WIP Wednesday (August 6, 2014)

Oops! Being busy with other work is not conducive to keeping the blog updated, will have to try and remedy that!

I have had a fair bit of startitis recently, so there are a few new projects to mention.

On the Needles
Both Sombra and the secret project for GSoY are still on the needles and haven’t really progressed at all. Well the GSoY one is now officially over the halfway point so that is something. I’ve also loaned out the nice straight needles I was knitting Sombra on to my Mum, so will have to wait for them to restart the back.

There is a new pair of socks too, this time a pair of my own design, Orchardton. With textured stitches, cables and a wee bit of lace, I should hopefully get the second sock finished soon. I need to write up the pattern from my rather unintelligible notes for testing and release in the not-so-distant future.

However, this not the only own-design thing on the needles. There are another two to mention (told you I had startitis). Buttons will be a pair of colourwork fingerless mittens, using my favourite Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight (what else?). The first mitt is done, the charts are in draft, and like the aforementioned socks, testing and release will be happening soon.

The other new design in progress is the first in a two-parter. I am currently nearly 400 yards into a circular shawl (picture above) using Ginger’s Hand-dyed by Edinburgh’s own Gingertwist Studio. I’m using the ‘Gorblimey’ and ‘Girl on Fire’ shades, along with some undyed. I’m addicted to knitting this at the moment, but am going to run out of my undyed yarn very soon and will have to wait for the next delivery before I can continue with it. However, all is not lost as I am planning a half-circle version (using Lotus Mimi, a mink yarn!) so I’m sure I can cope.

On the Wheel
Still on the silk at the moment, I haven’t actually spun for at least a week and need to get restarted… When I find the time!

WIP Wednesday (July 23, 2014)

In the interests of sharing, I’ve decided to add in a new post category (probably running fortnightly, although it may become weekly – depending on how much knitting I actually get done). So welcome to WIP Wednesday! Of which there are quite a few lurking around the house.

On the Needles
Three active projects here – there are three others, all either hibernating (more on those later in a separate post) or still in the planning stages (I’ll talk about that one when it is finally started).

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First up another pair of socks – I mentioned these ones briefly in the Busy, Busy, Busy! Post last week. 2014 really is the year of the sock! This is the second pair this year for the BF. Again I am using my favourite (since I don’t need to think about what I’m doing) sock recipe (this recipe will also be covered in a forthcoming blog post) and Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4 Ply. This isn’t a normal OMA colourway, this is one of the skeins I dyed at the workshop back in March 2013. It is a deep blue with flashes of turquoise, very peacock-esque! I named the colourway ‘Wine Dark Sea’ – blame my love of Homer.* The BF however took one look at the freshly dyed skeins and declared it to be a ‘sock yarn blue’. Which resulted in the skeins immediately being set aside for socks for him. The first is done (and fits!), and the second has been cast on.

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Next up is Sombra, the lace weight jumper from the Summer 2014 issue of PomPom Quarterly. Knitted flat, this is quite slow going, but the front is finished and I have just the back to finish and the seaming and sleeves to go. I’m knitting this in Sublime Yarns Extra Fine Merino Lace (Oyster colourway) and Habu Yarns Silk Stainless Steel (Brown) and Merino (Green). Quite a neutral palette for me, but I’m loving the effect so far. Due to the fact that I get yarn tangled extremely easily (and taking on board advice from other users of the Habu Yarns) I’m knitting this on straight needles. The cable of a circular needles plus three strands of yarn was simply asking for trouble where I am concerned. As long as I am careful when adding in, or removing the different yarns I’m okay, if I’m not, then I spend a not inconsiderable amount of time unknotting things.

The final active knitting project is another super-secret thing, again for Glasgow School of Yarn in October and again knitted in Jamieson and Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (I have an addiction).

On the Hook
Nothing at the moment, though I am very tempted by Pax and really should just give it a go and not think about it too much.

On the Wheel

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Some incredibly beautiful silk from Hilltop Cloud. This was one of first Wool-Free Luxury Club offerings, and I have 200g of it. It is delightful to spin. I’m still on the first brick, I’ll get that both spun up as singles. At the moment I’m not sure whether to opt for a 2 Ply or Navajo-ply for 3 Ply. Either way it is going to be lovely.

* In Ancient Greek there is no word for blue, so the descriptions of the sea equate it with other colours, dark wine shades being a favourite.

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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2013 – A (Somewhat Delayed) Recap

I had plans for a big fancy post with lots of discussion… that has not really panned out. Instead this is very much just a summary, but it is still nice to write it down.

All things considered 2013 was not a bad year crafting wise.

I knitted / crocheted / wove 35 projects – which included garments for once, instead of only focusing on accessories.

I launched 5 patterns > Flightless, Laitis, Hildasay Mittens, RiverscapeSānu

I managed to spin. (Quite a bit through the Tour de Fleece to be honest, not a vast amount after.)