This week I have been on a mission to get lots of crafting done, to take my mind off my continuing chest infection and a very stressful situation I have been trying to deal with.
I fancied using some thick yarn for some quick projects. I had in my stash 200g of Cheviot super bulky yarn that I had dyed myself a few months ago and called ‘Dusty Rose’. I couldn’t decide whether to make mittens or a hat, it turned out I had enough for mittens, a hat…and a small cowl!!! (Follow links to my Ravelry project pages for pattern details.)
I can’t seem to get the colour true in the photos of the mittens, but they are all the same colour. I really love the colours and effects I achieved when I dyed it. I love the hat and will definitely try making another with some homespun yarn in a lighter weight yarn. The cowl isn’t as wide as the pattern as I was short on yarn, but I have worn it on 3 dog walks so far and it seems perfect. The bulky mittens are so quick and I did the same alterations as the last ones I made with Rowan Big Wool. Alterations are detailed on my Ravelry project page. The yarn only cost me £5 so to have had dyeing practice and made 3 accessories from it is brilliant value. I worried the cheviot wool would be a bit scratchy as a cowl, but it is actually fine and it is lovely and warm on the chilly days we have been having. Most days haven’t got above 5° Celsius here and there’s snow on Ben Wyvis, the mountain behind where we live. I think this yarn would felt well, so did think about knitting some huge slipper shapes and then felting them…but I think I will try wet felting fibre slippers first.
I have also cast on a pair of socks that will likely be a Christmas gift for someone, so no pictures possible.
I am a monogamous knitter, and always finish an item before starting another, but the socks I am doing have a 10 row pattern repeat that is too complicated to memorise, so I have been wondering whether I should start an easy shawl pattern for when I need some mindless knitting to do?!?!?!
I have noticed on other YOPers blog posts that they sometimes use progress markers that have the little lobster claw clasps. I have lots of these clasps for making sea glass jewellery and so I thought I would have a go at making some markers out of sea glass I have collected from a local beach and are too small for anything else.
I mentioned last week that I had bought a drop spindle at Loch Ness Knit Fest and so thought I would do some spinning on that! I was keeping it by the back door and doing a bit each evening before bed whilst I was waiting for our dog to do her bedtime wee! I had another go on Friday and then thought I better research how on earth I am supposed to ply with a spindle. After some YouTube research I wound it from the spindle onto my ball winder and then tied the start and end of the single together, attached to my drop spindle and then spun it anti-clockwise and I found I was getting a much better balanced yarn than I do when plying on my spinning wheel. Perhaps because it was all off the same single and was only a small amount, not sure but seemed to ply pretty quick. I then popped it on my niddy noddy and set it…its only a small amount so I will knit a small mitred square with it probably. As you will see on the right of the photo I ended up with a few snapped bits I found hard to join, but I will use the fibre elsewhere and no fibre gets binned, as even to make felted soap you can use random scraps. This is a merino sari silk custom blend from my World of Wool fibre club box, called Himalayas.
Soooo having unloaded my spindle, I thought I’d have another go and try a thicker weight yarn. I used another custom blend from WoW fibre club, this is a mix of merino, silk and angelina called autumn sparkle. I think I will be using some of this fibre to make an autumn fairy to go with my other fairies, also I have had a thought about using some in a lantern to imitate a flame…but this needs more thought. With my sample spin, I started a mitred square but didn’t have enough, so I finished it with some test spin of a gorgeously soft baby camel and silk blend.
If you’d like to see what the other people are up to in our Year of Projects group have a look. They certainly provide me with inspiration each week and I love this little community.