Monday, March 18, 2019

A New Collar

The second clue for the Gnome Mystery Knit Along was released recently and now the hat is made.

The hat is finished with a cute little leaf (seems to be a theme...).

I finished spinning the sock yarn I made with some raw fleece that I had cleaned, dyed and carded.

I started a pair of toe-up socks. The pattern is Plain Sight by Lisa K. Ross - from the newest issue of Knitty (a free online knitting magazine).

Our little outdoor friend got a new collar this week-

she is trying to back out of her Elizabethan collar
Since she seems to be here to stay we decided to take her to the vet - she has had her shots, been spayed and tattooed. She has adapted really well to being inside and has turned out to be such a nice, easy going cat (if you had told me that two weeks ago I would never have believed you). She loves watching TV - especially hockey, also might be addicted to the iPad, and loves sitting on laps. Our children had hamsters and fish when they were younger but this is our first pet that walks around the house - she is quite entertaining.

bird watching
Renovations are in full swing at our house (as you can see from the photos new floors are going to be put in - hardwood instead of laminate and vinyl flooring). My son made little steps out of the boxes for the cat to look out of the window since she wasn't supposed to jump.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 11, 2019

Finished Sweater and Socks

I am so pleased with my new sweater!

It came out really nice, and is lovely to wear.

Check out the almost 5 foot snow drift in front of me!

I also finished knitting a pair of socks-

This was another take-along project.

More details about these projects can be found on Ravelry - link for sweater, and link for socks.

I started another knitting project-

This is the first clue of a mystery knit along - Gnome MKAL by Sarah Schira, that started today and has four clues (the last clue comes out on the 25th of March).

All three of these knitting projects are knit with yarn that I spun from raw fleece that I was given from a local farmer.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, March 4, 2019

Still Progressing!

My sweater is still progressing nicely - I just have a bit more to knit.

I did finish combing another bit of raw fleece - this one just over 100g.

As part of my experimenting with the raw fleeces, I tried dyeing it in a pot for a change. I find that the spun yarn is easy to dye, but the unspun fibre doesn't take the dye as easily. Dyeing it in a pot seemed to work really well.

I am making a three ply yarn, I hope for socks (the above photo shows the dyed fibre, drum carded fibre and the first spun bobbin).

cleaned fibre drying

I also washed up another raw fleece.

The big news at our house is that finally renovations have started! So many different kinds of baseboards and trims.
the cat watching the partridges from her perch
4' high drifts and more blowing snow
All the best!♥︎

Monday, February 25, 2019

Finished Socks

Mainly I have been knitting away on a sweater (I think it will make a nice spring jacket, and spring here lasts about 20 minutes, so I want to make sure I will be able to wear it when that happens). Sleeves are knit and I am about half way down the body.

I did finish a pair of socks made from handspun. This was my take-along/waiting room knitting - so simple, two-at-a-time, 64 stitches, top-down socks.

Now for the photos of our surroundings-

A fox was captured on the trail cam!

And fox prints in the fresh, hard packed snow.

This past weekend we had some snow on Saturday, then blue skies and 50km/hr winds on Sunday, which made for some interesting changes in the landscape-

windy and clear skies

In the above photo you can see the blowing snow, and to the left the top of a 6' high shed, the drift on the left must be 7-8' high!

4' drift across the driveway
drifts in the trees
The cat still likes to come for a walk -

 All the best!♥︎

Monday, February 18, 2019

Working on One Project!

Usually I work on a variety of projects at a time, but this past week I have just been knitting on a sweater I am making with some yarn that I spun.

I love how it is knitting up and I can't wait to see how this sweater turns out.

We have also been spending lots of time outside, mainly shovelling snow.

There doesn't seem to be snow in the forecast, and the weather is getting better, so we finally cleaned off the pond to skate.

The cat joined us on the rink today, but she was mainly stalking the hockey puck and bits of hard snow.

There has been lots of walks in the sunshine!

We see so many different animal tracks in the snow lately, mainly jack rabbits, but some that we can't figure out.

 The snow is so sparkly-

The wind packs the snow so hard, with lovely patterns.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, February 11, 2019

Another Chair Pad

Since I loved the first punch needle chair pad that I had made with handspun yarn, and I had enough leftover yarn, I had to make another.

To finish this one I again traced around the outer edge with a compass (it is about an inch)-

as a guide where to serge the edge to finish it.

For this one I added a layer of wool batting for a bit of extra padding.

I whipped stitch the hem in place through the batting and in to the back of the punch needle.

After I stitched a backing on to the piece.

I also added a couple to ties just to hold the batting in place (again through the batting and in to the back of the punch needle).

I made it a circle that was the inside diameter of my hoop for hand quilting just to make it easier to work the punch needle, and it turned out just the right size for this chair.

A bit of a windy day
Ice crystals in the air created this rainbow around the sun.
The snow covered fields look like the ocean.
 All the best!♥︎

Monday, February 4, 2019

Start of a Sweater

I finished spinning the fibre that I had drum carded a couple of weeks ago.

I ended up with about 457g, 1640m of a DK weight yarn.

I am really pleased with how this came out - it is well blended but you can still see individual colours and fibres (local wool mixed with silk and yak).

I started knitting a cardigan with the yarn. The pattern is Storm Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaier.

It is a top down, seamless cardigan (the above photo is a good representation of the colour).

I also machine quilted a little lap quilt that my Mom had made for a friend - it is a log cabin with appliqués cut with the Rose of Sharon die on the GO! fabric cutter.

We have had very cold weather recently but today my oldest son and I couldn't resist the fresh snow and went snowmobiling (that's me coming out of where the pond is - our skating rink is filled in with snow now).

All the best!♥︎