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Piecing tips and flying squirrel

22 Feb

For those of you not busy with trigonometry or learning Chinese, those of you who like me are inside at 9AM on a sunny morning waiting for the temp to rise to the double digits before walking the dog, I found a quicker way to make the curved pieces for the new quilt squares that are like unto a double wedding ring.  The whole idea came from the lady who writes comfortstitching.  she calls this a pickle dish pattern.  But it is not, really.  More on that later.

Her directions have you piece widthwise cut trapezoids onto the curved paper.  I am not very good at it, as you can see.  This morning I discovered it is much easier for me to sew nine pieces together and then pin the pattern (I cut mine from newspaper ads that came to our home by mistake) on the pressed section and cut.

By 9AM I had cut trapezoids from several new colors and sewn and cut the next eight curves for the next block.  Without having to piece little bits here and there to make up for edges that did not meet.

Oh, and played with the visiting flying squirrel. Didn’t you know?  We offer some of the finest flying squirrel accommodations in town.  This is Rocky.  You remember him as a baby last fall, right?


Shawls and others

29 Jul

There were lots of lovely hand spun items yesterday at Troy.

And there were two Best of Shows.  The first was this Orenburg shawl. Spinning the lace weight two ply yarn–over 400 yards per ounce was the least of her work, the maker told us.  It took her three years from start to completion.  Two of those years were knitting and re-knitting, and re-knitting.

Orenburg shawls are knit in one piece, unlike true Shetland shawls, which are knit in pieces and grafted together.

The second BOS was a hand felted basket adorned with felt balls and bead and filled with over a pound of lovely blue handspun.  The yarn was spun from a mix of four fibers–the percentage of each was meticulously given on a 3×5 card.  A large sample of the sweater and the pattern from a 1992 issue of Vogue Knitting was included.   (That was back when it was worth having a subscription to that magazine.)

Here is Ellie wearing the winning shawl in the fleece to shawl contest.  The team, Cat’s Cradle,  used the theme of an ice cream parlor to great effect. Their presentation was spectacular; their shawl lovely and well done.  Hand spun warp using seven different kinds of wool.  They called it ‘”fudge ripple”.

Here is a portion of a small blanket of handspun made from squares on a a Weave-it pin loom.  I grew up with a large multi-colored wool afghan similar to this one made by my mother during college.  Ours had larger black borders around each square.

Sweater and Bonnet

26 Jul

In a few weeks, God willing, Someone will make their appearance.  Since it gets cold in the winter, here is my contribution towards the wardrobe:

It is the baby sweater from the February chapter in E. Zimmerman’s Knitter’s Almanac.

Funny how the outside and inside light make it looks so different.  It is actually nicer looking than either of these photos gives it credit.

EZ shows a bonnet in that chapter, but gives no directions.  In her charge ahead spirit I  decided to come up with something similar.

The main body of it is the lace pattern.  A long strip of it.  Then I knit and ripped out many times the garter stitch for the back of the head, trying to get it appropriately head-shaped.  Added  the garter stitch to cover the neck.  Made an idiot cord to use as a closure.

This is the best approximation of the yarn’s true color.  It is Lamb O’Lakes wool that I dyed.

Peacock Shawl

21 Jun

That is what I am calling it because that is what it reminds me of, a peacock’s tail.

This is when it was drying, pinned to the floor.  It is quite lovely.

Out of Noro Kureyon sock yarn.  Wool with a bit of nylon.

Three Month Mittens

28 Feb

Started in mid-December 2009, I finished the first mitten in January, 2010 only to notice I had neglected to knit the cuff.  I cut the yarn and unraveled the ribbing and knitted the cuff and ribbing down.

After knitting the second mitten and starting the thumb I noticed both mittens were left-handed!
(third photo)

I ripped out the mitten down to below the thumb and re-knit it.
Done.  Finally.

February Yarn

27 Feb

This  4.5 ounce skein is mostly from wool from Celia’s stash.  The few yards of light purple-blue is my own blend and was on the bottom of the bobbin which  held the dark blue singles (Spinner’s Hill bats).

The multi-color strand is wool which was dyed in a thick dense sliver and which Celia had started cutting into 4-6 inch lengths and separating by color into plastic bags.  It may straight wool or a wool-silk blend.  There was no label.  Early on at one point I thought perhaps it was cotton because  it spun like butter and unlike any wool I have ever spun.  Merino?  But other sections were clearly wool.  There were some second cuts bits.  Sometimes it felt like there may have been silk in the blend.  Who knows.

It came to me via Ellie.  I spun all the red at once.  It will be on  the next or third skein since it  on the bottom of the bobbin.

Then I realized Celia had probably meant to spin a varigated yarn so the rest of the fiber was spun in random color order.  They are desert kind of colors: brown, rose, teal, orange, a sad yellow.  They look nice with the dark blue, I think.

Fingering weight: about 144yds/50grams.

Need Help Plying?

19 Jan

Pounce was more than willing to offer his services.It is pretty apparent in this photo that I like colors and patterns, huh?

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