Thursday, March 16, 2017

Warm stuff

So far this year





I've made a couple of sets from the FlyBuys Madelinetosh, and some random bits in a blue/teal that's not finished quite yet.


I like this twisty pattern, which is basically 4x4 rib on 71 stitches, so that the rib shifts over one stitch every round.

I spent a bit of February sanding and painting a new little cubby for the kids, and made it some little woven curtains.







All I've done so far this month is finish these bright socks,


spin this greenish rambouillet/silk, called Allium


and work on my last NEWT project, which is a pair of colorwork socks called "Irish Dream". I've finished one sock (although sewing in the ends will probably take an hour) and I'm hoping I have time to finish this second sock in the next week.




Thursday, March 2, 2017

February... etcetera.

And writing this on March 2! Sorry I've been a bit slack over here, but lots of stuff has been made, for such a shorty month, and most of it only finished recently. :)

NEWT

For the third quarter of my Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test :) I made up the pattern "Green Memories". It's a colorwork hat, with matching armwarmers in three of the hat colors. I used Madelinetosh Pashmina for the grey, but the other colors were a set (Lorna's Laces String Quintet) in a colorway called "Newt's Suit". (It's based on the colors he was wearing in the movie "Fantastic Beasts..."). They're a little big on Byron, but he does the serious pose so well... hehe


Last thing to do for the NEWT is a pair of colorwork socks, which I'm going to start next, when I've finished the socks I'm on.

SOCKS

Got out the CSM in the middle of the month, and in one afternoon, cranked 1500 yards of sport weight sock yarn. (Don't have much of that; wish I could trade my fingering weight for lots of it, though!). Then, as I flunked out of CSM school ;) I had to handknit on the toes, cuffs and heels.

These green ones, from yarn I dyed in Jan... hmmm... it occurs to me now that I haven't been here for quite a while. I did make some things in January, too. Here's January's dyeing and February's socks from it. Basically, I just threw it into a pot of green and sprinkled on a bit of blue and yellow...




Then I finished up these ones. These are maybe my favorite for the month, made of Trekking 6ply, so nice and tough, with the heels and cuffs in a different colorway of the same yarn.






Also made socks from that heel yarn :)



Then I knit these ones. Handmaiden Casbar. Merino/cashmere/nylon that I've had in my stash since 2011. It's very silky-feeling, and thinner than the other "sport weight" yarns. I tightened the tension on the CSM a click, but they still seem like socks that would wear holes in a month.

Oh well. They can be my "sitting on the couch" socks :)

They're very long, but I'll just bunch them around my toasty, warm ankles like this.







I haven't finished the 5th pair, yet. They're eye-searing pink and orange (I was originally planning colorwork with black for this yarn) but why not? They'll be in my shoes. lol.

I did make Zac some new socks, though, which he wanted for his birthday. Dyed and knit back in January. Inside 24 hours. You know, just for the challenge.






And I made these ones for Nathan's birthday, handknit from top to bottom. Two strands held together, so it should have been much quicker than it was!!



SPINNING

These two were made from two bumps of SASF, both of which were a green and purple mix that I couldn't see myself using. (Love David's fibre, but green and purple? Not for me.) However, it finally occurred to me that I could just pull the purple/blue bits out of both, and leave the green/blue bits for another skein. Worked great, almost 50/50!


Also split up a very brightly-colored skein that I wasn't sure how to spin into mini skeins of different colors. As the original colorway was called "Hell Broth" (from Macbeth), I called my mini skeins "Wool of bat, tongue of dog, eye of newt and toe of frog". hehe.


Tried to spin thickly, but still got pretty much 3ply sport weight.

This one I didn't like much. I love the "Primordial" colorway, but for the class I had to spin a 2ply. I'm not so good at those, for some reason. Maybe it needs a bit more twist...?






And for Quidditch, I spun up some more thick Nply, that ended up... maybe DK weight.



There were a few other projects in there, mostly things for the Soup Bus. Might add them to the collection for next time! :)



















Tuesday, January 17, 2017

School holidays

January used to be my favourite month. Middle of Summer. No school. Swimming, playing and relaxing...


It's still the middle of Summer, and school holidays, but there's not a lot of relaxing when you're the mum! I've gotten used to having those 6 hours off (when I'm not sleeping after work) and now those hours are full of noise. And fighting. And requests! We made a deal that they could have a "late night" every second night, and when those monkeys are finally in bed, I find myself falling asleep on the couch. We aren't going away on a trip or anything, but I'm trying to do a few fun things with them. After all, I want them to love January as much as I used to.


