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  • knitting1105 1:17 pm on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Slow but Steady 


    I went back to my Jensen wheel this week, and finished spinning up a couple of languishing projects.  I have made great progress on these this week.  And, I am sometimes a slow learner.  My wheel is equipped with hooks (as are my other wheels), no fancy slider or Woolie Winder for me.  I had always been moving the fiber along the hooks on the right side of the flyer, then I read about someone alternating sides.  Duhhh!!!  The hooks are slightly off alignment, so I get a very nicely wound even bobbin.  I know that some people do not like to stop to move the fiber, but it is not that big of a deal, the first pass on the bobbin requires more moving, but I get to check my fiber along the way for consistency.  So, my “better wound” fibers are posted below.

    This is English Sheltand from Into the Whirled, color Gwydir, I am not sure whether to ply this with a natural wool, or order the purple coordinate.  I have loved spinning with the Shetland, it has such a “sheepy” feel to it:

    And this is fiber from Woolgatherings, color is Starling, Polwarth/Silk:

    I am going to spin this with a coordinate in copper to get a 3ply for either fair isle or mittens

    Much of my spinning output has been 2-ply, and it has limited uses.  The shear spinning volume has kept me from making more 3ply yarn, but it really is the type that I would make use of more.  I have plenty of shawls, and am actually saving some of my Fiber Optic for future shawl projects.


  • knitting1105 10:59 am on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Color Attraction 


    As if I needed another project!  I was in Northern Michigan with my sister a week ago, and she wanted me to go with her to the quilt store to pick out fabric for a headboard.  I was not on the lookout for a new project at all, but fell in love with these colors, it all started with the large flower print.  Having seen Moda fabrics in other people’s quilts for quite some time, I was drawn to their bright colors and grouping of patterns under a color banner.


    Finding a pattern was the next step, the owner of the store suggested the pattern Take Five, which incorporates 5 patterned fabrics cut together in different square and rectangle sizes.  It is a very simple pattern (says 5 hours to complete), not what I would normally choose, but I am interested in the play of colors more than any intricacies in the pattern block.  I think that I will tackle this in a couple of weeks when I have time alone on the weekend.

    Of course, to make the pattern easy, I needed another tool.  An 8 1/2″ wide ruler to quickly cut the squares.


    • Diane 8:19 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Let me know if it really only take 5 hours. I decided to make this quilt too to go with the headboard. Have to go through my stash to see if I can find something that will work. Most likely nothing will work and I will have to go to the quilt store to find some material! It was great seeing you and Dan!


  • knitting1105 8:27 am on September 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    First Sock Syndrome 


    Second Sock Syndrome is a complaint of many sock knitters.  They seem to be anxious to try out a new pattern, and knit the first sock up, only to have the second appear less interesting to knit, and it languishes.  That was never a problem for me, as I was either anxious to finish a quick knit, or had conquered the complexities of a more difficult pattern and the second sock seemed easy by comparison.  Lately I have a new problem however, I seem to be starting and not finishing any first socks.  There is a good reason for all, but bothersome none-the-less.


    The beautiful blue socks are from the Knitteratus Scok Club by Janel Laidman, I love the pattern, the twisted rib on the bottom of the foot is so squishy and comfortable.  Almost done with sock #1 of theses.  The green pair is from the same club, a February installment.  I could not travel with these socks and follow the pattern, so they remained at home and got abandoned when I needed the needles for a pair of traveling knitting socks (ie, a less complicated pattern), and they sit dangerously off needles, and without any stitch holders to hold them in place.  The lime green pair is from the CookieA sock club, and while the pattern is interesting and different from anything I had tried, it broke one of my precious Lantern Moon needles, and I switched to metal.  I am now waiting on some Signature needles to finish these up.

    I have never had this many started socks before.  And lastly, there is the pair of CookieA socks, using some handspun yarn.  These will be for my husband, but I could not finish them while away, as I needed to get reinforcing thread for the toes.  Hope to finish these up soon.


    • Diane 8:36 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that you have any time to do quilting!


  • knitting1105 1:17 pm on September 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Birthday Sisters 


    On Ravelry, we have a small but wonderful group that comes together every year.  Our bond is September 22nd, and a love of fiber.  This is the third year in a row that we have done a gift exchange, and it is always so wonderful to have a present waiting, especially from someone who understands the fiber addiction/pull/love.

    This year I got this package from ActiveNana:


    Full of wonderful little packages:

    Beautiful bright roving, I think that this is destined to be spun and knit into Fair Isle mittens with some natural rovings:


    A hand knit dish cloth, in my favorite colors!


