Tuesday, 31 December 2013

so long 2013

(lots of pics…)

 In 2013, I knit some socks…

 … I learnt to steek….

 …I re-visited spindle spinning and this time, it clicked…

and the spindle stash magically increased...

… I did some sewing too, but it's all been blogged before, or it's un-photographed, and if there's no photos, it didn't happen… 

… I spent 3 weeks in Spain and Portugal...
Santiago de Compostela,
San Sebastian (Donostia)

followed by a week in England which included a trip to the National Trust property of Tyntesfield,

and the Fashion & Textile Museum (Bermondsey St, London) to see Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour.

 … I did my annual shoe count… 52 pairs in the collection. As far as storage goes, I think I have reached peak shoe.

What will 2014 bring? More knitting, more sewing, more travel, more shoes and the continuing fantasy of less clutter.

 Happy New Year.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Catching Fire is catching

I went to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this week.  In the opening scenes, Katniss is out hunting in the woods and wears a woollen cowl/cape/neck&chest-warmer type thingy and being a crafter of stuff-with-wool, I got a bit distracted for a while.  "I could totally make that..."*
(The movie was fantastic btw.  It's been a while since I read the books, but in my memory it seemed to stay pretty true to the books and the arena looked a lot like I imagined it would.)
A quick search the next day (seriously, what did we do before Google, Ravelry and Twitter ...?) and it emerged that I was definitely not the only one who was mildly obsessed with the Katniss Cowl.
There are already 5 patterns on offer on Ravelry attempting to recreate the design.  None of them are quite what I have in mind.

...I'm plotting.  I'm thinking that the fleece I'm spinning at the moment would work with this.  I have clear idea in my head on how to do the rolls around the neck.  I'm not sure how I'll do the shaping on the lower panels.  Next step - doll-sized cowl as a test piece.

* The books were written for "young adults", hence my lapse into teen-speak.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Year of the Finished Project - October Update

I didn't really set any goals for September.  But I have two finished projects to speak of from that month.

This was a fairly last minute decision project. The cot quilt used up some of the already-cut-out strips that I carefully cut up several years ago with the intention of making a bigger quilt.  I'm pretty certain that bigger quilt will never eventuate - I think my urge to make that pattern is waning.  Perhaps I'll use some of what's left of them to make a scaled down version of that original idea (strips sewn together then cut perpendicularly to make squares which are then moved up and down to make diagonal stripes).

Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock

Socks.  I've got to use up my sock yarn somehow.  These are the Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks.  I also spun a bit more Romney fleece.

Plans for October.

Knitting: I have two pairs of socks on the go at the moment.  One pair is using up leftovers - I'd like to finish the pair this month.  The other pair is a Christmas present. I aim to have at least the first sock of that pair finished.
I also have two cardigans on the go. They won't be finished, but I'd like to have made some visible progress.

Sewing: It's October and I still haven't touched the number 1 UFO on my list which is the denim log cabin quilt that's sitting in a bag under my bed.  By the end of October it will no longer be under my bed, I will have decided on a quilting treatment and have made a start on that treatment.
Old Photo:

Pop over to Lynne's blog to see what everyone else is up to in their Year of Finished Projects.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

FO: Cot quilt

IMG_3585, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Finished stitching the binding on Friday night and threw it in the washing machine. Luckily Saturday morning was sunny and a little bit breezy so it dried in time for the afternoon baby shower. Lil's husband was very impressed. "It's like a REAL quilt!"

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Motivation by deadline

Quilting progress, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

So I realised that Lil's baby shower is actually next weekend and if I was going to get a little cot quilt made in time, then I really needed to knock it over (mostly) this weekend.
Good progress has been made. I can also count this against my tally of UFOs as it uses up some of the strips that I carefully cut up a few years ago in anticipation of making a quilt that has never eventuated. I might still attempt the original idea - on a smaller scale - with the strips that are left.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

New month, new season, new leaf?

All winter I've been feeling that I've been distracted by "oh, look, new stuff" kind of projects and that I haven't been very productive.
However, on checking my list of UFOs that I made at the start of the year, I have made some further progress on processing the never-ending black fleece that I got from C's dad.  In fact I have spun up 1 sheep's worth (there's another sheep's worth in a bag I haven't dared open yet).  No current photos (note to self - must take photos of black fleece yarn) to prove it, but the fleece prior to spinning looked like this.


So that's one step forward in clearing up the UFOs, but then I couldn't resist buying a new fleece when I went to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show (yay!  Y and I finally got there this year.  We're hoping to go back next year too.) and I have made a start on spinning that fleece too.

Romney fleeceRomney fleece roughly sortedReady to spin some Romney.
Romney singlesRomney pliedRomney plied

I continued my adventures in spinning using a Turkish spindle (and bought 3 new spindles - more about them another time).
Spindling merino silk singlesMerino silk singlesMerino silk, chain plied on Turkish spindleChain plied merino silk

In non-spinning land, I finished a pair of socks in August - knit from the sock yarn stash.
Oak ribbed socks

I started a new cardigan - another steeking project...
Cardigan in progress...and then I came across this really cool cardigan pattern in Ravelry and got a bee in my bonnet over it and .....
....what can I say?

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Still here...

all quiet on the blogging front for a few months eh?

I spent most of May on holiday.  I went to Spain and Portugal and then a week in England.

Holiday knitting was socks - of course.

The UFOs are kind of on the back burner at the moment.  I think they may make a re-appearance come August or September.

There has been more steeking. Hopefully some finished photos to follow in a couple of weeks.
Cape in progress

I'm also unofficially riding along with the Tour de Fleece - re-visiting my Turkish spindle.  Spindle spinning didn't really click with me when I first tried it a few years ago.  But now with a bit of wheel spinning under my belt, the process, although still slow, seems less daunting.  Note to self:  Google "slow yarn movement"
tour de fleece 2013 commence
I'm hoping to make it to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show this year.  I think another spindle might be on the shopping list.