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!

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.

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Loom used: Zoom Loom

Yarn: Caron Cakes – Boston Cream

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.

And another

This one is smaller than the one I previously posted. More like a shawlette; just enough to keep your neck warm. This one is going to my mother since her favorite color is purple. Again, made with handspun yarn by me.

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Time to do another one! This time I’ll be using brighter colors. I’m so sick of all this snow we’ve been getting. I need more colors around here!

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