Monday, 22 June 2015

Rainy Days

The weather here is distinctly un-summery at the moment.  It's currently cold, grey and drizzly and not remotely conducive to dragging myself out of the low mood I've found I've fallen back into.

After not doing any crafting at all for a good week or so I have unearthed my mojo thankfully.  Hmm so what have I been up to?

Since my fibre stash is rather low I decided to get my loom out.  I'd been playing with the idea of using an Easyknits Sushi Roll for the warp and something in a complimentary turquoise for the weft. 

I actually tried three different yarns for the weft but aren't 100% happy with any of them!  Nothing I tried really made the warp pop though and in the end I have chosen to go with a turquoise lace weight yarn which makes a lovely fabric due to it's cashmere content.  It's not exactly what I envisioned and almost feels a waste of the gorgeous Sushi roll but I'm going to carry on and see how it turns out!

I also decided to move my loom up to the summer house - it's lovely having a little crafting corner where I can leave everything set up!   We've ripped up the disintegrating carpet and I turned up the hems on some curtains we had in a previous house.

Whilst I haven't knitted much I did decide to throw a skein of undyed yarn in the dye pot.  This was a 50/50 Merino Silk blend with 600m per 150g skein.  It's destined for my Pebble Beach Shawl and I couldn't decide whether I wanted hot pink or green.  In the end pink won and I used a mix of Magenta and Hot Fuchsia acid dyes.  I honestly didn't like the end result when wet - far too purple/red toned but as it dried I fell in love!

Monday, 8 June 2015

More Spinning

I am absolutely loving having my wheel set up in the summer house as it gives me much more of an opportunity to spin, whether it's a quick 5 minutes or an afternoon sat in the sun!  I've even given my wheel a light sanding and waxed it all again as a treat.

I finished some more Fondant Fibre Rolags yesterday - these were the Priscilla colour way (an 80% Merino/20% Tussah Silk blend) which is just my colours (although the skein is still a tad damp here).  I added a bit of silver pretty much everything in sight!  The lawn has taken on a somewhat sparkly appearance and I even found some in my undie drawer this morning.

Also finished in the last couple of weeks is some handdyed, handspun merino "Punky Liquorice"

The mini skein is a 2 ply of the pink singles in the main skein.

And a huge skein of "Raven" which is again a Merino/Tussah Silk blend that Carla gifted me for Christmas.

My spinning is definitely finer and more consistent now and I've found my feet with my drafting technique - just practice makes perfect now!  I'd love a high speed flyer as I much prefer finer yarns so that's on my wish list for Christmas.

Since I was re labelling the stash, here's a shot of all my handspun to date.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Finished Rainbow!

After a very, very late (or early!) spot of knitting on Friday night I finally cast off my Rainbow Pop Spots. I was that tired that I probably tinked more on Friday than I have knitted all week - never a good idea to combine lace and tiredness! I've yet to wash and block (as I have no where to do block it at the moment) but it's an impressive 198cm x 10cm unblocked.

I'm so pleased with how the hand dyed colours have turned out!  In total I used 234g of yarn:

Scarlet Spots - 3g 
Orange Spots - 7g
Yellow Spots - 12g
Green Spots - 16g
Blue Spots - 27g
Plum Spots - 30g
Undyed/White - 109g 
Scarlet Border - 30g

Whilst the border seemed never ending, the lace is a great contrast to the shawl body.  I'm still debating whether I should have gone for a black background colour but as it's far too late now and I'm not knitting another (no offence to the pattern - which I thought was fabulous!) as my wish list is already faaaaaar too long!  The white is lovely and summery though so will at least add a happy injection of colour into my usual black attire!