Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I just can't not ...

Spin. It's in my blood. What more can you want than starting with a beautifully dyed roving and ending up with a sublime skein of yarn. I've decided to call this Water Lilies.






Sorry photos are a little wobbly. I could blame excitement but more like it's the fact I'm not wearing my glasses. Anyway I believe the yarn will have to be used for Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket.

And a find when I was shopping. This is a shoe box and perfect for storing yarn. Even better it only cost $2. And for the yarnophiles out there it is Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre in Province. Yes I know in the shade cards it looks purple but it is not.

Well back to the wheel to finish the final skein of Water Lilies.

Keep smiling :-)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I'm in Fibre Heaven

Today was the annual Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists Open Day and I was in heaven. It was just lovely to wander around and see what people had on offer. I was drawn mainly to the roving and handspun. I met up with a few friends (always more fun to share) and we indulged in a little retail therapy.

Here's my stash additions

80 grams of mid grey merino sliver and 84 grams merino sliver blend. I plan to ply these together.

130 grams of Dyed Merino Wool.

270 grams handdyed wool sliver

262 grams of dyed wool sliver and as you can see below I couldn't resist spinning it already. Love the colour combinations.


And how much did this 826 grams of roving cost me .... all of $60! Still can't believe it myself.

And here is my lovely Majacraft Suzie Spinning Wheel. I could photograph her now because I finally have a new drive belt and she is just wonderful to work with. Though I came home to find the dog had been scrambling around her chasing a ball. He managed to damage the brake cord which could only be saved by cutting and retying. Just hope I don't decide to make bulky yarn as I don't think the cord is long enough for loose tension.

Well my wheel is calling so I'm returning.

Keep smiling :-)

Marian

Friday, May 23, 2008

Been a bit slow ...

on the old blogging this week. I'm going to blame it on the head cold. It's finally made it to the blocked sinuses stage so hopefully it will soon be gone. But alas I haven't been too quiet.

Check out the piccys below to see what I've been up to this week besides playing Animal Connect on the computer.

Completed is the Flared Lace Smoke Ring except for blocking. Hopefully will do that next week.

Another finished object. I'll try and take some better pictures when the sun is up. This is simply a red and green spun alternatively then plied with a gold single. First skein off the spinning wheel so quite happy with the result but still have much to learn.

Still working on the soakers. This one is the medium size. Thought I'd colour code them to make life easier for a new mother. The yarn again is Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarn in Aran weight.

Started is another Flared Lace Smoke Ring this time in Fleece Artist SeaWool. See loved the pattern so much had to do another which is quite unusual for me as a process knitter.

And another started for a friend is a basic 2x2 rib sock in Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarn Wool/Nylon and is wonderful to work with. Reminds me a little of Patons Patonyle. I also have a skein in pink colourway for another pair. Funny I wouldn't have chosen this colour myself but really like the knitted result.

Well that's all from me for the moment.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Knitting Helpers

Just a very quick share this morning as there is a family to get out of the house.

I couldn't resist this one. I was sitting on the lounge yesterday enjoying a little knitting time when one by one I was joined by some furry helpers. I believe it was more because yesterday was the coldest so far for the year, rather than wanting my wonderful company. I have to say it does make trying to knit a little interesting. Good thing I use circular needles.


I'll post later about the projects. The Flared Lace Smoke Ring is coming along beautifully. You might just get a glance of it in the photo.

Keep smiling :-)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Cast Ons

I keep telling myself no more cast ons until something is cast off but of course I ignore myself. Some cast ons I can justify such as the Curly Purly Soaker. These are for a good friends new niece or nephew who is due later this month and this is not only a winter baby but a Canberra winter baby. The should keep the little one nice and warm and hopefully dry as well.


Pattern: Curly Purly Soaker
Yarn: Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns - Aran 100gms
Needles: 3.0mm, 4.0mm. 5.0mm
Size: small
Amazingly these two came out of one skein with a little left over. Much more economical than the Cascade 220 I used for a previous soaker.

Of course I'm still spinning. Had to test drive the new Kundert.


And then there is this:



I'm blaming Brooklyn Tweed for this. If I didn't read his blog I would never have discovered the beautiful Flared Lace Smoke Ring by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. I love the formation of the lace using a twisted knit stitch in the rib. It reminds me of the Cookie A's Pomatomus sock.

