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On & Off the Needles & Bobbins
Works in Progress – Spinning
West Coast Colour Falkland – Kromski Minstrel; 18:1; continuous backwards without much smoothing
Finished – Knitting
Marmor by Regina Moessmer
- Semiahoo Suffolks CVM/Meat Merino/Suffolk cross – long draw, woollen spun from roving
- Size: 34” bust/S; sized down with no increases after separated from body d/t lack of yardage
- Needles: US 10/6.00mm for body; US 9/5.5mm for sleeves
For January, Tell us about your most recent spin — share in the episode thread here or comment below here on YouTube!
Breed & Colour Study – Shetland Reveal! Patrons, listen here for details. Mark January 25th on your calendar for ordering!!
51 Yarns ALONG – Group A Reflection from Kelly (@tomatl) shares: I must admit I totally fell off the radar with this one too, right around the time the pandemic hit (although I do not blame the pandemic, other things just kept cropping up!). I will say not being able to get to any shows, or farms, limited my fibre purchases significantly, so I didn’t have as many different options when choosing yarns for whatever yarn to spin. I did up to week 27 (tweed), so I’m only a little bit of halfway through. I plan to take 2021 to finish up the rest because I do very, very badly want to finish this. Just for funsies, I want to share a few of my favourites that I have done: Tweed (50% Columbia/50% Black Welsh Mountain with 5g of recycled sari silk); Boucle – which I had a lot more fun making than I thought I would (100% extremely long stapled Finn (it was about 7-8”)); Cable (100% polworth). I really, really want to get good at doing this kind of yarn. It’s a lot of work, but the look of it is so entrancing. ETA – I think I won’t stay super strict this year to keep it to doing all the yarns in the order of the book. I might have been a bit too tyrannical in that through 2020 and that’s why I fell off. So, I’m going to do them on an as-whim-dictates basis, and do the yarn that speaks to me at the moment.
Tin Can Knits ALONG – thread here
Holly (@hhaeger) share: I already did one of these for my daughter, and I loved knitting it so much that I had to do one for myself. I chose the same size (S) simply because I wanted a more fitted look. I did a full sleeve with decreases every 8 rows (I think). I added decreases right at the beginning of knitting the body and a couple times more so that the sweater would fall straight and not flare. I had to knit the short row section for the longer back twice because my holes were too distracting the first time. I’m long torsoed, so I added length so that it would hit me just below the waist line. There’s still lots of positive ease, and I’m super happy with this overall. It’s extremely soft, very comfortable to wear and warm without being sweat inducing (at least for me). I did block this, but even then I feel the lace could use more blocking with pressure to get the lace to lay down and open up. The lace work is just a bit puckery, but from seeing others and reading other’s comments, it’s the nature of the pattern, and not anything I did (this time). Loved this – the process, the yarn, the color, and the finished product.
Jenny (@redhead77) shares: Some of you may know, my husband had a heart attack last weekend. Knitting has been healing for my family. I Waldorf home school my kids, so we do a lot of fibre arts. My 16 year old son finished his Marshland this week, considering it his knitting therapy. I’m so glad wool warms not just our hands, but our hearts as well. I thought I’d share his work he’s so proud of!
Handspun Knitting – Thread here
Mary Jo (@mjm) shares: My son might have mentioned in passing that his girlfriend(who I haven’t met yet because 2020) thought she would like a small lap blanket for those cold evening while they are sitting around a campfire. So I abandoned all my other knitting and cast on. I had some commercial yarn left over from I sweater I knit Chuck 2 years ago and some handspun from the lady I bought my wheel from. The blanket grew from 29” to a nice square 36×36 when I washed and set it to dry. The garter was easy to knit and is so thick and warm. I was attracted to this pattern for the simple graphic lines in the Bauhaus style.
Alissa(@lildeadgirl) shares: A project I did for spooky spin. (Must be spun and knit in the month of oct)
Sharon (@frogstitch) shares: Finished this sweater from some of my earliest hand spun yarn from about 15 years ago, give or take. It is 1/2 Corriedale and 1/2 Cotswald – a bit toothy, a proper woolly wool. It was naturally dyed with indigo.
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Until then, Happy Spinning!