Tuesday, 31 December 2013
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
(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.
None of the Katniss cowl patterns I've found are quite what I've got in mind. Attempting my own interpretation. pic.twitter.com/QKJ91lH2qo
— Paisley Womble (@paisleywomble) November 27, 2013
...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
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).
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.
Pop over to Lynne's blog to see what everyone else is up to in their Year of Finished Projects.
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Sunday, 15 September 2013
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
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.
I continued my adventures in spinning using a Turkish spindle (and bought 3 new spindles - more about them another time).
In non-spinning land, I finished a pair of socks in August - knit from the sock yarn stash.
I started a new cardigan - another steeking project...
...and then I came across this really cool cardigan pattern in Ravelry and got a bee in my bonnet over it and .....
Swatching and channel hopping. Tired. Think I'll go to bed. pic.twitter.com/OKEiofIzEZ
— Paisley Womble (@paisleywomble) September 2, 2013
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
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.
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"