In a Spin

As most of you are aware, I not only knit, I also Hand spin.

The weather this morning was so nice, I pulled out my wheel and started to work!

Light grey Romney like wool. Thinking of Mittens for the fellas.

Light grey Romney like wool. Thinking of Mittens for the fellas.

I’ve been making singles, 229gms worth! Now to ply, that should take no time. The end is in sight; Mittens here we come! What are you working on? Pictures please!

I don’t add yardage until the spinning is actually finished, washed and blocked. Singles are spun “Z”.

Namaste Yoga socks Just turning the heel on sock 2.

Working on my Pretty Basic scarf for May Kal

Only 3 more Eyelet rows then finished! May even get it done before next months Kal, lol

WIP List = 11

  1. Namaste Yoga socks
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  4. Untangled #4
  5. Without Moonlight #2 
  6. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  10. My Fair Cardi 
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  12. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn! 
  13. Zuzu’s Petals – frogged
  14. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – frogged

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 3 = 11

FO’s 2015 = 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 = 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.

The week that was

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Last week was super busy! First true signs of spring, I’m still recovering.

Last Wednesday morning I went to Craft Group at Church

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Working on Soapdish Ponchos/ Pot holders 

Dishsoap Poncho, dresses up a dishsoap bottle while drying.

Dishsoap Poncho, dresses up a dishsoap bottle while drying.

and Drip Stoppers for tea pots and wine bottles

Drip Stopper PDF.

Great stashbuster for leftover dishcloth cotton.

Great stashbuster for leftover dishcloth cotton.

and in the evening a Handspinning Demonstration at Farm Connections with the Durham Handspinning Guild.

Beth, Gwen and I getting ready to demonstrate for the public.

Beth, Gwen and I getting ready to demonstrate for the public.

More progress on Romney finger roving

Planning on Christmas mitts for the guyz

Planning on Christmas mitts for the guyz

Saturday, Bonnie and I headed for The Gathering in Port Hope Ontario Cda.

Wall to wall fibreholics, fibre fumes everywhere!

Wall to wall fibreholics, fibre fumes everywhere!

This was a Spin-in for the local Fibreholics. Some things followed me home.

Some hand dyed Romney wool, equal amount undyed Romney wool. A small spindle, heavy for it's size, 33gms. I have been looking for a plying spindle with a little more heft. Also a selection of cabled dk cotton for Icord projects.

Some hand dyed Romney wool, equal amount undyed Romney wool. A small spindle, heavy for it’s size, 33gms. I have been looking for a plying spindle with a little more heft. Also a selection of cabled dk cotton for Icord projects.

See posts for each event :0)

I’m also working on my carry along kal.

Without Moonlight bulky shawl, on Row 83

Without Moonlight bulky shawl, on Row 83

I have my purse project. 

I have some finishing modifications planned for this...think large button holes on finished edge!

I have some finishing modifications planned for this…think large button holes on finished edge!

and something to work on in the car. 

Be a Little Different Scarf, I started this on Sunday afternoon at the Knitting group meeting in The Fire House Bistro in Orono, north of us.

Be a Little Different Scarf, I started this on Sunday afternoon at the Knitting group meeting in The Fire House Bistro in Orono, north of us.

This week promises to be just about as busy, Dr. appointment, Craft Group, Knit Nite,  shopping and lunch with MiL and a possible lunch with guildiez. And I wondered why I was so tired last week?

WIP List = 14

  1. Be a Little Different Scarf
  2. Drip Stoppers – for church craft sale
  3. Without Moonlight shawl – Kal
  4. Dish Soap Poncho #2 – for church craft sale
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. His/Hers Socks 
  9. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  11. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  12. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  13. My Fair Cardi 
  14. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done! 

FO’s 2015 = 9 + 2 = 11

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 13 

WIPS 2015 = 12 + 2 = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 15 + 1 = 16

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

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.

 

Event: The Gathering a Spin-in!

knitting with cat

Bonnie and I went to “The Gathering” in Port Hope, Ontario Canada. As many of you know I am an avid Handspinner and fibreholic! 

Wall to wall fibreholics, fibre fumes everywhere!

Wall to wall fibreholics, fibre fumes everywhere!

Everyone sitting, is at their spinning wheels spinning and talking. The fibre vendors are around the walls of the gym. Picture taken from the entrance. I was amazed how many people I knew in this room. Lots of hugs and where have you been?

