Wovember, A Reflection

What I’ve Worn

I think it is safe to say that need to make more of an effort and actually ensure that I wear / use more of my finished pieces. In terms of gaps in my wardrobe, some more jumpers and cardigans could be useful. And I definitely need another pair of mittens along the lines of my Stripelets – I’ve already earmarked some yarn and a free pattern on Ravelry to address that. I’d also like some more hats – I’ve loved having a bit more choice; I have the yarn and pattern for Snawheid and a couple of others.

What I’ve Knitted

Very little in comparison to normal months. I’ve finished the Pink Elephants! socks and the Encircle hat (the Woolly Wormhead 2012 Mystery Hat). I’ve also knitted many little hats and jumpers for a never-ending stream of Korknisse. All of these used wool. Then I got seduced by silk and bamboo and ended up knitting on my Shipwreck shawl and what started out as a possible top but which got swiftly frogged and restarted as a Hemlock Ring blanket.

What I’ve Spun

Nothing. But I want to – so that counts – right? I’ve picked up a couple more pieces of fibre this month – from Ring-a-Rosie and HilltopCloud. I think I need to make more of an effort to spin regularly.

In general I think that despite good intentions this month was never going to work out as planned. The whole emergency and upheaval at the start of the month set things back from the start and it has been hard to get / keep momentum going from that point onwards. However, I think this is something I’d like to have another go at in the future – just maybe with less chaos and more forward planning. It has also become apparent that I’m easily sidetracked by whatever shiny thing I find in my stash and have the urge to cast on immediately with whichever yarn I’ve just rediscovered.

On the plus side, I have managed to reorganise all my knitting supplies this month and it means I have a better grasp of what I do have in both my yarn and fibre stash. And I’ve gotten rid of a couple of things I won’t knit with – so all to the good.

 

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Wovember, Week #4

What I’ve Been Wearing

A bit of everything really. It has been nice to get home and have a good rummage through all my finished pieces. I’ve had the opportunity to wear a few of my favourites this week – primarily my January Morning cardigan, the Persian Bull mittens, Vortex, the Unwind Wrap (a.k.a. Violetti), a Bobble Hat and of course, my ever-present Stripelets.

What I’ve Been Knitting

Safe to say… not wool. I was tempted by bamboo and silk yarns and have been knitting those instead.

What I’ve Been Spinning

Still nothing! Have spent some of the week drooling over spinning wheels online. When I get a proper job I’m getting one. I did get the HilltopCloud Best of British November Fibre in the post this week. It is a 75% Shetland / 25% Kid Mohair blend called ‘Sitka Spruce’ and it is gorgeous. I have an immense urge to start spinning it up immediately but am being sensible and not doing that (since I have other things to do) – so have resorted to keeping it next to me on the sofa and just pet it occasionally.

 

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Blame it on the Bamboo…

… and the Silk. Originally when I sat down and considered the options for blogging in November I had planned to ascribe to the ideas presented by the whole Wovember initiative. Then all hell broke loose and things changed. I didn’t have access to my stash or my fibre or my knitted wardrobe of finished objects. All these things put a dampener on carrying out Wovember properly.

So here I am.. playing with silk (the Shipwreck Shawl) and bamboo (for an as yet un-named and un-designed top) rather than working with wool… oops.

 

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Wovember, Week #3

I think rather than focusing on what I’ve been knitting, spinning or wearing this week (although it has been nice to finally get home and get back to all my cosy handknits), I’ve spent the last few days actually taking stock of what I have, and how I want it organised. You only have to look at the first couple of posts on the organisation of my study to realise that I have something of a relaxed attitude to housework and tidiness.

But things like that do need to change. Thanks to my efforts over the last two days my stash – both yarn and fibre – is organised, and I’m delighted with what I’ve found. I decided when I was orgnaising it all, that I should be ruthless – if I don’t love it, it doesn’t stay. Surprisingly there was very little I wanted to remove from my stash. Just a skein of some sock yarn that I dyed as an experiment – I love the colours I managed, but I know it isn’t me, I wouldn’t knit it up and use it – and some Opal self-patterning sock. Thankfully, this yarn can go to a good cause.

The now annual p/hop event is occuring again at The Yarn Cake here in Glasgow on December 8th, and these little skeins will be going off to new homes. And that I think is a good thing. And they are both wool sock yarns so that counts too 🙂

 

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Wovember, Week #2

What I’ve Been Wearing

Exactly the same as last week… mainly my Bláithín and my regular pair of  mittens. I did manage to finish my Socks so I’ve had those on too.

What I’ve Been Knitting

Korknisse! Lots of them… current total is at 21. And of course, the socks I finished. And I’ve just started (only halfway through the first repeat) the second installment of the the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL.

What I’ve Been Spinning

Still nothing.. but I bought some hand-dyed Shetland Top this week.

 

Wovember, Week #1

What I’ve Been Wearing

Sad to say, very little hand-knitted stuff. My mad dash on Saturday meant that, rather like my yarn packing, my clothes packing was a bit slapdash too. I have knitwear with me, mostly store-bought. I do have my Bláithín with me, and a shawl, a couple of hats (Snapdragon Tam and Ripley) and a pair of mittens. That’s it. I also have a cowl, but that is made from pure Llama so really shouldn’t count. The others are either pure wool or wool blend – so a bit better.

I figure I better knit more of the bag of randomness and then I have some other things to wear.

What I’ve Been Knitting

Socks! The lovely (and free) Water for the Elephants pattern in Yarn Yard Clan – which is a very Wovember friendly 100% Merino – the first sock is completely done, and the second just needs the foot finished. And more Merino in the form of Drops Merino Extra Fine in the new Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL – Clue #1 is completely done, am eagerly awaiting the next one.

What I’ve Been Spinning

Nothing! Oops… although I have just signed up for the Hilltop Cloud Best of British Fibre Club. So that has to count for something, right?

 

Wovember

November seems to be the month for trying things for both yourself or in the name of charity, from attempting to write 50,000 words or growing a moustache. I’ve already said that I’m trying to write one blogpost a day as part of NaBloPoMo, but I am trying one other thing this month.

Wovember!

Brainchild of Kate Davies and Felicity Ford. The aim is to reclaim the name ‘wool’, as there is a tendency to classify all yarn and fibre as wool. Whether they actually contain any or not.

The theme this year is Closing the Gap, and this theme is further subdivided into five woolly categories:

  1. Growing Wool
  2. Harvesting Wool
  3. Processing Wool
  4. Working with Wool
  5. Wearing Wool

Now as a keen knitter (and amateur spinner, and abject crocheter), the growing and harvesting aspects are beyond me. But I can spin, knit and wear wool this month.

So my challenges are threefold, I pledge:

  1. To only wear items that I have knitted from actual wool
  2. To only knit with actual wool
  3. To only spin wool fibre

Now I’m aware that there are some limitations. Much of what I have knitted (and have to knit or spin with) is both pure wool or wool blends – butI think since these items have actual wool content I can overlook it.

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