Still, I did get this thing done:








It ended up just over 1000y, and used a skein and a bit of each color. It's an odd shape; the edge on the top there, where I did all the color changes, is curved (probably because it's got less stretch), and the cast off edge (white) is icord, and the other side is stretchy but shorter. I have no idea how to wear it, and I couldn't figure out how to block it, but it's going to be squooshy and warm.


Where I ended up blocking it:














I love the colors; they're all very wearable, and the "white" was really a very speckley multicolored thing.












Pattern: Drachenfels. Yarn: Madelinetosh Sport (with a little Pashmina here and there)












And I finished some spinning :) This is the South African Superfine from last post, spun into 870y of 2ply. I have to do another 130y for the Charms requirement in my NEWT, but that's no great drama. I love spinning this stuff. My colors didn't line up at all! I'm still a newb. LOL.









































Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas! It was 36 degrees Celcius here today. It was fried turkey and bbq steak, and lots of cold salads here today.


Not much knitting happens in the "break" month, unless you're one of the crazy people doing a NEWT. This current one is my 11th, and I'm having fun so far.






This is where I ran out of blue. I ordered some more, though, and it came from Jimmy Beans in about 10 days. The pattern is Drachenfels, which is a big, stripey, 3-color garter stitch shawl/scarf. (It's a triangle, but I kind of hate calling them "shawls" because it sounds old-fashioned. A scarf that's pointy-ended and thick in the middle: that's better. Hehe)


I've almost finished the laceweight spinning






There was only a  teeny bit of fluff left, today, but I had to go to work.


In the days I was waiting for yarn, when I was out and about, or not in the mood for spinning, I knitted up this hat. According to NEWT schedule (where we have to say what we'll make for 50%, 75% and 100%) it's part of the 75% section, but oh well; it's finished early :)




I have to finish the Drachenfels and spinning for 50%, and this hat and matching armwarmers for 75%. Also, this boy :) wants a jumper and socks for his birthday, and I thought I'd just whip up another pair for Nathan, too, since he wears his wool socks all the time (except on days this warm).


Kids are on holidays, now, and Christmas finished about an hour ago. Byron bought me some old Doctor Who, which he plans to watch with me :) so Drachenfels (perfect TV knitting) should be done before the DVD's are finished. The spinning should be done in a few days (around work) and hopefully those socks, between Jan 1 and 5. (yikes).


Internet has been off at our place all week. Actually it's been about 10 days. Sometimes we can get a minute by rebooting the modem, but other than that, no internet and no phone, and mobiles don't work well where I live. So I'm internetting at work, when it's quiet.


Happy Christmas, crafty ones. Hope your Christmas knitting is all done :)



Monday, December 5, 2016

NEWT 10


Look at these two, having a modeling competition. :) At the moment, if I say, "who wants to be my model for a photo?", I get eager volunteers. I'm sure they think getting their picture on Ravelry is the height of fame! LOL

Fingering weight woven scarf





Finished the handspun, which is the merino/bamboo I got from Moseley Park's stall at Bendigo this year. I tried to spin it thickly, and then used it for the warp of a wide scarf, alternating yarns across the warp to mix them up.


Jas, volunteering eagerly as usual, but not really feeling well enough to actually smile




Then, for the warp I used laceweight, which I've done before. Turns out very squishy :)

This is the 8th scarf for the year. Planned to weave 12, but 8 is not too bad.

And this one, which is called "3-color cashmere cowl" is my fleece-to-finished-object part of my NEWT. It started off as a dirty Polwarth fleece, and I washed, carded, spun, dyed and knitted it. I think the knitting took as long as all the other parts! It's 550y of fingering weight, and I'm not a fast knitter.


Nice to wear, though. It really bunches up around your neck, and the polwarth is pretty soft.

This one will get the most wear, though. It's all the handspun BFL/silk that I spun for the last NEWT and knitted up for this NEWT. The top is long, and the hem is very wide rectangular shape, which falls nicely and fits well.


