April 19, 2014

Sleeve it to me...

Well there was almost enough yarn to finish the sleeves; they were coming out somewhere between ¾ and bracelet length. However, they were also too open. I wanted the fit a bit closer, especially in the lower arm.

I'll stop right here and admit I hadn't done any maths the first time around. I just started knitting and then decided to decrease every 12th round. It wasn't enough. So much for saving time by winging it. Now I've done the maths, and I'll make decreases every fourth row. Bonus: more decreases means fewer stitches, means the yarn should go a bit further and the sleeves longer. We shall see. Whatever happens, my plan all along called for the cuffs to be dark blue.

April 11, 2014

The Girls Get A Garage

Don't misunderstand, I love my spinning wheels. But I did worry about them, sitting all exposed out on the floor. Sometimes the cat would decide to try and play with the yarn on the bobbin, or some human would decide to move the wheel and (gasp) pick it up by the flyer. And the pet hair dust bunnies loved to hide amongst the treadles. So one morning I had a brilliant idea about re-purposing a piece of furniture that once housed an old, tube style TV.

What if the spinning wheels fit inside the TV space? And then the little drawers could hold bobbins and shuttles, and maybe the shelves could hold fiber tools? And I could get rid of the functional but unattractive plastic drawers (that used to hold Legos and such when the boys were little) and just make everything look nicer? What a great idea!

So, with the help of DH and Son, the old (very heavy) tube TV was taken to recycling, and the (also very heavy) armoire was cleaned out and moved from the office/man cave to its new location, my fiber hall. If all the fiber was stored here, then it would be my fiber Haul. By the way, this cabinet is solid cherry, and so well made. And it must weigh over 300 lbs. We had quite an adventure, navigating this thing through a narrow hall, up 2 steps, down 2 steps, almost from one end of the house to the other.

But now it is in place, and the girls are safely tucked away in the new garage. Now, I just need to finish moving the other tools, and hang the warping board. There's room right next to the armoire.

March 26, 2014

Oh, the uncertainty!

I'm plugging away at my blue sweater, actually very pleased with how the short row sleeve cap turned out. But, I'm not at all sure I have enough yarn to complete both sleeves. I was sure before I started knitting the sleeve, but now, holy cow this thing is consuming yarn! Possible solutions: turn this thing into a vest or buy some additional contrasting yarn to knit sleeves with (bonus, since it would be a solid colorway, I could just knit the sleeves in stockinette, much faster). I'd probably have enough yarn if I just made the sleeves stockinette, but the very reason I chose this stitch pattern is that I don't at all like how this yarn looks in stockinette. So there. Next choice; continue knitting on to find out if there is enough yarn, or cut my potential losses and head straight to plan B (or C)?

March 16, 2014

That was fun

Wheee! I had great fun knitting the cable pattern; what an easy way to play with a stitch pattern, and satisfy my urge for cables.

March 9, 2014

Does It Make Sense?

I'm pretty sure today's temperature hit at least 80; why did I decide to pull this project out of the WIP pile?

March 5, 2014

Weaving Wednesday

Uhhmmm. So far, no weaving today. But there are a few hours left before I head to bed. I'm sooooo close to finishing napkin 4. I bet the actual weaving part only takes 20 minutes. (Update: Yeah, it only took 10 minutes.) The hem stitching, that will take longer. I'll save that for tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day...

I'm so happy to have a finished object to report! The socks are finally done. I made the heel too wide, but they are still very wearable. It was fun to work the cables.

So much fun that I decided to make more cables. This time on a pair of fingerless mitts.
This is some hand spun Shetland, so soft and warm.

February 26, 2014

Weaving Wednesday

It seems I suffer from 'other thing-itis'. You know what I mean, don't you? For me, it's that feeling that happens when I'm knitting, and thinking I'd rather be doing that other thing. Spinning or weaving. Or even just working on a different knitting project. Note: I'm just going to ignore how this feeling is nearly always present during, say, household chores.
So lately, while I'm spinning, which isn't all that often, I find myself wishing I were weaving with my handspun yarn. Not the napkin project that's been sitting on the loom for the last year and one half. I want to do Some Other Thing. With knitting, it's fairly straight forward to start another project; just grab some yarn and another set of needles. At worst, go out and purchase the same. Really not a bad thing at all. "Oh darn it, I have to go out and buy some more yarn and needles." Actually, that sounds like a good thing.
Even with spinning, if I feel I simply must start working with some other fiber project, it's easy enough to grab a fresh bobbin and get going. At worst, I might need to wind some yarn off a bobbin first. No need to purchase more fiber. There is plenty here.
But, with weaving things are different. A project on the loom isn't easily set aside for some other project. It must be finished. It can be cut from the loom, but not easily restarted. And looms, well I just don't think I have the space or resources to run out and pick up another loom so I can work on a different project.
This is all a long way of saying I want to finish the napkin project so I can start something else. So at least on Wednesdays, I'll make sure and take some time for weaving. The 4th napkin is nearly finished, just over 100 picks to go. Maybe they'll be done by the end of March!