Category: Yarn

I LOVE Getting Mail

I love getting mail – it has always left me with a really happy feeling inside, but I ESPECIALLY like getting soft squishy yarn mail. I’m expecting quite a few packages and since our mail is very slow, it’s taking a long time to get here. So far I have received the amazing squishy sparkle yarn pictured above – a prize from my recent participation in a knit in public day. I didn’t do it in “public” so much as my back yard because hey, covid, but I still managed to have RNG in my favour this one time.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to turn this into socks, but I’m not sure if I want to hand knit them or machine knit them. Speaking of – I’m expecting a Brother KH-930 to show up (along with an 830 ribber) in the near future. I can’t WAIT to try it out. I hope it all arrives in good condition.

I’m also expecting a few fiber bats, and more yarn. BRING ON THE MAIL!


1/2 a pair – completed!

I’ve made two previous attempts at socks – the first one was a disaster, the second one less of a disaster and this is the results of the third one! An actual sock, that I can wear. Not perfect, I dropped a lot of stitches from the toe, and I didn’t knit it long enough so I hand-stitched a toe onto it, but it’s a functional awesome sock, and I’m really quite proud of it.

Now I need to knit up the second one. This is done in knitpicks felici yarn, so it’s nice and soft, and I just love it.


Dragonstone Shawl Update

It’s a muddled mess of silk lace and merino garter, but my shawl is coming along, and it’s starting to get a little heavy when I pick it up! I like the added weight, and I hope it hangs nice once it’s done. For now it’s hard to tell anything, lace doesn’t look nice on the needles, it needs blocking, but it is a nice relaxing knit. I still have many more rows to go, knitting this many stitches in lace is a slow process.


Dragonstone Shawl Update

I’m on the last part of my shawl, which is two alternating rows of a 4 stitch lace repeat. It’s easy enough to memorize, but the stitches are tricky to pick up with my wooden needles, and there’s over 400 stitches so it takes quite a bit of time to get a single row done. Right now I’ve just started row 4/30. I’m also working with silk which has its own issues (like being even more slippery, being thick and thin, and some splitting). I’m hoping it will add a long luxurious ruffle to this shawl once it’s completed.

The thing with lace is that it’s always difficult to see how it’s going and what the pattern will look like until you’ve actually finished the piece and blocked it. Before that point it just looks like a mushed up collection of yarn. I’m liking the two colours together more now than before, and I can actually pick out the mosaic pattern better. Here’s hoping the rest of this shawl doesn’t take too long. Saturday is the start of Tour de Fleece, and I’m hoping to get a sweaters worth of spinning done – we’ll just have to see.


Circular Sock Knitting Machine – Attempt #2

A hung hem! Completed, and it looks fantastic. I’m so proud of myself! If only the heel had of turned out. Thankfully I looked into it, and I’m pretty sure I know exactly what I did wrong. Here’s hoping attempt #3 goes better.


Circular Sock Knitting Machine – Attempt #1

New needles and a good cleaning – and my Creelman Money Maker ‘A’ from 1893 is cranking out tubes like it’s brand new. Unfortunately the fabric is itchy and not really great for socks, so I decided not to make this into anything at all, and I’ll just use it as a practice run. I can’t wait to start up an actual sock next! I am learning how to do cuffs / heels / toes all on the machine, with nothing afterthought. We’ll see how it goes!


Tour de Fleece 2020

The 27th of this month starts Tour de Fleece, and while it’s different than most years (there’s no tour de France going on with covid-19 being a thing) I’m still excited and looking forward to it. I’m hoping to spin a sweaters worth of fleece from the stuff I’ve processed, but first I need to take this mulberry silk blend off of my wheel. This stuff was NOT fun to spin at all. It was slippery, and while it looks beautiful, it just isn’t the fiber for me.

Bring on the tour!


Truman’s Fleece

I bought a 3.7lb sheep fleece from a vendor not too long ago, and when it arrived, I was SO excited. I created a grand plan of cleaning this fleece and preparing it from start to finish, including spinning it, and then knitting it into a cardigan.

So far I cleaned the fleece (scoured, it’s called) and it’s ready for some flicking (opening up the locks) and then I’m going to drum card it to prepare it for spinning. The Tour De Fleece starts up at the end of this month and I’m hoping to have it ready for that. Once it’s all spun up I’ve even picked out the cardigan pattern I plan on knitting.

Honestly the entire process just speaks to me. I have loved every single second, from removing vm (vegetable matter) and lanolin, to drying the fleece. It’s so soft, so much work, and it just makes me croon with contentment.


Dragonstone – 2

So far this is a really nice mindless knit that I can do at night while my husband is working. The tweed is working up lovely, and I love the specs of colour.


Dragonstone – 1

Now that my wash cloths are done, I’ve picked up a new project. I’m knitting a shawl called Dragonstone, which is a simple garter stitch body & some mosaic with lace detailing at the end. I decided to knit it with a tweed yarn, and I’m excited to see how it turns out!