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15.1.16

Friday FOs and a WIP off the loom

This year is starting off well for the WIP wipeout!  I finished a hat that I started in class.  It will be a shop sample so I do not have to leave my beret there.  I like the beanie version of Dreaming of Provence by Tori.  The Unicorn Tails are beautiful, but I prefer woolly wool for color work.  Super wash wool tends to behave like cotton and so I took a chance and put the damp hat in the dryer with a towel and checked it often.  Perfect!  The yarn bloomed and filled in the spaces.  I caution anyone not to do this with every super wash wool.  I know how this particular yarn behaves, so it was not a problem.
Lavender, sunflowers, poppies and almond flowers adorn the hat.

I topped it off with a sunflower.

The beginning of the weave-along journey, picking out warp and weft yarns.

The first armhole slit.
The string is used for measuring.  The knot marks 17-inches for the front past the second armhole slit .
Kathryn, Mary and I meet once a week at Anoka Fiber Works to weave and for support.
Kathryn's project is off the loom and she is doing a quick size check.
My project fresh off the loom.  The orange and turquoise yarn is waste yarn to be removed later.
I was pleased that I managed to make armhole slits, although I began the second one on the wrong side.  Kathryn noticed and I fixed it.  That is why working as a group is good.  We take care of each other through the process!
This morning I used the sewing machine to zigzag the edge above the waste yarn.  I will let it heal before I cut anything...because I am chicken...
Meanwhile...
Last weekend we had a fun time at an event by Ft. Snelling sponsored by REI.  It was a glorious day, very cold and we saw this beautiful sun dog over the lake.  

11.1.16

WIP Wipeout 2016

Okay, it's time to clear the needles, use up the yarn stash,  and spin down the fiber stash.  I have been downsizing and that includes not just the stuff in drawers/closets/basement/garage, but also the art/fiber art materials.  This year is the year of whipping the personal WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects) done.  It is easy to let those projects go because I do sample knitting for the shop and occasional sample knitting for Blue Sky Alpacas and test knitting. 

For the shop I have the Celtic Rowan Pillow on the needles.  It is the first time I have turned corners while cabling using short rows.  Once the knitting progresses it becomes easy to keep the momentum going.  Pictured is the border that will go around the central motif.  Thankfully the back of the pillow is plain!  The yarn is Aztec by James C. Brett, a good choice for this project in an acrylic/alpaca blend that is machine washable (no dryer, though!) and the stitch definition is pretty good.  Also on the needles is an Arne and Carlos doll for which I have no photos.  It is a fun, fiddly project to knit and the clothes are really cute.  She will be finished soon.  The next project is for a cardigan with new yarn from Rowan, Softyak DK.  It is so new that it is not on Ravelry as of this post.  That project has to be ready for yarn tasting in March.

Tori, of Torirot's Stitches needed test knitters for her English version of  Pysje mæ alt and I did not hesitate to take the opportunity to knit a pair using Ella Rae Sport from my stash--the first stash down project of the new year.  Her patterns are very well written and easy to follow.  I like the options for the bands between the stranded sections and mixing up the colors for a mismatched pair is a fun touch.  I will miss  o{]:-(  this yarn from my stash because it  is wonderfully woolly, light and lofty and is perfect for stranded color work.  The colors are heathery and coordinate nicely together.  When the yarn was clearanced at the shop I bought enough to make the Angry Sheep cardigan.  

I will be posting my progression through wipeout projects here and on Revelry throughout the year...there I said it...now I have to hold myself to it!

2015 to 2016


The new year begins the same way 2015 began with the Commitment Day 5K through Lifetime Fitness.  I am not quite back to my usual level of physical activity, but I am doing much better after the severe back spasms took me down on December first.  

Test knitting a lovely mitten for Tori
A weaving project is in the works...more to come.