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Finishing Spinning: To-Ply

More spinning!  I wanted something to spin at the last Spinning Guild meeting so I grabbed a rope of semi-solid fiber from the stash.

The fiber was from To-Ply and it was a Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend in colorway Gold.  I bought this 4-oz braid at the Handspinner’s Guild marketplace in Torrance a few years ago.  The fiber felt great to spin with and it was pretty inexpensive too!

There’s the fancy “inside a plastic bag” shot.  It was nice to work with something that I didn’t have to worry about the color with.  I just split it in half (not lengthwise) and went for it.  I didn’t realize it was going to be so thin, but it is probably a fingering or even light fingering.

I love the color!  It is really carrot-y.

Start date: August 24, 2013

Finish date: September 5, 2013

4 oz, 327 yards.

Merino 60%, Bamboo 30%, Nylon 10%

I was so happy with it when I was done.  Then I went to put it away and realized I had some other lace/fingering weight handspun that looked just like it.  Here it is next to some hand-dyed Optim that I spun years ago:

I can see the difference, and I guess that’s all that counts… right?


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FO: Entangled Vines

Another thing done!

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Entangled Vines by Alana Dakos.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage, less than 4 skeins.

Needles: US 8.

Start Date: August 18, 2013

Finish Date: Sept. 10, 2013

I knit this almost entirely as written.  I did do different button holes.  I was going to be fancy and do the “tulips” buttonhole as described by TECHknitter.  But I did it kind of sloppy and it was looking pretty crummy.  So instead I went with Joan Schroeder’s garter stitch buttonhole which is a (K2tog, yo, yo, ssk) over four stitches.  A one row buttonhole.  It was very tidy and it fit the existing buttons that I had well.  The buttons were Organic Elements coconut buttons from JoAnn’s.  I bought them years ago and was happy to use something I already had.

I am a little disappointed in the amount of gaping that I am getting between buttons.  Maybe I could have made a larger size, but maybe more buttons would do the trick.  Or just always wear it only buttoned by the top button like in the book…  The numbers for the buttonholes didn’t work out for me (on the M size) but I think the designer is not counting the stitch that remains after binding off in the counts.  For example if it said, K3, BO 4, K9, BO 4… then on the BO you slip the stitch over the next stitch 4 times and then knit 9.  You will have 10 knit stitches between buttonholes (not 9!).  (I don’t remember the actual counts).  I guess this is just a different style of writing them out, but since I was trying to do a different buttonhole threw me for a loop.

I enjoyed working with the yarn.  It was very comfy feeling and really has the feel of wool for a 50/50 wool/acrylic blend.  On a couple skeins there was a thick slub where they had joined ends together.  I should have cut it out and joined again but instead I tried to just knit over the slub.  So now I have a few spots where I had to pull a little gob of yarn to the inside of the sweater so it wasn’t visible from the outside.  I would still definitely use the yarn again.  I ordered it online, so the color isn’t quite as I imagined it, but it is still nice.  And I only used 4 skeins.  Of course I had bought 6…  I wish I had matched up my available yardage better to the project!

Sleeves were the funnest part!  How often do you get to say that?!


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FO: Cabled Ski Bonnet

I am kind of obsessed with bonnets right now.  I have pretty much queued up every bonnet pattern to cross my path.  It should look so old-fashioned but it seems so current right now!  I am loving the Houndstooth Bonnet by Wendy Bernard, the Capucine by Adela Illichmanova and the Riga Bonnet by Allison Dykhuizen.  But here’s the first one I knit:

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Neon Ski Bonnet by Lacey Volk

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Queen Anne Tonal, about 1.3 skeins.

Needles: US 6

Start Date: August 11, 2013

Finish Date: August 18, 2013

Wow, almost a month to take pictures on this guy!

I didn’t make any real mods.  My numbers didn’t match up at the top of the hat, but I just added another decrease row and kind of fudged it.  I made the large size.  I have a large head and it fits well.  It is very stretchy so it even fit Lucas’s head and his is on the small end.   It would probably drape better if I blocked it, but I like how it kind of hugs my head now.

The yarn is a little too tonal to get a good view of the cables.  The front section is made like a cabled headband in the round (to be double-layered) than you pick up and work in the round for the cap part.  And that section just has some wrapped sections, no actual cables.

The hat itself took just under a skein (220 yds) and then I used about another 1/3 a skein or so for the pompom.  This is when one of those giant pompom makers would come in handy.  Instead I wrapped the yarn around the 5″ side of a few index cards instead.  It turned out well, but the pompom isn’t very dense.  Big yes, but not like a squishy dense ball.  I have the pompom just tied on right now so that I can remove it to wash the hat.  Or if I change my mind about giant pompoms.

I made my twist-ties a little shorter than in the pattern.  They are about 12″ long.  My strands are from my outstretched hand to halfway through my torso.  I don’t love how they are connected to the edge of the bonnet though.  The knots at the join look a little sloppy.  It’s possible I didn’t understand the instructions correctly!  I am planning on taking the ties off and maybe just making them braids.  Then they will be cleaner at the top of the hat and have knots at the ends of the ties.

I am pretty pleased with it!  It is the perfect hat to take on my upcoming trip to Yellowstone!  It is my second hat for the EpicKalCal.  Project #8 of 12.  I have more completed stuff, so stay tuned!


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Felt parrots!

Pictures are the bane of my blogging career. I have so many ideas, but forget to take pictures when I have the lighting! Luckily I was able to take some quick photos of Lucas’s latest needle felted animal before it went off to its new home with his grandmother.


He asked her what animal she would like for him to make her and she chose a parrot. Lucas has been trying to perfect his parrot for a couple months. In fact, he made two!


The first one is the larger one. I thought that one looked amazing, but I like the second one even more.


Lucas is going to visit his grandma today so he’ll get to deliver it in person! I hope she loves it! I also hope that I get one of his creations one day!


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