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February 21, 2010
Chevron Love

Without knowing it ahead of time, I made a pair of mittens that my kids think are pretty cool - my almost Rastafarian Chevron Love Mittens. The kit comes with 8 colors (20 grams each) and I opted to pull out 3 of the colors (pinks/red) leaving me with this 5 color repeat.

Chevron Love Mittens

Pattern: Chevron Love Mittens by Julia Vesper of Knitterly Things
Yarn: 62 grams Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (Tulip Colorway using only 5 of the 8 colors) - there is enough yarn in the kit to make 2 pairs of mittens!
Needles: 2 mittens on 1 circular 40" US 3
Size: 8" circumference
Modifications: I only did one thing differently than suggested - instead of carrying all the colors up the inside (or, heaven forbid, weaving in all the ends) -I just spit spliced at each color change - very easy to do with this 100% wool yarn!

Chevron Love Mittens

the fit is perfect!

Chevron Love Mittens

Cassidy is progressing - ready to shape the neck/shoulders...

Cassidy Progress


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February 13, 2010
Handspun Habitat/Starting Cassidy

Habitat

Pattern: Habitat by Jared Flood
Yarn: Handspun Crown Mountain Farm Falkland Wool in Chinon colorway (2.2 ounces/65 grams)
Needles: US 7 and US 8 16" circular
Size: M/L
Modifications: None - knit exactly as written - a clear, well written pattern with excellent charts and directions. (Used M1p for increases and did not block.)

CMF Falkland Fiber CMF Falkland 3 ply
Here is a little better view of the intricate cables - the crown shaping is formed by the changing cable design - a fun pattern to knit and a very pretty warm hat!
Habitat
Habitat

Oatmeal BFL yarn

Isn't this a beautiful pile of yarn? 7 skeins of squishy wonderful 3 ply natural Oatmeal BFL - I LOVE IT!

My original plan was to spin the Oatmeal BFL and make my 1st handspun sweater for the Knitting Olympics, BUT I came out of the gate too soon - yep, totally disqualified myself.
After finishing the spinning, there was still almost a week until the official Olympic start , so I made a tiny swatch to see if I was on target - yes! I then decided to knit just a teeny bit of the ribbing to see how it would look (figuring I could always rip it out or just call it a swatch and still be in the race), but I have no willpower and couldn't stop - I desperately wanted to see how the cables would look in this yarn and just kept on knitting...

So I will have my own little personal Olympic knitting project and I will thoroughly enjoy it!

Marcy and I had a fun spin-along during my oatmeal BFL run - she has photos here and You Tube spinning videos here and here for your viewing pleasure :-)

Oatmeal BFL Yarn

Here is the start of Cassidy in Handspun Oatmeal BFL. I was worried that my inconsistently spun yarn might make a mess of this pattern, but it is turning out just fine. I doubt I'll get it done in the next 2 weeks, but I'm betting it will go faster than my last sweater! The pattern is deceptively easy - 4 and 6 row repeat cables- perfect for knitting while watching the Olympics.

Cassidy

Cassidy Closeup



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February 4, 2010
Sock and Sweater Spinning

Warning - an abundance of yarn pictures!

I started with this beautiful FatCatKnits Blue Faced Leicester fiber from January's Mixed Blessings Club...

FatCatKnits BFL

and spun 248 yards/230 yards of regular 3 ply fingering weight yarn (for those who want specifics - I divided each braid in half lengthwise - then divided each of these lengths into 3 widthwise chunks and to further mix it up, divided the 1st piece in half lengthwise, 2nd piece in thirds lengthwise, and 3rd piece left whole.)

FatCatKnits BFL

I love this yarn - such a beautiful combination of colors! I knew when I started plying that I wanted to use it for colorwork socks, but wasn't certain the contrast would be strong enough for my fairly intricate sock pattern plan.

FatCatKnits BFL

(click pic for close up view)

FatCatKnits BFL

I just ran outside and took this picture - not a great photo, but you get the idea. This is the cuff for Faux is Fair by Robyn Gallimore/ Red Bird Knits - I'm excited that the contrast seems to be strong enough to hold up with this pattern - who knows what will happen on the rest of the socks - in some places the 2 colorways get close.

Faux is Fair

Sweater spinning...

Oatmeal BFL Bobbins

I am on such a great roll with this oatmeal BFL spinning. At first I had trouble getting consistent worsted weight yarn, but I finally seem to have the hang of it - I use my little ply back sample taped to the wheel - and check to make sure I'm in the ball park every once in awhile. Now I pretty much have a feel for it and don't need to check as often.

Here are 2 of the skeins - I've since finished 4 more (all about 100 grams) and have the singles started for the last 2 skeins, then it will be sweater knitting time. I don't have a pattern picked out yet, but my mind is loaded with possibilities.

Oatmeal BFL Yarn


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