear husband wanted to surprise me but since I had to pick out what I wanted he couldn't do that. I've been asking him to build me a e-spinner for a few years. Well, he couldn't find a motor that was quiet enough and he liked. He decided to buy me a Hansen mini spinner! It's a pleasure to spin with and so easy to use. He told me to get everything at the same time. I chose the cherry finish with a woolie winder. It comes with one bobbin so I ordered three more, as well as a maintenance kit and orifice reducers. We ordered the battery separately since Hansen doesn't supply those. There's a slight issue with the battery turning off after 30 seconds of non use. To stop that, I bought a little "Daffodil LED Lamp" to plug into the battery. Problem solved, and it gives the perfect amount of light.
Well, that's enough yammering for now. I hope to post again soon.