Thursday, October 29, 2009

Heartland Lace

It's done, actually it's been done for a couple of weeks but we had alot of rain and I couldn't get any decent photos, I did 5 repeats of the main pattern...and size wise I thought it was huge, but actually it's only 2 inches wider across the top than the one in the pattern (66 inches)
It's a really nice pattern to knit, especially if you like following written instructions....I worked without lifelines, but it was just one of those designs I could actually read!
It also goes to show it doesn't matter how thick and thin your handspun is when it comes to some lace patterns, as the yarn was far from perfect, as thin as lace in some places and like dk in others, but I did spin quite alot of this yarn while demonstrating at the Alpaca Festival back in April.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Spinning & Weaving:

Last week I decided to get spinning something from my stash. This fibre started life on my spindle at Woolfest, but I had only spun 10g! I decided to speed things up a bit and transferred everything to the Little Gem.

I was spinning this all week so I was a little disappointed with the 220m I got in the end, still I'm hoping it will make a nice 'Howl' a cowl I can turn into a hat!

I've also been weaving Noro Silk Garden and Silk Garden Lite Warped Scarves! Mostly these are to sell, but wonders will never other half wants to keep one of the Autumnal one's. So far I have woven 2 of each, although there is quite a bit of the shade 203 left over frogged from a sweater and last seen in my Clapotis.

I think I only have 2 rows left on the Heartland Lace Shawl so maybe a photo of some actual knitting soon!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Metal Guru Ice Queen on a Cloudy Day!

Next up in the custom spinning, someone fell in love with my Metal Guru colourway and asked me to dye something in pale blue, pale grey and leave areas of white to ply with it:

600m! It's already on it's way to it's new owner who has plans for a shawl!
I have been working away on my Heartland Lace, I'm now on the edging and hope to finish this soon, just under 2 months till the Guild's November meeting which will be the Fashion Show and Diamond Celebrations!
I've also had a washing machine disaster with 2 of my merino/angora scarves, shrunken into beautiful felt....possibly they will have to be made into bags. I'm in the process of weaving a new merino/angora scarf. Luckily I had only used 60g of that 200g skein of Singin' The Blues, enough left for 2 scarves!