Winter is here!

I’ve been enjoying the cold days of winter.

Tidals

Well, since my last post I had been healing from an oral surgery in which until this day, there still a little bump in my jaw. Fortunately  for me I was able to rely on my spinning and some felting while I was healing.

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Patricia

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Knitting and Spinning for a Blanket

 I had this urge to spin for a chunky blanket. I spun about 1 1/2 lb of Polwarth Top to be able to make it. I didn’t know how much yarn I would need before, so I just made a rough calculation as how much I needed to spin. Even that the logistics to make the blanket was simple (spin and knit a basic square), knitting it was another story. I used US 50 mm needles and it was a little hard at the beginning to get used to holding the gigantic needles. Nonetheless, I’m very happy with the end result.

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Big Needles

Chunky Blnaket

 

See you soon!

 

Patricia

More spinning

This is from a Malabrigo top that I got a couple of weeks ago in a new craft shop in Mill Valley called Once Around. While I was visiting the store it felt like being inside a candy store. I liked their array of merchandise and I couldn’t resist the impulse of purchasing some wool that was for sale. I think this color is called Mostaza (Mustard). I decided to spin a two ply yarn with it.

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And here is some plain white merino wool combined with some randomly picked sari silk threads and a little Angelina spark. I love the white against the bright jewel tone colors of the sari silk threads.

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I’m thinking of combining the sari silk thread with other colors and spin some more textural yarns.

Patricia

Lazy Sunday

Well, kind of… I didn’t sleep well last night and as a consequence, I didn’t have the full energy to start a big felting project today, so I decided to finish spinning this roving that I started a few days ago. Obviously it will be a two ply yarn. This is my Tuscany colorway in SW Merino. It took me a while at first to get control  of the slippery fiber, but I’m rather enjoying it now.

Two ply Tuscany SW Merino

Two ply Tuscany SW Merino

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Tuscany

Patricia

Lambtown

Lambtown Wool Festival

The date for The 27th Annual Lambtown Festival is getting closer!  This will be my second year and this time it seems that I will be selling indoors. I enjoyed being outside last year, but I didn’t realized that I was in a vulnerable place when the strong winds suddenly appeared and I wasn’t prepare at all to deal with it. My friend and I found an empty bucket that we filled with water and use it as a weight to stabilized my tent and keep it in place for the night. I went to my hotel room a bit worry. Notting happened, but it was no fun for a couple hours trying to figured out what to do! So, this year I sent my check early enough to secure my place indoors. Come by to see me and say hi. I will be in booth #36. Oh yeah, the date? Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 5 2013 from 10am to 6 pm.

On the other hand I’ve been felting a lot lately. Some of my work has been placed at Black Mountain Weavers in Point Reyes, and some still needs finished work to do. I’ve been building a pile of garments that need to be dyed. So, no photographs so far. Here is one scarf that I finished yesterday (that still needs to be dyed). This is alpaca and 15 micron merino with no silk backing. I wanted to make a scarf with holes all over.

Felted Scarf

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Felted Scarf

I’ve been also having a good time spinning this little Shetland lambswool fleece that I got from my friend Mimi Luebberman. I’ve been spinning singles with the intention of knitting a cardigan with it. Although I’m getting a bit worry that I won’t have enough for a sweater and I don’t really like to knit vests.

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Single

I might have to change my mind about knitting a vest unless I find another yarn that would work with these bulky singles.

Patricia