FOs: A Round-Up, February-May 2013

To be honest with the move and everything, there hasn’t been a vast amount of knitting. Not really a surprise. The fact that I kept packing things also complicated matters. It does tend to put a spanner in the works when you think to yourself, ‘oh I’ll do that now’ only to find that everything you need to do said thing is not only packed but distributed across twenty seemingly identical boxes. At that point it is easier just to give up and go pack something else. You’d be amazed how many times this happened, and not just with knitting stuff.

 

So the FOs.

 

Two more ‘Flightless’ – this pattern is now available for sale! Details here, and available on Ravelry and Craftsy.

 

I also have another pattern up for sale, the Laitis Cowl. Again available via Ravelry and Craftsy, more details here.

 

I also managed a couple of slightly different FOs. A couple of woven scarves. I won’t go into too many details now, but needless to say, I seem to have acquired a loom.

Spin: HilltopCloud “Dark Rainbow”

More spinning – and the first bit of spinning finished in 2013. Even if it was started in 2012. The fibre was HilltopCloud’s Dark Rainbow, a blend of Black Welsh Mountain and Tussah Silk. I’d planned to use it for a Puffin Sweater from the Kate Davie’s Colours of Shetland book (see here), using the individual colours to stripe in place of the more ‘puffin-ny’ colours in the original.

I split the braid into the component colours and spun each one up individually. In the end it worked out at approximately 300 yards, split unevenly over the six colours, all at Fingering weight. I’m not sure how much I’ll need for the sweater so some careful planning, swatching and modifying may be in order.

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Spin: HilltopCloud Shetland & Kid Mohair

More spinning! This time some Shetland and Mohair, from November issue of HilltopCloud’s Best of British Club. An unusual but extremely lovely combination of fibres in a gorgeous colourway, the very aptly-named (for December) Sitka Spruce.

Again I spun it up before I took a picture of the braid!

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I tried something a little different to my normal spinning and opted to aim for a heavier-weight yarn. The colours look great all spun up and sitting in a row though. I got 91 yds of a 2-ply Aran / Bulky weight yarn. It looks and feels fabulous, especially since it was my first time spinning a thicker yarn on the wheel.

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I got the wheel built the day after I got it. I opted to wax it rather than varnish as I like the natural wood.

That is one of the really fun (to me) things about this wheel, you get to build it. There is something extremely satisfying watching all the pieces slot and screw together, seeing the shapes form, and finally having a fully working item at the end of it.

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And it has been great fun to use too… more on that over the next few days…

Resolutions 2013

I’m not one for making resolutions, or to be more honest I like the idea of them, just not the actual practice of carrying them out. Last January I posted on one of the stash down forums on Ravelry which was discussing the idea of 12 12’s in 2012.

These were the aims:

  1. 12 Sweaters, Cardigans, Tops
  2. 12 Socks (6 pairs)
  3. 12 Mittens, Gloves (6 Pairs)
  4. 12 WIPs or Queue Items
  5. 12 Favourites
  6. 12 Scarves, Cowls, Shawls
  7. 12 Hexipuffs per month (12 x 12)
  8. 12 Techniques (New and Previously Used)
  9. 12 Seasonal Decorations
  10. 12 Wildcards
  11. 12,000 Yards Knitted
  12. 12 Months Keeping my Knitting Stuff Organised

I think I can safely say that all of these probably didn’t happen. I need to actually review what I knitted last year and match it up to the list – I’ll post on that later. But really – it won’t have happened. Some categories will be complete, others will be half done, some will not be done at all and others will probably have been forgotten. Although with my memory for these things, I may surprise myself.

So this year I’m considering things a little differently. Less limitations, more flexibility and no categories.

So for 2013:

  1. Plan ahead
  2. Knit from stash where possible – Although I’m allowing additional purchases if necessary to the project, or if something else specific shows up, i.e. where I see something I *have* to knit and just buy the yarn for that.
  3. Get the stash (yarn and fibre) down to a comfortable level – I have no idea what that level is, just that I’m not there at the moment.
  4. Try and knit from patterns already purchased (or free!) – My Ravelry library is extensive, and I’ve been lucky with the free pattern codes this holiday, I have no excuse.
  5. Spin more – Far easier now I have the wheel. 
  6. Knit with the handspun from resolution #5 – Should be made easier if I have an idea of what I’m knitting and what is needed – see #4.
  7. Try and design more patterns – I have many ideas, I just need to get on with it. 
  8. Try and actually publish my own patterns – see notes accompanying #7.
  9. Stay organised – in terms of stash, equipments, notes etc – Should be straightforward, my office is better organsing and I like sorting things. 
  10. Try and take better photographs – More on this later.
  11. Keep blogging – Speaks for itself really…

I think this should work; I’m already working on #1…

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December Celebrations

The blog has been relatively quiet for a reason. December is a big month for me, not only do I have Christmas to contend with I also have my birthday – a mere week before Christmas itself.

I’m exceedingly lucky in the sense that these days are kept separate and I get proper celebrations for each one.

This year was no exception (bar some minor irritations but we’ll gloss over them) and I had a wonderful birthday. I got some lovely gifts – although due to timing I didn’t get to open them until 9pm.  I did get an exceedingly nice lunch out, cocktails and dinner so I was kept busy during the day.

The biggest gift though….

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An Ashford Kiwi 2 spinning wheel from J. The level of conspiracy needed to acquire this though seems to have been somewhat excessive; given my extraordinary (and extremely irritating) ability of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like say when emails and text messages come in between the co-conspirators… or actually working in the shop when it is delivered. That kind of thing.

 

It was still a surprise though…. I thought the big box was Lego….