This year I participated in the Ravellenics over on Ravelry for the first time. My goal was to only use my handspun yarn.  Most are just small bags since I was using small skeins made from the samples from SpinningBox’s. I also tried a bit of felting, but I did it by hand so it’s not too much. I may throw those items in the wash at some point to felt them up more.

Here are all the items I made!


January Spin Crazy!

Since I got my Ashford eS3, I have been spinning daily. Right now I am still going through my fibers from SpinningBox’s so they are small skeins for the most part. I just found two more to spin up so I’m off to do that.

Right now I wanted to share the crazy amount that I have spun just in the two or so weeks since I have had my spinner. This is just for January alone. I have not set the twist yet so have not measured anything, but I wanted to show pictures of my new yarns.

I am having so much fun with this. I am planning on weaving with the smaller amounts but I’ll have to think hard about what to make with the bigger skeins. Especially that last one. I love the Orion Nebula one so much!

Having fun with Oxford Punch

I have been having fun doing punch needle and rug hooking. I found someone selling some Oxford punch needles for a really good deal, so bought them. They arrived awhile ago and I quickly did a project with them.

I made a simple design using some cookie cutters I got for needle felting. I am still using acrylic yarn in my stash while I get the hang of things. It was hard to punch at first, but soon I was whizzing along. I really like this needles!

This is what the project looks right now. I will be making it into a pillow as soon as I decide on how I want to do the back.


This hoop was not the best for this as I had to keep pulling it tight, but it was the biggest I have. My gripper frame is small and I was worried about the teeth ruining the already punched parts. I do have a bigger one on my wishlist that I hope to get soonish.

Cozy, warm hat

Yesterday I loom knit myself a hat. I used my handspun yarn that is a blend of alpaca and angora. I wish you could touch it through the screen. It is so soft that I can’t stop petting it. I will be leaving shortly to go to a party, so will be wearing it. It is only 10* out right now so I definitely want a hat on!


I did not use a pattern and it was made using the green Knifty Knitter.

Christmas Gifts

I only made a few gifts this years since we now do a Yankee swap with one half of my family.  So it is just getting gifts for kids but I’m not making kids anything because they are too picky. The exception is for my two youngest nieces (2 and 4) I made them each a little bear with my Zoom Loom.

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For my mother, I made her something that can be used as a trivet or a wall hanging. I still need to put the wool felt backing on, but otherwise it is done. It is rug hooked and the first one I’ve done binding on. It needs work but I don’t think it looks bad. I know my mom will love it anyway. Monogrammed with her initial.

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I bought two Oxford needles off of someone on Ravelry so I am looking forward to playing with those when they show up. I am still having lots of fun doing rug hooking as well as more punch needle. More projects for those to come after Christmas.

First time rug hooking

This is the kit that I picked up at the fiber fest last month. I have been wanting to try rug hooking for awhile so found a small kit to try out. It went much faster than I thought. I don’t know the exact time, but it only took me a few hours to do. Maybe only a half hour total to cut all the strips. I definitely want to do more of this!


Pin Loom Woven Shawl

I just finished weaving in all of the ends of my first pin loom woven shawl. This was actually a pretty fast project, and would have been finished ages ago if I couldn’t make up my mind on how I wanted to do it.

I used Caron Cakes yarn (Boston Cream) and cut up the colors separately and wound into balls. I then wove up all of the squares. I did not get the same number of squares for each color, which is why the shawl isn’t perfectly symmetrical, but that is fine. I then decided I wanted to make it triangular after all and added the grey squares to the bottom.

For stitching up, I first had the squares line up so that the teeth all matched each other. This gave it an eyelet/lacy look. After doing each row, I then stitched them up so that the teeth interlocked, like a zipper. I think next time I’ll line them up for more eyelets, but I am still happy with how this turned out. Next one I’ll also be trying an edging with it.

I finished this just in time to bring with me to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool) tomorrow. It is going to be 70* but in the 30*s in the am, so I’ll be happy to have it.


Loom used: Zoom Loom

Yarn: Caron Cakes – Boston Cream

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