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Tour de Fleece: Days 19-22

Let’s see….On Day 19 of the Tour de Fleece, I finished spinning up some Rambouillet that went up into the shop:

Two if by Hand Rambouillet in colorway “Albus”

On Days 20 & 21 I started spinning some fiber that has a little story behind it. When I was at Rhinebeck last fall, we had checked into the Holiday Inn and I was catching up with my very good friend Aimee. My mom sent me a text from another part of the hotel informing me that someone was giving away merino pencil roving. Now, I’m not one to pass up free fiber, so Aimee and I hightailed it out of our room to go check it out. As I was grabbing up shades of blue, Aimee grabbed up all the electric yellow roving she could find and asked me to spin it for her! I’m finally getting around to spinning it, but my retinas can only take it in small batches!

This yarn is MUCH brighter in real life, if you can believe that!

Today was Day 22 of the Tour, and I managed to spin an entire 4 ounces. I think this might be my favorite skein from the tour, and I can’t WAIT to knit it up!

Two if by Hand MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) in colorway “Roller Rink”

This stuff spins up like a dream…and the resulting yarn is super soft, squishy, and strong. Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

I’m almost positive that I’ll knit up a pair of Toasts with this…and soon!

There’s also been a little knitting happening around these parts. I finished the first mitten for my Camp Loopy Project #2.

I’ll post more details when they’re completely finished, but I’m really pleased with how the first mitten turned out. I wasn’t sure how the top would look, since I’m using a fingerless mitt pattern as a base. But, the top ended up being perfect…and I love the fit. I hate mittens that are baggy, so I knit these a little smaller than most people probably would.

Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, but I’m not sure how much spinning I’ll be able to get done since Seth’s office is having a pool party! Hmm, maybe I’ll start another braid right now 😉

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Tour de Fleece: Days 16, 17 & 18

Sick of my Tour de Fleece updates yet?! I do at least have some knitting to show you today, too!

But first, the spinning:

On Sunday and Monday, I worked on some Merino dyed by Melissa of Wool Therapy. Melissa has a great eye for color and does amazing gradient dyed braids. For you non-spinners out there, this basically means that the braid is dyed in just a few colors with large blocks of color. There’s a good example here. These braids are great for navajo-plying to make a yarn that will stripe when knit. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the braid before I started spinning it…but here’s the finished yarn:

This skein will be making it’s way into the etsy shop sometime later this week along with some other handspun and a couple of project bags.

Today I worked on some Rambouillet dyed by Two if by Hand, and spun about half the braid:

I had almost forgotten how much I love spinning Rambouillet. It has such a nice bounce to it and is incredibly soft.

Last night I started my Camp Loopy project number 2, which is a pair of cabled mittens. I’m actually using a fingerless mitt pattern from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, but I’m going to modify the pattern to turn them into mittens.

The lovely yarn is Wool Candy Biscotti Merino, which is a sport weight yarn with fantastic stitch definition. The color is a tad more blue than in the picture, and I’ve actually separated the thumb and knit a couple more inches since the photo was taken.

I’ll do a post about the upcoming shop update tomorrow (tentatively scheduled for thursday) with details about what will be going up in the shop!

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Auction Sweaters

Phew. I really went right down to the wire on these baby knits for the auction for Mighty Oaks. But they’re done, and I think they were well worth the extra effort that went into them (more on that later…).

A couple of months ago when I decided I was going to knit baby sweaters for the auction I started looking around at patterns and trying to decide what yarn to use. I happen to pop onto the Wool Candy etsy site and find this adorable kit for sale:

And it turned into this:

Pattern: Saltwater Taffy Baby Sweater by Adrienne Hicks

Yarn: Wool Candy Fondant DK

Modifications: None, followed the pattern exactly as written.

The Wool Candy yarn was a dream to knit with. It’s gorgeously soft, has great stitch definition and makes a wonderfully cushy fabric. The pattern was well written and easy to follow.

Buttons are from Tessa Ann. I ordered them on a whim and they just arrived today and are perfect!

I decided to make a matching headband to accompany the sweater. For the headband part, I just knit in garter stitch for approximately 13 inches. The flower was knit from this pattern and sewn on.

