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It’s been another rather busy week. I’ve been beavering away finishing a few things, and starting my next Kal.

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

3 pattern repeats

3 pattern repeats

 One pair of Yoga Socks done and handed in 

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Published 2 new Patterns on Ravelry.com this last week.

Be Simply Different scarf – a freebee 

Be Simply Different

Be Simply Different

and The Herman Hat 

Made for our friend Herman

Made for our friend Herman

I came across 2 interesting Articals:

A Quick Guide to Stitch Markers and 

Make your own Stitch Markers

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WIP List = 13

  1. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  12. My Fair Cardi 
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done
  14. Be Simply Different Scarf  
  15. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  16. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)

WIPS 2015 = 16 – 3 = 13

FO’s 2015 = 19 + 4 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 6 + 1 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Happy New Year 2015!

Well it has been an active year. 

Fibre related Christmas gifts from my family this year!

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

Book: Knit Nordic by Eline Oftedal and a skein of Madeline Tosh Sock (spectrum)

The last few projects of the year 

Knit by the dozen socks my design 

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks. Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks.
Modification: Inserted heel rather than Short row in the original pattern.

My Favourite Top-Down Socks 

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

These worked up just as nice as My Favourite Toe-up socks.

my design – yet to be published 

and I am madly casting off my Hue and Value Shawl 

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off...

Hoping there is enough yarn to finish casting this off…

As I look back on my New Years Resolutions for 2014, I am stunned by the number of things I finished this year.

In 2011 – 105,

2012 – 78,

2013 – 112 

2014 – 61

It’s been a good year!

Projects in 2014

Resolutions for 2015!

  1. I will Complete 8 WIP’s on my list
  2. I will knit the lovely Madeline Tosh Sock yarn (spectrum) my DH gave me for Christmas 2014! 
  3. I have given up on organizing my stash, instead I will parcel up 15 projects with pattern,  stash yarn etc that I will make this year! Ok this sounded like a great plan, last year and yes I did parcel up 14 projects ready to go…still there nothing happened. Going to add one more for 2015…
  4. I will make ALL items for the Church Bazaar and craft sales from stash!
  5. I will not replenish my stash as it deminishes unless DH approves  (update this lasted for 25 days last year) I am going to see how long I will last this year!
  6. Goal this year, significant stash reduction! Again!
  7. I am counting making my studio usable as a minor success. However the Guyz tidied the house for Christmas and the a lot of stuff has disappeared and 4 laundry baskets are missing, I am guessing where… back on the list since 2013!
  8. I will complete one handmade gift for each of the 11 people that will be joining us Christmas 2015 
  9. I will make my DH and DS each a Scarf this year
  10. I will spin more. I have been spinning a little more, and I need to dig out my sewing machine this year too.
  11. I am going to invest in Shelving and containers and organize (sort of ) my stash and studio. 
  12. I will join Fibreholics anonymous (Just kidding :0)
  13. I am going to use more none virtual patterns, I have loads of knitting books, magazines and patterns I should use them!

Total of 13 Fibre Resolutions for 2015, we will see how this goes :0)

The Jar 2014

I begin 2015 with WIP List = 8

  1. Hue and value shawl 
  2. Left over Cowl 
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

Thanks again for an interesting and eventful year.

It wouldn’t have been the same without you. 

FO’s 2014 = 61

WIPS 2014 = 8

 Stash Used 2014 = 80 + 3 = 83

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = O

Books 2014 = 37

cya next year :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

Handspinning: Fleece washing day

Monday was part 1 of fleece washing day!

That  Swaledale fleece that my Mum and Dad got on their recent trip to North Yorkshire England turned out to be quite good. For two people that have little knowledge of fleece purchasing, they did really well. Little dirtier than would have gone for, but no chafe. 

I suspect this sheep was raised outdoors as there is almost no matting over the hind quarters, and has some  weathered tips along the mid-line.

Whoever skirted it did a great job. There are some second cuts down the sides, but not unreasonable amount.

Swaledale fleece hand delivered from North Yorkshire. Now for washing and Spinning!

Swaledale fleece hand delivered from North Yorkshire. Now for washing and Spinning!

I estimate that my fleece is 10 to 15 Ibs unwashed. Think I may loose 10%, still lots left. Opening windows, basement smells petite barnyard. 

How I wash fleece, I have done this for years. 

Top loading Washing Machine

Why?

The spin cycle quite literally sucks out most of the dirt and water out of the fleece leaving it only damp. Did you know that the spin cycle on a washing machine is about 200 G’s, that’s more than shooting a rocket into space!  I used to hand wash in a trug, wet fleece + water weighs a ton, and drip drying takes forever. Someone suggested this method and I have never looked back. And the largest water containing tub in your house? No brainer. I do wipe out and rinse my machine with Javex afterward however. My repair guy, (which I have only seen once with an old machine) told me that the lanolin is good for the pump.

 

1st Quarter fleece: Started with the Hind quarters, This section over the haunches is yielding staple lenghts 8 to 10″ great for woolcoming. and worsted spinning. 

I use Ivory Dawn Dish soap, (the blue one). Use a non hand softener dish soap to clean and scour. The Ph can be corrected with 1/4 cup of vinegar in the rinse water. 

Important: Fleece needs to swim in the water, so do only 2 or 3 Ibs at a time or it will not be able to let go of the dirt.

How?

*Soaking in the hottest water that your top loading washing machine will produce. Fill tank, turn off machine, squirt some Blue Ivory dawn (difficult to find these days) add fleece and soak for 20 to 30 mins. Spin out dirty water (make sure that the machine doesn’t add any water into the tub at this point), once spun out gently lift fleece out of tank,* repeat then rinse fleece without soap. 

I use an old screen door.

I use an old screen door.

