Seriously, I swear January is lasting twice as long as other months, and yet this week flew by…I’m in some sort of time warp I think!
My ADVENTuresome wrap had an outing this week on a walk, but it isn’t warm enough for the temperatures we are getting so far, so it will be hanging around until Spring now. My plan to have the orange/brown colours at the back has worked to hide them which is great. Sorry about the quality of the 2nd photo.
I made a tiny bit of progress on the pair of socks that I cast on. They are basically going to be Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern but I’m going to place the purl bumps in different places. As I’ve really just got 2 cuffs made on a circular needle there’s nothing exciting to show yet.
I also finally got around to looking at how to do the provisional cast on so I could start on my Litmus cowl using the 2020 Cookston Crafts advent (in DK). I cast on 82 stitches instead of 100 as it is DK. We binge watched ‘Traces’ on Friday night and went to bed after 1.30am so I managed to actually get quite a bit done in just one evening. I’m using the coloured stripes to practice continental style and English for the grey. My tension is notably wonky where I have practiced it. I forgot on the salmon to switch.
Edit: I forgot I also knit 2 cup cosies!
I ordered a walking foot for my sewing machine which I have now fitted and it came with a mystery attachment that I don’t know where it goes and doesn’t seem to be on any YouTube clips or on the instructions that came with it! Anyone know what it is for?
I also ordered some new good quality yarns and some new needles. So I’m all set to sew something exciting with it. I have lots of my husband’s old jeans to try to make something with and have some denim thread and needles so we shall see how that goes. I did wonder about trying to make a big bag out of them to carry my Ashford Traveller Spinning Wheel. That should make it easier to carry in and out of the car and protect it a bit if there’s rain, which could mark the waxed finish. Anyway…I have these lofty ideas but will just try some small projects testing my denim sewing skills first. I think I have 4 pairs of his jeans and I do have MANY pairs that don’t fit me too so lots of denim!
I just did a tiny bit of spinning this week to try out a new office chair I have bought for weaving on and spinning on. It is the Yak/Silk blend. It is much harder to spin than the baby camel/silk. Not sure whether I may try felting the fibre instead or keep going.
Talking of spinning silk…in 2 weeks the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (HGWSD) are having a Zoom session with Skye Silks about spinning silk. We could sign up to buy a sample box of different types of silks and a lovely box of goodies arrived this week with lots of different samples. I need to start really moisturising my hands the next 2 weeks so the silk doesn’t all to stick to my rough hands (a regular problem when I’m wet felting).
Well my Diamond Strip tea towels have now been through the washing machine and tumble dryer and have had their hems finished (rather badly oops). Now they are washed I actually prefer the back view of them to the front and wished I’d hemmed them the opposite way around! Next time I will totally change the way I do the hems. They are just face cloths for me so it doesn’t matter whether they are well hemmed.
I watched Kelly Casanova doing a video where she made a pinwheel pattern on her loom using some heddle rods made from some dowling, so I’m going to hunt in the garage and give this a go. I have some Wensleydale long wool skeins in a very pale teal and dark teal that I think may work quite nicely to make something. So that’s my next project I am planning.
I have really been making my way through Kelly’s videos on her online school so I guess that is where a lot of my week has gone. There are so many things I’d like to try and I do wonder whether knitting really needs to take a back seat and only be done evenings in front of the TV, so that in the daytime I can crack on with all these other crafts that are calling me.
The HGWSD had their first weaving interest group Zoom chat on Saturday as well, so that will help keep me motivated and help me develop my skills.
Some of that targeted marketing, that everyone complains about, got me this week and I signed up to join Craftsy for only $5 for a year! I’ve set the reminder to cancel it before the year is up and paid with a credit card that expires before next year’s payment is due. There were some comments from people they’d had trouble cancelling the renewal before it went through but I’ve safe guarded against that. There’s lots of sewing classes on there (plus other crafts) so I will be doing those as well as Kelly’s weaving videos.
My decluttering is continuing and I did a post yesterday with an update of the eclectic stuff I found under the stairs! Including a boat!
I guess now I’ve typed all this up I realise why my week seems to have gone so quickly! That’s another reason why I love being part of this group. It prompts our grey cells to remember what we did during the week. Just when you are about to beat yourself up for doing nothing all week you remember!
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 10th year, but this is my 3rd year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.