Friday, 24 October 2014

Bags and Mitts

I made another grab bag the other day. The pattern makes a bag 12.5" wide and 17" tall
The fabric had a knitting theme - balls of yarn and knitting needles.
I lined it with stripey fabric in the same colours.
This was a 'deluxe' one with low-loft batting.
I also unearthed a kit for a tote bag that I bought 2 - 3 years ago. This fabric also had a knitting theme.
Knitting sheep and knitting terms in the lining. I included some interior pockets.
The sewing instructions were somewhat incomplete and lacked a photo. I felt like I was sewing blindly. But it turned out OK.

This evening I finished knitting the Evenstar fingerless gloves I had abandoned sometime ago.
I used Knitpicks City Tweed DK which was very nice to work with. I modified the pattern by adding a 'turtleneck' which can be folded back...
 or extended for extra warmth on the ends of the fingers.

I'm trying to think of what else I can knit with this yarn as the tweedy flecks do add a little visual distraction from the pattern.


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rhinebeck 2014

Mo and I made our pilgrimage to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, NY once again this year.

It is a beautiful time of year to visit the Hudson Valley.

I spent Saturday in a knitting workshop while Mo shopped, met up with friends, and scoped out the good stuff for me.

This is what Into The Whirled looked like before the doors opened yesterday. Their specialty is hand-painted yarns and rovings.














And this is what it looked like at noon today.
Here are more outdoor shots. Each of those buildings contains either livestock or vendors.
These buildings (A,B,C and D from left to right) are at the south end of the fairgrounds. My class was in building D. Also in these buildings are many vendors, the fleece sale, and author's book-signing area.
This is the garden outside the Horticultural Building.
...and the view down the hill toward the food area from the Horticultural Building.
Sadly, this year the 4-H kids didn't sell lamb chili; only refreshments.

I didn't take a lot of photos inside buildings this year but this gives you an idea of how items were displayed.



I bought this gradient yarn set in these colours from Miss Babs


to knit this shawl - Brush Creek

It was very handy being able to take photos of the sample with the tags naming the pattern and yarn used. In most cases, the patterns are available for purchase and download online.

The most popular vendors had lots of samples that were properly labeled.

As I've recently been enjoying spinning hand-painted Polwarth roving, I happened to find a few (ahem) braids of the stuff.


This Blue-Faced Leicester bundle is for spinning separately, then knitting as a gradient.
Now I will agonize (in a good way) over what pattern to knit the yarn with.

It was an excellent festival this year and I look forward to a return visit in the future.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Freia-esque Yarn Cake

The progression from roving to ready-to-knit yarn always amazes me.

The fibre started out like this:

Then it spun to this:

Last night I wound it into a yarn cake:
It really resembles Freia Ombré yarn.
and have started knitting a Travelling Woman shawl with it.
It's a fast knit, especially with this sport weight yarn. I'm not sure I like this pattern for this yarn. Maybe something more textured would work better.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Better Pics

Handspun looks so much better in the daylight.
I call it my homage to autumn.
It's not quite dry but it skeined nicely.
It fulled a bit with washing and thwacking.
I'm happy with how it turned out.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Quick Pics

I have been spinning some Polwarth fibre these past couple of weeks at spinning. After watching Felicia Lo's video, "Spinning Dyed Fibers" on Craftsy, I thought I'd try something different. I separated the colours and spun them separately.

Here is the skein right off the niddy noddy. One side...
and the other.
I got 280 yards from the 4oz. (116g) braid of hand-dyed roving.
I have washed it and thwacked it (to set the twist) and now have it drying.
I'll get better pictures in the daylight tomorrow.

Now I need to figure out what I'll knit with this gradient DK weight yarn. Any suggestions?