Monday, December 29, 2008

Getting it Together

I spent a little time trying to log my projects into Ravelry. I finally figured out how to do the progress bars!
I knew that I had a bunch of things on the needles, but when I actually got my studio somewhat cleaned up, I was shocked.
I believe I will spend the entire month of January tying up loose ends. The Maine Morning Mitts are done. Tonight, I am working on the Mango Lassi socks. These are my second pair of socks using my own hand spun. This time, I dyed the roving myself. And, of course, it's craptastic.
The roving came with my wheel, so I figured that if I jacked up the dyeing, it wasn't a big deal. It's super WARSH wool. And lemme tell you, I hated spinning it. I don't know if the roving was stale or what, but it was not a fun spin at all. I'm about to the heel flap on the second sock. I'm certain I will run out of yarn, but I have a crapload of the roving left over, so I'll just spin up more.
I hope to take a bit of time, if, and when, there is sunlight to take a pic.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Some of the Projects

Last night, I decided to dye some roving. I recently decided to end my Spunky Eclectic Fiber of the Month subscription. Amy had to raise her prices. This was just the nudge I needed to start dyeing my own roving. I have enjoyed my subscription very much, but I think it will be good for me to learn how to do it myself.

I don't have much confidence when it comes to choosing colors at this point. I'm going to use colors in nature as inspiration. Here is the roving I dyed using poppies as the color guide. I have no idea how it will look spun up. But, it's amazing how well colors in nature work together. And if you pay attention, there are some vibrant colors in nature.

Here is one of my WIPs. These are Maine Morning Mitts from Clara Park's The Knitter's Book of Yarn. The yarn is my own hand spun. It is undyed Romney raw fleece that I processed myself this summer. They look kind of fugly, but they will be warm.

Here is some of my hand spun from this fall. This is from the Spunky Fiber subscription. I forget the name of the colourway.

Still no luck trying to locate that frigging pattern. Well, I'm off to clean and run errands, I guess. I worked some overtime this morning. I think we will be required to work overtime between now and Spring since they laid-off so many people in our area this fall.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Almost Winter

Tomorrow is the first day of Winter though it's been wintery for some time. I had a gut feeling that this was going to be a long and hard winter.

It's cold and grey today. It's hard to find the light to snap photos. Though, I must admit I'm out of the habit of taking pictures and writing about what's going on. Here is a hat I made out of my own hand spun. There's the roving, the yarn and then the finished product. It's ginormous. I'm probably going to felt it somewhat so it fits better, though it pains me to felt my hand spun. It's Icelandic wool and mohair. It weighs a ton.

I've gone through or seem to be going through a phase of losing things. I've lost so many files on my computer and most all of my photos. I've misplaced lots of things around the house, too. I bought this wonderful simple wrap skirt pattern from Etsy. I remember telling myself to put it "somewhere safe." I have yet to find it. I've been trying to sort through my studio/office. There seems to be so much to get in order that I get overwhelmed at times. Until one of my friends reminded me: What's the rush? Take your time.

That being said, I'll plug along. I hope to get some projects logged on Ravelry soon.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

New Beginning

I wanted to move to a new space with a new identity. A fresh start. It's going to take me a while to spiff up things on the new blog. I haven't been taking pictures. I hope to get some documentation of the projects I've made done soon.

Wish me luck!