• Projects 27.01.2015 No Comments

    This is how I get into trouble!

    Spinning projects:

    The three sisters Romney:

    East Friesian:

    Wine and Silver Falklands from Wintry Flower by Design:
    silver and wine falklands

    Emily Merino by Greenwood Fibers:
    Emily merino

    The buffalo and cashmere project:
    buffalo and cashmere

    Southdown and Tussah from Inglenook Fibers:
    southdown and tussah

    Knitting projects:
    I finished the Howlcat cowl. I don’t think the yarns I picked worked out well. I should take a picture of it. It’s a clever pattern. I don’t know what to do with the green socks. I’m reworking the foot, as they just felt big. I’ll post more about those separately, when I figure them out.

    There’s the sweater project from my new favorite designer, Ellen Mason. This is Eileen Mary in Cascade Eco+. I’ve finished the lower part and need to get started on the sleeves. I like the yarn. It reminds me of Spinnerin, which was a popular yarn when this type sweater was popular. The pattern is well written and interesting to knit. I have plans to do at least two more of her patterns when I finish this. The yarn is a darker red than you can see in this picture.

    Eileen Mary

    I bought yarn for a shawlette project, but it’s not going to work. I wanted red and this is more orange. Will need to find another use for it. I also got some Lorna’s Laces Solemate. It has this special fiber that is supposed to keep you from getting too hot or cold. I am going to work up a good pattern for Lon’s socks. He has odd feet. They swell, so he needs more room at the top and that makes them look short and square. It should be fun. I can make socks that fit, but so far, they haven’t fit as well as I’d like. And I have two sock projects that I want to make for myself. Too bad I can’t clone myself!

  • Projects 22.01.2015 No Comments

    I am still working on this one. I find that it’s easier to spin with a small amount of cashmere added. I card this on my small Louet hand cards. And I spin it on my Loki, the same way I’d handle cotton. I spin until the spindle drops too much, then take a break. I’ve ordered more yarn so will have some additional projects to report soon. Still trying to redo the sleeves on my cardigan and finish my green lace socks.


    buffalo fiber

  • Projects 15.01.2015 No Comments

    I am still working on the buffalo, but it’s not as much fun as my new fiber (of courser.) Lon shaved his head over the holidays. He’s growing it back out but has made a lot of use of his watch cap. He wants the buffalo for a scarf. I am close to plying my first batch of it, so that’s something.

    I ordered some Southdown/tussah silk from Inglenook Fibers. I love the color and I usually do love down wools.  This is for the Spindlemaniacs challenge.


    southdown/tussah silk

    I also got this sample. It’s interesting stuff. I think this is the first time I’ve had holographic fiber in a blend.
    inglenook sample

    I am also doing socks. I have several of Nancy Bush’s books and I think I’m going to focus on the Vintage sock book when I finish my current project. I also want to experiment with knitting socks on two small circulars.

    Gentleman’s sock in Railway stitch:
    Gentleman's sock in Railway stitch

    These are the lacy socks from Folks Socks. I’d knit this yarn up as a shawlette (Traveling Woman pattern) but never wore it. I love these acidy greens and just thought it might be interesting in this pattern.
    lacy socks from Folk Socks


  • Projects 05.01.2015 No Comments

    I finished a couple of Flora’s caps for myself:
    Handspun Flora's cap and cowl
    I was glad to finally find a use for this handspun. It’s nice stuff. I made the matching cowl over 141 stitches using the same edging and stitch pattern.

    Fanny modeling Flora's cap

    Fanny is modeling the second cap. This is some Koigu merino that I bought for making the Traveler’s socks. I didn’t like the yarn for that pattern and there was some moth damage. It worked up nicely for this cap.

    And there were two Watchcaps for the guys:
    Lon's cap

    Quinn's cap

    I am still working on the buffalo project, as well as a couple of other spinning projects. I am resizing Quinn’s socks, then need to rework the sleeves on my new cardigan. When I finish those, it will be time for some new knitting projects!