I haven’t gone to a spinning event for sometime, haven’t been up to it. Nice to be missed… Like coming home! Thanks everyone, especially Bonnie for a really delightful day!

Oh and somethings followed me home! 

Some hand dyed Romney wool, equal amount undyed Romney wool. A small spindle, heavy for it's size, 33gms. I have been looking for a plying spindle with a little more heft. Also a selection of cabled dk cotton for Icord projects.

Some hand dyed Romney wool, equal amount undyed Romney wool. A small spindle, heavy for it’s size, 33gms. I have been looking for a plying spindle with a little more heft. Also a selection of cabled dk cotton for Icord projects.

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.

Event: Farm Connections Handspinning Demonstration

knitting with cat

Great fun for the Durham Handspinning Guild. Our 2nd event of 2015. Our 1st event of the season was in February

Beth, Gwen and I getting ready to demonstrate for the public.

Beth, Gwen and I getting ready to demonstrate for the public.

This was the 10th anniversary of Farm Connections.

We figure that we have demonstrated at almost all of them.

There were Goats 

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Cows 

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Piglets sleeping under heat lamps 

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Chickens laying eggs that rolled down to a sorting machine. 

Not a very good pic, but really interesting.

Not a very good pic, but really interesting.

All sorts of agricultural information on everything from soil to cooking classes.

We had a great crowd of kids and adults.

Great time was had by all!

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.

What’s up?

knitting with cat

Good morning all, I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend.

I am as busy as a one armed paper hanger today!

Our Wednesday morning Craft Group at Church, has decided that May 30th would be a good day for a Craft sale and tea.

This is number 3 of the 5 I'm making for the sale.

This is number 3 of the 5 I’m making for the sale.

Soapdish Poncho # 1 – finished!

Pattern from Soper Creek Yarns, designed by Tina Barrie

Makes a great potholder too! It can be left on the soap bottle to dry...

Makes a great potholder too! It can be left on the soap bottle to dry…

In the afternoon, I will be demonstrating Handspinning with the girlz of the Durham Handspinning Guild, at Farm Connections in Brooklin Ontario Canada at the arena. We are delighted to be invited again this year.

Clearing my bobbins.

Clearing my bobbins.

So I am getting things ready to go. I’ll post more after this event.

Meanwhile I am up to my eyeballs with Kals.

The Carry along Forum chose 3 optional projects this month.

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One down, the “Bring me with you Bagmy design.

Here is the Take me with you bag pattern Pdf. if you wish to make one for yourself.

I have moved on to the second choice

Without Moonlight” shawl

On row 49. Lovin this pattern!

On row 49. Lovin this pattern!

The remaining option, Edison shawl has been in my queue for a while.

Hope to get it done this month too.

designed by Lynn Di Cristina

designed by Lynn Di Cristina

I continue to work away on my facebook Kal – Fans of Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting

Just about done!

Just about done!

EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. 

Another almost done.

Another almost done.

And almost finished my Be Simple scarf, thinking a row of large button holes along the edge to thread the tail through.

WIP List = 12

  1. Without Moonlight shawl – Kal
  2. Dish Soap Poncho #2 – for church craft sale
  3. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  4. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  5. Zuzu’s Petals
  6. His/Hers Socks
  7. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  9. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  10. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  11. My Fair Cardi 
  12. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done!

FO’s 2015 = 9 + 2 = 11

WIPS 2015 = 11 + 1 = 12

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 13 + 2 = 15

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

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.

Event: Durham DIY Show

Durham DIY Show 

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It was -31 with the wind chill here at Durham College 
2000 Simcoe St North Oshawa, Ontario Canada. 

A bunch of intrepid Canadians came out to enjoy a day with creative and inventive DIYers and Handcrafters.

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The first time we’ve been invited to this event. 

We had a delightful time! 

Durham DIY Show

Shelaghs first Handspinning!

We had a chance to network with other spinners, and cross pollinate with other creative and enthusiastic people. 

It was such fun, hopefully we will be going again next year.

Missed ya Beth!

WIP Weds: Welcome to the finish line!

It’s over, but what great moments!

Congratulations Team Canada!

10 – Golds, 10 – Silvers, 5 – Bronze

Ravellenic Games is also over

Team Canada

Team Canada

Pattern list: 8 in 17 days

 Woodland Sprite Bonnet 

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Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater

I designed this for the Olympics - freebee people. Enjoy :0)

I designed this for the Olympics – freebee people. Enjoy :0)

Drip Stopper 

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A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!

