Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Some Dyeing

This past week I did some dyeing-

This is all a Blue Faced Leicester and nylon blend for socks.

This is the first bundle that I decided to spin - I tried some different colours for this one, and wanted to see how it would spin (I used Jacquard acid dyes in the colours Russet, Teal and Golden Yellow mixed with a bit of of Jet Black to make lime green).

The three bobbins ready for plying (I like a 3-ply yarn for socks).
The finished yarn.
I really like how the colours came out.
And this is how it is knitting up (toe-up, two-at-a-time socks, with 56 stitches, on 2.75mm needles).
The colours on the fibre seemed so bright, but they really muted down after spinning - the colours are on opposite sides of the colour wheel.

I am almost half way through my weaving project - #4 out of 9 towels, each one is a different yarn colour so far, and then I will make some with stripes.

Photos from Around
Look away Mom!

The cat brought a live mouse in the house for the first time.
My son took this picture - I was up on the counter texting my husband that we would have to move.
We eventually got it to leave the house. The cat isn't too fond of mice she prefers voles.
My oldest son finally received all the parts he needed for a new project for his business,
and this is the main part - a laser.
This will all be a CNC laser cutter for wood, leather, plastic etc.

All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A New Year

I feel like I don't have much to say these days, but I would like to get back into posting weekly about the things I have been working on.

The past little while our basement renovations have really progressed. I was able to unpack most of my sewing space! It is so nice to see things that have been packed for over 2 years.

I now have a really nice work space - bright, with lots of room for everything, plus a nice storage room for supplies. 

One of the first things I am working on is some more boucle hand towels. The loom now sits in a little nook, so it can just wait, ready for weaving.

I think I am finally through my knitting hats with leftover handspun and mohair phase. I finished two more hats (four altogether). They are all so soft, and very warm.

Photos from around

There has been some amazing hoar frost lately.
My son made a fire pit ring (he recently built a jig to curve sheets of metal).
We discovered that the cat loves musicals
(the Sound of Music wasn't the only one!).

All the best!♥︎

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Catching Up

It has been quite a while since I have been here. Lots of things are happening which is good.

I have finished a few knitting projects-

Another beret, knit out of handspun leftover from a cowl I made recently. I knit this one with a strand of kidsilk too (Aloft by Knit Picks). The pattern is Salut Cheri! Beret by Sari Nordlund (a free pattern). I made this one a bit different from the last one I made - I knit another set of increases but didn't knit as much before starting the increases (the other hat is lovely and warm, but falls over my eyes when I am not wearing my glasses).

A pair of handspun socks. This is a BFL/Nylon blend that I dyed and spun. The yarn is a bit thicker, perfect for winter in boots. I knit the top of the foot and the leg in a 3x1 rib pattern for a change (I wouldn't bother again). These are toe-up socks, knit two-at-a-time on a long circular needle, 56 stitches, on a 2.75mm needle.

For something different I knit a little mouse, with a sweater (all from handspun).

She is finished with a little sewn dress and a string of pearls. The pattern is also a free one - A Very Mice Christmas Pudding by Abigail Originals (it is a bit of a vague pattern).

I finished a few weaving projects-

In November I took a free online weaving class - 'Discover Colour' at Warp and Weave. It was all about how colours interact in weaving. It very interesting and I learned a lot - both teachers are amazing. This is the piece fresh off the loom.

We made mug rugs during the class, but I had enough and had to change things up, so I made a little towel and some kitchen cloths too.

Since I don't need little mug rugs, some went to someone with grandchildren. I couldn't have been happier when I was sent this picture of the pieces being put to a better use - doll house rugs!

These are some dish towels I wove. The pattern is Pure Delight, from the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Handwoven magazine. It was a nice, easy pattern to weave - I used 8/2 cotton.

This is on the loom, 
 and after washing the squares turned to circles.

Once again my craft room is all packed away as we are deep into basement renovations. Now there is an end in sight, and things that have been packed away for over 2 years will be coming out soon!

Photos from around -

The beginning of December marked the one year anniversary of Molly coming to live with us.
She sure was tiny, but grew so quickly!
Here she is now (no snow this year).
She loves rocks and has been decorating her outdoor house with them (?).
Little Miss Maggie has been staying inside more these days. 
She likes to sleep under the Christmas tree (there are no decorations at the bottom of the tree just in case she gets any ideas).
Plus she likes to sleep in sun beams.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Finished Cowl

I knit a cowl from some yarn that I spun this summer.

The pattern is The Shift by Andrea Mowry (a paid-for pattern on Ravelry). The pattern was really nice to knit - enough variation to keep it interesting, and an easy to remember pattern once established.

I spun the yarn from a local fleece that I cleaned, combed and dyed,

Then drum carded into batts ready for spinning.

The finished yarn.

A close up of the stitch pattern.

I knit it the cowl to go with the coat I made - all finished now that the buttons are on (I don't know when I will be able to wear it since we are supposed to stay home, but I'll be ready when things get better).

I have also been weaving mug rugs - I am participating in a free online weaving class from Warp and Weave, called Discover Colour Weave-Along. I have learned a lot, not just about colour but also weaving.

My Mom made a wall hanging called 'Friends and Neighbors', from the November/December 2020 issue Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine (we see them free online at RB Digital through our local library). She did all the work, just wanted me to do some free motion quilting in the white background.

Something else that was finished recently is a bench that my son and I made.

He designed the metal legs. Each leg is made up of two tree shapes cut with his plasma cutter, with strips of metal welded between to make them thicker, but light weight. They are powder coated a dark bronze colour (a powder coating oven is something new he recently made for his business).

For the top he chain sawed a slab of wood from a tree that he had cut down for someone - it is Russian Olive. I finished the wood using an electric hand planer and electric sander (I was lucky enough to have power tools from my Dad!). Lots of hand sanding, plus lots of coats of wax. I am so happy with how it came out. 

I had been wanting a table in the window for some plants, but it is perfect for the cat too. 

Photos from around

Yesterday the sun dogs were amazing,
the top one had an extra rainbow (all the photos had the orb in them).
A Great Horned Owl has been hanging around (we can get quite close, another one just flies away when we come near).
A fox,
and a coyote caught on the trial cam.
Molly loves to carry the biggest sticks (this one a small tree).

All the best!♥︎

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