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Falling Snow, Rising Sun

New England is now in the middle of yet another winter storm. Outside looks like this:

Belmont snow 2015We got about 2 feet last week and it seems like this storm is going to dump another 6-10 inches on top of the existing snow. Most of the snow banks are now taller then me.

All this crappy weather means I finished another project.

Rising Sun Shawl

Took about a week to knit and lightly block. Pattern is Rising Sun and yarn is the hand spun I finished last week. I really liked this pattern – it was easy and suits a variety of yarn weights as it is super easy to scale up or down. It consists of two charts – I knit the first chart until the yarn starting turning grey and then switched to the second chart.

Rising Sun Shawl close up

 

January Hat

My first completed project of the year is a new hat:

Trivium

Yarn is my handspun, pattern is a slightly modified Trivium. It was a quick easy knit. I knitted the entire thing while snowed in during the first blizzard of the year. It then sat in my knitting pile waiting for buttons for a few weeks. The buttons are supposed to be functional, but it’s been so cold out that I sewed the side of the hat shut, so at this point they are decorative. When it hit 0ºF outside warmth is more important than fashion.

 

Spinning up a storm

Last post I mentioned I was spinning a lot, but I only showed one completed yarn. Well here is the rest:

Bollywood Experiment Kit

Spun from an Eternal Love Art Yarn Kit from lanitium ex machina on etsy this is yarn has all of the things! Alpaca, silk, silk noil, tencel, soy, wool, wensleydale locks, firestar (in gold and copper), silk sari ribbon, sari silk threads, and thin glittery thread.

It was a lot of fun to spin. Yarn that contains so many ingredients will never be even, so I didn’t even try. I ended up with about 150yds that ranges in thickness from fingering to super bulky. This is the sort of yarn that makes my spinning wheel cry. My wheel will happily spin all the fine yarns I like, but it does not handle super bulky yarn that well. 

Knitting with this will probably be a nightmare, so I might weave something with it instead.

XSive Art Batt

This yarn only has some of the things – merino, bamboo, and angelina. Batt was from an etsy shop that doesn’t seem to exist any more.

I didn’t want an even thickness yarn with this either so it ranges from fingering to DK. There is approximately 320 yards of this. I have no clue what I am going to do with this. No ideas. If someone wants this yarn I will trade it for baked goods.

 

 

Both of these yarns contain massive amounts of sparkle goodness. This stuff is like glitter – it gets every where. I have been finding pieces of it at work.

 

Spun in Punk

It’s spring time! Which means fiber festival season has started. The Gore Place sheep shearing festival was last weekend. It’s not a fiber festival, but there are sheep and fiber related events. The fiber tent is usually pretty hit or miss – I didn’t get any thing this year. The sheep herding demonstration included ducks this year. Yes, it is as funny to watch as it sounds.Duck herding gore placeThe ducks are Indian Runner ducks. The don’t waddle or fly like regular ducks, they run. They also stand upright and generally look silly.

I am running out of room to store fiber, so I have been spinning a lot. I finished three yarns and am working on a fourth. Today’s offering is spun from a braid from Mad Color. It’s a superwash merino nylon blend in the colorway “Pretty in Punk.” Black, hot pink, and red.

Pretty in Punk

Yarn is a 3py fingering weight. I only ended up with about 200 yds. I wasted a lot of fiber trying to get the stripes to match up. This might end up as a cowl. I am not too sure yet.

More on the rest of the yarns later…

 

Winter Blues

In the last year, the Boston area has lost two yarn stores. A third is now up for sale (Mind’s Eye) and a fourth (Windsor Button) is now closing. New shops have opened in the area, but I am really going to miss Windsor Button. The staff is awesome, the selection was good and the prices were competitive. I have gone is a couple times to take advantage of the closing sales, but it felt a little bit like going to a wake.

My color choice this week reflects my mood. I spun most of my blue fiber samples into yarn:

Winter Blues

Most of the samples are from Phat Fiber boxes:

  1. Giffordables – Blue Velvet
  2. Crochet by KA – Warp Core
  3. 6 Cats Knitting Around
  4. Heavenly Fiber – Bollywood sample?
  5. Heavenly Fiber – Snow Queen
  6. Woolie Bullie – Blue Morpho
  7. Felting Sunshine – Avatar Blend
  8. Rebel Yarns – Blue Portal
  9. Some random locks from the stash, I am not sure of the source.

I did not have as many blue samples as I did reds and pink so I spun up some blue merino I had in my stash to ply it with. I ended up with about 300 yards of fingering weight yarn. I think I might use this to knit a wingspan.

 

Bollywood Spun

I have been hoarding fiber samples. In an attempt to spin down my stash I grabbed a bunch that all had pink or red in them and spun them up and made really colorful yarn:

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The samples are:

  1.  Silver Sun Aplacas – Silver Sun’s Bollywood
  2. Lady Llama fiber Co
  3. Spincereley yours – Kali
  4. Heavenly Fiber – Kaylee’s Dress
  5. By Rebekah with Love – Ultra Violet
  6. Expertly Dyed – Hot Little Sari
  7. Spin Up Gil Fibers – Lady Lotus
  8. Corgi Hill Farm – BFL Silk
  9. Prancing Pixel – Bollyworld Wedding: Day 1
  10. Girl Meets Spindle – Syrah
  11. WC Mercantile – Rachael Batt
  12. Spin Up Girl Fibers – Squished Trish
  13. Lanitium ex Machine – Bollywood art yarn kit

I ended up with about 110 yards of worsted weight yarn. I am going to do this next with all the blue samples I have.