Lael Cowl

The other weekend was Rhinebeck/NY Sheep and Wool. I did not post my haul pictures from that like I usually do, so here is some shots.

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It was hard choosing what I wanted when I had limited funds. The only plan I had was to get yarn for a project I was going to be starting. That is the red yarn in the front on the top photo. Everything else (aside from the Rhinebeck stuff I pre-ordered) I picked up what interested me.

I saw a really pretty cowl/scarf knit up in one of the booths in a super soft yarn. I immediately bought the yarn for it and wrote down the pattern name, Lael, free on Ravelry.  I cast on the cowl on Oct 27 and I just bound off this morning. There were two or three days I did not knit at all, so this was something I actually knit up pretty fast! It’s a really easy, and nice, pattern. I’m sure I’ll do it again.

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The yarn for this cowl I used is Shalimar Yarns Breathless in Bees Knees colorway. It is so soft and squishy! I just found out my LYS carries this brand so I’ll be looking into getting more of it sometime in the future.

Tomorrow I’m heading to the Fiber Festival of New England. I was going to go today, but my mother is watching my niece who is sick. I’ll post my haul from that tomorrow night. Or sometime soon. Pending distractions, ha!

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Recent projects

I have not updated in awhile but wanted to share my most recent projects.

I wove up this cowl for my mother using the TurtleLoom fine gauge hexagon pin loom. I  have her other ones and they are really fun to use. This fine gauge one is meant for sock yarns, which I have lots of .

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I then used a loom to knit up a headband for myself using some of my handspun. I bound off a bit tight, but it helps keep the band from sliding down too far. The colors don’t pop on the red background, but they are oranges, some yellow, reds, and a tiny bit of black and white scattered in.

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This is another project woven on a pin loom (Zoom Loom for this one). I wore this to Rhinebeck on Saturday and got lots of nice compliments on it.

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Another loom knit project is this cowl I made for myself, again using my own handspun. I have it pinned out but I need to finish blocking it.

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I also have another weaving project in progress, plus a knitting project I will be starting very soon. Hopefully today when I get home from work!

Ravellenics

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!

Seaweed Scarf

I started this scarf back in July and worked on it off and on. Determined to finish it, I have been working on it pretty much daily this month. I finally finished it at 1am this morning.

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The pattern is available on Ravelry. It is very easy to do and is great if you have not done the knit through the back loop increase. So I learned something new doing this!

Now to decide what I’m going to work on next. I have many things I want to do but there is only one of  me!

2017 so far

I fell behind in posting my projects (as usual) so figured I’d post what I’ve done so far at the end of June. I’m a bit late, but here we go!

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Back scrubber

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Washcloth

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More wash cloths

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Hot pads

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Alpaca blanket

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Added some decoration to my shelf, mostly to keep things from falling of the back.

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Pin loom woven teddy bear

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Back of bear

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Knit shawl of my own design

I have some other things to post, but will put them in their own postings later. I’ve not done too much as I have many hobbies and jump around, but I’m back into a crafting craze, so many more to come!

Pretty Basic Shawl – Completed

The Pretty Basic shawl is a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve been wanting to try other techniques with knitting, aiming to do lace eventually. This shawl is a great way to dip your toes into the water and get the hang of yarn overs. The pattern was very easy (I memoriezed it quickly and my memory is horrible!) and it’s fully written out. I have not learned to read charts yet, so this was perfect for me.

The yarn I used is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal in the Koi Pond colorway.

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This was my first time blocking something. I don’t have any wires yet, just pins, so it’s not perfect. It’s fine for me though, so I’m not worried about it. I’ll probably do this shawl again in the future. Fun and fast. I finished in just over a week. I think it’s the fastest I’ve ever finished something.

My first loom-knit fingerless gloves

After I finished that baby blanket for my niece (see previous post), I finally started a project on one of my new looms. I used the fingerless glove loom from CinDWoodCrafts. I really love this loom because the sizes are already marked in different colored pegs.

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CinDWood Crafts fingerless glove loom

There were many different patterns to choose from. I wanted something that wasn’t really complicated but still looked interesting. I picked the Inverted Garter Block Fingerless Gloves pattern (found both on Ravelry and the CinD website with the loom). I did struggle at first because I got confused about a part of the pattern, but after I figured it out, it went quickly. I did do it a bit different. I only did the block pattern on the front of the gloves instead of both sides of the body. This made less pegs to keep track of which is what I wanted for my first time doing fingerless gloves.

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One down!

I tried the first one on to test the fit to make sure I didn’t need to go up or down a size. It’s a little loose, but wearable. I quickly cast on the second glove and finished it in a few hours.

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My first pair done!

The pattern looks like a mess in the above picture, but in person it actually looks right. The yarn I used was Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite in the color Portsmouth. I held it double since it is thin. The next pair I make will be using heavier yarn.  My mother stole these right away, but of course we are now getting a week of warmer than average weather, so she’ll be waiting a bit before she uses them.

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