Sunday, April 08, 2007

Cool spring inspiration

Cool spring inspiration as in chilly. Its been. Chilly. Oh well, a little more chance to wear my knitted socks (today's are these). Also feels good to play with fibers. I have been knitting. I made glove one to match the scarf. I made up the pattern as I went, knitting with my new Addi lace doing magic loop. fingers are knit with 4 DP, two sizes smaller, and I placed one of the lace motifs to tie it up. I was not sure if that is wise for gloves- but I think its true, knit gloves are for chilly days, not extreme conditions. I also don't know my pals hand measurements so I made it for an average woman's hand. It was fun to make. I am sure to make another pair for me.
glove one

I have also been spinning a bit. There is too much prep time... and when time is limited... Here I am, all calm and in the zone- this timer picture was taken 3 minutes before my son woke from his nap an hour too early. Needless to say it was all over..... I am really into browns and blues with grays and creams in the mix. If I see yarn in those combos I have a hard time NOT purchasing it... Here, I am experimenting with mixing fibers, and just simply spinning, cause I don't really know much. The neutrals are Shetland wool from Hello Yarn. It has long hairs and feels almost silky when spun. The dyed yarn is merino from Yarn Tree. lovely. It has short hair.
Its really fun mixing the colors, and I can see the wheel is the way to go, eventually (when the kid graduates college?) The yarn was washed (never boiled as my book warns) and is now hanging to dry with a weight to help it relax the twist. I can't wait to see what it will knit like. Mind you, the drying can take two days. The suspense is tough to handle, I better go and knit something to calm myself...
There is also the secret socks- but I can't show it to you............yet.
calm

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17 comments:

Cathy said...

You need to change your banner to read "the tough get knitting and spinning!".

Lovely yarn.

Artis-Anne said...

Oh yummy colours and so glad you are having fun spinning. I am having a spin'n'chill day today as I'm on my lonesome as DH is working.
Love the gloves and they will fab with that scarf , you clever girl you , wish I was your SP, but as they say 'ya gotta be in it to win it ' :)
Have great weekend

kathryn said...

I love your gloves.

Garngamen said...

You are amazing. I do not understand how you find the time to do all you do. Im astonished how even you already can spin, and fixing scarfs, socks and a pair of gloves, taking beautiful pictures, finding those great shops on the net (and lure me into buying too much ;-) I just love the gloves. Warm cosy and luxurious. Keep it up my New York friend. And my holiday was fab! Really..! You are so kind!

Craftypiggie said...

Pretty cool colors. Magic loop i wonder if they have made a pattern book im looking for a hat pattern using magic loop
great gloves.

Mary, Mary... said...

Knit or spin? Oh, that way madness lies....;)

Nora said...

It looks like you're enjoying the spinning... prior to the interruption!

aija said...

Beautiful colors! I need to get back into my spinnig groove... never enough hours in the day :)

Sonya said...

So much fun! It is so addictive. You do know that a full floor loom is just around the corner from that wheel purchase, don't you?

artyfartykat said...

What gorgeous colours in your newly spun yarn! It looks fab as do the gloves. Just what you need on chilly days.
Thanks for the mention too! I'm doing well since I adopted that mantra!!

Rain said...

Ha ha, sounds like you're ready to push him out of the house already in anticipation of a wheel ;)

The gloves are very pretty and your handspun is a gorgeous set of colours.

Alice said...

It's like alchemy - making that bobbly stuff into lovely yarn. Looks quite difficult, though. Very mice. I'm impressed.

I was just about to feel sorry for you (for having your time cut short) and then I thought....what? You still get nap time?? Charles refused the Nap from about 2.5 yrs. Not fair.

gail said...

Impressive spinning and impressive gloves. What a marvelous friend you are!!!

Code Purl said...

I'll show you my secret socks if you show me yours!

Nina said...

I am so impressed! I have still to try spinning and would really like to one day. Something tells me it makes a lot of dust? Maybee better for the summer-holiday to sit outside?

Your yarn looks really lovely!

Nina

gail said...

I am so impressed with your spinning. Thanks for your comment about my blanket. Yes, I know what you mean about the cat. After that photo was taken, I washed the blanket. Now it is covered with a sheet while awaiting the border strips. My cat does not shed much, but he loves anything knitted. He adopted my daughter's baby blanket (when my daughter was 10 or so) and sleeps with it every night. He sucks the blanket and kneads it before going to sleep. Fortunately, that is the only blanket or knitted object that he sucks!!

Margaret said...

The colors on your handspun are wonderful! Isn't spinning addictive? I have trouble stopping and since the husband has been out of town, I just stay up late and spin.