Pat's Knitting and Quilting
May 25, 2012
I promised myself that if I washed all the fleece that I had accumulated in the past year, I could get more :)
DONE! So here are the new girls
To the left is Lydia - a gorgeous single coated shetland ewe that was lovingly cared for by Lori at Diamond B Sheep Farm - her full fleece was only 1 lb. 12 oz. - gorgeous clean fleece. The picture above shows the cut end and below you can see the tips - all pre-wash.
She is washed and I've combed an ounce and carded an ounce just to see and feel the fiber. Nope - she's not brown....Soft heavenly fluff!
In the box on the right is beautiful Twinkle Star - a gorgeous soft very clean Cormo/Romeldale ewe raised by Therese who took immaculate care of her at Lilac Ridge Farm - I only bought 1/2 of her so there is 1/2 left if you want some :)
Here's a close look at her long beautiful locks - just look at those!
She gets washed tomorrow - I am getting so fast at washing fleece!
May 21, 2012
These handspun stripey summer socks have been my car knitting project since April. My MIL has been in rehab/assisted living following a hip replacement and it is a 20 minute ride each way to visit her - these socks have been entirely knit on this commute (Dave driving - not me haha) over the past few months - all of a sudden they are done!
Started with FatCatKnits Moxie in Panda blend (merino, bamboo, nylon)
Split lengthwise in 4 strips - spun end to end and chain plied - 102 grams = 385 yards of beautiful fingering weight yarn.
Cakes wound and ready to go with my granddoggy Jasmine.
With chain ply you can actually see exactly what the combed top looked like - how it was painted and there is much more distinct striping than regular 3 ply - I realize I actually like the muted effect of regular 3 ply better than these delineated stripes.
Pattern: None - just plain socks
Fleece pictures probably coming up next - it's that time of year :)
May 9, 2012
I seem to be on a roll buying fiber related equipment - keep it rolling....
Louet Junior Carder - I feel like I made the perfect choice (with help from Ginny)
Within minutes of opening the box, I started making a pile of stuff to put through....
85 grams of merino, silk, corriedale, qiviut, cashmere, angora, yak, and baby camel (I added more than was in this original picture)
I only put it through the drumcarder one time and realized it was perfect exactly like that for a textured yarn. I wanted the color streaks and some lumps and bumps and tweediness and nepps.
spun into 173 yards of beautifully textured 2 ply worsted weight yarn
I have lots more yarn pictures, but realize I am probably the only one obsessed with this yarn so I won't bore you :)
Instead I'll overload you with woven scarf pictures .....
My next drumcarding plan is to card enough fiber (mixing and matching stuff I have -- I'm in the gathering phase right now) for a sweater. I will spin it during Tour de Fleece in July - can't wait!
May 1, 2012
When I received this combination of fiber as my Mixed Blessings from Fat Cat Knits, I had no clue what to do with it....I just couldn't see the 2 fibers as companions and was frightened by the yellow/pink "peeps" colored braid, but I decided to trust Ginny and just go for it ...
and I'm glad I did!
Perfect for knitting these mittens
Pattern: "Rose Wreath Mittens" from The Mitten Book
I was on vacation at the Cape and finished the outer mittens before I expected too - I had planned on making alpaca liners, but had not brought the yarn along with me, so all I had for extra yarn was the remainder of my handspun (mostly pink/yellow Nancy) - I'm so glad I didn't have the alpaca because I LOVE my resourceful scrappy handspun polworth liners!
and I like that the thickness of the liner poofs out the hand so the cuff is inset.
they are soooo warm and fit me perfectly - I think this will be my go to pair next winter!