Happy Valentine’s Day!
I thought I’d have a go at making a granny square following the Battenberg blanket tutorial, but having re-wound the video 99 times I haven’t a clue how she’s joining the loop. I tried about 5 other videos and decided crocheting with 4ply/fingering weight yarn is not likely to feature in my life!
I finished Litmus Cowl on Friday and have done a detailed post. You will see I managed to do the same width of grey stripes by using 2 grey shades of the minis and not using 3 of the coloured minis. The thing is once I get an idea in my head I want to see it through to completion ASAP and that lead to me sitting for hours knitting and then wondering why the plants were wilting and the TV stand looked dusty 🤦🏼♀️
On Saturday the Guild had a workshop on spinning silks by Skye Silks. As I was zoom host and wanted to make notes I just listened but in our afternoon session I had a go at spinning from a silk cap. I spun a single, wrapped it on my Handy Andy and then made a 2 ply. I got some tangles I had to snap off. A really enjoyable day though.
As I haven’t eaten meat for 32 years I always feel a bit of a hypocrite liking to spin the baby camel and tussah silk I love so much (see my Reyna shawl). Today that hypocrisy became a bit real when in the sample of the carded cocoon stripping I found a couple of dead worms. But it was really interesting and I use silk waste on my lampshades as it is great for waves and adding sheen so I can’t see me stopping using it.
I obtained 4 partial cobs of tweed wool yarn from a Guild member this week. A purple, a pink and two shades of blue. These are from the mill on the Isle of Lewis, where they make the wool yarn that Isle of Harris weavers use in their homes to make Harris Tweed. (I’m not sure if our holiday in March to Lewis is going ahead yet, but we live in hope.) I’m going to weave up some samples on my Sampleit 10” loom and get an idea of what it’s like to weave with. I have a wider selection of reed sizes on my Sampleit.
I have optimistically bought myself a pattern for weaving some cloth to make a top! This I will do in my large loom with cotton warp and linen weft…well that’s the plan. I have so many plans don’t I!?!
Decluttering has continued and I did a separate post earlier this week about it here. Some objects finally left the house woo hoo!
We had our first decent amount of snow fall on Tuesday night. We didn’t measure it until the afternoon and it was about 7cm (just under 3”). My friend who lives a couple of towns over had 3 times that and they were able to do some skiing and snowboarding in their town parks and open spaces. The Highlands had their coldest night since the 1940s and we woke up on Thursday to -10°C. I know for my friends in the mid-west of the US this isn’t that low, but that’s unusually cold for here.
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.