My anxiety has reared its ugly head this week so I’m really exhausted from lack of sleep and having a brain in full on internal chatter mode. You’ll see I have been trying to distract myself by keeping busy! Technically I don’t think anything I have done is on my YOP list (yet), but it’s Sunday so I’m hijacking my YOP post.
I was playing with some weaving waste of some Sugar’n Cream cotton and made a weird cotton pad. It’s too thick I think.
Yesterday’s Guild Day (via Zoom) was about solar dyeing and using a (for dyeing only not food use) microwave to dye acid dyes in the morning and then the social natter in the afternoon. I’ve only used acid dyes so far, but…
I am joining 4 friends from the Guild on a Shibori Indigo dyeing day in early June, it will be outside and socially distanced. That will be my first socialising with that many people in real life (not Zoom) since February 2020!!
The lampshade fibres I had laid out last week needed felting so I got busy doing those 5 x 25cm ones from Wednesday onwards. I am a little out of practice at all the hand rubbing and rolling so it has been a little more tiring. I’m sure once I am back in the swing of regularly making them I won’t be so achy and they won’t take so many hours to make each one.
A friend in Ireland gets first pick and the rest will be in the Alchemist gallery next week. Note to self: I need a box suitable for posting it too! I’ve only built 4 so far, the 5th is a landscape and needs some sheep needle felting on it 😀
I finished Allistar’s gloves and he has worn them everyday while he works from home. He mentioned socks to me but I reminded him he hardly wears the ones I already made him, so the next day he wore them 😂🤣
I steam blocked my Fine Sand cardigan and finally posted about it yesterday.
I had a bit of castonitis this week. I had a couple of days with nothing on the needles (well except a brioche scarf I will probably frog).
So, after a lot of Ravelry perusing and looking at patterns already in my library and completely ignoring my YOP list, I cast on:
- Habitation Throw (I’m using any 4 ply scraps <35g). I got the pattern when it was offered free!
- Rose City Roller socks (using scraps 35g – 45g) I am testing less stitches on a larger needle. I tried 52 stitches on 2.5mm but the fabric is a bit loose, so I have ordered a couple of 2.25mm to try doing 56 stitches. (I have tiny feet.)
- Deb’s super simple DK socks using some Ryeland wool and some DK advent scraps for a change/test. These are knit on 3mm needles. I haven’t gauge swatched yet but have gathered bits for it.
- Twig beanie using homespun baby camel and silk, I did some swatching, but homespun is tricky to gauge swatch, hopefully I’m close enough with a smaller needle than the pattern recommends. I have two shawls I made with the same fibre I had spun…I absolutely love the softness of the yarn it produces. I love spinning it too.
Oh and I knit a dish cloth again with some loom waste so it has about 20 knots in.
I am loving The Great British Sewing Bee and my sewing mojo is high…I just couldn’t squeeze any time in for it this week. My lining fabric for my bag still hasn’t arrived and isn’t due for another week, I wish I’d used a fabric shop and not Amazon!
I spun 25g of Dorset Horn for my breed project. Its 2 ply and I am definitely getting a bit better at using my Andean plying tool to do 2 ply.
I realise it is time to start planning for Tour de Fleece which starts at the end of June but if I am captaining another team for the Guild this year I will need to start preparing.
My 2nd 12.5 dent heddle arrived so I can make some larger diamond stripe towels, when I get a chance to warp the loom. The pieces always come untreated so I did give it a wipe with some teak oil. Smelly but quicker than waxing.
I asked my husband to see if the woodturning guy, I had a lesson with in June 2019, is doing 1-2-1 lessons this June. Fingers crossed as I’d love to have another go for my birthday.
I moved things around in my craft room wardrobes and shelves again! A bunch of junk my husband is keeping ‘just in case’ I moved downstairs to the guest room wardrobe. I moved some filing cabinets and shelving around. I also gave away my A3 photo printer to a member of the camera club I’ve just left. It needs 9 different colour cartridges and won’t print black if there is any colour that is missing. It was huge and expensive to keep using just to print knitting patterns! So I have made some space, but not as much as I had hoped but still it is a little easier to access everything. This took a few days! (Basically I have too much yarn and fibre! 🙀)
Highland Libraries have moved their online book lending from one supplier to another, which is super annoying as a book I was half way through reading disappeared and isn’t available on the new app and isn’t free on Amazon Prime Reading! So no idea how that book ends! Not good when you’ve been waking at 3am and need something to read!
Our physical library is still not open and my book due back 26th March 2020 is still waiting to be returned!
The library do seem to have kept the magazine rental with Libby though which is quite good as it has lots of Knitting Magazines, Spin Off and Interweave magazine, amongst the thousands of other titles available.
So that’s been my week, a bit all over the place trying to keep busy and keep the internal chatter down a bit. 🎶 Life is a rollercoaster 🎢 just gotta ride it 🎶 😀
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.