Friday, December 16, 2011

More spinning!

I've been feeling sorry for myself for not having the time to spend on quilting, spinning and knitting.  But apparently I do have som time.  I am having results...

Mixed wool singles

Mixed wool homespun singles

Mixed race wool: Swedish fine wool/rya
57 grams
232 meters
Carded and spun in the grease with lots and lots of lanoline
Spun on ratio 1:5,5 on my Ashford Traveller with a short backdraw
Lightly felted.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

UFO recussitation

My daughter reminded me of a sweater I had promised her last year... It's always embarassing to admit that a promised gift has turned into a UFO!

(= UnFinished Object)

So I got it out again and have recussitated it , it seems to be alive and breathing at least for the moment.

Tone on tone sweater in shadow knitting
The pattern comes from "Shadow Knitting" by Vivian Hoxbro and uses a really neat technique.  Working with knitted and purled stitches you make a pattern that only shows when looking at it from the side.  So, vertical stripes turn into horizontal stripes depending on your advantage point.

Please excuse the poor picture quality, but I wanted you to see how it works!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gotland wool

I went to a small wool fair a couple weeks ago.  I found a basket of this wool and could not resist them..

Gotland wool locks
I tried to spin them combed, but they were sooo slippery!  I manages a couple feet, then my patience gave in.. So I carded them and spun them fairly loosely, plied them 3 fold and this is what I got:

Gotland locks and singles

Gotland 3-ply yarn
Gotland wool yarn

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More brainless socks

I'm sorry it's been so long.  Time is just not on my side right now!  With work, school and family there is just not time to sew, spin or knit...

But, I have finished a pair of socks

Brainless socks
The pattern is from Ravelry and is called Brainless.  The yarn is handspun rya wool.  Handcarded and spun woolen.