Last week was the LYS Tour in the Puget Sound. I didn’t make it to as many shops as I had hoped, but I stopped at some of my favorites. I tried to show restraint, but some yarn and fiber was just too lovely to resist.
Tolt Yarn and Wool
Fiber from Homestead Hobbyist (Mad Cow Yarn)
From Weaving Works for a small weaving project.
I also managed to start a few new things and get some yarn finished over the weekend.
Dyed yellow and gray braid for my Etsy shop.
Doing a little knitting in the sunshine and my new mug from Spincycle Yarns.
New handspun shawl on the needles. The pattern is the Quaker Yarn Stretcher by Susan Ashcroft.
3-ply natural gray Finn yarn. 150 yards, 2.9oz. This was super lovely spin, and it made a really smooth, dense yarn. Also available in my Etsy shop.
Spring has, seemingly, finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The winter was very wet and very long this year, and making really helped carry me through. I am, happily, continuing my making trend as spring rolls in.
Spinning – It is hard to explain how much I’ve been enjoying my spinning over the past few weeks. It is giving me such a sense of relaxation, and I’m just loving these yarns that I am creating.
This yellow roving is seriously like knitting up the sunshine ☀️
I picked up 2+ pounds of alpaca roving from a local farmer who is retiring. It was a bargain, but now I’m wondering what on earth to do with all of this alpaca!
I finished my Hitchhiker Beyond scarf/shawl out of handspun. This process was so incredibly satisfying, and I’m so happy with the result.
A little more handspun…
A 3-ply Corriedale cross that I spun and dyed in logwood. (Etsy listing here)
Dyeing – I’ve been dyeing up a storm. Mostly, I’ve been listing on Etsy, but I’m also keeping some for myself.
Roving dyed with logwood
Madder dyed yarn
Acid dyed roving
Knitting – Nothing big on the needles, but lots of little things. I’ve been in production-mode; I’ve been knitting for a local mill owner to sell finished items at the farmers market.
And just for fun, some snapshots of the garden/homestead
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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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This week has given me such an appreciation for my amazing husband! He was out of town on business, and as always, when he is gone, I’m reminded of what an excellent partner I have. My knitting time has been more sporadic, but I squeezed some in on my commute and in the evening after Little One went to bed.
I have finally picked up my Rosemont Cardigan to finish the button band. I have a major mental-block when it comes to button bands sometimes, but I’m ready for this sweater to be off the needles. My sweater mojo is returning, so hopefully I’ll get another one on the needles when I get this one finished.
I’ve also been working on my Hitchhiker Beyond from some handspun. These colors and the style of this piece are not part of my usual palate, but I’m enjoying it.
I hope everyone else is enjoying their knitting this week, too!
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!
It’s been a little while since I’ve made an FO post. It’s not for lack of FOs, really, but more a lack of things to say about them.
I finished my Oats cowl. I needed some basics, so this is the first piece of some everyday scarves and cowls I’m adding to my wardrobe. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios. It took me quite a while to finish, but it was an easy project to pick up and put down.
I finished some fiber that I was hoarding for spinning on my new wheel. This is 4.9oz of a BFL in the Hummingbird colorway. It was a nice spin (although a bit of a slog toward the end), and I am pretty pleased with the result. My plan is to use it with some dark brown handspun for a brioche project.
I also finished a few hats for some friends and others who are participating in some marches that are coming up.
I’ve got quite a few more projects in progress and lots of goodies to work with, so hopefully I’ll have a lot more to share in the coming weeks.
Lately, my focus on projects for myself has shifted a bit to making items for friends and doing some sample knitting for the fiber mill on the island. Despite being busy with the day job/career and a part-time passion gig, I’ve finished a few projects that I am excited to have finished.
My Hudson Shawl is done! I finished it just in time for a snowy day too. The yarn is Cascade Eco. The blue was some neutral colored that I ended up dyeing because it really needed the fourth color (which I hadn’t originally planned for). The stripes and eyelets are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I really like it.
This brioche hat (Vanilla Fog) was quick and a good introduction to decreasing in brioche. I had a Craftsy class on brioche in my library that I found quite helpful. After this, I think I’ll be ready for some two-color brioche!
I also pulled my first weaving project off my loom. It is uneven in spots, but I am pretty happy with it overall. I used some of the handspun that I dyed with onion skins during the summer for the weft and Cascade 220 for the warp.
Admittedly, I’ve been a bit distracted lately. The current political changes are stressing me out a bit. I am trying to remember to keep calm and knit on, because there’s not a whole lot that stressing out will do to help.
So, what am I working on?
I’m test knitting a cowl with some of the beautiful Josef & Anni yarn from Abundant Earth Fiber. This is my first time test knitting, so it has been fun and educational.
I’m still plugging away at my Hudson Shawl. I’ve made it to the knitted on edging, which is a new technique for me. I can’t wait to bundle myself up in this.
I started spinning some Cormo that I had gifted myself from Sincere Sheep around the holidays. It is like spinning a cloud; it is so soft and airy!
I finished up a small cowl out of some Sweet Fiber Cashmerino that I won from a knit along. I think I stretched a little too much when I was blocking, but it is super soft and I like the pattern (Eterntiy Scarf from Brooklyn Tweed).
A little handspun also made it into the finished bin
Oh, gift knitting! Over the past few weeks, as it has turned cold, it has become apparent that my loves are in need of some knitted items. Holes in mittens and hats were a bit of a surprise (holes were caused by storage issues). This year has been a bit different since I’ve been knitting items to sell, so my gift knitting has had to wait a little.
Here’s what’s on the needles:
Little One is going to get some mittens. I am using a DK weight yarn from Fidalgo Artisan Yarns and the World’s simplest mittens pattern by Tin Can Knits. The yarn is some that she chose, so I think she’ll be happy and surprised to see it knit up. I am most of the way through the first mitten, and they’re going quickly.
The husband is getting a hat from handspun. I am using the Hipster hat pattern, which is also by Tin Can Knits. Given the light week at work, I’ve already knitted a good portion of it too. I am particularly happy with this hat because it is my handspun from local sources – it is right up his alley.
That’s all the gift knitting I am doing this year. How is your gift-knitting going?
It has been a little while since my last update, but there has been a lot going on in my fibre-universe!
I finally got my new spinning wheel. It is GLORIOUS! It is going to take some time to get used to it, but I’ve already finished my first skein of yarn.
I’ve also had the opportunity to start selling some of my knitted goodies at a local shop. It has been fabulous developing a relationship with a local business owner and feeling like I am supporting local businesses. Selling on Etsy was not working for multiple reasons, so this situation feels far more productive and rewarding. I was also fortunate to find someone who appreciates my aesthetic. My work has also attracted the attention of some other local fiber artists, so I’ve started to feel much more connected to the community.
Right now, most of my WiPs are based in working on items to keep the store stocked with goodies. I’ve been working on hats and cowls, so the projects are quick, fun, and easy. I’ve also been knitting a little for a fellow knitter who couldn’t meet holiday deadlines, so I’ve been getting to play with some locally produced yarns.