There’s a separate blog post I have done with my ambitious list for the new year of projects that started this week. I do need to balance that with household tasks and improving my weight and exercise, so they may not all get done…but may as well aim high!
I drum carded the fibres and did the felting of the 4 lampshades for my sister. She specified what she wanted and I found the lack of being able to be creative with the design a real challenge. They seem a bit bland, but her wallpaper is going to be the main feature in the room so she assures me they are fine. They won’t be constructed until the end of July when I’m down visiting. I definitely prefer making things to my own design and taste and if others like it and want to buy it that’s great, but making to order is a bit stressful and restrictive.
My Easy Goes It shawl in baby camel and tussah silk home-spun yarn is finished and was blocked this week. When I spun it last year and wet the yarn to set it, I mentioned the wet camel smell. Well, those wet camels were back, good job they live in arid places lol! I’ll forgive the wet smell, as when it is dry it feels so soft and warm. I can’t wait for autumn to wear it. It has been grey and rainy so has been drying for days!
I started knitting my 5th pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks (HES) by Erica Lueder, in Regia Design by Arne & Carlos in ‘Myth’. I’m knitting them two at a time (TAAT) but had started each one on my Addi Sockwonder needle. A couple of mistakes made but I’m sticking with them. Every pair has some mistake, but seriously who is going to be studying the pattern symmetry on my feet!
I am toying with the idea of frogging Such a Winter’s Day! I’m unhappy with the size it seems, perhaps I’m wrong and it will be fine. More thought is needed.
Early in the week I played with my blending board and spun up some rolags on my Turkish spindle. The batt and rolags are soooo pretty, it seems a shame to spin them.
This was some practice for the Tour de Fleece which started on Saturday 6th. Tour de Fleece is a challenge spinners can take part in during the same time frame as the Tour de France. You spin each day the riders cycle, rest on their rest days and on their 2 hardest mountain challenge days you do something that is a challenge for yourself.
For more information on Tour de Fleece see my separate post with more details of the fibre I have prepped, challenge plans, and which teams I’ve joined.
Before Tdf started this week I chain plied and set my first batch of the BFL/Seacell fibre I had spun, hoping it would be ok for sock yarn. I don’t think this is sock yarn though…definitely need more practice and I have plenty of this fibre left to try again. When I measure the wraps per inch it comes out fingering weight yarn, but the grist calculations puts it as DK yarn??? I asked the Guild members if they take notice of Grist, but no-one replied. I like the subtle colours, greys and a hint of pink.
I tried spinning some cotton punis but it is quite tricky. When I’m at Fibre East at the end of this month I am going to treat myself to a supported spindle, I got a supplier recommendation from the Ravelry Group for the festival. I also started to spin the grey rolags, practicing my long draw drafting for a nice woollen yarn.
I had a go at weaving with the sample cotton I’d ordered (cotton unmercerised 8/2) on the 10 dpi reed on my rigid heddle loom. This was a test, for a future aim to make some tea towels. Well the gaps in the weave have created a weird fabric and definitely not what I’d call a tea towel. Perhaps I need either a different sized reed or thicker cotton or try double threads through each slot.
This is a Year of Projects update. If you would like to find out more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry, or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. To read what the other members of the YOP Group have been getting up to please click on the latest weekly folder and follow the links to their blog posts. This is a friendly group with a wide mix of skills and crafting interests.