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’

The 2012 WIPs

I’m taking stock of my knitting. I have a habit of casting lots of things on, then setting them aside when I get distracted by the next shiny thing. Last Christmas I was in a similar sort of situation and I did make an effort and try and get several things finished properly.

So this year, I’m taking a similar approach. I have – much to my surprise – only 3 wips at the moment.

wip #1 – Kimono Wrap

Started January 2011

Incredibly dull to knit, hence the delay in actually getting anywhere with it. The stitch pattern is complicated enough that you have to pay attention but completely uninteresting so you get bored rather quickly with it. According to my notes – I started in early 2011 and picked it up again in November-December 2011, and again in March 2012. One sleeve is done and the second is started. The main body needs a back and left front panel and collar. Plus all the seaming. Fingers crossed this gets finished, as I do actually like the look of the knitted fabric. The bamboo tape has a lot of drape too which will work with this pattern even if it stretches considerably.

wip #2 – Skew

Started June 2011

Got one sock finished very quickly and just never got around to getting the other one done -oops!

wip #3 – Shipwreck Shawl

Started August 8 2012

The most recent wip and the one I’m least irritated by, given that it is 1500m of laceweight with several thousand beads attached. This one is going to take time. And while I’m up to the beaded section, knitting in the beads is not particularly interesting. So this one will probably get done in little bursts over a long period of time.

Beads!

A few months ago I started knitting up the Shipwreck Shawl (a free pattern from Knitty amazingly), which was swiftly christened the Epic shawl by my mum on the basis that a) it was going to take quite a long time – given that I’m using 1500m of laceweight, and b) Shipwreck Shawl is something of a tongue-twister if you aren’t paying attention.

So far I’ve managed to complete the central lace section – with some errors but I can live with those.

Last night I started stringing beads…. and promptly dropped a few dozen on the carpet.

Beads get everywhere – did you know that?