Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Third Skein


I finished spinning the third skein of yarn yesterday (tomorrow I should finish spinning the last skein).


It was so pretty when it was spinning on the wheel.


The two bobbins before plying (each skein is made up of two different colour ways plied together),


and the finished skein. About 190g, and just over 400m of Sport weight, 100% Merino wool yarn.


You can tell it is getting a bit warmer because the partridges don't need to puff out their feathers so much. They seem to have split off in to pairs now - spring must be on the way!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Second Skein


I finished spinning the second skein of yarn.


It blends well with the first skein.


We have had an unusual visitor at the bird feeder - a grackle (they usually migrate south for the winter). This is the second winter that we have seen one - I don't know if it is the same one or just coincidence.

Just because!
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quilt Tops, First Skein and Rabbits


I finished piecing the Four in Four quilt top,


now I have two quilt tops to quilt - I just need to get batting and backing.


I also finished spinning the first skein of yarn for the sweater. Almost 200g, over 350m, of about DK weight wool. I don't think it is quite so bright in real life.


I am working on the second skein.


After all that cold weather and wind, it was 'balmy' -5℃ today, with no wind - our oldest son was happy to be able to go for a ride.

The rabbits entertained us this evening-

It started out peaceful.





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Friday, February 27, 2015

Fibre Fun


I dyed all 900g of Merino fibre for another attempt at knitting a sweater. I am really pleased how the colours came out. I have decided that I want to work with larger skeins of yarn for this attempt, so have decided to ply two different colours together to make a ~200g skein.

The next photos are the colour combinations-





I started spinning the first skein -


The fibre is 100% Merino wool from Ashford Fibre in New Zealand. I bought it from Fibre Detours (a Canadian online store).

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gradient Scarf


This was such a fun, quick knit. The pattern is Mustardseed by Boo Knits.


I have made lots of her patterns and they are just addictive a joy to knit - surprisingly easy, with enough variety to keep things interesting. Knitting with hand spun always keeps things interesting too.


I spun the yarn with this fibre (that I also dyed) - it is 70% Merino and 30% Silk, Bare Gloss Roving from Knit Picks.


The yarn came out to about a fingering weight. I used just over half of the 85g skein.


It blocked out to be about 1.5m long and .25m wide (about 10"x60") - a nice size for a little scarf. I made it smaller than the pattern by omitting one of the repeats of chart 2.


In this photo you can see that I have to work on my gradient dyeing skills - it is a bit 'stripey', but I like the red edging.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dyeing for a Sweater

Fibre bundles steaming

I am trying my second attempt at dyeing for a sweater. I didn't have enough fibre the first time around.

Fibre drying

I am doing things differently this time. I tried a simpler, random dye this time. I dyed 6 bundles today (all about 100g each), have 3 more bundles to dye. I think I will ply some of these colours together.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gradient Shawl


I started knitting another scarf/shawl a couple of days ago - this time with yarn that I dyed and spun. It is knitting up nicely. 

Fibre ready for steaming.
This was the first time I dyed a gradient like this.


I started with a bit of red dye and kept adding black dye.

Last summer we added another shed in the back yard, and it really changed how the snow drifts form in the yard.


There was strong winds this morning - lots of blowing snow.




Cold outside, but inside a hibiscus was blooming again.

Rabbit and small flock of partridges.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blocks and Photos


I finished piecing the blocks for the Four in Four quilt. No matter how I place these blocks, there are always similar fabrics side by side, so it is just going to have to be fine the way it is.

These next two photos are from my iPod -


My son took this last week, on one of our rides home. Stormy weather but bright sunshine, that's a sundog over the road - it looks so desolate.


Today we went to the symphony (the music of Simon and Garfunkel, my youngest son asked to go - it was lovely). Not the best photo - this was as they were warming up and our seats were in the second balcony, but I like how the lights looked like blue flames.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday Night Sew-In Results


Last night was a Friday Night Sew-In, it has been a while for me so I was pleased to join in. Thanks to Wendy from Sugarcane Quilts for hosting.


I was joined by Raewyn (Love to Stitch) on her Saturday - quilting and chatting, a nice way to spend an evening!


I didn't get any sewing done, but I cut out all the fabric for a new quilt. Pressing the fat quarters took as long at the cutting! The pattern is Emma by Bella Moon, a great fat quarter pattern. I used the rest of a French General fat quarter pack (leftover from my Double Wedding Ring quilt) for this - 23 FQ's (I am making the quilt 60" x 84", 12" blocks with a 5x7 layout).


I really enjoying this kind of piecing. It is the second time I have made this pattern and it is going together well.


Today I pieced 21 blocks (I need 35 blocks).

The snow drifts in the yard are constantly changing.

The partridges and rabbit eating together.

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