WiP Wednesday: Growing Shawl, hats, & new dye books

My brain is going in a lot of different directions this week. I’m feeling a rush of excitement to finish things and start new ones. 

My Hitchhiker Beyond Shawl/scarf is growing! I’m a little worried that I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but what’s life without a little risk? I’m knitting this out of handspun, and I couldn’t be more excited about how it is knitting up. The colors scare and excite me all at the same time! 

As a fun, quick project, I’m making some hats that’ll be going with a local mill-owner to our local farmers market. (No pictures yet…)

I’m also planning a lot more natural during in the coming days/weeks. I’ve added a few books to my library, and I’m so excited to dig into them. Next on the dyeing schedule is nettle-dyed roving and yarn. 

Keep an eye on my Etsy shop for updates (in the past week, I’ve added in a skein of madder-dyed yarn and some recycled yarn). 

I’ve also re-started a Facebook page for my sites, so you can find me there if you’re interested, as well! 

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In the dye-pot: More Natural Dyes

Spring was in the air in the PNW this weekend, so I decided a little natural dyeing was in order. I have some extracts on order and plants growing in the garden, so I’m anticipating doing a lot more dyeing in the coming months. 

 I love the yellow that onion skins give, so I dyed up a few skeins using onion skins that I had been saving. 
I also experimented with using avocado pits to dye a skein. It is a more subtle color, but I love that this is what results from them. 


Both of the onion skin dyed skeins are listed in my Etsy shop, and the avocado pit dyed skein will be available after it has had a wash and is dried. 

If you’re interested in trying natural dyes on your own, CreativeBug has a few classes available on their site. 

Baking, spinning, sewing, and knitting, oh my!

I am continuing to experience a great deal of making-mojo. 

I finished 388 yards of handspun from a braid that I bought from Three Waters Farm.  The colors are outside of my usual comfort zone, but I really love it. 

I have been more motivated to explore bread-making recently. There’s something so satisfying about being able to make bread. I used the recipe for challah from the latest issue of Taproot Magazine, and I am so happy with how it came out. I’m looking for more recipes to try, so any suggestions are totally appreciated. 

Little One was on spring break last week, so I took a few hours while she was relaxing to sit back down at my sewing machine. The pattern for this is the Lil’ Knot Bag. The top stitching around the handles was a little tricky, but I’m pretty happy with the result. It was nice to sit back down at my machine, and this project was a good one for working on some skills. It was much more manageable than some of my other endeavors at the sewing machine have been. After a little more practice, these might appear in my Etsy shop. I’m still developing the direction I’d like to take my shop in, but I have some ideas in the works. 

I’m working on some mitts from handspun. Working with handspun has been hugely satisfying for me lately, as well. 

I also found these super cute little charms at the craft store the other week, so I made some stitch markers. I bought some extra, and they’re available on my Etsy shop. I’m getting ready to do some yarn and fiber dyeing, so keep an eye out for updates! 

FO Friday

Here are a few things I finished up today. 

A small notion/project bag.  This fabric is super fun!   
A skein of marled grey & black yarn. The grey is Cormo, and the black is Corriedale. It’s about 85 yards of worsted weight. 

 
I decided to put both of these up in my Etsy shop, so take a look if you’re interested. 

Happy Friday everyone! 

Spinning Adventures: Cormo

  
 
I am really enjoying my spinning lately. Consequently, I’ve been exploring different sources for fiber and a variety of wool-types. I am still doing a lot of experimenting to figure out what types of yarn I like to spin and knit with. Today, I started spinning some grey Cormo that I purchased Hay Day Fleece & Fiber on Etsy. 

I am a big fan of rustic feeling fiber. I don’t really mind little bits of VM in either. So, this fiber totally fits the bill for me. It drafts well and is clean, but it still feels sheepy and wooly. I’m thinking I might take this single and ply it with some black fiber that I have for a marled effect. 

  

WiP Wednesday: Nothing…looking for inspiration 

It’s Wednesday, and I currently have nothing in progress. It’s really weird not to have something going – I haven’t been without a project (or several) for months. Over the weekend and the past few days I’ve made a few little things for my Etsy shop. It’s hard figuring out how to keep a shop focused on knitted items going as the weather changes. Here are a few items I’ve come up with. I think I might start on a Farmer’s Market bag soon. 

   

   

I’m also going to start working on some natural dyeing projects. I just added a few lovely books to my collection to help me get started. 

  

Over the weekend, I started a hat that I needed to pull out, twice. So, I put that project on hold. My brain obviously wasn’t in the right space to be focusing on a chart. I’m also struggling to figure out what to do with a bunch on single skeins that I bought on impulse. The colors are beautiful, but really not my style.

  

I’m looking for inspiration…

Friday FO: red cowl

I finished up the cowl I started Wednesday. The provisional cast-on with the three needle bind-off worked well to create a smoother join between the two ends. I knit it on US size 19 needles, which made it quick, but knitting with needles that large felt a bit clumsy. Nonetheless, it is done and up for sale in my Etsy shop!

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WIP Wednesday

I’ve been working on a cowl for myself this week. I saw this gorgeous pattern on Etsy , and I just couldn’t resist. Here’s the link to the pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/206394305/chromite-cowl-knitting-pattern-pdf?
I really encourage you to go poke around her shop – her designs are beautiful and unique. While you’re there, you can take a peek at my shop as well: https://www.etsy.com/shop/YarnBOB?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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