Lay out in thin layer to dry on a screen. Will feel dry long before it is dry. Leave for at least 24hrs flipping once.

Important note! 

Hot to hotter water only, and do not agitate!

Hot to cold = felt,

Soap+hot water+agitation= felt

Put it into soak, put your hands in your pockets, DO NOT POKE!

My fleece took 2 soaks one rinse. 

I figure I have 4 more loads to do. 

As far as knitting this week, I finished 3 Piles of Smiles Cowls

Will be available in Willows Pocket my etsy shop in November.

Will be available in Willows Pocket my etsy shop in November.

4 great colours!

3 colours, I am knitting a Hot pink one too.

3 colours, I am knitting a Hot pink one too.

And an Infinity of stash Cowl for the Church Bazaar next Saturday

Totally Austentatious my new literary blog is now open too!

All in all a very busy week :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Quicksilver Lace Shrug started Sept 5/14
  2. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  3. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

FO’s 2014 = 37 + 3 = 40

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 65 + 3 = 68

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 27 + 2 = 29

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Wonder Weds: Harley is on the road again!

Harley my electric Geobike :0)

Harley my electric Geobike :0)

What a delightful surprise, I came home to find that DH had fixed up “Harley” my ebike. He needed a little attention and minor repairs. I don’t drive anymore so it’s wonderful to be able to get around on my own. I see more trips to the LYS ;0)

Spring is time for yarn Adoption!

Two balls of interesting sock yarn and two relatively neutral colours for my Not so "Leftover Cowl" Project

Two balls of interesting sock yarn and two relatively neutral colours for my Not so “Leftover Cowl” Project

A Sun Hat #3  

size 0-3m

size 0-3m

Foots First Sox 

Almost to the heel

Almost to the heel

What I’m reading: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

A good read, it's interesting to see Mary Bennet's view of things.

A good read, it’s interesting to see Mary Bennet’s view of things.

WIP List = 10

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14

FO’s 2014 = 19

WIPS 2014 = 9 + 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 40

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 6 + 3 = 9

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Review: Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise

I enjoyed it for the same reasons and with the same reservations. I think it’s all covered in this review. I don’t think I would reread it but I enjoyed reading it once….

Diary of an Eccentric

Darcy looked down, feeling somewhat embarrassed.  “Now you know very well, Georgiana, that I have never really taken a strong liking to any particular woman.  Usually the association was out of duty or obligation or some familial obligation.  There may have been a few whose company I enjoyed, but none I would have sought as my wife.”

“Oh, but there were certainly many who wanted you to take a liking to them and who would have, without the slightest hesitation, consented to being your wife!”

“Yes, and I can remember all your comments after I would introduce one of those women to you.”

Georgiana looked down, displaying a childlike pout for her brother.  “I was not that bad, was I, Fitzwilliam?”

Darcy laughed.  “I quickly discovered, Georgiana, that the quieter you were around the lady, the more vocal you would be to me after she left!”

(from Darcy’s Voyage

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Looking at the list!

I’ve got a little list, I’ve got a little list. Some of these won’t be missed

Yes a paraphrase of lines from The Mikado, you see where this is going…

On the Chopping block… Frog!

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 SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12 – Boring! I am going to recycle this yarn into something I am going to love! And I don’t have enough yarn to make it the length I want… This was it’s 2nd incarnation

I am absolutely over doing cardigans at are all stocking stitch, nuff said!

I am absolutely over doing cardigans that are all stocking stitch, nuff said!

Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13 Love this yarn, just not for this project.

Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14  I decided on something else as number of babies expected keeps multiplying.

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Actually I am a lot further along on this, but as it’s up for execution…

 I am also adding on A Sun Hat by Kristi Pyatt

Picture courtesy of Ravelry.com

Size small

Size small

Almost forgot The Jar for March

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My Current non virtual reading list

note my virtual list is much longer, these are just the ones I don’t drag around with me…

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Square Metre Gardening for Canada by A.H.Jackson I have raised beds that the boys built for me. I am hoping to make them more productive this year…and it is SPRING!

Darcy’s Voyage By Kara Louis – Actually rather good. I will be reviewing this for Austenatious soon :0)

The Amazing thing about the way it goes by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee Just purchased. I was following the Yarn harlot on her book tour. Was delightful!

Bridge of Birds By Barry Hughart – You really need to read this, it is so funny. I love the person to person, tongue in cheek, fairytale style of this book. It can be downloaded. There are 3 books in this series and they are al marvelous.

WIP List = 9

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. A Sun Hat #1  started Mar 28/14
  10. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  11. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14  

FO’s 2014 = 17

WIPS 2014 =  11 – 3 = 8

 Stash Used 2014 = 37

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya next Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Friday: New Game!

Things are getting a little dull around here.  In an effort to perk things up I am going to start my Friday posts with a teezer, a quote or a picture. The first person to identify where or what it is gets… Drum roll please, a pattern from my Ravelry Shop! Ya, I know cool ah :0)

First lines of which book: “All the children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up and the way Wendy knew was this.”

Hill Walking Socks My design

I hope to have this pattern available soon :0)

I hope to have this pattern available soon :0)

What am I reading? Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

Totally delightful! A ancient China that never was. Number 10 Ox and Master Li, who has a slight flaw in his character set out to save the children of Ku-fu. I read this many years ago, it’s like visiting an old friend.

WIP List = 13

  1. Old Shale Scarf Kal Started Mar 14/14
  2. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  3. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  6.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  10. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  11. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  12. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit
  13. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14
  14. Hill Walking Socks My design Started Jan 20/14 Finished Mar 20/14

FO’s 2014 = 14 + 1 = 15

WIPS 2014 = 14 – 1 = 13

 Stash Used 2014 = 34 + 1 = 35

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

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