This is the very beginning in Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3ply in Amber bought from Colorsong. From my reading a 3ply yarn will provide a lot of drape which is essential for a project like this. I'll post more as I progress.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Spindles

Ah! here's where I show of some of my favourite tools.

The first is a Bosworth Featherweight Purpleheart spindle which weighs 15gm (0.53oz). The roving is a merino flax mix from Felt from the Heart. Actually all my lovely spinning tools have been supplied by the lovely Sandie.

I'm trying to spin this as a lace weight single. I love knitting with singles so it will be interesting to see how this turns out. I'll let you know.


Now above is my beautiful Bosworth Midi in Canarywood which weighs 24gm (0.84oz) . The roving is Moonlit Night from Crazy Monkey. The aim of this is to spin a 2ply sock yarn. The first skein looks good but I'm not so sure about the second. I think it will be a little finer. We'll just have to wait and see.

Then in the post this morning arrived some more goodies from Sandie at Felt from the Heart. A mini Niddy Noddy which is just the right size to pack with my spindles when out and about. Obviously there is also another spindle. This one is a Kundert which weighs about 32gms and is Butternut with a walnut shaft.

Well that is enough chitchat. I'm off to spin.

Keep smiling :-)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lemongrass Socks

Well, I finally have a finished object - my Lemongrass Socks. I'm trying very, very hard not to cast on anymore projects till a few are complete. Unfortunately I find this extremely hard to do. I just want to keep trying more projects.

I keep thinking, with regards to socks, that I should try the two socks on needles thingy. I already do magic loop so it couldn't be that much harder and maybe I wouldn't have such a bad case of second-sockitis.

Anyway here is the finished object. It is just a my basic sock recipe with a twisted rib top and a reinforced heel. They are on my feet now and are really comfy.


Pattern: Basic sock pattern with fancy rib and reinforced heel
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight - Lemongrass
Needles: 2.5mm circular 80cm cable

If I get really clever I'll try and put it up on the site at some stage. I'd like to put it into PDF format first.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Francie

Francie is one of my current works in progress. It was one of those patterns that as soon as I saw it I knew I had to cast it on even though I already have way to many cast on projects. The ribbing reminded me of tree roots and (for once) I already had the perfect yarn.



Pattern: Francie
Designer: Rebekkah Kerner
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy Sock Yarn - November Muse
Needles: 2.5mm circulars 80cm cable

BTW if you are on Ravelry you can find me as Foxysoxy.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Beginning

Well I've started to blog a number of times but it looks like I have finally done it. My name is Marian and I am a fibre addict. It is an addiction that has slowly taken hold beginning as a child and slowly increasing until I became a mother. Then it hit me. I couldn't get enough.

I've tried many different crafts - bear making, beading, cross stitch but I've always found myself coming back to fibre and especially yarn.

What really enhanced my addiction was the advent of new yarns. First we had all those novelty yarns which we couldn't get enough of and now can't stand the thought of using. Then I started to discover good quality yarns and my addiction was fixed.

Now we have the wonderful revolution of hand dyed and organic yarns, not to mention all these wonderful natural fibres such as bamboo and soy.

All of a sudden I found myself addicted to sock knitting. They were reasonably quick, easy to design and not too expensive to make and they allowed me to try out such a wonderful variety of yarns from all over the world. And then came lace. It just looks so wonderful when completed and blocked. There are times when I'm knitting and wondering just what I saw in this pattern. Then the blocking would be complete and I'd remember why.

And of course I ran off on other tangents. I have four Ashford looms: mini inkle, full size inkle, 80cm rigid heddle and a 24" four-shaft table loom. These haven't had a lot of use at the present time but will definitely be used. I had a point where I was making a decent amount of money so I bought my 'toys' which now I couldn't afford.

Spinning of course is my other passion. I was lucky enough to score a secondhand Majacraft Suzie which is a joy to spin with. I also love using spindles and my collection includes a student Ashford and my pride and joys: a featherweight Purpleheart Bosworth and a mid Canarywood Bosworth.

One thing I have definitely learnt is to buy the best equipment you can (even if secondhand) because it will make the enjoyment of your craft so much more.

Keep smiling :-)