Sunday, 22 December 2013

Spinning Projects 2013

When looking back on the yarns I have spun this year, I am not entirely sure how much I have actually accomplished. Until recently I never even noted down when exactly I finished spinning something up, so making a list of all of this year's handspun isn't easy. Here I am only including yarn I definitely know I spun in 2013, not counting samples.

In no particular order:

1. Midnight - 2-ply lace from space dyed 28 micron Falkland tops, 200g
2.  East Frisian sheep wool (Milchschaf) - singles, 50g
3. Light Rainbow - singles, 70% Shetland, 30% Tussah silk, 100g
4. Nearly Autumn -  2-ply, probably Polwarth, 100g
5. Seacell - cobweb, 50g
6. Banana top - lace singles, 50g
7. Blue Skies and Snowflakes: still in progress
8. Camel and Silk - still in progress, 70% white camel, 30% silk sliver, 100g

Considering how long it takes me to spin, I think I have done pretty well here. But at this pace, who knows when I will finally get through all my yet-to-be spun fibre purchases from Wonderwool 2012!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Knitting Projects 2013

Now that we are heading towards the end of the year I wondered how much knitting I have actually done in 2013. How much did you manage?

Going through my project list on Ravelry, I have completed 18 projects so far (the month isn't over so I may well add to the list later). So what did I knit?

In chronological order:
1. Rosebud from Berlin
2. Stockholm scarf
3. Skew
4. Ickle Bunny (made 3)
5. Delta socks
6. Ruislip
7. Graduation teddy (a gift - okay, crocheted, not knitted)
8. iPad Mini cover
9. Owling
10. Leftie
11. Spa Day flannel (made several)
12. Pi in the Sky (gift for grandma)
13. Blue Steps baby booties (custom order)
14. Christmas bauble
15. Bamboo socks
16. Kyna shawl
17. Gloves for V (gift)
18. Smaug socks

That doesn't look like a very impressive list on first glance, but I am happy with the things I have made this year. Between knitting, spinning and dyeing, this is a pretty good job, actually!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Smaug Socks In Progress

There was a time I knew everything about Tolkien's Middle-earth. And I do mean everything. I read so much about it that taking my Masters exam about Tolkien's work was a breeze. Then along came knitting and I read more about wool and fibre crafts, so Tolkien got a bit buried in my brain. But now with the second instalment of The Hobbit about to come out in theatres, I can actually combine Tolkien and knitting: meet Smaug.
(Image: Claire Ellen)
They look fantastic and I've been wanting to knit them for a year or so. So a week ago I dyed some sock yarn and was ready to cast on. It's going great so far. The entire first leg and heel are now finished and I'm going to begin the gusset today. Hope it goes well!
It's a real pleasure to knit the scales (and much simple than I expected it to be). I wish the heel were reinforced in some way though, but in that case you wouldn't be able to continue the scale pattern, I suspect. Really like the whole look so far!

What are you knitting right now?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Bamboo Socks: Pattern Out Now

I announced it a while back and now it's done: the Bamboo Sock pattern is available in my Ravelry pattern store. 

The socks are great with flip flops. My Bamboo Socks will be knitted top down from written instructions (no charts at all). You can knit with two colours as I have done or simply use a single colour to save you the trouble of sewing in all those ends. I used variegated green and brown yarns to recreate the look of bamboo.

The general size is a medium adult fit. As always, size can be adapted by choosing smaller or larger needles though. The length can be changed by knitting fewer repeats for a smaller size or more repeats for a larger size.

You will need two 50g skeins of fingering weight yarn if you use two colours, or one 100g skein of a single colour. Use 2.5 mm DPNs or circular needles.