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Look at me do a little of everything

June 5, 2011

It’s been a busy year on the crafting front. I set a goal at the start of the year to finish up 12 items, including spinning some of my fiber stash. By April I was up to 9, thanks to a bit of a spinning binge. I haven’t been knitting as much lately, in part due to my shoulder issues, but in part because knitting isn’t what it used to be for me. I’ve loaded myself up with so many “have to” knits that they don’t feel like “want to” knits any more. Plus the pressure of the stash…

So, what have I been up to?

Sewing

I finally finished binding my Tokyo Subway Map quilt, which I am in love with. It was a great project to use some of the Japanese fabric scraps I had left over from sewing project bags.

I also finished quilting and binding the ginormous Sunshine Medallion Quilt for our bed, but I have yet to take a picture so that’ll have to wait for another post.

Spinning

I’ve been doing a fair bit of spinning, here are the last two yarns I finished:

Roving: Pigeonroof Studios BFL, 2 braids, in the color Lazy Daisy

Weight: Heavy fingering? It was 18 wraps per inch before I washed it, then it poofed up some.

Yardage: 630 from 8.8 oz

And my Collections yarn:

Roving: Bee Mice Elf Collections Club, 1 oz of 6 colors in Falkland, Spring Seeds collections

Weight: Fingering? It was 20 wraps per inch before I washed it

Yardage: 830 from 6 oz

I spun this one up to be a gradiant, doing one single with a multi-solid-multi and the other with the corresponding solid-multi-solid. I’m thinking of doing some sort of triangle shawl with this, or maybe Citron.

Knitting

Pattern: Paul Atwell Socks (Ravelry page)

Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in Shadow Canyon, 1 skein

Details: Ravelry page here. These are for my Dad, for a combination of his birthday (next week) and Father’s Day (in a few weeks). I really enjoyed this pattern – it was easy to follow, and the combination of pattern and color worked well for a pair of guy socks.

Pattern: Sagano Shawl (Ravelry page)

Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Cezanne, 1.5 skeins plus some BMFA STR scraps for the bind off

Details: Ravelry page here. These were for my Mom, for Mother’s Day. This was the second time I’ve knit this pattern and I just love the texture of this stitch. My issue is that I have needed more than 1 skein each time I’ve knit this pattern. I modified it to take out a body repeat, but still had to cut out a few rows of the edging and piece together some scraps for the bind off. I think in part it’s because I’ve been knitting looser these days, but also in part due to the smaller yardage of the yarns I’ve been using for it.

Pattern: Clockwork (Ravelry page)

Yarn: Fresh From the Cauldron Silver Sock in Auld Lang Syne and New Moon

Details: Ravelry page here. This was for a swap on Ravelry, where I knit a shawl for someone who knit a pair of socks for me. Due to my loose knitting, I had to start over when I saw how big it was going to be on the recommended needle size and in retrospect could have gone down another size or two beyond what I did. I managed to run out of yarn on the bind off on this shawl as well, and the yarn bloomed like crazy when I blocked it, making for a very large wrap.

Weaving

Yarn: Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock in Un-birthday (weft) and Spring Meadow (warp)

I finally finished up this scarf I’d had on the loom for awhile. I love Dani’s overdyes for weaving, and this one in particular with all the green and teal. I promptly warped up another scarf with her yarn, aiming for a plaid thanks to an online tartan creator I found. Unfortunately there’s so much overlap between the two yarns I chose that the colors blend, but it will be a beautiful scarf anyways!

Dyeing

I moved over to BigCartel a few months ago and in general prefer it much more to etsy (especially as a shopper of frantic updates). I did a blue-themed update a couple of months ago and have now moved to doing custom orders to deplete my undyed yarn stock. The turnaround time is a bit longer in that customers have to wait for me to dye the yarn before I can ship it, but the number of orders so far have allowed me to ship out in a week or so, which isn’t too bad. With the possibility of more travel later this year, it seemed like a good idea to clear out what yarn I had and then decide from there if I could keep dyeing normal updates. It’s been fun coming up with new colors, so I may do a few new ones and throw them in the shop from time to time!

Time to go enjoy the rest of the weekend – the garden needs to be tended, and my Hulu queue is getting out of control. Plus there’s all that fabric I have for planned quilts, and a yoga mat bag, and yarn to unwarp, and…

Happy weekend all!

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