02.05.12

It’s very difficult to artistically photograph knee socks, while they are still on the needle!!

I spun the yarn for these socks ages ago. My idea was to create loooong stripes. It worked out pretty well! I spun 300g of fibre, and I’m hoping to get knee socks out of the yarn. Can’t you imagine these, poking out of the top of winter knee boots?! Cute.

They have been languishing in a bag for months – socks are not my favourite thing to knit, and the yarn isn’t very soft to work with. I’m quite close to finishing the first sock though, and I’m determined to crack on.

My recent experiment with project monogamy has been surprisingly successful. I finished Sakura in six weeks. A lace weight shawl in six weeks!! Still can’t quite believe it. I need to work up enough energy to block it, and then I can show you. After finishing it, I took a brutal trip through my projects box, and frogged several only-just-started projects. Felt good. Now I just have a fair isle sweater for Tony (which I will pick up again in the autumn), and two pairs of socks on the go. The other socks have been knitted simultaneously, and I’m about halfway through them. Just got each leg to knit. I might plug away at those when I complete this sock – before I cast on the second of this pair. (eta: Finished it!)

I would LOVE to finish these socks before casting on for something new. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to me that if you stick at a project, and put all your energy into it, you get much more accomplished than if you have lots of things on the go. I’m going to try to stick with this monogamy for as long as I can stand it.

Spin-ster

Here are my latest handspun efforts.

A cheerful 2ply fractal spun yarn, that I intend to make socks from. I had high hopes that this would be a sock weight, but after finishing the yarn, it plumped right up, and became a dk weight. ah well, the socks will knit up faster. The fibre is Corriedale, and was lovely to spin. I purchased it from Spindlefrog on Etsy. I’m dying to cast on some socks in this, to see how it stripes up when knitted. i got 450 yards from 160g of fibre.

And this is an aran weight single, that I deliberately spun quite rustic and slubby, which I intend to make a winter scarf from. This is spun from a batt, and I must confess, I don’t like spinning from batts. I bought it from FeltStudioUK on Etsy. I got 600 yards out of 325g of fibre.

I found it quite difficult to spin such a chunky low twist single, after getting used to spinning high twist fine yarns for plying. But the resulting yarn is soft and smooshy, which is what I wanted. I need to find the right pattern for it now. I have a lovely vintage brown tweed winter coat that will look just right with a scarf from this yarn.

Not Enough Hours In The Day

I’m sure that this post will strike a chord with most of you: too many projects, too little time. Sound familiar? Some days this gives me a glass half full feeling – yay, I will never run out of fun things to do! – and other days I get a glass half empty feeling – how am I ever going to complete all the projects I want to do??

I was poking around in my stash yesterday, thinking about how I really ought to photograph it and get it all listed on Ravelry, and I came across my fibre stash. Whooo-eeeee. I don’t have the time to knit all the things I want to, let alone to spin as well! How do other crafters do it? Do they allot a certain time period a day for each craft? Or do you pick a craft and stick with it?

I have been concentrating on a new pair of socks I started for Tony last week – I have a little mission, to finish both socks in a month (that’s fast for me!). But yesterday afternoon, I laid the sock aside, and pulled out my spinning wheel. I did about an hour, then had to stop because my right wrist was aching. I need to ease back into it! I was relieved to see that I haven’t forgotten the skills though, and I had no trouble in matching my spinning up with what was already on the bobbin. I think maybe I’ll try to spin for half an hour every afternoon, and save my knitting for the evenings.

Do you think I’ll get more done that way? I hope so! What’s your tricks for fitting it all in?

Cabin Fever

Oh, the snow. The snow, the snow, the snow. What with the icy roads, being ill for a week, and a broken down car, I haven’t been out of the house for what feels like forever. I was just about ready to chew my own arm off on Saturday night. I was fed-up of knitting, fed-up of reading, fed-up of TV. So on Sunday morning, I got out my spinning wheel and the brightest braid of fibre in my stash, and did a little spinning. Instant cheer!

So, what are your secrets for combatting cabin fever? 

Handspun Cardigan

After a week of madly knitting in every spare moment, I finished Albie’s baby cardigan on Saturday. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a sense of achievement doing anything as I did knitting that cardigan from my own handspun. It was awesome. Here’s a reminder of what the roving was like:

And here’s the little cardigan:

I used the Offset Wraplan pattern, modifying it slightly to have a seed stitch border, rather than a ribbed border. I made the 0-3 months size, and used about 220 yards of yarn. Its too big for little Albie at the moment, but when it does fit him, I’ll take a modelled shot.

Cuteness overload!!! 

What do you think of it?!