Thursday, April 26, 2012

April Handspun

Here's a sneak peak of the niddy noddy sans details:

Next month the requirement for our local spin-a-long is that the fiber has to be pink or merino.  I have quite a bit of merino so I decided on spinning up four ounces of this:

I also feel like I'm coming down with a case of startitis.  I just want to start a ton of projects but I know if I do, once the babe comes, I'll feel guilty of all the projects that will be languishing around the house.  Then, when I do get around to working on them, I'll already feel the pressure of Christmas crafting.  Ack!  What to do?

You may also notice the absence of puff posting.  I'm at a standstill with the puffs but they are definitely still on the back burner.  I have about four puffs that still need to be photographed.  Once I finish this mini skein of sock yarn that I'm working on, I will be halfway to my goal of 100 puffs!  Woot, woot!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hexipuff 43-46 1/2

Current hexipuff addiction: less than 1/2 a puff a day - bordering on recreational user

Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh, snap!

This was my March spinning project, all plied and finished.  I spun the merino on my spindle and then made a center pull ball and 2 plyed the singles.  The merino was nice and squishy but I think it may have felted slightly because as I was drafting, the fibers weren't coming apart as smoothly.  Or this could be the natural way of merino; I'm too lazy to look it up.  

When I was plying I was getting a little frustrated because my singles kept getting tangled.  I know I should just separate the fiber in half and go from there but I hate having any left over singles.  I have no clue what to do with them and I want to get as much yardage as possible.  Another thing I realized as I was plying was that having a wheel would make my life so much easier and efficient.  Ah well, c'est la vie!  As for measurements, I was able to get from these 4 ounces, about 92 yards of worsted weight yarn. 

On the knitting and crochet front, I am still making hexipuffs, but I also was able to make some mittens for a charity project.  This pattern was super easy.  I was able to crochet these mittens in about two hours or less.  I used Vanna's Choice in pink.  This was such a quick crochet that I'm debating whether or not to knock out another pair. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Kind of Blue

This is what I will be spinning up this month.  It is a blue faced leicester (BFL) blue and purple swirly poof of goodness.  My friend, Angela, has started a monthly spinning challenge group on our local Ravelry group and I decided to join up!  The requirements this month, is that the fiber be either Falkland or blue.  Since I have no Falkland because I used it for this spinning project, I chose the fiber that I just recently purchased at the Winter Fiber Arts Retreat from St. Patrick's day weekend.  I haven't really practiced Navajo plying so I will probably continue to do what I've been doing.  More details about my Snap Dragon fiber are to come.  Photo shoot is tonight and I do have a few things to say about it! :-D