Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spinning, Socks and Garden


Ready for the Majacraft stylus.
Lace weight, two ply. I'm thinking a wool/silk, knitted shawl. Hmmm...
And another pair of socks, toe up.
Roses and wisteria gone wild in the front yard.

The new backyard garden in bloom.

I'm loving this!

This is only a year's growth!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A little of this, a little of that.

I've been busy with a little of this and a little of that. I finished plying the merino/silk.

The color's more true here.

And these socks were my purse project. The pattern's a mock cable from page 104 of "Socks from the Toe Up" by Wendy D. Johnson. The bind off is done double knit. This is the first time I'd ever seen that. I love the way it looks and feels! I've been trying to decide how I can integrate that into sweaters...

A little intermission here. This is one of the two Western Redbuds I planted last March. Obviously, this one's thriving. The other one didn't make it. Go figure.

And here's more of the first planting from last year. Almost everything is thriving! And we haven't had a moment without at least something blooming.

Once I bought my Glimakra, I said I'd sell my Gilmore. Well, that hasn't happened. I decided if she was sitting there, she might as well be busy. This is the underside. It'll be a baby blanket.

I don't have any time to dress the loom for the next project, and it's so pretty, I'm leaving this on for a bit.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Knitting and Spinning

Now that I've finished the two sweaters, I have more time for myself. That means spinning and weaving with knitting as more of an in between project. I bought this fiber at a show a couple years ago, because the colors appealed to me. That, and because my husband and I will buy most fibers and preparations, once. It was labeled as "Pin Drafted Roving, Black suri alpaca blended w/BLx wool and Bamboo silk". The picture looks dark, but that's the true color. What am I going to do with it? No idea.

Meanwhile, my younger son made another request. His hair has grown enough that his hat doesn't fit. I texted him from the store to ask if that was it. Well, he added, a scarf and socks, too. I'm glad my kids appreciate my "stuff".
This is Manos del Uruguay, Maxima. So Soft! The grey is darker than it looks and in some light it appears purple.

Now I'm playing with this merino/silk blend from Red Fish DyeWorks. What can I say? The Color!

I couldn't sleep last night, so instead of just thinking about spinning...yep. The singles are all spun up and I've started plying. Oh, and Yes. I have a toe-up sock in process in my purse.