handspun projects

It’s a miracle, a sign of the world ending, or maybe just my mojo finally returning.

I have knitting.

Weekend Knitting

(yes, that’s the handspun from the last post!) This past weekend, we had our first and only vacation this year.  We attended the Adirondack Nationals car show and then spent a quiet day to ourselves before packing up the camper and coming home.  During our quiet day, we had lunch at a new restaurant in Lake Luzerne that overlooks the headwaters of the Hudson River (which is rumored to be owned by Rachael Ray).  I snapped this photo while I was waiting for my Wasabi Ahi Tuna (which was SO tasty!)

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Shop goes back online tomorrow with a limited selection since I’m prepping for vending at Southern Adirondack Sheep & Wool next weekend – will I see you there?

 



A couple of weeks ago, I was contemplating what I was going to knit now that all the wedding crazy was over.  I had a skein of handspun merino/silk from Into the Whirled that was super squishy and worsted weight so I started thinking cowl…then I looked in the mirror and was reminded of my curly girl status and what cowls DO to curls and started thinking neck warmer with buttons.

A quick search on Ravelry found me perusing the Herringbone Neck Warmer pattern – I had the yarn, the needles and the desire for a warm neck so I cast on!  A week and a half later…

Herringbone Neck Warmer

…I had a warm neck!

Project Details:

Pattern Name: Herringbone Neck Warmer

Needles: Size 10 Knitpicks Options

Yarn: Handspun – Into the Whirled merino/silk in the Suffolk colorway

Time to knit: About a week – I had other stuff going on so I couldn’t just sit and knit

Notes and Mods: This is a cool stitch pattern that keeps it from feeling like you are ‘just knitting a scarf’ – it kept me happy!  My yarn was more worsted than bulky so I went down a needle size and knit 40 stitches across instead of 30.

In other news, sorry for the radio silence this week!  I’ve been sewing my butt off getting bags ready for Amy of Spunky Eclectic to have in her booth at THE New England Fiber Festival in Springfield this weekend (Booth #500-501 if you want to find it – you should visit if you haven’t already enjoyed her fiber and yarn, it’s is teh ossum) and dealing with COBRA stuff for R since that’s all messed up now that he’s made an honest woman of me.  We will be at the fiber fest on Saturday and I’ll be wearing my Twist – maybe we’ll see you there!



…of Helena:

Baby Beret...

On Thursday night, I finally had enough.  I had made it through the body and almost ran out of yarn.  I had evaluated and decided to use leftover sock yarn to do a garter stitch edge on the skirt of the sweater and managed to save enough yarn to do sleeves.  I made it through the sleeves, picked up the button band and made it through three rows before I noticed the puckering and general unhappiness.

Baby Beret

I snapped.  RR watched me throw it across the room, looked at me and said, “so…not liking the sweater?”

The man definitely has a firm grasp of the obvious.

So I ripped it.  With gusto.  Then I knit a cute little beret and am happy.  Baby’s mom is happy, baby will be happy and that’s all that matters.  ;o)

So…riddle me this: why do I keep finding myself staring at the leftover yarn cake and contemplating how well wool will burn?  It might be time for a ritual cleansing… ;o)

…to me!

In all the craziness of the past month, I managed to fit in a gift for myself:

Handspun Cowl on...

…here it is all laid out next to the tree (with my iPhone for scale – a la crazyfiberlady):

Handspun Cowl

The colors are more true in the first picture.  The pattern is the Dragonfly Fire Cowl (rav link) and the yarn is mine.   This project took me all of three evenings from beginning to end – it was awesome.  I might do another one just for kicks and because this pattern is so easy, it’s like comfort knitting.  I don’t have to think about it.

The only drawback to a cowl is what it does to the curly hair.  I look like a mad scientist when I take the thing off – I think I scared the crap out of a toddler at the grocery store yesterday.  ;o)

This is my official last post until Monday so I’d like to take a moment to wish you all a happy and a healthy!!

…is what I needed after working on the CPH for a lifetime. With that in mind, on Saturday I turned this:

Fairpoint Dairy Done

into this:

Fairpoint Dairy

I had to give it a bath and a thwacking to make it behave so I had to wait for it to dry (in front of a fan and then on the flat thingy in the dryer when it STILL wasn’t dry enough). Then on Sunday morning I cast on a pair of Fetching and by the end of Sense & Sensibility last night, I had this:

Fetching

I even spent most of the afternoon cleaning up the yard (hence the band-aid on my thumb – thank God I blister easily or I would have been out there longer!) If that’s not almost instant gratification, I don’t know what is. ;o)

Specs:

So, speaking of S&S, how did you all like it?

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