Year of Projects – Week 37/52

Knitting

After spending many (many) hours searching patterns on Ravelry I finalised my choice on a pattern for my Cochrane yarn.  It is a challenge because its such a new yarn, spun specially for Ripplescrafts, so there are hardly any projects that have used it, mostly just shawls.  In the end I did finish a couple of swatches and picked ….drumroll…Elda cardigan…the same pattern that I’d originally picked months ago!  I found with a slightly larger needle I was able to get gauge.

The pattern has Estonian Braid so that will be a new skill for me to learn, I think I will be practicing that on some cheaper wool first.  Nothing to show yet, but hopefully some progress next week.

Needle felting

I did a separate post earlier this week about the picture of my husband’s parrot that I created and gave to him for our 11th Wedding Anniversary (on Thursday).

Wet felting

I also did another separate post about converting a beach silk blouse to a nuno wool felted jacket!!!!

Spinning

I did some practicing with my hackle, blending fibre for spinning but didn’t get a chance to spin it yet.  

Wait, “What about the Handy Andy?l I here you ask…well, I have watched some YouTube instructional videos but didn’t manage to find time to do any spinning this week.  I will do a separate post about it, once I’ve had a go.  But it is going to be ideal for taking away with my spindle when we are camping.  After spinning on my spindle, I will then be able to wrap the yarn around the handy andy in the correct method and then magically you are able to pull both ends of the yarn at the same time and ply spin it on the spindle…therefore creating 2 ply.  The secret is in wrapping it correctly.  It comes from the Andes, where the spinners would use their own hand to create an Andean bracelet, instead of using your hand you use this wooden tool.  

 

So this is a short post, but would ask you have a quick look (pretty please) at the other 2 posts (if you didn’t see them earlier this week), even if its just for a quick look at the pictures.  I’m pretty proud of both projects.  😀

7 comments

    • Loved it, made a fair isle headband too small for my head so I’m going to sew one side and felt line both ends to make a DPN sock needle holder! Also bought a fair isle kit to make a hat and mahooosive amount of other yarns and some fibre. Gorgeous wee place Dornoch.

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      • Sounds fantastic, I love fairilse and haven’t knit it in years. I think its the combo of all the wonderful earthy colours that don’t seem to overpower each other or make something loud and garish. I love that you are going to turn the headband into something that is going to be used and loved by you. I can’t wait to see it Liz!

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  1. You are an amazing artist! I cannot believe the parrot…it looks gorgeous and what a wonderful gift to give your husband. BTW…Happy Anniversary! The jacket is also an amazing transformation. Congrats on both projects! the Elda cardigan is really pretty and I can’t wait to see your version.

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