All Things Crafty

Spinning and spinning and knitting.  Spinning up clay on the wheel, spinning up yarn on a different wheel, and as always, knitting.

Not too long ago, I started going to Cara’s open studio Wednesdays at the Cobb Studio.  She’s a wonderful teacher and it’s been an incredible amount of fun getting my hands dirty.  I got a quick lesson in throwing clay on a wheel one day when the studio was a little emptier than usual, and I’ve slowly been working on getting better.  Just wanted to share a few pieces I’ve made that I’m super happy with so far.  The first is a little tea cup.  It’s a bit heavy and thick on the bottom,  but I absolutely love how the handle came out.  The second is a mug with a leaf applied to the side so that you can slip your hand inside and keep your hand warm while you sip on your tea.  Unfortunately, I neglected to account for the shrinkage of the clay when it dries, so it came out a little smaller than I expected, but I can still get my fingers inside the little leaf pocket.

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For fiber spinning, I’ve spent the last week or so not knitting. I think I may have over-knit recently and my elbow is telling me to take a break. I’ve got two bobbins spun and plied so far, and am working on some 100% silk which is challenging, but AMAZING at the same time. Below, on the left is some superwash merino fiber from Twisted Fiber Art in the colorway, “Maple” and on the right is more superwash merino fiber from PigeonRoof Studios in, “Illuminated Moss.”

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Then I have another spun-to-knit project because this month has been all about handspun.

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Fiber is from Fiber Optic yarns and is 80% Merino and 20% silk dyed into one big long gradient.  The colorway is Gold-Copper-Cinnamon-Espresso.

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All spun up!  480 yards, fingering weight, and chain plied to keep the color progression.

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Knit into Saroyan!  (Ravelry Project Link)  The pattern is pretty easy, and the only issue is that it wants to curl up.  I thought I had blocked it pretty well, but the garter border at the top still wants to curl under.  Other than that, I’m really happy with how this came out and how even the not-so-even handspun knitted up.  Can’t wait to wear it out and show it off!

Owlie Gloves

Owlie Gloves! They’re just too cute, and a great way to use up my growing stash of handspun.

First, the Fiber:

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Fiber is by Gnomespun and is Polwarth in colorway, “Hidcote” – I picked this up at Rhinbeck in October 2010

 

Second, the spun yarn:

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Yarn was chain plied, and came out to 328 yards.  It probably falls between worsted and DK and is pretty slubby and uneven, but it’s got a very handspun quality to it which is perfect for gloves.  The unevenness seems to disappear, especially when knit at a smaller/tighter gauge.  The yarn is lofty and squishy and perfect for gloves.

 

Thirdly, the gloves!:

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Pattern is Owlie Mitts that I added fingers to so that I’d have gloves.  I love fingerless gloves and mitts, but really, it’s my fingers that get cold, and adding fingers to mitts is pretty easy!  They fit perfectly.  The gauge is pretty tight (think knitting a thick DK yarn on US 1.5 needles), but there’s no way the cold is getting in through these.  The beads were sewn on later rather than knitted in since I didn’t have the crochet hook or floss necessary to add them during the knitting.  No big deal.  Here’s the Ravelry Project Link if you want to see my short bit of notes.

A Year in Knitting – 2011

There was a HUGE gap in knitting from about June through September, but I still managed to turn out an impressive batch of items, even if I didn’t complete my 11 in 2011 – I only made 5 of the 11!  There were two sweaters, two shrugs, three scarves, two cowls, two hats, one baby sweater, fifteen pairs of socks, four shawls, two pairs of mittens, and SO MANY socks knitted on a circular sock machine.  WHEW! I think my favorite project of the whole year was the Dahlia cardigan in part because it was pretty easy, part because ALPACA IS SO SOFT, and part because it can be worn so many different ways

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A year in photos

So, last year I did the 365 project, taking one photo a day throughout the entire year.  It was a difficult year to say the least, with the loss of my sister-in-law and my grandfather. But, there were a bunch of incredible things too – a two week trip across Europe with my husband, a week in Scotland, an incredible weekend with a lovely bunch of gals in Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, teaching a sock knitting class. And throughout all of that, there was photography. I’m putting the slideshow of all the images, in order, at the bottom, but here are my top three of the year from that set.

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27 January 2011
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From about 6am this morning. The snow had stopped and everything was still so quiet for being in Manhattan. There was an occasional scrape of a plow, but the usual car honks and police/fire sirens were completely missing.

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13 September 2011
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Stonehaven, Scotland

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9 November 2011
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Tree in Ft. Lauderdale, FL