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Dec 18 2010

Little Lamsied Ivy

Published by under Knitting,Spinning

Let’s see — I’ve been wearing this for two winters now, so it’s embarrassingly behind the times to post it. That said, it’s the first garment I’ve knitted purely of my own handspun, so it really needs to make an appearance. First, we’ll begin with the fiber. This is Corriedale dyed in osage orange and indigo and prepared by Stefania Isaacson of Handspun by Stefania. Although she doesn’t name her colors, I couldn’t help myself and labelled the photos of this fiber “Summerlawn.” One look at the fiber against my grass and you’ll understand why!

just a little bit of the prepared fiber

First, I enjoyed the wool all by itself. Then, there were spun singles and fiber….

Then a 3-ply, spun singles, and fiber…

Spun singles, 3-ply, and fiber

Then the 3-ply on the niddy-noddy, 3-ply on the bobbin, spun singles, and fiber…

Fiber at all stages of preparation before knitting.

And let’s not forget the final product: the scarf itself! Sadly the color isn’t quite true in this picture, but the lace pattern (Ivy Leaf from Barbara Walker) shows up quite well.

Ivy Scarf from handspun Corriedale

Oh, and the gloves I made to go with it! (My own design, made of Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca…I didn’t have enough of the Summerlawn to manage a pair of gloves as well!)

Gloves to go with the scarf

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Apr 27 2010

Too Pretty Not to Post

Published by under Fiber,Knitting

Oh, I am a bad bad blogger. I keep finishing things and taking pictures, but forgetting to put them up. This will be a short little post with pictures, because the Hanami Stole really just speaks for itself. It’s lovely! Thank you Melanie of Pink Lemon Twist for creating this pattern. I’ve knitted it up in an alpaca/silk dusty rose blend, added a few extra beads, and put it into the church auction. It brought in a pretty penny and went to someone who really appreciates it.

Given Hanami’s Japanese motifs, I’ve asked the Japanese maple in my backyard to model it for us…

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Sep 14 2009

Felt the Pain Away

Published by under Fiber,Knitting

I have avoided felting. It seems an unkind and unnatural thing to do to yarn than one has loved, fondled, and turned into something wonderful. I am a spinner, after all, and it just seems odd to take perfectly good yarn — yarn that has been organized into sensible plies — and then force it to become all disorganized and fuzzy again. All that hard work, vanished in such a short time!

That said, I wanted slippers for my loom room, a.k.a. my basement with concrete floors.

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Even walking to the loom was uncomfortable…and so I decided to do it. I decided to Felt the Pain Away (with apologies to Peaches). I took the woolen odds and ends of various projects and proceeded to knit remnant slippers. The ugliest things I could imagine. See?

slipper pre-felting 1

slipper pre-felting 2

And, once again, I knew the only solution was to felt the pain away, but this time, the pain in my eyes. Ye gods! It’s like evil pixelated confetti in shoe form…and yet, like certain bulldogs and babies, strangely cute. After a serious session with two zippered pillowcases, an old towel, and a hot washing machine, they were done. I wore them, standing on towels to absorb the water, once they were cool enough to manage. It did take them much longer to dry than I would have guessed — about 2 days to be fully dry — but they are wonderful!

felted slippers 1

felted slippers on

More examples of these ubiquitous slippers can be found here on Ravelry and the pattern found here on the web.

Who knew felting could be so wrong and yet feel so good…?

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