Friday, 27 July 2007
and piccy of prettyish pattern...
Last night couldn't settle for the evening...well you know when you want one of those "quick fix" knitting projects. So rumbled in my spun yarn basket and they presto...this presented itself. This was early spinning hence quite thick, but nevertheless usable. So made this hat, and it fitted wooh hoo! done in red/black merino.
Then we have the rest of the bfl spun..very pleased with this as managed to spin about 465metres from it...has spun to sock approximately. Knitted a little swatch so that you can se...haven't plied it... so singles and it is very interesting as you can see a slight twist on the left hand side of each stitch. Will possibly be used for baby cardi (DD has her 20 week scan soon and we find out what sexes she is having with the twins...so all very exciting)
Monday, 23 July 2007
But anyway I have spun some of the BFL...quite pleased with this thus far, the first skein I have managed to spin 199metres, single......am at the moment spinning up second skein, so hopefully when done will have enough for a pair of sockies...not bad for £4.00.
Did a couple of knitted cushion covers 6 months back...but forget to post them...done in cashmerino cannot remember which make but very soft none the less.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
So first of all my little niche of garden in the shade....birds singing in the tree behind me...alls well thus far.
But preparation preparation is the key, so a lot of elbow work and cleaning up firstly.
The beautiful soft clouds, apparently the lady at the Guild said that you should be able to blow the rolags off your hand and they should float down to the ground. Okeedokkeee.!
Now spin, here is where at times I can get a bit impatient, I know I must try hard to go slow and sure but sometimes I just run for the bus...ops.
Then the spun skein got its first wash, with trepidation in it went then slowly oh so slowly lifted it in and out a couple of times...didn't want it to start felting.
Changed water 3 times then all of a sudden a beautiful creamyness started to appear
In the airing place overnight to dry and then tentatively opened to door to gorgeous creamy white oh so soft fluffiness. 105 metres of baby alpaca.
Saturday, 14 July 2007
skein was pink and blue merino. Anyways I had to do a show and tell, well I was a tad embarrassed and managed not to waffle too much, which was hard as can be quite a chatterbox. So afterwards one of the ladies who is a spinning officianado came up to me and asked to look at the blanket and skein. She said that both were extremely good and that some of the ladies she knows after several years spinning hadn't reached thus far. Well did I preeen or what? I had been putting myself down at home and get frustrated as sometimes things were not working out correctly on tension etc. Then she asked me if she could take them both and put them in a craft show exhibition under novice/beginner spinner. Well you could have knocked me over with a feather I thought she was joking but no they have gone and it is being held next Sunday.....so lets wait and see.
So today postie came with....
isn't it just scrumtious to comes from a lovely site that I have just found.
Also some pretty BFL in blues/greens fibre unfortunately piccy doesn't do it justice. Then we have Lucas...... alpaca fibre, well thats his name and he is a year old, so it is lovely and soft.
Monday, 9 July 2007
Anyway postie came last week and brought me
a lovely cheeky book, very feminine to knit, there are quite a few on my to do list.
This really pretty lace top which in the book they are calling a nightgown! Chiffon has been attached to the bottom. A cheeky pair of knitted stockings...
Anway, wanna have a peak at my Wip at the moment. Socks.....oh yes socks haven't done any for such a long time with all the baby knitting. The yarn is from http://www.peakwool.co.uk/index.php?id=designer&gclid=CKees5-VvYkCFRQFEAodJ2iPOQ. The colourway is shall we say questionable but different. Differents good (I think).
and of course there had to be the obligatory baby knitting, this time a blanket in quite a nice basket type pattern. Am half way through this at the moment but hey
Hopefully on Saturday I am going to local Guilds for their Spinning and Weaving Day workshop...as yet haven't tried spinning alpaca fibre, so have ordered 100g baby alpaca from http://www.alpaca-spinner.com/ . So hopefully will show you a picture when it comes in all its gorgeous lovely softness. So best be away and get those needles working...speak laters love to all x
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
and a picture of both of them.