Well, that's my tenth NEWT finished, and I'm already started on my 11th! This next one is four projects and a spin (Muggle Studies: make a coordinated ensemble for a Muggle/ Charms: spin 1000y of finished laceweight). There's a shawl, hat, armwarmers, socks, and spinning, all with blue/green/brown colors that seem to be my favorites at the moment. :)

Next term I have plans to make Soup Bus Sets (maybe hat/handwarmers/cowl), and more CSM socks. I'm a bit sick of weaving, but I still want to have 365 different pairs of socks in the drawers :D






Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New stash

One of my 5 year goals (I just recently started keeping a Bullet Journal) is to get my stash down to 25 kilos of nice yarn. That's still a lot of yarn, of course, about 250 x100g skeins. But it'll be all nice. Which is why I didn't much hesitate to add these :)

"Tour de Frak" and "I am a bicycle in the Wind", Chameleon Sock by IndigoDragonfly. She donated the money raised to the Yarn Harlot's bike team in the last "Friends for Life Bike Rally" (where the team rides over 600km to raise money for HIV). It's merino/cashmere/silk fingering weight yarn, in two slightly different shades of purple. Very soft!

I got these three lovely yarns from Jimmy Beans, destined to be together in some sort of scarf or shawl. And also from Jimmy Beans... well, I'd saved up my FlyBuys for some time, apparently, because I cashed them in and bought

10 skeins of MT chunky. As usual, FlyBuys yarn is for charity, since my sister and mum both contribute to my FlyBuys points and it's like free money but also a gift. I'm hoping to make some sets of things, rather than just hats this time, because the lady at the Soup Bus said, when I asked if they donated to many women, that they gave to a women's refuge, often, and last time she gathered together a hat, scarf and mitts that 'sort of matched', and the woman was really happy to have them. So I thought I'd make some stuff that matches properly. I'm not sure I can get a hat and fingerless mitts from one 165y skein, but I might be able to make two sets from three skeins or something. We'll see.

I got some Wollmeise in a destash. These are destined for weaving, I think.

And that's the new yarn stash. I did also finish the socks.

These are for Jasmine, who hasn't worn hers yet, because, would you believe, she didn't want to wear them until they were washed and blocked "like you usually do"...

And these are Zac's, who, being completely opposite to Jas, wouldn't give them back after trying them on for "heel placement". So they don't have heels (which he seems to love) and I had to steal them from his room after 4 days to wash them! Hehe.





Also finished this cowl called Armonika, with 2 skeins of MT vintage in "Roasted Hatch Chiles". I could knit with that colorway for a year! It's a simple 4-row repeat, and it folds inward, accordian-like, which makes it sit in a thick, warm layer. Especially if you double it, like this





I've been wearing this one a lot :)

Also made three cranked hats for the Soup Bus with BWM rustic 12ply. Not the softest yarn, but it goes through the Addi very well. They seem to take about 2 hours each :)

And I finished spinning this 200g of 3ply fingering weight yarn from the Polwarth Fleece I got at Bendi, just in time for the 75% NEWT deadline.

I'm knitting it now, after dyeing one skein light green and one dark blue, into the 3-color Cashmere Cowl. It's very simple and time consuming! I'm still a slow knitter! A plain 160st round takes me about 7 minutes, so you can work out how long this 270-row thing will take, and then double it for Distractions. :)

We'll get there. It's very soft!







Monday, October 24, 2016

Spin Spin Spin

In spite of the fact that I forgot to register for Spinzilla, I have still been spinning my fingers off, so much so that the brake tension (which is fishing line) wore so thin that last night it snapped! My main spin, since I was last here a month ago, was an attempt to get maximum yardage for the one Quidditch game where yardage counted, so I spun up this laceweight mix of "Get Happy" and "Silver Mine".







It muted the bright pink and orange nicely, although I can't think what I'm going to do with 1174y/180g of laceweight. Probably Nply it into a useful 6ply ;)

This one is Bond/Suri/Silk called High Hopes. Nice stuff to spin, with the bit of alpaca. Soft and fluffy.

300y

and some more Bond/Suri in "Inca Gold", which I got for free as a random SCF prize.

230y

I also pulled out the dye pots and dyed up some Stroll Sport sock yarn for the kids, which seems to be the perfect weight to make 54-stitch socks on my CSM.

Byron's "black please" socks, which he agreed to let me add a teeny bit of "maybe light green" to.





Jasmine's Fwooper socks (magical animals being the current Slytherin dormitory theme, due to the impending release of the  "Fantastic Beasts" movie, and Fwoopers being my dorm.)


And Zac's bright green socks




Yesterday I cranked both Jasmine and Zac's yarn into tubes (80 minutes, including set up and putting away of CSM)

and today I'm knitting Jasmine's toes.



There's more. More knitting and weaving and spinning, not to mention purchases! Next time... ;)





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