Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sneak Peek : Célia

Another Falling Stitches / Skein yarns collaboration ... coming soon!

Monday, 30 January 2012

What's Hot : Ravelry (26)

It's hot hot hot and it has just been listed on Ravelry! Every week or so, I show you the finest recently added patterns on Ravelry! Don't worry if you've missed it! Click on the image and queue it! Please note that all the images are not mine. They belong to the designer. You may need a Ravelry account (free!) to view the pattern profile

Hi guys! I know it has been a looooong time since the last What's Hot on Ravelry. Shame on me! I know you guys love this column. So go ahead! Dig in!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Handspun : Cider House

"Cider House"
Beautiful greens, browns and reds by Greenwood Fiberworks. Handpainted BFL roving.
235 yds/113 g

I am so happy. I wanted a 3 ply, worsted weight yarn. I separated the roving in 3 equal parts. I spun each part separately. I washed them, dried them, wound them into yarn cake.

And I started to ply. I was proud of myself, because as I was plying, my 3 threads looked the same, same thickness, not thick and thin. I was really confident. I wanted to use every last bit of the 3 singles. Moment of truth, at the end of the 3 cakes. And... to my delight, I had less than a yard left on 2 of the skeins! After washing the yarn another time and drying it, I calculated how many yards I had... you know what? It's a worsted. Now I feel like the sky is the limit.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Fibre Stash : Spinning Bug

I've been bitten by the spinning bug, and I can't stop looking at all those beautiful hand painted rovings on Etsy. I succumbed to temptation, I needed some treats.

Greenwood Fiberworks Hand Painted BFL Roving/Top in "Cider House" (currently on my spindle!)

Greenwood Fiberworks Hand Painted Merino Roving in "Copper Hills"

Wild Hare Fiber Studio Polwarth Wool in "Wisteria"

Woolen Mill St. Yarns 100% Superfine Merino Spinning Fiber in "Raking Leaves"

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Handspun : Two Sisters Stringworks Hand Painted Roving

Seller: Two Sisters Stringworks

Fiber: Handdyed fine Shetland wool top, colorway Light Rain. Handspun on my Drop Spindle.

First skein: 83g/300yds, light fingering, 2 ply

Second skein: 22g/97yds, light fingering, 2 ply

I have to say, I am in love with my drop spindle. I bet that, if I had a spinning wheel, I would love it even more, but as for now, my drop spindle has a special place in my heart. Spinning only brings me joy. Which is not necessarily good, because now I always think about blowing my yarnie budget on fiber. A whole new world of possibilities...

What I think is really inspiring about spinning is that you never know for sure how the fiber will come out as a yarn. I just marvel at the colors twirling together, mixing. It's captivating.

Ok, enough talking, more spinning...

Monday, 16 January 2012

FO : Aidez

Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose
Yarn: Knit Picks wool of the Andes Bulky in Wallaby
Needles: 6mm / US 10
Size made: 40"

What a great knit. A real stunner. And I finally have mine!
The cable patterns were intuitive, the minimal shaping is simple yet effective and the result is just to die for. Before blocking it was way too tight, but the wet block gave it an amazing fit. I couldn’t be happier!

I really liked to work with the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, but if I was to knit it again, I would choose a fluffier, drapier yarn. I liked it, didn’t love it. Nevertheless the stitch definition is amazing… it depends on what you want as a result!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

FO : Nazaire

Hi guys!

Happy New Year! ... late ...

Here is the first FO of this new year 2012, Nazaire. (Raveled here!)

Nazaire is a simple, long beanie (or tube hat) knitted with my very own Handspun (!!!) and some Cascade Yarn Eco + in Straw colorwar left over. So easy it took only one day to knit!

The beanie is easily knittable and I am certain that a similar pattern can be found on Ravelry. But, if ever you guys want a pattern, let me know!

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