Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Ok, I admit it!

I fell off the wagon, I weakened, I bought sock yarn. An entire squooshy  scrumptious heap of sock yarn.  Or 7 pairs worth, to put it another way, which should last until March....  I'm not sure why, but whilst I am perfectly willing, if not thrilled to spin my own yarn, there is something about the instant spiffyness of self patterning yarn that pops into a category all of its own!  Also, socks are relatively quick and provide the knitting equivalent of instant gratification (some would argue hats, others baby clothes, but for me it is socks!).  So now I shall sit and gloat over them, trying to decide which ball to knit up first. Whilst finishing my current pair of socks. (Classic Sock Pattern by Nancy Bush in the most fabulously disturbing shades of purple which was a birthday gift from my friend Anita).  I do have other knitting projects on the go, but a distinct inability to be monogamous at the moment.

I have also started weaving on the Mighty Wolf.  The action is very different from the LeClec, but there is a good shed and it is smooth and easy to use. very pleased with the way it is behaving so far.  Now If I could just remember all the things Freyalyn told me about my birthday yarn (which is the weft that I have been saving for ages for precisely the right project) I would be set today.  Can't remember for toffee!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A New Year Already

After a very busy Christmas and New Year full of family - extended and immediate, it's back to quiet here by the sea. Which is nice after all the chaos.  (It will also be nice to have the ensuite working again after the plumber has been tomorrow, but that is another tale.) So. I am attempting to finally establish a proper routine so that I can achieve things without spending all afternoon asleep. (Not intentional, but you know how it is!).  I will let you know how successful I have been in a week or so. For Now, it's baby steps after a poorly patch just before Christmas.

My new loom finally arrived just as Christmas chaos began and so it has languished a bit, but finally, I am in the process of slaying it.  My big and forgiving LeClerc Colonial (60" weaving bed, 4 shaft) has been mothballed for this house, as we just don't have the space. And we have welcomed a Schact Might Wolf (32" weaving bed with 8 shafts).  I am in the process of popping the first warp on to get the measure of it. So far it's fairly easy to use.  Although, I must say, without the stroller wheels it wouldn't be.

Knitting and spinning are trickling along and hopefully I should be able to show more next time.

Monday, 5 December 2016

It's been a long time

Well, it's been along time since I posted last.  In the interim, many things have happened.  I've moved house and also we have lost Moppet dog, so huge changes all round really.

We are finally settling by the sea side and whilst we knew it would have an impact on my health, we none of us anticipated quite what an enormous one it would be. As long as I stay within 100 metres of the shore I can breath really easily (for me!).  I still have bad patches, but they are bad patches not call an ambulance episodes, so as far as we are concerned they are a walk in the park!  Colds still land me on my backside, but it's on my backside, not in bed. Fingers, and everything else crossed that this will continue. In the meanwhile, I'm just content that I appear to be heading in the right direction for the first time in years. 

Fibre had been put on the hold whilst we moved and I am beginning the slow and tortuous task of trying to get my spinning and knitting organised. I haven't even started on my weaving yet! But it is slowly coming together.  

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Forward progress

For once, I appear to be moving forward.

Well, I've managed to complete a couple of things and others are being worked on, so I've decided to count that.

IMAG0401 First and most importantly, my nephew's sweater has finally gone to it's owner.  This took far longer than it should have for several reasons.  Firstly, and most importantly, I couldn't get the catch of the cable pattern.  For those who knit cables regularly, I'm sure you would agree, after a repeat or two usually, you don't need the whole row by row thing.  It's predictable, you can see where they are going and it's easy to get them there.  Not with this. I need the graph to the end, and it was frogged at least 4 times.  (And those are the 2 inch at a time jobs, a couple of rows weren't even noteworthy).
Secondly, and as importantly I feel, the colour.  It wasn't until I was halfway through knitting this that I realized, I really disliked the colour palette.  It made me wonder whether this had anything to do with my lack of enthusiasm to finish it?  I've come to the conclusion that it did and that is something I shall have to bear in mind in the future. Stuff moves along a lot faster if you like what you are looking at!  Bit of a Mantra for life I suspect.

My batts are beginning to move forward as well, only another 15 or so to go and then they will be popped away in the queue for spinning.  

Spinning is also moving forward, lots of Natural Shetland/BFL is being spun as is baby camel and silk in golds and yellows.  Both for weaving projects.  My weaving is sort of staying still.  But that is because it takes a bit too much energy and until I manage to drop the steroids a bit more, that's still pretty thin on the ground.

And the steroids won't be dropped for a while, the Oil seed rape is in full flower together with pollution levels raising their ugly heads, and we all know what happened last year....