Friday, January 10, 2014

14 in '14

Happy New Year to everyone!

I like to set myself some kind on challenge for the year, and this year I have decided on the 14 in '14 theme.
My goal is to make 14 quilted (or maybe sewn) items, spin 14 skeins of yarn, and knit 14 items. They are going to be any shape or size to count.

Last year I learned many new things, and this year it is also my goal to improve those techniques.

I have already completed my first skein of yarn -

I will count these as one skein because they are the same colour way. 

They started out as Knit Picks, merino wool and silk, Bare Roving.

That I dyed.

It is much prettier when the process is complete.

I spun a singles yarn, that averages to about a fingering weight. This is my first real attempt at singles - after spinning I plunged the skein into really hot water to relax the twist a bit, it worked well and is easy to knit with. There is 183g (I find that Knit Picks roving is never the full 100g that it is supposed to be (it was 186g total before dyeing), but maybe my scale is off).

I am knitting an Entrelac Shawl with Tassels (a pattern from Ravelry). Entrelac (its the name for this knitting technique with the little squares) is so much fun to knit, and this pattern is very well written.

I also joined a Knit Along (KAL), this is the Downton Abbey Mystery KAL 2014 (we know it will be a shawl), the directions are based to events that happen during the show. It should be interesting, we have only had the set up so far. I am using some merino and alpaca that I dyed and spun.

This is a hat that I finished at the end of 2013 -

It is double knitting, so reversible (and extra warm, perfect for the cold weather we have been having). I designed the pattern (it's hard to see the rose and leaf).

This is how the hat started -

The pink/purple one started out as light grey that I dyed.

It is a 3 ply, worsted weight yarn.

My son pointed out to me that everything I dye is the same colour, and you can really tell in these three projects, so I decided to join a 'Fibre Club' for three months just to have some other colours to spin with.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Sharon Eshlaman said...

I love the colors and the projects. Thanks for sharing.

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful yarns!
Best of luck with 14 in '14.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

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Raewyn said...

The Downtown mystery sounds fun!! Do like what you have been up to, I look forward to seeing you conquer the '14 in '14 (great idea!)

zenuwpees said...

Bonne Annee et bonne santé la laine et le tricot sont magnifique Marie-Claire

Quilt Rat said...

Wow! Wow and OMG! WOW!

Karen said...

Good luck with your challenge. I'm sure you'll do it! Your yarn and knitting are fabulous!

Lucy said...

Lovely yarn,. Joanne, does it itch? that is my main problem with yarn?