Friday, June 13, 2014

Spin Share

I'm working on spinning a little each day, and sharing my progress in this space on Fridays. 
Please join me! Share your spinning progress in comments- I'd love to see your work!

I finished plying this merino this week and ended up with about 200 yards of 3-ply. It's been washed and dried and it is somewhere between sport weight and worsted weight. I've been thinking about a project for this yarn, and I think it's going to end up a hat because of yardage, but a cowl or scarf of some kind sounds really nice. I need to go on a pattern hunt.

I received the fiber for my SPAKAL sweater. It's a beautiful grey shetland from Spunky Eclectic. I'm looking forward to working with this fiber. over the next few months from spinning through the finished knitted project. Over the next week I'm going to spin singles to sample and get everything set up so that I'm ready to start spinning with the Tour on July 5.

Have you been spinning this week? 

Share a link to your spinning progress in comments so that we can come visit your beautiful work!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Yarn Along

This week has not been so awesome- a ton of rain over the last two days canceled baseball games and practices, as well as our weekly science club. And then there was the completely unrelated flood in my laundry room as my washing machine gave up for the last time. We have big fans going on the downstairs carpet where most of the water went and we're hoping for the best right now. It's drying, and I have a new washing machine on the way.

I will totally admit to sitting and knitting as much as possible on my Citron (Colorway: Earth Death by Nerd Girl Yarns) for mental therapy. I finished section 8 last night and started work on the ruffle.Only 10 rows and a bind off left! My only worry is running out of yarn. I planned 8 sections instead of 5 because I wanted to use up the yarn (and of course wanted a bigger shawl), but it is certainly going to be close. I can always end the ruffle a row early if I truly come too close to finish the bind off. We'll see how close it is!

I've been reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon this week, and also started a summer study through Simplicity Parenting with a few other women, 1 chapter at each meeting. I've read the book before, but it's been 4 or 5 years since my last read.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

                                        {Yarning Along with Ginny this week. Will you join us?}

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Temporary Space

The progress on my work space halted as we went on vacation and now that we've been back over a week, you'd think I would have been back down there, but I still haven't been able to make the trek. The need to get the garden in and work outside before it gets too hot for such things is too great. 

For now the dining room table has become my work space, and there is a lot going on here. Sock yarn wound into balls, ready to go (I spy seven skeins out, and I happen to know there are 2 more in that brown striped bag). My shawl in progress, well into the 8th section, singles spun, 1 bobbin full of 3ply that I need to wind on the swift...

The clipboard holds podcast plans, design notes and June's "quite relaxed" school plans, then to the side there is a history book, my "brain" notebook, and a jar of the best pens in the whole world.

And that shawl again.

This is why I need a creative space that doesn't take over the dining room table: a little place for all the thinking and working and plopping down my piles of yarn at the end of the day. A place for the swift and ball winder, for all my knitting books...

So I'm back in the little basement bedroom this morning, working hard to create the space I need with a new goal in mind: to finish the organizing part before Tour de Fleece gets going on July 5. After that there's still the painting. :)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Midnight Fiber and Fabric Podcast, Episode 12: Tangled

The Berry Socks are completeMy Mom's Socks are very close to done. I cast on another pair for her. I'm also worked on finishing my Citron and completed section 7. One more section and the ruffle to go!

I wound sock yarn this week, including a skein from Nerd Girl Yarns and part of a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. I'm still trying to sort out the mess from that last skein.

SPAKAL= Spin Along, Knit Along event held by the Knitmore Girls. I ordered the fiber for my SPAKAL sweater from Spunky Eclectic- a grey Shetland wool. I will be spinning for the Harvest sweater by Tin Can Knits.

My goals for Tour de Fleece are to spin for at least 30 minutes each day, aiming for an hour on days I don't work (and of course taking breaks to protect my arms) and to try to finish the singles for my SPAKAL sweater by the end of the tour.

Want to spin along during Tour de Fleece? Join Team Sasquatch! The team is made up of several podcasters and podcast listeners all spinning together. You don't have to be spinning for the SPAKAL project or any other particular goal- set your own plan in place and join us for fun and conversation.

I LOVE Bic Mark-It Markers and keeping scissors everywhere I craft. SO convenient.

I introduce a new segment this week: Garden Notes. This week I have a guest host for this segment- my son Ender.

For the Try New Things segment, I talk about needles. I currently have interchangeable Addi Turbos that I use for any projects not knit on DPNs and I love them. I'm looking at getting some Addi Sock Rockets in the near future. I've been thinking about getting Signature DPNs, but that may have to wait to see how many DPNs I drop and lose in the near future. I'm also interested in trying out the Knitter's Pride Needles and Hiya Hiya needlesWhat are your favorite needles?

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