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knitting mojo is back

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to Zero Day by David Baldacci.

It’s been a while since I’ve been here, I had kinda lost my knitting mojo for a while, but I think it’s back with a vengeance.  I started this scarf  on Sunday and it is almost 2/3  of the way completed.

It’s an easy pattern, you start with four stitches, knit in garter stitch increasing one stitch every fourth row until you’ve used half your yarn, and then decease every fourth row until you are back to 4 stitches.

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I changed it up a little by alternating yarn and adding an eyelet row every eighth row. I’m using a couple skeins I had in my stash of Deborah Norville Serenity Garden yarn, it’s 100% microfiber. The colorways I had are Hibiscus and Gems.

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Thanks for visiting and I’m glad to be back…

Have a great week ~ So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

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knitting toys

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible. I’ve been listening to a few Tom Clancy books.

In and around finishing the “Idaho” shawl, I’ve been knitting some toys to share with some little kids at a local Waldorf  School.

(juggling ball set, bunnies, snakes, cats and a little turtle)

Have a great week ~ So what are you knitting / crocheting / spinning / reading / listening to?

Check out some others at the ~  Yarn Along & WIP Wednesday with tami’s amis

another homespun-hand knit annis

I thought I would pop in here with a quick post about another finished project. I’ts finally really finished – I blocked it!

I finished knitting this scarf/shawlette probably in October or November of last year, because I remember wearing it a Thanksgiving.

I’ve actually worn it a few times, curled edges and all. I really like long crescent shape.

It’s one of my favorite patterns, I think I’ve made three of these with a few modifications. It is Annis by Susanne IC.

I knit it from some of my homespun yarn – I think this was Frabjous Fiber.

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zenaura blocked

I finally finished this one up last week and got it blocked out this week. It had been in time out for a few months, because I had gotten side-tracked by a few other projects. It didn’t take long to finish it up, once I got started on it again.

Pattern ~ Zenaura by Åsa Tricosa

Yarn ~ Breathless by Shalimar ~ merino, cashmere, silk

Modifications ~ I did the stockinette sections a little wider than listed

I’m really happy with how it turned out and I love this yarn, the shading and the softness.

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munchkin friends

I’ve made a few of these (it’s hard to make just one) for some little friends.

pattern by Heather ~ yarn misc sock yarn ends

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where do you hide your stash?

I thought I would show you where I keep hide my stash. I have couple Longaberger baskets like you see here full of yarn. The blue bins are full of yarn or WIPs. My puppy, Buddy likes to be in the middle of whatever I’m doing. Most things I make have a few white dog hairs in them.

The brown tub is about 1/2 full of my homespun yarn (remember, most of it is for sale in my etsy shop).

Some of my knitting & spinning library…

My spinning fiber cupboard, I need to get spinning.

Here’s how I store my knitting needles, I have two zip close 3 ring binders and a bunch of zip close pockets. I use 1 pocket per size to keep my circulars, double-pointed and straights (if they fit). I have to admit that I have a basket that they get tossed in when I’m not using them, and occasionally I take the time to size them and put them all away.

And I have this tub out in my shed for the rest of my yarn ~ phew I better get knitting. Due to life circumstances, I probably won’t be buying much until next year, but thankfully I don’t think I will run out…  he he he

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chipotle spun

The spinning wheel is still turning….

And I have to say ~ I think this is my favorite yarn that I have spun so far

I started out with three 4oz braids of fiber ~ again frabjous fiber ~ different fibers all dyed the same colorway : Chipotle

Left to right ~ polworth, tri-colored blue faced leichester, and merino/nylon sparkle

The polworth, I didn’t split the braid – I just spun it straight from one end to the other, so I ended up with really long color runs. The other two fibers – I split many times, so they had shorter color changes. I ended up with 3 pretty full bobbins.

You can see in this picture the long color runs on the polworth, still on the left. I like the tweediness (I know, it’s not a word) of the tri-color in the middle. And the sparkle in the merino/sparkle on the right.

So I spun these into a three ply that ended up 15 wpi, which seems to be my default thickness of yarn. The next batch I do, I’m gonna work on making a thicker yarn. I filled 1 bobbin and about half of a 2nd one.

I plyed & plyed ~ until the tri-color ran out. I thought it would probably be the first to go, as the fiber has more texture, it was just a tad thicker, not so you could notice by looking at it.  I had a little polworth left but more merino, so I spun a 4ply with the rest by navajo plying the merino with a single of the polworth. After getting a workout using the niddy-noddy, I ended up with 2 skeins totaling 1000 yards of the 3ply and a sweet little 38 yard skein of the 4 ply.

Isn’t it cute? Last weekend I was over at my sister’s for a family get-together. I took my wheel and was spinning, and there was a lively little conversation sparked by my brother about whether I was spinning yarn or thread. Well, whatever I was spinning ~ I love how it turned out!

I hope everyone has a good week, see you all next week…

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