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 Another Pair of Mittens 

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

This little nesting doll was a gift from my husband many years ago :0)

 O Canada Mittens 

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This is a double barreled entry. Ravellenic Games and Soper Creek Yarn Challenge :0)

This one is doubling as my LYS 2014 yarn challenge entry. The yarn we are to use is Red and White too :0) 

The Palms

The Palms

 Worsted Wingspan

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Buttermere Shawl 

Finished preblocking

The WIP’s List will be back on Friday :0)

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

FO’s 2014 =  13 + 1 = 14

WIPS 2014 = 11 – 1 = 10

 Stash Used 2014 = 33 + 1 = 34

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 4 + 1 = 5

Thanks again cya at the Finishing line :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

For my Green Entries 

  1. Alpine Abode Enhancement (Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater )
  2. Flying Camel Spin (Alchemy 100% Merino Handspun)
  3. Free Dance (Drip Stopper) 
  4. Hat Halfpipe (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!)
  5. Mitten Moguls (Another Pair of Mittens)
  6. Scarf super G (Worsted Wingspan)
  7. WIPs Dancing (Buttermere Shawl)

For Purple Entries

  1. Charity Curling (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater, Drip Stopper)
  2. Junior Ravellenics (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet)
  3. Beadathon (Buttermere Shawl)
  4. Lace Luge (Buttermere Shawl, Woodland Sprite Bonnet )
  5. Nordic Colorwork Combined (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, O Canada Mittens, coffee Cup sweater, Worsted Wingspan
  6. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Another Pair of Mittens)
  7. Stash Skeleton (Buttermere Shawl and A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, Oh Canada Coffee Cup Sweater  ,Drip Stopper, Worsted Wingspan

WIP Weds: What something new?

tami_wipHonest I couldn’t help it! (Blush)

It has been a very busy week and

 I started something new anyway. All about love shawlette  for my kal group.

Friday

 Fanflower Fling 

A few more rows and I will begin the lace portion.

A few more rows and I will begin the lace portion.

Round 4 of “The Plan” begins!

Saturday

Lovely weather to get out and Hand spin with my friends.

We have been demonstrating Hand spinning at the Darlington Provincial Park Pioneer day on August long weekend for many years. Always fun to visit with each other and talk to the public about what we do. Then home to start my new project.

All about love shawlette  

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for my Carry along Kal Aug.

Sunday

Rose Harbour Shawl 

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Monday

Isla lace Pillowcase edge 

Didn't get much done on this.

Didn’t get much done on this.

Tuesday

Box of Boxes Blanket  

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Got only 1/2 a square done today. We had a family event out of town and this is not really a travel project.

So I took All about love shawlette  to work on in the car.

A 2 1/2 hr drive, a little knitting and a little reading.

A 2 1/2 hr drive, a little knitting and a little reading.

Good time was had by all. Happy Birthday Kim.

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Did a little gardening this week too.

The garden is lovely this year, a great place to knit :0)

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Update on DS: Things continue to heal. (for more info see previous posts) He is almost completely off pain killers now and sleeping soundly at night. His arm is still in a sling and will be for another week or two. He is not allowed to do anything with it for at least 6 weeks. He has been amazing really, going to work and not complaining about his shoulder at all. We are very proud of his attitude about his condition and his job. I do wish he would rest more, but at 22 yrs old I guess he has to do what he wants to do.

Current WIP List (11)

  1. All about love shawlette  10% done Started Aug 3,13 for (Aug Kal)
  2. Rose Harbour Shawl 75% done started Jun 28/13
  3. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  52% done started June 18/13
  4. Box of Boxes Blanket Long term project  (24 + 4 = 28 squares) started Jan 23/13
  5. Beryl Blanket – Long term project ( 67 hexes) started Nov 21/11
  6. Mile a minute afghan – crochet 50% done started Apr 24/13
  7. Pine Forest Baby Blanket 50% done  started Jan 11/12
  8. Sea of Dreams Blanket 75% done started Mar 9/13
  9. SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 60% done started May 17/12
  10. Top Down Swing Pullover 98% done started Jan 1/13
  11.  Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  12. Ruffle Scarf   Done started Dec 3/12 finished Jul 7/13
  13. Cozy Winter Shawl   Done started Dec 1/12 – finished Jul 11/13
  14. Eileen Dress  Done started Jun 21/13 – finished Jul 11/13 
  15. Easy Peasy Shawl – 95% done started Jul 14/12 – finished Jul 17/13

FO’s 2013 = 80

+ 93 Squares & Hexes

WIPS 2013 = 10 + 1 = 11

Used of 38 purchased patterns from Rav = 9 (29 to go)

Stash Used 2013 = 69

Books 2013 = 22 + 1 = 23

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday :0)

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

come join me in the blogpond :0)

WIP Weds: Road trip to “The Gathering” in Port Hope Ont Cda

As promised on Friday, my report on The Gathering in Port Hope. Boy was it fun!

