Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stash Busting Crochet

More stash busting done this week but this time in crochet.

The following is a pattern originally posted by Maria Valles in 2014 and is her Granny Cocoon Shrug . It is more a recipe than a pattern and she links to Nadia Fuad's step by step video tutorial on Yarnutopia.
 I used seven different handspun yarns and an 8mm hook to make mine. It took about a day to crochet and is very easy and quite lovely. I love mine
 The other project I did I used up the four skeins of Rowan Big Wool "Spray" that I had purchased from Ram Wools in Manitoba. I had purchased them a number of years ago (that colour is discontinued) and they have taunted me ever since. I decided I needed another tote and found Alice Merlino's "Starling Handbag" pattern on Ravelry. I chose to make the size due to the size of the yarn. I used a 10mm hook and when complete added a lime green cotton lining. The completed size is 10 inches high from base to opening and is 21 inches wide.
Showing my chosen wool

 I think that is it for now. This week I'll be working to finish the two hooked rugs I've been neglecting.
P.S. If you liked the model I used for my shrug you may get an identical one. It was our snow shovel draped in a fleece lap blanket.

Outline Shawl

A few weeks ago I completed another of  Beata Jezek's Outline as a birthday gift for a friend. I used DK weight wool and just two different yarns. I started and ended with the multi-coloured Riot by King Cole knitting 12 rows and the body I knit 12 rows off white and 26 rows Riot. I used  almost all of the 2 skeins of Riot and about 1/2 of  my skein of white.

She liked it and for that I'm grateful.

Stash Busting Knits

This week I did some stash busting.
If you spin as a hobby as I do you may be like me and have multiple skeins of handspun that is too little to make a large project. I decided to make a favorite cropped cardigan using four different handspun yarns from my stash. The pattern is Kaya Cropped Raglan Shrug by Dawn Leeseman. I usually increase the length of the sleeves and body to modify it into a cropped cardigan.
Handspun cropped cardigan
I had purchased some lovely chunky Merino yarn when I visited Have a Yarn in Mahone Bayin July/2015. The yarn is by the Mineville Wool Project in colour Three Churches. It is a super soft wool with wonderful drape. I used the entire three skeins I had to make Purl Soho's free pattern Mountain Capelet. I modified it so my hands could come out by knitting the 3 purl rows and then knitting 9 rows before joining in the round. A super easy pattern.
Mountain Capelet

Deina's Hats

Deina is doing some stash busting by making hats. Love them.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Not Knitting

So I had to have an emergency appendectomy on February 12th. Not quite the Valentine surprise I was expecting and not a happy one at my age.
 I did complete the birthday Outline shawl gift but I forgot to take a photo. I'm hoping my BIL takes one for me as he delivered it to his mother, the birthday girl.
I'm working on a new pair of socks, a crochet baby blanket and a little hooked mat.

We're meeting at the usual place this Wednesday weather permitting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mini Spinning Mum-Daughter Get Away

So what do you do when your daughter works shift and visits have to be carefully scheduled? Well you take a most enjoyable train ride to join up and you spend a few nights at a hotel spinning fibre and catching each other up on your lives. You also go to the LYS and shop

DD spinning on my Louet Victoria

Me spinning on my Lendrum

The following photos were taken on our visit to Dartmouth Yarns. A lovely shop well worth a visit.
My yummy purchases