Hello hello hello!
I can’t believe I’ve not updated in so long, again! I’ve been a very busy bee, making lots of knitted items, teaching a friend how to knit, getting back into jewelry-making, and even picking up a spindle and learning how to spin my own yarn!
I’m very excited at how well my crafts hobbies are going. I think my dream would be to quit the day job and do this full time, but we all know that is a hard road to journey down, and I truly admire anybody who can make that work. Perhaps some day, with careful planning, I can enjoy that type of life, but for now, this is how it is.
That said, my co-workers always joke that they never see me without my needles in my hands, LOL!
So, stuff I’ve done lately!
I did some Halloween knitting. It was lots of fun doing the 2 bats and wee ghostie for my mantle piece. People have been requesting the bats as gifts for their kids, too. No time to do that this year, but maybe next.
I’ve started making autumn leaves, pattern by Heartstrings Fiber Arts, and it’s called Playing in the Leaves. Here’s the first one. I’m loving this pattern. It is so well written, and the finished product is well-designed. The colorway was a bit of an adventure. I was going to do these all in solid colors, but thought that’d be rather boring, so I bought some Flat Feet sock yarn (in a sock flat) from my local LYS and got knitting. The color runs are a little too short for my tastes, BUT, doing a few in the variegated yarns and a few in the solid yarns, I think they’ll look really pretty all tossed into a bowl together with some pumpkins and acorns and stuff.
I’ve knitted three pumpkins but haven’t taken pics yet. Will update with those once I do.
Spinning-wise, I’m almost done with my original 4oz. bag of Mauch Chunky Fiber that I bought the day I took a drop spindle class in late September. I haven’t spun in about 2 weeks and miss it, so I think this weekend I will focus on spinning up the rest of that and plying the singles. I bought a new spindle from Spinsanity on Etsy, and it spins like a dream! Bought 5 oz. of rainbow superwash Merino from PerchanceToSpin on Etsy, and am loving it!
My boyfriend, who is SO AWESOME, has really been helping me with my spinning and yarn arts. He built me PVC niddy-noddy (pic to come later), essentially, so I can wrap my skeins, count the wraps and know how many yards I have. (I know, I know, I could measure around the chair legs of my chair and then do math, but who wants to do that??? Besides, give Fred an excuse to use his clickity-clacking cutter thing on PVC pipe and he is a VERY happy man. 🙂
He also built me a prototype swift, also out of PVC. It spins freely, allowing me to wind yarn on my brand new Nostepinde (purchased from KariWelsh on Etsy – sorry my pics just don’t do it justice, as it’s so gorgeous in person) and is of a size that fits just about every skein of yarn I’ve had to wind so far. He’s willing to adjust it as I need, make it better as we go, and he’s already made a few adjustments that frankly ROCK.
On the needles now:
1. A baby hat for a friend of mine. My first hat – we’ll see how it goes!
2. Two at a time toe-up socks on 2 circs using the free KnitPicks pattern, which had been put away for months. Just pulled them out today to try and get them done already. Using Tuscany multi on these.
3. 2 more bats
4. a whole bunch more leaves
5. 2 dishcloths
6. 2 scarves.
That’ll keep me busy til Christmas, eh?