The boy sweater for the auction didn’t go quite as smoothly as the Saltwater Taffy Sweater. I had decided on a pattern quite some time ago and ordered adorable buttons. After purchasing the pattern and knitting the entire body and an inch or two of the first sleeve I realized the sweater was HUGE despite my gauge matching the pattern’s gauge. After consulting a sizing chart, I discovered that instead of a 12-18 month size, it was more like a 3T size. Except that I had been following the length directions for the 12-18 month size, so the sweater was very wide and very short. UGH. Disaster. In a fit of annoyance, I ripped out the entire thing and searched for a new pattern. I’m happy to report that the second attempt went much better than the first attempt!

Pattern: Andalusia by Teresa Cole

Yarn: Wool Candy Fondant DK

Modifications: My gauge was a little off since the pattern calls for a true worsted weight yarn, so I followed the directions for the 12 month size in order to get a 9-12 month size. Two skeins of Fondant DK were just enough for a sweater and matching hat. I used every last yard of the yarn, though I suppose the hat could have done without the pom pom if necessary!

Dinosaur Buttons are from Lil’ Red Button Boutique , aren’t they adorable?!

I didn’t use a pattern for the hat, I just used the stitch counts from a couple of toddler hat patterns I had and knit a basic ribbed brim hat. I made the pom pom with the yarn that was leftover after binding off the hat.

The Andalusia pattern is definitely one I’ll be using again in the future. It was a straight-forward, well-written pattern that showcases hand-dyed yarn beautifully. The texture of the stitch patterns keeps the knitting interesting and looks fabulous. 

I wound up some handspun today to start a new project for myself! I think I’m going to knit some slippers with it, since my last pair of handknit slippers have several holes worn in them! I’ll be using this skein of handspun:

La-Di-Dum dyed by Two if by Hand as part of the Spring Spin-A-Long shipment.

Well, I think that’s it for now! I’m off to knit!

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A pile of WIPs

So it seems that I have quite a few projects on the needles right now. Technically, one of these is off the needles…but isn’t finished yet since it needs buttons.

First up is the WIP that just needs buttons:

I haven’t quite decided on buttons yet, which is really why it’s not finished. I found some cute purple buttons in my small button stash, but they were way too small. The pattern is the Saltwater Taffy Baby Cardigan by Adrienne Hicks of Wool Candy. I purchased the kit from her etsy shop and included in the kit was the pattern and enough Fondant Merino DK yarn for the sweater. There’s actually quite a bit leftover and I’m going to try and make a hat to match using the slip stitch pattern from the sweater. The sweater is for a silent auction for Mighty Oaks. Speaking of Mighty Oaks…my next WIP is going into the silent auction at the end of the month as well, but isn’t nearly as far along!

Also knit in Wool Candy Fondant DK, this will be a little boy sweater using the fabulous dinosaur buttons that I purchased at Lil’ Red Button Boutique on etsy. I’m really pleased with the way it’s knitting up, and the colors are amazing!

Next up is an adult sized sweater…for me!

Of course, all that’s really left is the sleeves. And we all know how much I love to knit sleeves (not!). However, these sleeves should go fairly fast once I sit down and devote a few hours to them. Aran weight yarn and size 10.5 needles help, that’s for sure! The pattern is the Solstice Cardigan by Cecily Glowick MacDonald and it’s knit in Quince & Co. Osprey. When I finish, I’ll write a more detailed review of the yarn…but let’s just say, I’ll definitely be buying more of this. Probably for one of these in the near future!

And lastly, for now anyways, is a shawl I’ve been plugging away at.

Knit in Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino, my Scalene is growing little by little. I’m about 3/4 of the way through the first section, and it’s a great mindless project to work on.

I have no new spinning to show off, but should have some new project bags in the next few days. I spent a good part of the day today piecing together some bags. And also working on a secret project that I’ll be able to show you sometime next week.

In non-fiber arts news, Seth completed the Peterson Ridge 40-miler last Sunday! We had a great weekend in Sisters hanging out with some other local ultra-runners. While Seth was racing, I spent most of the day driving to the various aid stations to watch him and bring him supplies. During one longer break, though, I drove back into town and spent some time shopping at the Stitchin’ Post. I could have spent a fortune in there, but was able to restrain myself and pick up just a few things that I, um, needed.

Seth coming through Aid Station 3

Why, yes. That is a track Seth is running on. Poor runners. They come around towards the finish line and then realize they have to run 3/4 of the way around the track to the actual finish line! See those hurdles back there? I saw a couple of runners hurdle them. But I’m fairly sure that they had only run the 20 mile race, and not the 40 miler. 

And just for fun….we’ll end with a Grey Poodle picture:

Maybe next post I’ll actually have finished one of those WIPs….or just maybe there will be more projects on the needles!

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