    Sock yarn, similar colorway, from Kokopelli Creations (not used this yarn previously) she obviously read my favorite colors:

    Wine lovers stitch markers!

    And who could forget Chocolate?

    And, I forgot to photograph what I made for my Twin Exchange.  But, I did learn how to sew a project bag, here it is in progress, alas not finished photos, so I will just have to make some more.  Thanks to Jane for finding this pattern for me.



    And yesterday I was out with my friend touring PARKing Day set-ups, and saw this beauty at a Vintage store.  Could not resist.  An original Eva Zeisel pitcher.  I love it, and it is my Birthday after all…


  • knitting1105 9:46 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Don’t Mess with Knitters! 

  • knitting1105 8:19 am on September 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    And then there were Sheep 

    Of course I saw sheep at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival this past weekend, it is just that my purchases took up most of my blogging space yesterday.

    There were cute babies, only 2 days old:

    And, if you have never seen sheep sheared, watch these videos.  This guy is at the fair every year, and it is fascinating to watch.  Once the sheep are flipped onto their backs they are very docile.

    On our visit to Old World Wisconsin they were making Tomato Jam at the Inn, and I got very interested in what this was like, so made up a batch of it last night.  Dan had it for breakfast, and said that it was very good.  Here is the recipe that I ended up using, it takes awhile to cook the tomatoes down.  Grandpa’s Sauce is on the burner today, that also simmers for hours to get the great reduction.

    • thewooleryguy 7:10 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing those videos – somehow I managed to miss the sheep-shearing demo, I was so bummed! I love how the other sheep come over to watch their friend.


  • knitting1105 12:17 pm on September 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Birthday to ME! 

    Dan and I spent the weekend in Wisconsin, staying at one of our favorite B&B’s in Whitewater, Hamilton House, and visiting the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival for the 3rd year running.  How I did not know about this before, I am not sure.  I think that because I was not a spinner yet, I thought that there would be little that I would be interested in.  Wrong.

    During the weekend I took a 1/2 day class with Kate Larsen on spinning handpainted fibers, I was hoping to learn some techniques to avoid getting the mud that I sometimes end up with.  We combed painted locks and spun those, that was interesting, in addition to trying some new techniques with hand dyed roving.

    While I was taking this class Dan was taking an all-day cheese making class. He had a lot of fun also, and I was happy that there were options for him.  Even so, he is always a good sport for a wool festival.  So, we had a couple of nights at the restaurant The Black Sheep (how appropriate given the weekend), and visited Old World Wisconsin on Sunday.  Lovely times, great weather.  The first night at dinner I told my husband that I would just like to have this weekend away every year at the wool festival for my birthday (which is in a couple of weeks), he was greatly relieved as he said that he was struggling with ideas.  And, my purchases came guilt-free!

    The very first thing that I purchased was this black sheep/white sheep knitting mug from Jennie the Potter.  There were very few left, and I knew if I thought it over I would miss out on it.  Destined to become my morning coffee mug, and waiting for my knitting room to be complete.

    Some little things, the little broom looking things are pot scrubbers, most to be gifted…

    Natural variegated BFL, 1# worth from Gale’s Art.

    I could not miss out on the Fiber Optic booth.  Looking at the gradients first-hand, I feel that I had already purchased the ones I like the most, except for this one, the pastel gradient.  I was going to get 2 braids, but when Kimber told me that she was spinning up the Polkadots and Moonbeams pencil roving right now, I realized that they were the same colors, and the lightbulb went on, these will be plyed together.

    As always I had to stop by Carol’s booth from Rivers Edge Fiber Arts, this is a very unique combination of fibers (30% blend of Banana/Milk/Soy; 70% Superwash Merino), it will be fun to spin up.

    Carol also showed me a great way to pull apart a silk hankie and spin it, or knit directly from it.  So, naturally I had to try one.

    There was a booth from the Morning Sun Fiber Barn from Iowa, and after petting this Baby Camel and Angora at least 3 times, I knew that I needed to add it to my pile. Two ounces of each, should be enough to make a pair of stranded mittens for myself.  I will love to put my hands in these every day.

    And this book, Swedish Handknits, I had not seen it yet as it is hot off the presses, I have not had a chance to delve into it, but the authors are the same as the Norwegian Handknits book that I purchased a few years back.  The Swedish Institute will have an exhibit in October with the inspiration pieces alongside the samples knit for the book. Maybe we can make that exhibit.

    A very good Birthday weekend indeed!

  • knitting1105 9:37 pm on September 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    When Knitting is Heroic 

    This article is from 1908.  Kind of reminds me of not being able to knit on airplanes or in jury duty.  Some things never change.

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