Monday, October 24, 2016

My Daughter's Work

My daughter cut out the triangles long ago, then assembled this wall hanging yesterday. I love that she kept the dark diagonals but went with random overall triangle placement. That gives it more interest instead of a static symmetrical look. She tied it in a traditional manner, definitely my daughter! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Getting Better!

This is the yarn from two posts down, now off the spindle and drying. It measures 66 yards, and I need to decide what to do with it! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Between Spinning Sessions

I've been spinning a lot lately but need a break now and then. This little kitty, knitted of commercial "Downton Abbey" yarn, was born during those breaks. I added her to my critter managerie, but she somehow appeared on the table overlooking my spinning. ;) Perhaps a friend for her made of hand-spun yarn will be next.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Drop -Spindling a Lovely Roving

I bought hand-dyed merino wool roving by "Malabrigo" at my local specialty shop. It's so soft, and I liked just looking at the beautiful colors, so it took awhile to pull it apart and start using it. I'm only about half-way through, but I'm pleased with how it's going. My spinning has improved with this roving!

Monday, October 17, 2016

October Swap Received

The theme was Fall, and this is what my group swap partner sent all the way from Washington state to New Jersey. We changed from making a mini-quilt to a table runner for this month, and this is over four feet long. It's shown on my dining room table, for Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hand-spun, Knitted and Felted

What's left of my hand-spun drop-spindle yarn after knitting and felting the scallop-edged bowl below (4-1/2" x 2-1/2")

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October Group Mini

My swap group decided on a table runner (instead of a mini-quilt) with a Fall theme for October. There are a lot of pumpkins, leaves, and fall colors in the finished ones I've seen so far. My stash has little orange, so my swap partner is getting something different. I put together a random design with 3 of my favorite fabrics -- old fashioned toile prints of family celebration, bare trees (my all-time favorite fabric), and embroidered mums on batik. No pumpkins, and little orange! 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Still Plying


After numerous bad attempts (one posted below plying in the wrong direction and using thread), I think I have good plying here. I twisted in the opposite direction and used thin wool yarn instead of thread. I don't think I'll ply often, but I wanted to get it right. I'm happy with this result, now on a 2 yard Niddy Noddy made with the help of my local hardware store clerk (for a fraction of the cost of a one-yarder from Etsy :).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

My Morning

Among my morning errands was picking up this inexpensive ($1.64) suet bird feeder, but I did not buy suet. Instead, I filled it with wool yarn and roving scraps from my drop-spindling and knitting. Hopefully, the birds will use these as nesting material. I researched the safety of this idea, and its suggested to cut the scraps into 1-2" pieces to avoid a tangling hazard. It's prettier and more colorful than a suet cake, and I hope the birds like them!

In My Stash

With increased focus on drop-spindling these days, I just had to buy this Merino wool roving as soon as I touched it. The colors are incredible, and it's luscious to feel. On one hand I can't wait to spin it, but on the other hand I don't want to disturb it's beauty. I hope it yields yarn just as lovely. I'll do my best, but I have so much to learn.

Monday, October 3, 2016

From Acadia National Park, Maine Trip

I had a crunchy granola bar in my hand when I was reminded not to feed any animals. But it was hard not to intentionally(?) drop a few crumbs, and he found them. Isn't he simply regal?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Not Perfect But Getting Better

Creating a center-pull ball of yarn using a "nostepinne" takes practice, just like everything else with drop-spindle spinning. Many things can serve as a nostepinne, even cardboard bathroom tissue rolls. This yarn was wound on a vintage weaving spool I happened to have. It makes a great nostepinne, but I still need much practice. If interested and that's a new word for some of you, google it. There's a short You Tube video that I like best.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Loving My Drop-Spindle

I had spun this sparkly blue roving (Wool, Silk, Nylon, silver fibers) but the resulting yarn was too bulky to knit in-the-round for my vessels. I didn't want to make it even thicker by spinning it again with a second plying yarn, so I tried a tip I saw posted in my Facebook drop spindle group. I spun it again and plied it with a black Perle cotton thread (hope you can see it) instead of a second yarn. A thread with more contrast would have been pretty, the color possibilities are endless. The thickness is even better now, and I know I can knit with it. Practicing and experimenting here!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spinning, Knitting and Felting

I knitted these two small bowls with yarn that I spun on my drop-spindle. I learn more about this process every time I do it. The light vessel has yarn which I've decided is too bulky for knitting-in-the round small vessels. It was hard on my hands, but I persisted, added some beads and a dream-catcher, and achieved a bowl I hope my Grand-daughter will like. The other darker one also has bulky yarn spun by hand, but the aqua bottom is made of Kathyinozarks' thinner yarn. It was easier for me to handle, and I'll definitely be practicing spinning thinner yarn!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Last Trip Photos

Looking down on the landscape and clouds from the top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine.