I am so happy to say that I am officially finished with my Azalea Tee. It turned out perfect and fits exactly as I hoped it would. There is a little bit of pooling across the top front portion of the sweater, but it doesn’t really bother me too much.
Yardage Used I used 3 1/2 skeins and the pattern called for 5 skeins for the size I made
Modifications I only made two modifications, I chose to make a k2,p2 rib for the bottom band and for the sleeve band in place of the garter bands. I felt the color of the yarn would hide the eyelet design in the bottom band too much and also I do not care for garter stitch bands.
I want to start another sweater but not quite sure yet what pattern I want to make. I have yarn in my stash that I can use for sweaters, so that is a plus, just need to decide and cast something on.
I’m so happy to share two finishes today, and both have been my only two WIPs over the last couple of months.
I started this pair of socks the beginning of February . Normally when I knit socks it takes me about two weeks to finish a pair but for some reason I just wasn’t in the mood to work of socks. I love the mix of blues in the yarn I used, which was a skein I purchased at Hobby Lobby sometime last year in their Authentic Hand Dyed yarn in the color Shibori Blue. The yarn is squishy soft but I found it a but splitty. All in all, I’m vet happy with my finished pair of vanilla socks.
I also finished my handspun Nurmilintu shawl, which I shared on Instagram but also wanted to share here too. I love how my shawl turned out and quite pleased with the striping of my handspun yarn, which is what I was hoping I would achieve when I was spinning it. I casted on this shawl January 4th and finished it on April1st. I had about a 1/2 ounce of handspun yarn left, which makes me happy that I didn’t have to play yarn chicken after all. I look forward to wearing my shawl this fall and winter.
I’m so excited to share two finishes today, both of which are finished handspun projects. I have really been enjoying spinning these last couple of weeks. The simple motion of passing fiber through my hands to the bobbin provides a peaceful time for contemplation and meditation. I try to spin for a least 15 minutes but often spin up to an hour or more, which helps me with consistency. I can relate to what Kate Larson says below. Much like knitting, spinning provides that quiet time needed to find peace and to keep me grounded.
Mindfulness is a word oft used in our modern day-to-day lives. To me, cultivating mindfulness is simply learning to be more present and aware. Many spinners take up a spindle or wheel as a source of quiet and peace in a busy life.
Kate Larson, Spin-Off Magazine, October 2017
I plied my March Breed Study the first of this week and was a bit disappointed to only achieve 75 yards of 3-ply light worsted but still pleased how it turned out. The Radnor fiber was new to me for spinning and while I enjoyed spinning it, it wasn’t as soft as other wools I’ve spun in the past but I will say that spinning it was a breeze. For this project I spun woolen (long draw) and finished up by chain plying. When I hung it up to dry, there was absolutely no twist in my finished handspun, which made me so very happy!
For this completed handspun skein of yarn I achieved 355 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn. My goal was 375 yards and not to upset that I’m just 20 yards underneath my goal. I have a little bit of fiber left on one bobbin that I plan to chain ply and use for weaving or some small knitting project.
After almost a month, I finally finished up my February Breed Study and skeined my lovely finished 3-ply Shetland! I ended up with 82 yards of light worsted weight yarn and absolutely love the color… such a rich red.
I haven’t really been doing too much in the crafting realm these days, but I am working on the mate to my sock, which I hope to have finished soon. I also started my little sheep embroidery, which I am absolutely loving and having fun with making it my own. I have no idea how this will turn out, but once finished I plan to keep it in the hoop and hang it up on my wall.
Our garden is beginning to grow and we have the first signs of tomatoes!! This particular plant is a Husky Red Cherry tomato, which forms a long cluster. I can’t wait to see what they taste like. I have also been drying lots of rosemary, dill, oregano and mint, and our house has smelled wonderful. My husband said our kitchen smelled like an Italian kitchen when I was drying the oregano, and it really did.
I have also been busy drying calendula flowers for creating salves. This weekend I will be making my first official calendula salve with beeswax, I’m excited!
As you all know I haven’t truly blogged in about two weeks and my apologies but with a change in my work schedule and just plain life itself, I haven’t had much extra time to devote to being online. Now that I have more of a routine in place, I will be more consistent with blogging and thank you all for being patient with me.