Monday, May 18, 2015

Mini-Skein Swap Package

This is the package I received in the swap that Stephanie from Knitting Samurai and Her Guys held. My partner Lanois sent me this wonderful package:

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Malabrigo Yarn - Mechita

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It is all lovely and I feel very spoiled!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Inspirations

Almond Pound Cake with Orange Glaze - - this sounds delicious


Steam "hard boiled" Eggs - - this sounds interesting to try and to see if it effects the eggs in any way.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Berry Crush Socks

I recently saw a picture on Instagram of Annettle's Graquellow Socks and loved the texture. I was so inspired I grabbed some yarn I had recently dyed and casted on.

My version is garter stitch between slipped stitches and love how it is turning out. This color is one I recently dyed as a variegated and I love it, but it is difficult to photograph.
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It's between the picture above and the picture below.
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Love the texture.
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The last socks I knit myself were in 2013, before that 2011, so I think I am due a pair of hand knit socks! :)
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Are we noticing a recent pink and purple theme? Yeah, I don't know where it is coming from either, but I am very oddly enjoying it, so we will just go with the flow.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spinning Experiment

So with my Valentine yarn I am plying-on-the-fly, which utilizes chain plying to create a 3-ply yarn. I like to spin thin and was a little disappointed with how thin my 3-ply was, a heavy lace/light fingering. I was given the idea that when plying on the fly I could do it twice and create a 9-ply by chain plying the yarn I had just chain plied.

Here are the two skeins next to each other. I did a smallish sample of the 9-ply, but large enough I could get a good feeling of how it would turn out.
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I decided not to do it all 9-ply as that is just a little too thick for me. It's a bit thicker than worsted, by eyeballing it, which will probably grow after it's been washed.
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Here is a better comparison.  The 9-ply is wonderfully squishy though!
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Started spinning the rest of it, going to stick with the 3-ply to finish it up.
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When I start my next fiber I want to experiment with plying-on-the-fly to see what I can get. I think it might be possible to get a 5-ply by double looping, but I'll need to experiment. If I can get a 5-ply/6-ply that would be ideal.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Valentines Spinning

I realized today that I haven't posted any of my Valentine's spinning yet. I have been working on it through January.

Here it was at the start, I am doing plying on the fly, so I spin up a certain amount of singles, wind them on the shaft, ply them, and then wind them on the arms.
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Here you can see the ball of yarn wrapped around the arms is the plied yarn and the singles wrapped around the shaft.
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I am usually not a pink person, but I have been quite addicted to this colorway.
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Here is where I am so far. I'm trying to spin the whole 4oz on my Turkish spindle. It is the Large in the sleeker design from Threadsthrutime.
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The fiber is Victoria from Greenwood Fiberworks in Polwarth, which is lovely to spin. I absolutely love their fibers.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Belated Wookie Birthday!

With all the doggy check-ups and court dates we forgot to mention that Wookie turned 5 on Wednesday!


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posted from Bloggeroid

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Eleanor's ballet wrap

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Eleanor's ballet wrap is starting to look like an actual top! I started late, but think I am making decent progress.
posted from Bloggeroid

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dyeing Yarn

I have also been dyeing some yarn.

Here is a recent batch.
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This one is teal blue, pink, and yellow-green.  It is not self-striping but it spirals.
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This one was an over convoluted experiment.
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It started out as a long loop that I tied off in about 16 places and dyed each space separately.  It was way more difficult to dye than I expected, even though I like how it turned out, I would never do it again.
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This one had almost no planning and it was my happy accident!
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It's mostly blues, but has pinks, greens, purples, etc in it.  Definitely one of my favorites.
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Dyeing Punis

I started learning to spin cotton, but the punis that I purchased are white and I love spinning color. So I tried to dye some of the punis with dyes for cotton. I soaked the punis and then painted them with colors.

Here you can see the ones that I painted.
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However, when started to spin it, the dye was only surface level. It didn't soak further into the puni.
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Here you can see it clearer, how the inside is still very much white.
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Here you can see, kind of, how the single is barber poled.
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I am next going to try immersing the punis in color to see if I can dye them through or at least more than surface level. I just need to get some more cotton dyes.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 3

This is the most recent one I did, working the other way where each strip torn off would be worked from dark to light or light to dark. So it is kind of a striping effect of light to dark to light to dark, etc.


I was kind of thinking ice . . . yes, I am tired of this winter! :)
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This is random wools in pink and a few different colors of purple.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 2

It was so much fun, I of course had to make more.

I blended this one to work from blue to purple to pink, or at least to be spun like that.
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This one is also random wools, but in purple, blue, and variegated pinks.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mini Batt - Part 1

One of my Christmas presents to myself was a blending board!

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The process of my very first batt.
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This one is made up of random wool in blues, greens, and yellow-greens.
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It was so much fun and I love how it turned out!
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