Hi everyone, I hope you had a great weekend with lots of time for crafting. I did some finishing and some continuing. First off I did some plying – as much as I LOVE spinning, plying seems to be a bit like the infamous “second sock syndrome” if you know what that is. So I usually just spin and spin and spin until I’ve used up all my bobbins and THEN I do some plying to free them up again. It really is ridiculous as the final gratification is actually seeing the skein of yarn but hey, that’s how it is for the moment at least. So I did some Navajo plying and some two plies. When I have a really colourful yarn with lots of different colours I prefer Navajo plying as then I get long stretches of color and the skein looks just delicious. When the colours are more muted or just less of them I usually make a two ply yarn. I don’t exactly know how I came to this pattern but it seems to work for me. So here are some photos:
These are the plied skeins, so counting from the left; skein 1 and 3 are two plies and skeins 2 and 4 are Navajo plied.
When I make a two ply yarn, more often than not I use my Handy Andy tool and here is a picture of my Handy Andy with a skein worth of singles:
And then the skein itself once it’s been plied The colours are all soft purples, blues and pinks.
And this is what is left for me to ply:
This is a mix of different bats some that include add ins and I’m thinking of making this into a two ply yarn
This is a huge bobbin with merino wool of all kinds of colours and will definitely end up as Navajo plied yarn
As you can see my Handy Andy is full again and waiting for me to make my two ply yarn. I love the colours; pinks and greys
But I also did a bit of knitting and when photographing my progress I found two more projects that I hadn’t shared with you so now I will 🙂
The Enchanted Mesa is progressing rather rapidly I think. When knitting sweaters I’m always afraid they will take forever to knit but not this one and in addition it’s super easy and relaxing to knit.
My progress so far on the Rockefeller shawl by Stephen West. I’m using a brown yarn from Spud and Chloé and the yellow sparkly yarn is hand dyed by myself. I think the shawl will be beautiful once done.
These fingerless mitts are “owlies”, I hesitated to put their picture here as I feel you don’t see the pattern clearly but at the top and bottom you have owl cables which makes these mitts super cute. I still have to knit one thumb and sew on all the seed pearls for the eyes.
This is a sweater I knit for my oldest daughter (she is the main recipient of my knits as even though she has no interest in knitting she is a fan of my work – which is rather pleasing to me)
I don’t remember the name of the pattern but what I loved about it was the shaping which is unusual and also the fact that it is a seamless knit, knit from the top down. I used Almerino baby yarn which is 50% merino and 50% alpaca so super soft and warm. The only thing left is to wash and block the sweater. When I can, I skip the blocking but here there is no escape as the hem curls up and that is no good. I hope I will be able to block it so it will look as beautiful as the photos on the pattern…
Well, that’s all I was able to accomplish this weekend. What about you, did you finish some work in progress or begin a new one? Share with us by leaving a comment below if you feel like it (I’d love to hear from you).
Now in my first post I told you about my needle stoppers being featured in this months edition of the Simply Knitting magazine. I’m a subscriber myself and so was anxiously waiting for my copy to arrive to see my work in print and of course this time my copy took EXTRA long to arrive. I was actually convinced it had gotten lost in the mail so I called the magazine and they kindly sent me another copy. A few days later my copy finally arrived and a few days after that, the second copy came in! So I now have one extra copy on my hands which I would like to offer to one of my readers here.
So I’m launching a little game, to participate you need to share my blog with others either on your FB page, your own blog, Pinterest, Twitter etc and leave me a comment below with a link so I can see your participation/share. You have until Friday 31st of January and on the afternoon (Paris time) of the 1st of February I will draw out the winner who will receive this months copy of Simply Knitting and a little surprise from me 🙂 Sound good? I hope so. So, LET THE GAME BEGIN!