Sunday, March 9, 2014

Plying Day

Bobbins are full.  Time to ply!





I used my first and favorite spinning wheel, the Majacraft Pollyanna. I've had this wheel well over 20 years, and it spins like a dream.  




The jumbo flyer and bobbin are great for big, no-knot skeins.




After plying, I wind the yarn into skeins on this antique winder, a gift from my mother.




This yarn is a soft camel blend from Dana Locken of Locken Bactrian Camels.  Yes, camels right here in South Dakota.




This blend is from Anna Anderson's Batt of the Month club on Etsy. Anna generously donates a portion of her sales to her children's 4-H club. I plied the blend with some Crystal Place Kid Merino- my favorite yarn for plying. The yarn makes me think of two of my favorite spring flowers: lilacs and pansies.




I dyed the Corriedale roving for this yarn. As I spun, I added in bits of hand-dyed mohair. The mohair is from Margaret Steffens, from my hometown of Waseca, MN. Margaret has done years of selective breeding to produce top quality mohair for hand spinning. I plied this bobbin with a brown Kid Merino to tone down the complementary colors a bit.




After plying, I set the twist in the yarn overnight.




The next day, a basket of hand spun yarn, ready for knit and crochet.




Bobbins are empty. Time to spin!




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weave-it Loom Brooches

It was interesting to note Schacht Spindle's release of their Zoom Loom 4-inch pin loom. 



The zoom loom is very similar to the Weave-it loom, which came out in the 1930's.



A few years ago I began collecting Weave-it Looms. These hand-held looms are fun and relaxing to play with, and a great way to use leftover bits of yarn.  I especially like making squares in hand-dyed and Noro yarns. 

I have some Weave-its in the 4-inch size:


and some in the smaller, 3-inch size.  



The Winter 2005 issue of Spin-off magazine included instructions for making "Loom Blooms" on Weave-it looms. What a fun project! 


I've enjoyed making Loom Bloom brooches and using up some of those addicting-to-make little squares.



If you'd like to learn more about Weave-it and other little looms, check out the wealth of information at eLoomaNation.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Finished the Multnomah

Over the past couple months I've been knitting away, bit by bit, on a KAL for North Country Fiber Fair:  Kate Ray's Multnomah, published in Hello Knitty.
 


Bound the shawl off and blocked it this weekend.



The yarn is Koigu KPPPM, and I used size 6 needles.




I'm a much faster a crocheter than knitter, and this project was an exercise in patience.

But I"m happy with the result!  It will fun to be part of the fashion show on Saturday night at the Fiber Fair.



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Color! Stranded Checkerboard Tube Scarf

This has been the winter of stranded knitting!  



The checkerboard scarf was a fun exercise in color.



The scarf is knitting in Paton's Classic Wool (worsted) on size 10 circular needles, 48 stitches around.



The finished scarf measures 69 inches long and 6 1/4 inches wide.



My husband cut some flooring to insert inside the scarf for blocking.



Scarf ends were sewn closed after blocking.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Colorful Long Ruffle Shawls


Ann Linderhjelm's Long Ruffle Shawl from her Ullcentrum blog and shared on Ravelry is one of my favorite "on the go" projects.  It's an easy knit, drapes nicely, and let's the yarn do the talking in a lovely scarf or shawl.

This winter I've been knitting the shawl with sock yarn on US size 13 needles.  Below are some examples with Noro Silk Garden sock yarn.  One skein makes a shawl.




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  I also knit a ruffle shawl in Cascade Heritage Paints sock yarn- this yarn has lots of "life" (springiness) to it- nice to work with.


Speaking of spring, it could show up any time.  This past week is usually the one when I see the first robin of the year, but none appeared in our below zero temps.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stranded Knit Tube Scarf

Call it Stranded Knitting.

Call it Fair Isle.

Whatever.  This month I've been immersed in that 2-color knitting technique, and I've loved it: so much fun to choose color and pattern.  

This latest project was inspired by several stranded-knit tube scarves on Ravelry.  I used colors in my worsted weight wool stash, and embarked on a search for knit chart ideas online and at our library.  

Invested in a wonderful book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs:  A Knitters Directory
by Mary Jane Mucklestone.



 Here's the finished scarf. 


The checked and striped ends provide options for "which side up".




I knit the scarf on 16-inch circular needles, US size 9.  
Cast on 60 stitches and away you go!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Betty's Knit Cup Cozies: Shamrock, Heart, and Flower

Cup cozies are a nice little project for playing with color and pattern.  This week I published another pattern for cup cozies in my Etsy shop.  The pattern includes three charts:  shamrocks, hearts, and flowers.  The stranded knit section could easily be adapted for any chart multiples of 4, 5, 8, or 10.

These shamrock cozies are just in time for St. Patrick's Day:


Using the same pattern, but in different colorways, gives quite a different feel:








I think it's time to move on to another project!