WIP Wednesday – Hitofude On Hold

 

imageI made it through the weekend without doing any knitting. Zero. I did finish spinning and plying 8oz of wool/alpaca/mohair roving from Avalon Springs Farms and I probably shouldn’t have.avalongsprings

I picked up my Hitofude last night and my right hand/forearm felt really tight and unhappy. Strangely, it was my left hand bothering me last week and that seems to be fine since putting those tight socks in time out. So I’m taking a break from knitting AND spinning for the rest of the week. I’m icing, and taking an NSAID, and consoling myself with coloring. I am not one of those people that can veg in front of the tv; my hands are always moving.

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Hopefully, a full week of rest will help. I want to get back to this project so I can start a new one. I have so many in my queue!

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Last Week Chez Play – Tour de Fleece 2014

UntitledI finished this year’s Tour de Fleece with 2 large skeins of 2 ply Border Leicester cross. I tried for a 3rd skein, but I didn’t quite make it. A finished yardage of 835yd for 9.6oz is pretty good considering I was starting from these locks! I should have washed AND prepped my fleece before the start of the Tour. Lesson: plan ahead!

I have ~1000yds of singles on this bobbin and another bobbin going. I’m shooting for a third, 5oz/500yd skein which should be enough for the Hitofude cardigan I have planned. If I run out of yarn, I have plenty of fleece left, probably enough for another sweater or two if I spin fine again. I’m thinking about overdyeing some; perhaps with a fair isle sweater in mind? Something thick, and coat-like, and Lopi-ish?

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FO Friday – Mon Petit Pullover

P1080849Once upon a time, I spun 5oz of merino/silk top into 500+ yards of chain-plied, self-striping fingering/sport weight yarn. What to do? I am generally not a pastel person and I likely wouldn’t wear a shawl in these colors.

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Several months later, I had two minor seconds of Boundless Sock in The Grey and I knew they should be together! So I planned a pullover version of Mon Petit Gilet Rayé. I knit a goodly-sized swatch, did some maths and cast on. And it worked! It came out a tiny bit longer than planned, but I love it. I can throw it on with jeans or a skirt. It’s not fussy, but it’s together enough for vending events. I’m totally in love with it. You can read my notes (gauge, stitches cast on…etc) at my Ravelry project page!

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Last Week Chez Play

Last Week at PAL 7/14/14

Oh, hey! I haven’t blogged since February.

I joined a discussion with some online friends about blogging this morning and I admitted to being a terrible blogger.  I’m just not very wordy! I do post a lot of pictures on my Instagram account so I suggested a weekly photo recap, highlighting what I’d been doing in the studio, and out and about in the past week. That idea went over well so here you go!

My husband was on vacation last week so I took a break from dyeing. We did some work around the house, went to the beach a couple of times, and did some Geocaching. It was a very relaxing mini vacation!

Left to right, top then bottom:

1. I got some spinning WIPs off the bobbin just in time Tour de Fleece. Right is  4oz, ~150yds two ply Merino/bamboo/silk in Jewels from All for the Love of Yarn. Left is one of my gradients. I had a short 3oz braid of Redleaf on yak/merino top which I turned into ~300yds of fingering weight goodness. I love this fiber blend. This is my favorite handspun so far!

2. I was able to do a bit of thrifting and found these awesome cloth napkins

3. We went to the beach which resulted in this obligatory, dorky beach selfie.

4. I finished a huge bobbin of border leicester cross singles for the Tour! I’m working from clean fleece and flicking locks out as I go. It’s rather time consuming! I need to invest in some combs.

Shawl Inspiration

I am a big fan of PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, both Classics and Contemporary. I’ve recently been watching “Return to Cranford” and I’ve become inspired by all the beautiful, natural colored, sideways knit shawls the ladies wear.

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And of course, a quick search on Ravelry finds the Eyre of Romance Jane Shawl and several other shawls designed by Kay Meadors of Natural State Knitting.

Photo : Kay Meadors

I’m thinking hanspun. Maybe this Cormo I did a while back. It’s quite a bit thinner and could use another go through my wheel to tighten up some of the plying, but it’s perfect for a neck-thing.

I also have this for a smaller finished shawl. It’s shiny! So tempting!