June FOs (Part 2)

Following on the March-June FO post, there are a few more finished objects from June – three to be precise.

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First up is the Indie Burgh 2014 socks, specially designed by the lovely C.C.Almon for the inaugural Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl held earlier in June this year. This pair were a test knit for the top-down version of the pattern (it comes in top-down and toe-up versions), and uses The Yarn Yard Marchmont (100% Merino) in the ‘Festive’ colourway. I completed the required first sock by the test deadline and naively thought I would ge the second finished on the day of the crawl (I was partway through the heel, so just had the remainder of the heel and the foot to go). I think in reality I managed less than 20 rows (and this was on the heel, so only short rows too). They ended up getting finished the following day instead.

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Next is a very simple phone cosy I whipped up for the BF. His new work phone did not have a case and was at risk of getting stretched by keys when in his pocket. So needles and yarn to the rescue. I’m going to add a freebies page to the site, so keep an eye out for that appearing soon with this basic recipe included. The cosy used some scrap DK yarn (Drops Karisma) and 4mm needles.

And finally an unnameable project which I need to keep under wraps until October for the Glasgow School of Yarn. I can tell you two things: (1) it does have a name, I just cannot share it as it would give the game away, and (2) it uses Jamieson and Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

So, no Friday Round-Up today as I’ve been working away this week. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll have seen a slightly strange assortment of bits of ferries, random bits of Belfast, knitting and beer. This is due to the fact that in the last few days I was over in Belfast uninstalling an exhibition, then taking it over to Cumbria and installing it there. Tiring work, but very nice when everything is in place.

It isn’t conducive, however, to writing blog posts, hence the absence of the usual Friday post. It was however, useful for knitting. You can get a lot of sock done on the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and back again.

The BF now has one sock, with the other one just started… Thankfully sock number one fits perfectly, despite the fact that one of our nightly phone calls included me asking if he could measure his foot, then me checking the dimensions of my wee box bag I use for sock knitting on the website of the store I bought it from since I had managed to forget a tape measure. Improvisation at its finest!

From ? To June 2014 – A Spinning Round Up

I haven’t just been knitting, I’ve had the drum carder out and the wheel too.

First up, two skeins which have been all spun for a while but not taken off the bobbins and skeined up.

The first was a braid from Hilltop Cloud, a blend of Teeswater and Silk, I spun this fibre before but not as a silk blend. I cannot actually remember much about the spinning process, but I do remember that I Navajo-plied this one. No idea on yardage yet as it still needs to be soaked, but it is looking pretty good so far. It is actually a brighter green in real life, but the camera wasn’t cooperating.

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Next up, one of my first blends from the drum carder the BF got me for my birthday last year (which gives you a good idea of how long these ones have been on bobbins, the Teeswater/Silk was from the Tour de Fleece 2013). This was a Merino/Tussah Silk/Angora/Firestar blend, plied with a strand of Habu Stainless Steel. It is incredibly soft and breakable, and I’m planning on weaving this one rather than knitting or crocheting it. Again no idea of yardage (plus in need of soaking) but I’m hoping there will be sufficient to make a woven cowl, as the Angora content should make it nice and cosy.

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And finally, a more recent one – I finished spinning this last week (or was it the week before… I need better notes). This was another of my carding efforts – a dark Gray Merino from Penelope Craft over in Amsterdam, a Gray-Pink Merino from Floop (from The Yarn Cake, Glasgow), some Tussah Silk and some alpaca from Ginger Twist Studio here in Edinburgh. Three skeins of slightly thick-thin 2ply Aran weight which I’ll stripe up with some Manos de Uruguay Wool Clasica in a dark fuchsia/purple colour.

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Spinning: A Round-Up, February-May 2013

Since I last (ahem) blogged about my spinning, I have – unsurprisingly – spun a fair bit more. The last spinning post, detailing the first month of the handblended club from HilltopCloud, was some time ago.

In the meantime, I’ve had the pleasure of spinning up the following…

From Hilltop Cloud

200g Baby Camel and Tussah Silk blend in ‘Teal’.

100g Teeswater in ‘Winter Sunrise’, from the Best of British (BOB) Club, plied with silver thread.

From SpinPretty

100g Merino and Angora Blend in ‘Shades of Gray’.

From Once A Sheep

200g Merino and Silk Blend in ‘Purple’ and ‘White’. Blended during spinning to create a gradient yarn.

From The Yarn Cake

50g Shetland in ‘Shetland Black’ and ‘Moorit’

From Sue’s Crafts 

150g Shetland in ‘Purple Smoke’

Spin: HilltopCloud Handblended Club Yarn January 2013

This was one of my Christmas gifts, a 3-month subscription to the HilltopCloud Handblended Fibre club – 200g of handblended yarn delivered to your door.

This was the first month’s fibre – a scrumptious blend of Merino, Bluefaced Leicester and Cotton.

DSCN8285I opted to spin this at my usual weight, aiming for a heavy fingering / light sportweight 2 ply. And I suceeded. 514m of fresh green yarny goodness. It was this fibre which got me thinking about the fibre:yield ratio blogged about previously (see here for the original post, and the related page on yields from the Fibre & Spinning section). Now I jsut need to decide what to knit with it.

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