Wednesday WIPs

I am so excited today! I have almost finished the front half of my Azalea Tee and just have the right shoulder to finish (a bit of short tow shaping). I’m hoping to start the back this afternoon and think I should be finished over the weekend, if not before. I really can’t believe I’ve knitted this up so quickly, well quick for me that is, and now I’m thinking about making more DK weight sweaters and tees.

The only other WIP I have at the moment is what is on my wheel. I’m still spinning my squishy soft Targhee in the color Poppet by Hello Yarn.

I’m truly enjoying spinning on my single treadle Matchless because it makes me slow down a bit and I don’t treadle too fast, which means I don’t over twist my yarn. I really love the colors in this fiber and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

I’m thinking I may chain ply this when finished, but we’ll see when I’m finished spinning.

What are you working on this week?

May Breed Study: WhiteFace Woodland

A week or so ago I received the Club Spin 15 May Breed study from Sherrill and she included a little #spin15aday bling with it, which I love and plan to use to store a drop spindle in, along with a small bump of fiber. I also joined the Club Spin 15 Shetland Edition as I love spinning Shetland wool and want to try spinning for DK weight for a colorwork project.

This months breed study is the Whiteface Woodland, which I studied and spun back in 2018. Sherrill introduced this breed study as a quarterly challenge and I only shared the Gotland that I spun, which I absolutely loved, but I did not share the Whiteface Woodland. I do remember that I enjoyed spinning it and I used it for a small handwoven tapestry piece. I’m looking forward to spinning it again and love the colors that Sherrill hand dyed it in – pink, green, blue, light purple and she name it ”Flowers for Mum”. The fiber is very soft to the touch and I can wait to start spinning it!

About the Whiteface Woodland sheep:

The breed is very hardy and able to thrive on poor quality grazing and harsh terrain.  Ewes can produce lambs into their teens and are prolific for a hill breed. Lambing percentages vary depending on location – up to 150% on the hill and can reach 200% in a lowland situation, although this is exceptional. Lambs are small and active.  The breed has a narrow face and is usually very easy lambing. The ewes are milky and make excellent mothers. Wool should have an approximate staple length- 15cm. Fleece weight- 2-3kg. Quality 44s-50s. The wool is used primarily for hand knitting yarns and blankets, with the coarser grades used for carpets.

RBST (Rare Breeds Survival Trust, UK) – if you want to know more click on the link for RBST

I think I will start spinning the Whiteface Woodland on my Schacht Sidekick that I keep in my home office/craft room. This will be the perfect project to work on throughout the work week.

Do you keep a project or two next too you in your home office (for just in case) ?

Wednesday WIPs

Knitting bag by Olivia of This Handmade Life

I have only one knitting project on my needles at the moment, which is rather unusual for me but I’m focused on my Azalea Tee . I have made great progress and have about 2” inches to go before I separate for the top portion and sleeves. I absolutely love the colors of this yarn and think it’s awesome that it rather matches my knitting bag.

The only other thing I have going is a spinning WIP. I’m spinning a super soft bouncy Targhee hand dyed by Hello Yarn. For this spin I am spinning on my 1988 single treadle Schacht Matchless that I bought in 2020 online from Goodwill. I love this fiber, it’s a dream to spin and my wheel choice is perfect!

What have you been working on ?

Friday Round Up

Can you believe that Sunday is Easter? Today I am truly grateful to have a day off work and look forward to a relaxing three day weekend. We have no plans for the weekend and most likely stay home. I do plan to go out this morning for a bit of shopping but this afternoon I want to enjoy my knitting.

This week I have been mostly knitting and have made great progress this week on my Azalea Tee. I’m super excited that I’m already joining a second skein of yarn, which means this is knitting up quicker than I expected it would, and that makes me quite happy. I am loving the earthy colors in the yarn and look forward to wearing this tee with shorts or jeans.

I am still reading I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. I am not quite sure I am enjoying reading this book and even though I find parts of it to be quite boring, I will finish it eventually. I do find the history of the Romanov family to be interesting and often wonder what Russia would be like today if the royal family still ruled. Makes one wonder.

The only other thing I have been doing is spinning. I currently am working on my April breed study, which I should have finished soon. I also have been trying out my bulky plyer, which I put on my single treadle Matchless. After a few adjustments to my wheel, it is now spinning nicely but it has been a while since I’ve spun bulky weight so it has been a tad bit challenging to get back into the grove. All in all though I am enjoying both spinning projects.

What have you been working on or reading this week?