Monday, December 3, 2018

Working with Wool

I have a few wooly finishes this week!

The first one is a tunic I sewed using the fabric I wove last month (it takes me a while to get the courage to cut up hand woven fabric after all the time spent washing and combing raw fleece, spinning and dyeing yarn and then weaving - there is no going back!).


I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is warm and comfortable. It is my third hand woven  garment that I have sewn, but the first one that started as a raw fleece.


The pattern is from a Japanese sewing magazine (it is the same issue that I made the other handwoven tunic from).


You don't need to be able to read Japanese to use these magazines since all the instructions are diagrams (it is odd to read from right to left though).


The next finish is a hat from hand spun yarn. This one is super fine Merino (19 Microns) and so soft. The pattern is the Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure, it is a free pattern on Ravelry. This was my 'car knitting' project and since we live further away from the city I was amazed how much I could knit in a trip (this was knit on 2.5mm and 3mm needles - US1.5 and 2.5).


This is a cowl that I made for my youngest son. It is knit out of Pattons Classic Merino, a worsted weight yarn. The pattern is the Brioche Vine Cowl by Mercedes Tarasovich from a Craftsy class. This  is the third one I have made, they are perfect for our climate.


Since Brioche is double it makes such a warm knit fabric.

Over on Ravelry for this month there is a Indie Design Gift-A-Long happening. Last week patterns were on sale for 25% off and the knit along is until the end of December. It happens every year and is a good time to pick up patterns.
Last year the most popular pattern was the Never Not Gnoming pattern by Sarah Schira (a local to me designer from Brandon, Manitoba), so this year I had to buy it. I can see why it was so popular (and still is, along with her newer gnome pattern) - they are addictive. Quick and easy, and a great way to use bits of yarn.


Here are my first three, using handspun yarn. 


Each one is a bit different as I am not the best at keeping track of rows, and it doesn't seem to matter.


When I was photographing the gnomes a nuthatch came to get some seeds - that little bird doesn't seem at all bothered by us!

More photos from around home -

A Downy Woodpecker at the peanut feeder -


Tracks of the Grey Partridges - either taking off or landing in the fresh snow -


 Sunset at the other pond -


Trying out snowshoeing for the first time in years - 


 And this one of donuts on the pond!


My oldest son imported this little truck from Japan a couple of years ago - I can't imagine the original owner's would have ever thought their truck would end up here!


The ice is about 12" thick (they drilled a hole to test it before driving on the ice), and it has formed deep cracks that radiate from the centre of the pond.

All the best!♥︎ 

5 comments:

junepaulette said...

You’re so talented.I always fear cutting into the fabric I buy- I’m so amazed by what you create from Beginning to end. Thank you for sharing with us. I love your location too- so serene.

Terry said...

Your tunics are just beautiful! The fabrics you wove are just perfect for the patterns you chose. I clicked on the Amazon link hoping to buy the magazine, but can't make sense of how to order it to America. Did you buy yours from Amazon or do you have another source? I'd love to buy the magazine and would appreciate any advice you can offer. Many thanks!
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Sally Hurley said...

Love that tunic. It came out beautifully.

Big ol' snowshoes! And the feather prints in the snow are neat. Those gnomes are adorable. So much good stuff!

Sue SA said...

The cowl is amazing, such a beautiful pattern on both sides. I love the gnomes, super cute, will be fun placing them around the house for the grandies to find!

Karen said...

So do you ever sleep?! Like how do you get so many things done all the time? And they are all amazing! Love that tunic. Such a perfect choice to make with your beautiful fabric. And the knitting is all wonderful, too.