Ok, I have no particular theme this week. Let’s just see what I’ve been up to in the Fiber Arts, shall we?
For Distaff Day last weekend I spun some of the fun yarns I’ve been talking about on the blog. The first was a mixture of all the colored items – a million types of wool and plant fibers. Some of these arrived in my Distaff Day goodie box au naturale, but I dyed those hot pink. So you can see there’s a lot of pink in this yarn. Isn’t it fabulous?
Then, I spun up the pima cotton (white) with the cotton balls (awesome tie dye colors). I only got through an 8-yard 2ply; spinning cotton is not my thing. It was an interesting experience, though, and I got this fun mini skein of yarn out of it:
I would equate the pima cotton to spinning bamboo, milk protein fiber or some other slippery stuff. The cotton balls were really hard to spin b/c they’ve got really short staple length, if you can even call it that. Oh, this yarn also has tiny white cotton nepps; I just let those grab onto the cotton balls as I spun.
I have also been knitting away. I finished Jillian’s Shroodie, blocked it, and decided to frog it. I hate how the hood turned out all wonky-fied after blocking, and even before that I didn’t love it. Basically, this pattern makes a hooded shrug but the hood doesn’t fit a real kid (as all the project notes attest on Ravelry). I thought that would be okay, but the more I think about it I just hate wasting yarn on a hood that doesn’t fit. So I’m going to make a regular shrug out of this yarn at some point in the future. Here’s the failed Shroodie, soon to be frogged:
I’ve been making a checkerboard scarf for my brother, though I may eventually give it to my husband. This marks the last of the WIPs that I plan to complete, so I’m excited about that. Here it is in progress:
I’ve also made a few project/notions bags, which will go into my next shop update, whenever I decide that will be. Here are the bags:
And finally, I dyed a jumbo skein of bulky thick/thin merino I got from my friend Johanna. I’m going to knit it up into a big cowl and a pair of mittens to match my winter coat. Here’s that:
So, I guess that’s it for me in the fiber arts this week. Check back to the blog next week for some book reviews of the fictional and non-fiction/crafty variety.
In the meantime, check out Wonder Why Gal’s blog and see what everyone else is up to!