Friday, April 27, 2007

Just Finished

Baby jacket and hat made with pink chenille and multi coloured eyelash yarn plyed together.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

More Knitting

This next one is the cardigan I knit up for my two year old grandson's third birthday this summer. It was supposed to be for Christmas but I expect he'll have out grown it by then. It's just a basic V neck cardigan that I've added some cables to.

I finished this pullover for myself. I call it my gold leaf sweater. This is not my design. It's from Paton's. The good news is: IT FITS!
Close up of the leaves and berries.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Damn Cat

If I didn't love her so much I'd cook her up for dinner!

My First Handspun Knit Shrug

My first knit item from my first ball of wool I spun on my first spinning wheel. After taking the picture I was able to step back and look at it with fresh eyes. I no longer consider it to be as hideous as I thought it would when it was still on the needles. Actually, it looks pretty darn good. It fits. It's warm. I love my new shrug! Maybe I should write down the pattern before I forget what I did.

I ran out of my home spun (light blue stripes on right sleeve and across most of the back) so I found a cake of denim blue Buffalo Wool and spun it up to finish the left sleeve. With all the different colours in it I don't think it's too noticeable.

My First Ball

As per the instructions, I soaked the skein in hot water and dish detergent to set the twist. Then I rinsed the detergent out in more hot water and slung it in the washing machine to spin out the rinse water. It took forever to dry, draped over the back of my rocking chair strategically placed near the gas fireplace, but once it was I wound it into the thing of beauty you see below.

The next step is to find a pattern for something useful for myself, that only needs 100g and knit it up.

A Couple More Firsts

First bobbin full of my hand spun wool.

As you can see, I have improved. Not by much but I have improved.

First skein on my niddy noddy. Apparently, spinners use cutesy names too.

My yarn looks much better on the niddy noddy as lots of the kinks got stretched out. The next step is to tie off my skein and wash it to set the twist. After it dries I'll wind it into a ball and knit something. I haven't yet decided on what to knit but whatever it turns out to be will be kept. I'm not giving away or selling any of my firsts.