Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Finished Objects and new idea

Loppem is finally finished except for the buttons. Now all I have to do is find the perfect ones. The pattern calls for 2 inch size buttons but after buying two sets today I've decided they are too big. I have some on order from Etsy so maybe I will just have to be patient.
Pattern: Loppem from Norah Gaughan Volume 3
Designer: Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns Merino Worsted - Autumn Threads
3 x 100gm skeins
Needles: 5.omm circular
Mods: sleeve band only worked on cast on stitches. Added garter stitch front bands and lengthen the bottom band to match the sleeve.
In progress I have a new sock pattern which I'm tentatively calling Mountain Streams because that is what the colour reminds me of. The yarn is Dyelicious Hand Dyed Yarns Fingering Merino.Keep Smiling :-)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cockles

Finished another spin today.
Definitely learnt something after the last two handspuns. I should spin all my singles first and then ply. Just as in the Natural 3 Colour spin my two skeins are considerably different. The only thing I don't quite understand is the difference in meterage when they weigh the same and the only difference in WPI is 1. I guess you just live and learn. Must say to colour is lovely and the chain plying was perfect to show these colours. Of course now I would love to go and do a 2 ply just to compare but that would me buying more roving...

Fibre: Sakina Needles Merino in Cockles
Weight: 60gms
Meterage: 129
WPI: 13
Ply: ChainFibre: Sakina Needles Merino in Cockles
Weight: 60gms
WPI: 14
Meterage: 189
Ply: Chain

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, August 18, 2008

A week for completion

Spent the past week completing a few projects.

First off the needles was Laminaria.
I loved every minute of knitting this shawl due to the combination of great pattern and beautiful yarn in my favourite colour. It is one of the few times I've knitted a project in the same yarn and colour as the pattern.
Pattern: Laminaria
Yarn: Fleece Artist Suri Blue in Moss
Needles: 4.0mm
Finished off some spinning though didn't go quite to plan. One skein ended up a fair bit finer than the other but I'm sure I'll find a project to use both.
Fibre: Merino from QSWFA
Weight: 60gm
WPI: 16
Ply: 2
Fibre: Merino from QSWFA
Weight: 60gm
WPI: 19
Ply: 2
And the final project for the week was my Mini Shawl with Flair. It is based on the Weavers Wool Mini Shawl by Peggy Pignato but with a few changes and additions.

Pattern: Weaver's Wool Mini Shawl
Yarn: Muted with Green handspun
Richmore Count 5 Mohair
Needles: 4.0mm, 5.0mm, 8.0mm

Keep smiling :-)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Winter Sunset

I've been doing a lot of spinning recently. Trying out different ideas to see what works best for me. Something I have discovered is I prefer to wind my single off into a centre pull ball and then ply from the ball. For me it is much easier to control my tension in the ply especially when chain plying and even better you only need one bobbin!

Here is Winter sunset and my first attempt at chain plying. There is still a heap of fibre to process but thought I'd share this one with you.

Fiber: Hand dyed from Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fabric Artists
Weight: 100gms
WPI: 14
Ply: Chain


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Friday, August 8, 2008

Autumn Threads

This was an experiment in seeing which plying I preferred. One skein was plied from two single while the other was plied using chain plying.

Fibre: Autumn Threads by Fibredyeversity
Weight: 50gms
WPI: 14
Ply: 2ply

Fibre: Autumn Threads by Fibredyeversity
Weight: 50gms
WPI: 14
Ply: 3ply chained


In this case I think I prefer the chain plying as it shows the colours in a way I prefer.

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Monday, August 4, 2008

3ply with a Difference

I decided to have a little play around with plying in this project. Initially I spun the singles, some olive that I bought at a felting workshop and Sunset merino wool roving from Fibrespacesupplies
I then spun another single of the Sunset colours ensuring they were spun in the same direction as the plied singles. Then I spun the single with the 2ply. Quite enjoyed the results.
Fiber: Merino from Fiberspacesupplies and unknown source
Weight: 100gms
WPI: 14
Ply: 3 ply spun in 3 stages


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Weaving

Well I finally managed to make some time to warp my Ashford 80cm rigid heddle. Here I have used Iris at Midnight - the yarn I plied from Dyelicious 2ply lace silk and a 2ply lace merino.

After 4 hours warping the loom - I kept running into trouble because I do this so rarely - I was ready to go. The warping is a bit off centre because i was hoping to create cloth about 40cm wide but ran out of yarn so decided to stick with 35cm.

Check out the fantastic stand that my wonderful husband made for me. I had been considering buying the stand for this loom but it cost as much as the loom itself! So instead for $25 and 1 1/2 hours of his time I now have this. It just makes weaving so much easier with such a wide loom. I've used a 40cm rigid heddle on my lap and that is quite easier to us but the 80cm is just too big.
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