Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so thankful this year for my family and friends. I’m thankful for having a good job (and for Mike having one!). I’m thankful for having a roof over my head and my yarn stash to keep me going when inspiration strikes late at night.
I managed to finish all three months of Camp Loopy this year. Wow. It was tight at the end with classes starting but I got it done and bound off just under the wire. Next year, I’m going with smaller projects! This picture is a rough look at my unblocked February Lady Sweater. A couple of long ends are showing that will be trimmed once it gets blocked.
Now for classes and fall excitement. I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on in between school and work (which is going to be insanely busy in the next few months). I took a yarn dyeing class last weekend at A Tangled Yarn in Nicholasville. It was so much fun and I want to reskein the yarn before I take photos of it. I did quite a bit of fiber and five skeins of yarn and probably would have done more fiber if it wasn’t for the 90 degree weather. Next time!
I’m finally off on Saturdays and Mike and I have been trying to enjoy them as much as possible, since we haven’t had a day off together in months. We saw The Butler on Saturday. I think it’s the first non-action movie we’ve seen in a long long time. It was a wonderful movie and invoked a lot of emotions. It’s well worth it if you’re looking for something to see.
Have a great short week!
I’ve been breezing along on my February Lady Sweater. Going down the body now and hopefully I can start the sleeves by the end of the week. Check out these great buttons from The Loopy Ewe.
When I haven’t been working on my sweater, I’ve been doing some spinning!
This came off the wheel last week. I started spinning it for Tour de Fleece but didn’t ply it until a few weeks after. It’s from SpunRightRound and it came out to about 200 yards of DK. I don’t have any plans for it yet, so into the stash it goes. Maybe some colorful mittens?
I decided the wash the fleece I bought at the Kentucky Fiber Fest. This was my first time washing a fleece and I really didn’t want to ruin it. I gave it four 30-minute soaks in Unicorn Fiber wash per instructions from the Joy of Handspinning’s site. It’s been drying since Saturday night and now comes the fun part – carding!
Lastly, I’ve been promising Mike I would make him some gloves for quite awhile. A few months ago I came across the Masse Mitts by Ann Budd and knew he would love a pair of these. I decided last week that I’d put it off long enough and he’s going to keep them once the weather gets colder since he has a good bit of walking in his commute. I couldn’t find a yarn I liked for them so I’ve decided to spin it myself. I found some gorgeous Romneydale/CVM on Etsy in a chocolate brown that matches his jacket and I’m going to start on it as soon as my sweater is off the needles. I got 8ozs so I can make him a matching hat too. Next will be a scarf out of pure alpaca.
Happy August! The summer has just flown by. My summer semester final was this morning and now I have nearly a month until the fall semester starts. I’m going to cram as much knitting and spinning in as I can between work. I’m going to need to with the project I decided to do for August.
The requirement is at least 800 yards and since I didn’t want to do another lace project for this month, I chose the February Lady Sweater. I’m using Cascade 220 in Lilac Heather. I was all set to do Girl Friday, however the idea of a one piece sweater instead of seaming pieces really appealed to me since time is going to be a factor. I cast on this morning after my final and I haven’t gotten too far yet but I’m really liking it so far. I haven’t gotten a picture of it yet so above is my Candy shawl from earlier this week. Happy Knitting!
Well, I finished this project on Friday and blocked it over the weekend. I could not resist wearing it to work on Monday. I love it so much. I whined throughout the whole process of knitting the edging but wow, it really was well worth it. I carried it around for a few days before I found the perfect place to take pictures of it in downtown Frankfort earlier this afternoon. I’m so in love with this shawl and got so many compliments on it at work Monday.
Yarn: Madtosh Prairie
Pattern: Rock Island by Jared Flood
Cast On: July 1, 2013
Bind Off: July 27, 2013
I’ll talk about my next project for the final month of Camp Loopy tomorrow. I’ve got my yarn and needles ready but I’ve now changed my mind on the pattern.
Hello! I ended up finishing up my Camp Loopy June project right on time, however I’m not thrilled with how it came out. I ran out of yarn to do the edging so I bound off early. What my plan is, is to take the leftover from my Camp Loopy July project since it’s out of the same yarn and use it as a contrasting border. I’m going to start work on that once my July project is over which is…. Rock Island! I’ve said for awhile I’ve wanted to do this pattern and I cast on July 1st and I’m still on the edging. Now that I have the hang of it, it’s progressing better but my attention has been focused on school of course and my first Tour De Fleece!
I started by plying up some lace weight (most likely) shetland that I’ve had in my stash forever and moved quickly along to my Fiber Optics gradient. It’s wool and silk which is one of my favorite combinations and I’ve got both bobbins spun up, it’s time to ply them! I’ve already got my eye on my next goal – some beautiful Skein Queen BFL and then my Sock to Shoe kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. So much to spin, so little time.
Lastly, we welcomed a new family member this past Independence day. My sister in law had a little girl named Bailey so I’m hard at work at an adorable sock yarn bunny and a pair of booties to send her. They didn’t find out she was going to be a girl until she was born, so I held off on any handknits and if they didn’t live in Canada, we would bring the gifts to girl ourselves. Hopefully we’ll get to meet her in the near future!
Of course where I’d like to be right now is in France instead of spinning with the Tour De Fleece. Hopefully we’ll go again sometime soon!