Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ready for Free Motion Quilting!

First thing I want to mention is that I am hoping to teach another Free Motion Quilting class at our local school. If you are in the Winnipeg area and are interested in learning to free motion quilt your own quilts here is the LINK. Thanks!

I am ready for more free motion quilting! This weekend I finished piecing two projects.

This first one is a table runner that is about 22"x49". The blocks (15" and 6") are ones I pieced about 4 years ago and had set aside - I thought it was about time I did something with them.

This next project is 3" tumblers I cut with the GO! earlier in the year, when I was stash busting. I thought I would make a lap quilt - about 55"x74", but now that it is finished I am tempted to add some more borders and turn it into a twin bed quilt.

It is not like I don't have enough fabric.

I am also knitting with some more hand spun from the Tour de Fleece. This is a lovely scarf pattern called Lintilla.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Since the Tour de Fleece I have been doing other things than spinning (cleaning my house was probably the best!).

I knit a cowl with yarn I spun from rolags (more photos on an older post here).

The pattern is from the Craftsy class Innovative Openwork Scarves. The class was good, and this was a fun, quick project to make.

Another cowl with yarn I dyed and spun during TdF. The pattern is a free pattern on Knitty called Dragon's Breath by Nim Teasdale. It is a lovely, easy pattern.

This is the first thing I have knitted with lace weight yarn that I spun, and I was so thrilled with the results. I have only started spinning such fine yarn recently when I bought a new spinning wheel - I think it is because it is a double drive, and has a more gentle pull than a Scotch tension wheel.

I also finished a pair of socks with yarn from Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club. This is the May colour called Willow. The yarn is so nice - her yarn is my favourite commercial yarn.

The pattern is Jaden Socks.

I have been sewing, but for a change it is practical sewing.

A pair of pyjama shorts for my son.

A little bag. The pattern is Bendy Bag by Lazy Girl Designs.

It makes a nice project bag (hand dyed and spun socks I am knitting).

I won a couple of prizes during Tour de Fleece and they came this week - from Fibre Detours (a Canadian online store) - where I buy my fibre for spinning (my new spinning wheel comes from there too). The owner, Samantha is so nice!

 It wouldn't be a summer post without pictures of my garden - I love gardening!

view from my bedroom window
looking down from the bedroom window - love this view!

flowers in the vegetable garden
tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers

One of the lilacs is blooming again, on this years growth - I have never seen this before.

I also want to mention how well two of my nieces (my twin brother's twin daughters) have done at the Western Canada Games - way to go Maddy and Emma! Cute article here.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015 Results

The Tour de Fleece ended yesterday and these are all the yarns I spun in the past 3 weeks.
I spun almost 1.5kg/52oz (over 3 lbs) of fibre and ended up with 3,491 m/3818 yds (almost 2 miles) of finished yarn (with singles and plying that adds up to 13,858 m/15,155 yds of spinning!). I have enough yarn for knitting projects for the rest of the year.

I showed the sweater yarn last post and here is the rest of the yarn I spun -

The BFL I dyed a gradient (all these next yarns are ones I dyed too),

ended up being 54g, 366m (about 2oz and 400 yds) of lace weight yarn.

Dorset Down wool,

96g, 370m of fingering weight yarn.

This fibre I blended into rolags-

and spun into this yarn -

143g, 484m (about 5 oz and 530 yds) of fingering weight yarn.

 Black merino and pink BFL,

spun into - black merino - 53g, 170m, pink BFL - 55g, 126m of 3 ply fingering/sport weight yarn for a fair isle hat.

I couldn't resist dying another gradient, this time Polwarth wool,

it came out to 54g, 466m (about 2oz, 500yds) of lace weight yarn. Probably the finest yarn I have ever spun - I was thrilled with the results, it is so soft.

The last one is Shetland wool,

101g, 325m of fingering weight yarn.

The TdF was a good experience but I was glad to put my spinning wheel away yesterday! I will be glad to get back to some variety in my creative time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015

Every summer, during le Tour de France, Ravelry hosts a different kind of spinning event - le Tour de Fleece. This year it runs from July 4th to 26th. There are many different groups/teams to join, some with prizes, but all for the joy of spinning.

Over a week ago I started spinning this fibre -

About 900g/32oz of natural light Merino (from Fibre Detours).

Spun up into 7 skeins of DK/Worsted weight yarn. Total is 883g/31oz and 1214m/1,328 yards. Ravelry project page here for more information.

The yarn is a 4 ply Cable yarn (two, 2ply yarns are plied together).

This makes a hard wearing yarn that is perfect for cables. The yarn is so soft.  I plan on making a cable sweater/cardigan.

After all that beige I am thrilled to be spinning some colour!

BFL wool that I dyed a gradient last week. About 60g/2oz.

first bobbin/ply

I am making a 2ply, lace weight yarn.
My goal for Tour de Fleece is to spin enough yarn that I can put my wheel away, and have enough yarn for several knitting projects in the fall.

I have to add some garden photos -

vegetable garden
San Marzano tomatoes starting

This past weekend we made a rhubarb leaf bird bath (tutorial link I used found here), it came out better than I hoped and was so easy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hand Spun Scarf

I finished knitting a scarf - 

A lovely pattern - Martina's patterns are so creative. The garter stitch and ribbed cable make a reversible scarf.

The separated increases and decreases create slanted knitting. I am really pleased with how it came out. More details can be found on the project page on Ravelry.

I made this with yarn that I spun, the above photo is the original fibre - a 20% Silk, 80% Merino blend by Ashford, in the colour way Sunset from Fibre Detours.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