Lots of fibre, lots of spinners, and friends :0)

The bonus, DH came along and enjoyed the treats, not so much the fibre. He did look around with me, which I rather enjoyed. Very tolerant man, even encourages the fibreholic somewhat, and admired purchases with appropriate noises.

Superwash merino blend 4 oz

Mohair blend from Wellington fibre 250gms (luscious)

Orange fingering been looking all over for this colour

You know it is a good book when you buy a second copy Oops

I recommend this book, anyone want one? lol

Here are some more pictures straight from Port Hope Ontario Cda

The Gathering April 2012

The Gathering April 2012

This is my WIP, almost done! More info here

Afternoon Tea shawl

Update Current WIP List

FO’s 2012 = 19

Patterns from my own Library = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  26

Stash Purchased 2012 =  31 + 1 = 32

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

Tami’s blog, Keep Calm and craft on, Knit happy  

What you doing Wednesday

Creative Friday Fibre Arts Friday I’ve made Friday

Fibre on Friday Marigolds Loft The magic onions

Show your stuff Whimsey Wednesday

and Yarn along for more really neat stuff!

If you would like to be included in my Blogwalk please post your blog name and where abouts, link under the Blogwalk page so others can find you too :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Friday all being well.

FO Friday: Happy Easter & Handspinning

It’s Good Friday and I am up to my ankles in alligators. As some of you know Easter is a big deal around here.  I attend most of the services, and am in the choir for the sung ones. Ya there are also Easter eggs and family dinners. So the week has been somewhat hectic.  There has been a movement at Church for the ladies to come to come to church sporting Easter Bonnets. Well here is my effort. Cost about $11.00 with the straw had. Made it in about and hour. Now I have to find something to wear it with. I bet I’ll be the only one wearing one this Sunday! (note the butterflies and I just love pansies and lily of the valley!)

Wednesday the Spinning Group did our annual “Farm Connection” Handspinning Demo. noisy and crowded, but fun! It’s a chance for the townies to see what farmers do. There were Cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, (and the odour that comes with them) and lots of produce. The arena was packed with farm equipment, displays and assorted demonstrations (eg. cheese making, cooking, shearing sheep).

Gwen, Beth and I spinning and visiting with the public

There were loads of good questions and spinning. The kids were impressed to find out that the Vikings that sailed to the New World used sails made from Spindle spun yarn, that usually gets the questions flowing!

Gwen has a real talent teaching the kids to spindle spin!

The men all seem to want to know how the spinning wheel works, the women all seem to think it’s too much work. The older folks reminisce about spinning where they came from and the younger folks are amazed when you point out how much of what their wearing is from spun thread, eg, the tape on zippers, shoe laces, jeans etc.

Here I am, it's a pleasure that so many people are interested in what we do for fun! PS. there is a giant tractor behind me!

Lots of fun and educational too, in a society were clothes can be purchased cheaply at the store, people are often unaware that spinning is part of everyday life in 2/3’s of the world! I am a textile maker and appreciater from way back, in this day and age it is sad to see so many so disconnected from the joy of making useful things. I notice lots of people don’t know the difference between sewn, knitted, and woven textiles.

On a lighter note, As you know I’m a sucker for willow like kittens, my BiL’s Bunny was this brand. So you know I had to share and I thought this was cute :0)

FO’s 2012 = 17 + 1 = 18

Patterns from my own Library = 4

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  23

Stash Purchased 2012 =  23 + 3 = 26 (naughty this wk)

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

Tami’s blog, Keep Calm and craft on, Knit happy  

Creative Friday Fibre Arts Friday I’ve made Friday

Fibre on Friday Marigolds Loft The magic onions

Show your stuff Whimsey Wednesday

and Yarn along for more really neat stuff!

If you would like to be included in my Blogwalk please post your blog name and where abouts link under the Blogwalk tag/category so others can find you too :0)

Well wishing you and yours a Happy Easter however you may celebrate it

and if you don’t, enjoy the long weekend anyway :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Wednesday all being well.

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