Thursday, December 30, 2010

My First Year of Handspun

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This is 848 of 2-ply, plus a little bitty 20-yard skein of chain-ply.  This was a merino/silk batt called Forest glade, from Corgi hill farm.

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Chocolate cherry BFL mini

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This fun little thing is a bunch of color samples from Corgi Hill farm, of fibers mostly blended silk samples

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This is 214 yards of a light worsted superwash merino called Chocolate wine (plus a little 24 yard chain ply), also from Corgi hill farm.

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This is 196 yards of another light worsted superwash merino in Denim.  The chain plying on this went really badly, and I have no idea why.

All total, having a wheel is exactly what I dreamed it would be.  I love it, and I've finished just over 4600 yards on it this year.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Yarn Blocked Hats

Several weeks ago, I really wanted to buy some yarn.  Really, really wanted to buy a sweater's worth of Klickitat and Malabrigo Worsted.  Weeks went by, and things were out of stock, and back ordered, and different lots and it was all ridiculously frustrating.  I was completely yarn blocked.  Somehow, I ended up down at Michael's, coming out with 5 different skeins of Vanna's Choice.  I'm not even kidding.  And I got some great Christmas hats out of it!

A twisted rib (136 yds):
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A Koolhaas (107 yds):
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And three self-designed hats with garter stitch earflaps and a garter edge (277 yds):
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I also got a Noro hat (119 yards) out of the stash-diving part of my frenzy - it matches my Noro striped scarf, but the Little Dude has appropriated it.

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Now, it's my birthday today.  So I'm off to buy yarn, my lovelies!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

We Three Shawls

There are several days left in 2010 and, thus, only a few days to finish Shawl #10 of 10 shawls in 2010.  You may be surprised at that number, because I still have 3 shawls to show you!

The first is a handspun Madli's shawl which I made for my mom for Christmas.  Since she's one of my mainstay readers (hi mom!) I've been sitting on this one for months now.  It's 530 yards of a Corgi Hill Farm-dyed merino/cashmere braid that I spun for Tour de Fleece.
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This is a Peacock Tail and Leaf shawl made of 308 yards Alpaca Cloud in Raspberry Heather.  Also a Christmas present, finally making its blog debut.  This one was a really fast knit - the pattern was fun, but easy to memorize.
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The third is a Multnomah, which I finished on the 23rd.  It's still not blocked (maybe I'll get a chance next year!) but Sweet Pea has already adopted it as her own.  
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It was a fun conglomeration of all sorts of lace ends from the previous 8 shawls (plus others from last year, and one that didn't quite make the yardage requirements).  It's a total of 1066 yards of 7 different kinds of laceweight (for a breakdown, you can see the project page here).  The color gradations are seen better here:
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This pattern hit my sweet spot of stupidity.  It's simple enough to not engage my brain at all, but complicated enough that I couldn't get the feather and fan to line up.  Really.  Didn't happen.  Let's blame it on the cold medicine, shall we?

Shawl #10 is more than halfway done.  Guess what it is?  Another multnomah.  Here's hoping I can get the increases centered.