Postcard: Spinning Samples – Knitted

Deb R july 12 samples knittedFor more information on the samples read TomofHolland’s post on Wool Types and Heather’s post on her Fibrary. More photos on Flickr.


Knitting and Spinning from 2013

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

Wild Side Hunter Mittens
Wild Side 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

Touch of Silk 3 ply
Yarn: Hand-spun from silk cap from Touch of Twist in Blue
Spindles: Sinlges Jenkins Kuchulu; Plied: Bosworth mini
Finished: March 2013

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.
Twisted Sock Heel
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

Yarn: Abstract Fiber Alto in Red
Needles: 3.5 mm
Pattern: Pei by Michele Wang
Finished: May 2013

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:
TDF 13 Final Haul
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

Silkie Pear Drop
Yarn: Sheepy Time Knits Silkie in Berry Pie colorway
Needles: 3.5 mm
Pattern: Pear Drop by Ysolda Teague
Finished: August 2013

Project 7: N. Ronaldsay Singles

North Ronaldsay Spun Singles
Fiber: Colored from Liz Lovick; Natural from New Lanark Mills
Spindle: IST
Finished: August 2013

Project 9: Mostly Hebridean Yarn

Plied Hebridean Fiber
Spindles: Wingham Spindle and IST Spindle
Yarn: 3 ply mostly New Lanark Mills Hebrideanroving (with some silk, banana silk and other stuff tested on spindle).
Finished: August 2013

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

Pei Cowl
Yarn: Sheepy Time Knits Polwarth and Silk DK in Wonderflorium
Needles: 3.25 mm/US 3
Finished: October 2013

Project 12: Christmas Washcloths

When my brain really isn’t able to work, I found wash/dishcloths very soothing. I must have made five or six different washcloths.
Here are two:
Nicki and Moz Dish Cloths
Nanayaya Dishcloth

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
Patterns: Various

Project 13: WWKAL 13: Erica Hat

WWKAL 2013
Yarn: Sheepy Time Knits Panda Worsted in “Am I Blue” (merino and silk)
Needles: 3.75 mm
Pattern: Woolly Wormhead’s 2013 Mystery Knitalong, which turned out to be Erica
Finished: December 2013

Project 14: Dreaming of Shetland Shawl

N Ronaldsay Shawl
Yarn: N. Ronaldsay Singles (Z spun) dyed by Liz Lovick.
Needles: 3.5 mm
Pattern: Shetland Handpaint by Donna Drachunas in Dreaming of Shetland
Finished (sans blocking): Dec 2013

Project 15: Dad’s Cardigan

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

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

Neverending Blanket

Project 18: Abbysilk

Kuchulu with Abbysilk
Fiber color is Fade to Pink
I also have some Autumn on a Thread’s Thru Time Tiny Turkish.

I have other spinning and need to get better about recording my hand spun. I do label it all and keep small samples.

Knitting 2011

Scarf for Betsy (choir director)

Yarn: Stash Yarn

Pattern: Garter Stitch
Betsy's Scarf

Diamond Sparkle Socks

Yarn: Speshul Snowflakes Yarn Club Dec 2010 Mulled Wine on Sparkle Feet

Pattern: Toe Up with Diamond Pattern
Diamond Sparkle Socks

Blue Diamond Socks

Yarn: Knit One Crochet Two Sock in Denim

Pattern: Toe Up with all over diamond pattern
Blue Diamond Socks

Blue Skirt

Yarn: New Lanark Mills Donegal Silk Tweed DK in Blue Heather

Pattern: Olive Skirt by Veronik Avery
Blue Skirt

Prayer Flag Batt Hat

Yarn: Handspun on miniBosworth from AbbyBatts Prayer Flag 2 and 3 ply

Pattern: Top down hat
Prayer Flag Batt Hat

Large Cable Cowl

Yarn: Stash Icelandic

Pattern: September Mystery 220:  Quick Cabled Cowl by Gabrielle O’Leary

Mystery Knit

Water Bottle Holder

Yarn: Autumn House Farm Finnegan’s Rainbow

Pattern: September Mystery 220: Hempathy H20 Tote by Leanne Brown

Mystery Knits

Moz’s Socks

Yarn: Sockina Cotton in blue colorway

Pattern: Toe Up Socks using Chrissy Gardiner and Cat Bordhi’s worksheets in twisted rib

Toe of Moz's Sock

Nicky’s Dishcloths

Yarn: Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream in cotton

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason and Dixon Book 1

Dad’s Cardigan

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Wool

Pattern: Top Down Raglan based on Barbara Walker’s with major adjustments

And from the front:

Tour de Fleece 2011 Round Up

Ooof. I think I am spun out for a while.

TDF2011 Successes

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:

Maryland 398 graded

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.

TDF Week 2

TDF11 days 11-13

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

Adventures with Fleece

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:

Goal 1:

Jacob Washed Fleece

Jacob Fleece - Washed

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.

Goal 2:

Maryland 398

Maryland 398


Windswept Pippit

Wash two Shetland Fleeces and comb and spin a sample of each.

Goal 3:
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.

Fabulous Fibers Summit

BFL Summit from Fabulous Fibers

Goal 4:

Knit on Dad’s cardigan as much as possible. It would be nice to be finished when I visit in August.

Swatch for Dad's Cardigan

Swatch for Dad's Cardigan

So I joined four teams on Ravelry as part of the TDF as my new Avatar shows:

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