I bought a cone of white linen for weaving, but it seems a bit thin so I spun the yarn onto 2 bobbins and plied it. I’ve then split it into 3 batches to do some dyeing with the Jacquard Procion dyes I haven’t used yet. I’ve only done acid dyeing of wool previously so I’m looking forward to playing with the primary coloured dyes to make up some colours to dye the plied linen. More on that next week hopefully.
I’ve been working on a needle felting project but it isn’t finished yet, so more on that perhaps next week.
Some progress on my socks, I have started to do the heels whilst still doing 2 at a time on the long circular needles. Usually I split them onto separate needles to do this and may end up having to anyway, but I’ll see how I get on. Excuse my finger I was trying to uncurl the heel flap and it wasn’t behaving!
Oh and I made another smitten mitten with the small amount of the purple hand spun I showed last week. I’ve decided to hold off showing the smitten mittens as I make them and will instead show them as a finished object when I have the 24 for an advent garland. So far they are all purple or turquoise and blends of the 2…will I stick with this theme or mix it up…well you’ll have to wait and see!!!
Tour de Fleece continues! This is where most of the action has happened this week!
I did more spinning and then chain plied the first batch of the baby camel and silk. It is 118m (129 yards) of fingering weight yummy yarn. I still have well over 200g left to spin and hope to end up with enough for something more interesting than another shawl…but we shall see what length I end up with when it is all spun. I’m showing a photo of it in sun and in shade photo so you can see colours and shine on this yummy scrumptiousness.
I spun up the remaining grey rolags and managed to get a fairly consistent weight of yarn as the first skein I finished. So together the 2 skeins are 170m (185 yards) of Aran weight yarn. I’ve been thinking of maybe combining this in a project with my perpetual purple I spun on last year’s tour de fleece and some future spinning. Nothing certain yet though. I’ll store it in my bag of homespun and then make decisions later. Part of me is thinking a wacky version of the Quick Sand cardigan if I eventually have enough homespun. It’s an easy pattern and would be nice for a TV watching warm cardi! Maybe not to be seen in public…anyhoo just ideas at the moment.
So I can now reveal a secret project that I’d kept off my list and didn’t mention last week, as it was a birthday present for my husband. It is a scarf, again using the Peat and Rocks gradient set from Ripples Crafts. The yarn is 100% BFL and I already made another scarf with some of the set and still have enough to make a short pair of socks with.
For the warp I used colours 2 and 4 and then for the weft I used colours 1, 3 and 5. I’m really happy how it turned out.
With weaving you don’t get as soft a fabric as knitting, but it is much quicker to get an end result and I like the look although my edges still need improvement! I keep eyeing up other skeins of yarn and wondering if I should weave them.
Along with my linen cone, I ordered some cotton to try another dish towel. I warped it with double threads of the cotton in a 10 dpi reed. In reality I think I need to buy a 15 dpi heddle…if that’s a thing. I’ll see what they have at Fibre East next weekend as it will save on postage fees if someone is selling them. I will also pick up one of the shuttles for fine fibre as well, I am keen to make my own dish towels and wash cloths so worth the investment I think.
It was my husband’s birthday on Friday so I’ve not made any progress since I warped it on Thursday but here it is so far. I will be adding in a turquoise horizontal (weft) stripe or 2 as well…I think.
I’ve managed to keep up with my daily yoga routine and have now increased to 60 mins per day. (Oops routine went to pot on Friday, my husband’s birthday! We are staying with my MIL. (I also didn’t manage to spin that day either…double oops!)
On Wednesday I went along to a dance class where you learn a routine to a movie. This week it was The Greatest Showman, next week is La La Land, then Chicago and Grease the next two Wednesdays. The classes are held at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness and they used to do these summer classes and then you could watch the movie straight after and spot your routine. This year it is just the classes. In previous summers I went to Black Swan, Saturday Night Fever, Chicago and Cabaret. They are a proper work out but fun too. When I was younger I used to dance most nights doing ballet and modern dance and then shows and competitions. I was very thin and fit back then. I live in hope these classes will get me a wee bit fitter and burn some calories.
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