Trying Something New

So I made a list of things I wanted to knit for Christmas gifts last week. All are relatively small projects with a couple pairs of mittens and a hat thrown in for good measure.

One of these items is a pair of thrummed mittens. I have always marveled at these and decided to take the plunge.

I raided the fiber stash and came up with a poorly blended merino/silk batt I acquired back when I wasn’t sure what was good or bad in batts. I figured I could pick around the not blended parts and it would work out just fine.

I decided to use the Yarn Harlot’s pattern for thrummed mittens. It’s buried in some blog posts of hers but can be found on Ravelry.


I can’t believe how addicting it is to make the thrums!


I think this will be a quick knit as it is very potato chip-like. The thrums are so fluffy and warm!

I think the recipient will really love these!

Until next time…


Thanksgiving 2014

As usual for the holiday we traveled to see family. This time to Wichita and then on to Tulsa.

This means lots of car knitting. I didn’t knit as much as usual because the knitting mojo has been lacking, but I did get some time on a few projects.

First up are the socks I am knitting for my mother-in-law. She knows about them so no spoiling it here. I’d been avoiding these for some time for unknown reasons. But I have one finished and the toe of the 2nd started.


The other project is one I cast on right before I left this past week. It is called Endless Rainbow by Martina Behm. It’s knit with 2 colors of yarn in a very interesting manner. I didn’t get very far as it is a bit fiddly, but I think it will make a good easy project to knit this winter while working on Christmas gifts.


More fun projects are in the works but many of those are secret.

Until next time…


And here’s a long lost blog post…

Nope, I haven’t died or fallen off a cliff! More or less I just got busy. It was nice to take a break and just sit back and not blog.

There has been knitting. Plenty of it really. Here’s a sampling…





There is more to that I am sure, but why dwell on the past.

Lately I have been knitting baby blankets for friends. One is finished and the next has been started. I will have one more after that.

I cast on a worsted weight shawl this last week so I could have something cozy to wrap up in. It is called Elder Tree and it is free on Ravelry.


Loving this color of Malabrigo Rios and how easy the pattern is. Hope to have it finished for Thanksgiving.

Hope everyone is enjoying the winter weather. I love that it allows me to layer up the hand knits!

Until next time …. (hopefully sooner than 4 months!)


Alpaca Fleece: Sample Spinning Part 1

So it has finally begun. The spinning of my alpaca fleece. It’s been in my possession for about 3 years at this point.  It was processed into batts and some roving by a local pal of mine, Helga. She’s a sweetie and a spinning oracle.

I decided to start out spinning up one of several samples to see how the fiber behaved. The first sample I decided to do was a 2-ply spun from the fold using a hybrid long-draw, forward-draw method. (More or less this means I shot from the hip as far as woolen or worsted. It’s a sample and I was having fun.)

IMG_3321.JPGI really wanted to end up with something along the lines of a dk-worsted weight, so I tried to spin thicker. I tried as hard as I could. Not sure it worked.

One thing I discovered is that no matter how “clean” you think alpaca is, it’s not. This one kept dumping dust and veg matter on my legs as I was spinning it. I don’t mind a little straw and I kept picking out the larger pieces leaving in some of the ones that escaped my claws as “texture” and “rustic charm” added to the yarn.


I spun up about 25g total and then plied it into a 2-ply. I washed it (more dirt and grime came out in the wash) and let it air dry.  I love the fluffiness of this yarn. I love how it has so much loft and bounce. It feels like a cloud (if you could actually feel a cloud). But, I’m not sure this is what I want if I intend on knitting a garment.


It’s rather thick-n-thin in places (yay for novice spinning!) and it doesn’t have enough twist. It’s a bit underspun I feel. I think for a garment I definitely want more twist, and more rigidity. I will knit this up into a wee swatch and see how it looks. I bet it would make a nice lacey cowl or some fingerless mitts.

The next sample I plan to spin is a true 3-ply. I have a 4th bobbin on it’s way so that it won’t be too much of a pain to do. We’ll see how that goes.

Hopefully my next blog post will come sooner rather than later.

Until next time…


And Then There Were Sleeves

All weekend when I wasn’t working on the never-ending bathroom project I was working on my Hitofude.

You start out working the sleeves on this pattern. I assumed that this part would go quick, but alas sleeves take forever no matter what way they are knit.

Finally, at some point early Sunday morning my sleeves were complete! It was a very magic moment as you really had to trust the pattern to get to this point.

I did have one small hiccup when I was seaming the sleeves. I was doing a 3-needle bind off and forgot the bind off part! Had to tink back a bit.
By Sunday night I was on to the body of the sweater. Lots of knitting still remains but I definitely made a good deal of progress.

Until next time….

Week/Weekend Update

This past week ate all of my time for blogging so here is a quick pictorial update.

Tour de Fleece started so there is a lot of this going on. At least 10 min a day i fact. 2oz down and 2 more to go of this fiber.

Hitofude is going slow. Negative progress this week in fact.

Zigzagular socks! This one in fact has a heel now.

My best friend from home visited this weekend. We roasted in the heat and humidity at the zoo, watched a few movies, and ate plenty of junk food. It was a great weekend!

Until next time…


I fell in love with my wheel again at retreat. I took that spinning class and subsequently spent my weekend spinning. I had purchased some fiber from Yarn Geek Fibers at the Iowa Sheep and Wool a few weeks ago and dove into spinning it.

I absolutely love what I ended up with. A gorgeous 2-ply with lots of bounce.


I think I want to pair it with another BFL that I have spun up and make a 2 color shawl or cowl. For now it is going into the stash.

Last night I dug around and found my Malabrigo Nube fiber and started spinning it.


This is a superfine merino and boy is it wanting to spin fine. I am shooting for a 2-ply with this as well!

Until next time….