I haven’t posted on my blog recently so I thought I’d do a catch up post on what I have been up to.

Dyeing

I had a go at dyeing 200g of White Cheviot Super Chunky Weight wool.  I started using Azalea and Tasman colours from the Landscape dyes and then added Pilbara and then put some Ashford Hot Pink mixed with Ice (blue).  This wool was a real sponge soaking up the colours, so I just kept chucking more of the colours in!  I love the finished hank, except the Tasman colour has made a few green bits.  I don’t have much imagination for colourway naming, so this is logged in Ravelery as “Dusty Rose”.

Sewing

Today I made a knitting project bag and notions pouch.

Wet and needle felting

At my felting group I made my first picture, of a Highland Cow!  He has a hunchback and some other issues, but for a first attempt at a proper picture I am quite happy.
 

Spinning

My neighbour’s parents have a Samoyed dog and kindly collected some dog hair brushings for me to spin.  I have only done a test spin and chain ply with one handful and I’m excited to spin the 2 bags full that I have.  My first attempt was unwashed when spun and I am going to try a small washed batch to see how that compares.  The raw fur was lovely to spin with, very soft on my fingers, but my dog, Ylva, kept coming over for a sniff!
 

Knitting

My Chimney Fire cardigan is progressing, despite a number of struggles with the pattern.  I have a baking tray with various sections of the pattern stuck on with magnets and have a list of row numbers so I don’t lose track of which body row number goes with which cable pattern.  I did the same for the collar section too, where there were 3 different row numbers to keep track of on each knitted row!! 
 
 

Tour de Fleece

Finally, I mentioned previously that I had taken part in this year’s Tour de Fleece, as part of The Corner of Knit and Tea team.  I was randomly selected to receive a fiber gift and all the way from Kansas, USA came this lovely Corriedale wool in Poppy colourway.  I am thinking I may use it to wet felt a poppy handbag or poppy picture, rather than spinning it. It also came with a couple of tea bags too. 😁i
 
 
 

9 thoughts on “Catch up on projects

  1. Wonderful projects, Liz! I think your felted Highland Cow is amazing! And it was your first felted picture?!? Beautiful yarn you’ve dyed and I love the fabric you made the project bag with. And that fiber you won is gorgeous! What a lot of possibilities you have with that.

    1. Thanks Becki 😊. I’ve switched from my phone to iPad so can write more easily. I had done 2 very small needle felting landscapes but this was my first wet felting picture. It looked so good before I wet it, the rolling action gave him a hunchback but at least I have learned to keep checking for movement before I carry on rolling!

  2. Your own dyed yarn looks lovely, I look forward to seeing what you do with it. I love the fact you are spinning dog hair – it looks fine. Your sweater is coming along nicely – I use washy tape to note where I am.

    1. That’s a good idea too…I have some of that but will finish this project with my baking tray, magnets and row lists as it is working well so far. I suspect the yarn will be a hat having looked at Ravelry patterns for that length and thickness of yarn.

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