Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Day 2!

So I have actually had several people visit my blog! Today I had chores to run, I just hate to have to leave the house, but before I did, I threw some wool in the pot with some dye. I have been spinning some purple yarn for a shawl for another SIL. It is shades of purple, Merino, Angora, and Mohair. This SIL collect Dragons, so I found a pattern with a Dragon on the back!Here is the link where I found it You can download it right away! I love patterns like that! I was surprised! I thought I had spun up enough, and when checking the pattern, of course I am short. So I gave it a go, I never duplicate very well, and I think it will match up quite nicely. I still have some of the pink Mohair and White Angora and if I run into a problem I will do the border out of a more solid color and the Dragon in the brighter mixture. So now I have the fleece in the dryer on my rack hoping to get it dry today so I can start blending and spinning.

I am still working on the SpringSurpriseShawl. I am about 1/2 done with clue 1, clue 3 just came out, but I think there are a few that are behind like me. It seems to be a bugger for loosing stitch counts. I am also using needles I don't like and my knit picks should be here the end of this week. I am hoping that helps.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Now I'm on a Roll

So now I have my page some what set up, I thought I would post a few more pictures. This is a shawl I made for my SIL that just had removal of both breast from Cancer. The first is on the bobbin, the other is the finished project. It is Merino, Angora and a tiny bit of silk. It turned out quite good I thought, although I added quite a few rows to get it to a comfortable size. I was one of those fibers that just spin them selves.

When I dyed it I was worried that he colors wouldn't blend, but when I was done it looked like orange sherbet! The picture I took of the whole shawl turned out really dark so I will take another and post this evening.

I seem to be having some trouble putting the pictures

where I want, I guess I will have to play with that for a while, so if something it way the heck out there, you will excuse me!

So here is the yarn I am using for my Folk Shawl group. We will be knitting the Wool Peddlers Shawl from the Folk Shawl book by Cheryl Oberle. It is beautiful.

I dyed this all different shades of green and blues and some natural white. It came out very soft and about sport weight. It should make a great shawl for the cool eveings out by the fire.

I like to comb all my wool and then blend on my carder. It comes out so pretty and smooth.

Well this has been really fun! I can see where this may cut into my knitting time. And I need to change the date on my camera! I am going to give it a so at the SpingSupriseShawl knit I am in, this is a pretty lace pattern but it is a B----. I haven't gotten far enough to even post a picture yet!


Here is the vest I have been knitting for my hubby. I spun it out of Llama and Icelandic. It was a nice pattern to knit. I made it a little on the large size and then fulled it in the machine, it is nice and thick, warm and fits perfect!! I had just made a blocking wall and it worked perfect. I used homosote, attached to the wall, covered with batting and gingham. I love it, keeps everything out of the way and I can stand and see what I am doing. I always wet block and it just happens to be no to far form the vent in the floor so that is an added plus!!
I have gotten several requests for where I found my pattern. It is the Patons for Men book # 521, an older book, but I would think you could still find it.