I find it useful to write a wrap up to see what I made in the last 12 months. It looks very impressive this way.
Project 1: Wild Color Hunter Mittens
Yarn: Made from hand-spun. The fiber was purchased in 2011 at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool from Mad Colors in the Wildside color way. I spun using my Bosworth’s mini making a 3 ply light weight fingering yarn.
Needles: 2.75 mm
Pattern: Self designed
Finished: Feb 2013
Project 2: Touch of Silk 3 ply skein
Project 3: Twisted Stitch Socks
I don’t actually have a finished photo of these, even though I have been wearing them fairly constantly when the weather has been cold enough.
Yarn: Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Portland Rose
Needles: 2.75 mm
Pattern: Self designed with a knit two (twisted approximately every 3rd row) purl 3 rib
Finished: April 2013
Project 4: Red Pei
Project 5: Dyeing and Carding Jacob
Still working on the fleece I bought in 2010! This is hopefully the last stages of fiber prep and spinning:
For TDF 2013 I dyed and blended secondary colors.
For the rest of 2013 and going into 2014, I spun/am spinning singles on my Sunflower Breeze spindles.
Hopefully the yarn will be completed by the end of 2014.
Project 6: Silkie Pear Drop Shawl
Project 7: N. Ronaldsay Singles
Project 9: Mostly Hebridean Yarn
Project 9: Marin
I’ve since been sent enough yarn to redo the corner but I kind of like it being a different color. One of my Doylestown friends calls it my Clorox shawl!
Yarn: La Drogourie Surnaturelle in Cape Horn (mostly)
Needles: 3.5 mm
Finished: Sept 2013
Project 10: Shortening socks originally knit for Mum
No pictures. But Mum’s feet were 1″ longer than mine and I couldn’t bear to give these socks away. So I have adjusted two pairs and still have one left to go.
Project 11: Pei for Jessica
Project 12: Christmas Washcloths
Also one Nanayaya dishcloth takes me about 90 -120 mins. So I do it during meetings!
Yarn: Lily’s Peaches and Creme
Needles: 4 mm
Project 13: WWKAL 13: Erica Hat
Project 14: Dreaming of Shetland Shawl
Project 15: Dad’s Cardigan
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Delight in Green-blue (colorway 16)
Needles: 2.5 mm
Pattern: Self designed with extra space in the back for widower’s hump
Finished: Dec 2013, with help with sewing in zipper from SIL
Ongoing but Unfinished Projects
Project 16: England Sweater
Working on the sleeves. Then I have the front steek to open up. Buttons with band up the front.
I only work on this project in England, so I might not finish it this trip!
Project 17: Never-ending Blanket
Project 18: Abbysilk
I have other spinning and need to get better about recording my hand spun. I do label it all and keep small samples.
Scarf for Betsy (choir director)
Yarn: Stash Yarn
Diamond Sparkle Socks
Yarn: Speshul Snowflakes Yarn Club Dec 2010 Mulled Wine on Sparkle Feet
Blue Diamond Socks
Yarn: Knit One Crochet Two Sock in Denim
Yarn: New Lanark Mills Donegal Silk Tweed DK in Blue Heather
Prayer Flag Batt Hat
Yarn: Handspun on miniBosworth from AbbyBatts Prayer Flag 2 and 3 ply
Large Cable Cowl
Yarn: Stash Icelandic
Pattern: September Mystery 220: Quick Cabled Cowl by Gabrielle O’Leary
Water Bottle Holder
Yarn: Autumn House Farm Finnegan’s Rainbow
Pattern: September Mystery 220: Hempathy H20 Tote by Leanne Brown
Yarn: Sockina Cotton in blue colorway
Pattern: Toe Up Socks using Chrissy Gardiner and Cat Bordhi’s worksheets in twisted rib
Yarn: Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream in cotton
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Wool
Ooof. I think I am spun out for a while.
Top LH corner: Jacob from Marta – gold batts, mid dark singles, white batts, white yarn 3ply and 2 ply
Top RH: Mad Colors: Wild Side
Middle L: Fabulous Fibers: Summit
Middle: Drying Shetland fleeces
Bottom L + Middle: Drachenwolle
Bottom R: Dad’s cardigan
If you remember I had goals. So how did I do?
Goal 1: Prepare lots of Jacob. I got about 100 g carded and a further 20 g waiting for the carder. Still have a long way to go before it is all finished.
Goal 2: Wash fleeces. Thanks to members of Team Suck Less and the FOAY group on Ravelry, I found out that my water is not hot enough to dissolve lanolin. So I had to change my methods and rewash the first few lots. Despite that I am only 3.5 mesh bags away from finishing the second fleece! For this fleece I got fancy and sorted out the fiber into different categories:
A) Least compacted and long clear locks
B) Back like A but compacted
C) Sides are slightly dirty and not as soft as A or B
D) End of legs – very compacted and not soft
E) Worst, as in dirtiest, locks. Fleece was skirted which means the really nasty bits were already removed.
Goal 3: Spin on my Trindle every day. I span every day but not always on my Trindle. I did, however, spin all the fiber I intended for the Trindle.
Goal 4: Knit Dad’s cardigan. Unfortunately, the last few days have been too hot too knit a thick cardigan but before the heat dome arrived I finished the left sleeve and I’m about a third into the right sleeve.
So all in all tour de fleece 2011 was a success.
Top: Finished the left sleeve of Dad’s cardigan
Color skeins: Mad Colors wild side chain plied. Well one was chained and then plied because I couldn’t chain fast enough. The singles were spun on Habetrot’s support spindle, plying on Bosworth mini.
Middle: Windswept Pippit moorit Shetland drying
White fibre and yarn: Marta Jacob fleece in batts and span as two ply (smaller skein) and three ply on Saacht Hi-lo Spindle
When to the Tour de France takes place, spinners of the fiber kind join in with a Tour de Fleece. The idea is to set hand spinning goals to achieve while watching the cyclists get hot and sweaty. I have joined too many goals but it should be fun trying:
Process as much of the Jacob as possible. It is all washed but I have about a pound of a half that needs flicking and carding.
Wash two Shetland Fleeces and comb and spin a sample of each.
Spin on my Trindle every day and while at it, spin enough Fabulous Fibers Summit for making two swatches; regular 3 ply and Navajo 3 ply.
Knit on Dad’s cardigan as much as possible. It would be nice to be finished when I visit in August.
So I joined four teams on Ravelry as part of the TDF as my new Avatar shows:
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