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Making a Sweater

One sleeve down, a second to go, along with the collar. I love how this is knitting up so far.

Little Mittens

I still need to finish the thumbs, but I’ve got some cute little mittens finished up for my son (or daughter, whoever needs them) in my handspun yarn! They didn’t turn out too bad and I like the rustic look they have.

LoveNote Sweater Progress

I’ve been (slowly) oh so slowly working away at my LoveNote sweater by TinCanKnits – it’s beautiful and a pretty quick knit, problem is I only get 15 minutes a day (if that) t0 get any of it done, so it’s going pretty slow. I need to knit two more inches on the body, and then I have sleeves and a collar to complete. There are live stitches being held on a crochet chain at the neck currently so I can un-do those and continue knitting upwards. The sleeves will be full length since I’ve opted to do the longer version of this knit.

I’m holding fingering yarn (merino/nylon) along with lace (mohair) to create a really fluffy soft dream like knit. I can’t wait until I can block it and show the lace better.

Life

A Hat

I took that handspun from yesterday and knit my first handspun item – a hat, which my son has claimed. It’s rustic but I love it and I’m pretty proud. It just solidifies my desire to own a small flock of my own one day.

New Yarn

I bought some amazing new yarn from Incyanity, a shop that recently opened. The colours are Into the Blue, a mystery bamboo blend, and a mulberry silk called Canadian Fall. I couldn’t be happier with the product. The colours are vibrant and true to the pictures, and I’m already trying to decide which patterns I want to use to knit them up. I have a shirt in mind for Into the Blue, though I haven’t purchased it off of ravelry yet. I’m thinking this Love Note by TinCanKnits would be perfect.

Thoughts?

Truth

Spinning Motivation

There are some folks on instagram who are amazing at the craft of spinning yarn – and I hope one day I’m just as good. Look up the hashtag #spinnersofinstagram and you’ll see what I mean!

To get better at something like this you have to practice every day, just like any other skill that involves muscle memory. I’m hoping that a year from now I can look back and see a clear line of progress in my spinning, too.

2019 Tour de Fleece

I recently acquired a new-to-me spinning wheel: an Ashford Kiwi 2. It has been quite some time since I did any spinning, especially since my Tom Thumb has been down for repairs since I got it, but I used to drop spindle on my turkish spindle daily, and I certainly miss it. This year I’ve decided to participate in the Tour de Fleece, which is an event that runs during the period that Tour de France is running.

You can find all the information about it here on Ravelry. There are no hard fast rules, it’s supposed to be fun. I have also joined up with the Twitch team, and I might get some streaming of my spinning progress done (we’ll see, it’s not a rule that you have to stream it). This will be my first time participating and I’m incredibly excited. I could have joined with my drop spindle, but honestly I think treadle is the way to go for me. Everyone has their specific tastes. Treadling with two feet has been very enjoyable and I’m looking forward to seeing how my spinning progresses.

With that being said, I don’t think I have nearly enough fleece to spin! So I’m looking for fiber. I’ve been browsing through Etsy, and there are just so many options available. Do I want it dyed, natural, what sort of wool – right now I have some llama, merino, and a merino / silk blend.

Are you going to participate? Let me know in comments! The event begins July 6th, and runs until July 28th – I can’t wait to see what everyone spins up!

Impatiently Waiting

I just ordered a set of ChiaoGoo needles, and I am impatiently waiting for them to arrive from China. They are sock sizes, in 2″ and 3″ tips, with various cords. I’m hoping to use a tip from each set (the size of the needle is the same, it’s just the length of the tip that differs) and be able to knit TAAT using 2 circulars. We’ll see how it goes, and whether or not ChiaoGoo replaces my love of hiyahiya 9″ circulars. They won’t be here for quite some time, but I will impatiently wait by the mailbox for them to get here.

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