Monday, May 1, 2017

Knit Sew Spin

 
The Scarfy Thing has been finished.  I think "Scarfy Thing" is really the only thing you can call this--I don't know what else it could possibly be.  I guess it's a scarf/shawl/wrap, and it's so, so long.  It is enormous; mine is almost eight feet long, I think, and it feels like quite an accomplishment.  Wearing it feels kind of wonderful.  Scarfy Thing will be noticed.  Those tassels just dial it up to eleven for me.  Hoo, I really love it.  In the end, I decided against the intarsia (well, of course.  Intarsia is a nightmare) and after a little/lot of practicing, my join-as-you-going improved somewhat, and I stopped hating it.  That's the way with most things, isn't it?  The free recipe (it is not a line-by-line pattern, but more a collection of tips) can be found here, and if, like me, you have a lot of sock yarns and sock yarn leftovers that you are longing to use, you should give this one a try.  I might make another one someday.  
I also spent a few hours on my Creative Year Project piece--this month's prompt was "My Favorite Book", and for me, that is Anne of Green Gables [I will be avoiding the upcoming grim and depressing Netflix adaptation of the Anne story--it ain't broke, so let's not fix it, hey?-- but if you want to watch an Anne of Green Gables series made by those who brought us "Breaking Bad", please feel free]. This piece stumped me for awhile.  I'm trying so hard not to have them all just be fabric collages...
This week's spinning--alpaca.  First of all, I'm not sure why I even have any alpaca around here, because I find alpaca is a little bit prickly for me to wear, so I don't know what I'll make with this.  Well, I had two small piles of two different colors--one was a Fat Batt art rolag from Spirit Wind Farm and Fiber Studio in the colorway "Sedona Sunrise", and the other, a gift to me, was from an unknown farm, but the alpaca's name was Scotty.  Gifts are like that.  When somebody offers me a bag of beige fluff, I don't delve too hard.  Anyway, there wasn't much of either one, so in order to have enough yardage to make something out of it, I spun them on separate bobbins and then plied them together, which toned down the rainbow sherbet effect of one, and blinged up the boringness of the beige.  They meet in the middle now, to make something kind of tonal and vaguely pinkish.  I might have enough yarn for a pair of mittens, and I could line those with something that won't be prickly.  Plans.
It is gray and cold here today, and pouring.  That sunny gold yarn is the antidote--it is Esopus in 'Gold Star' by Jill Draper Makes Stuff.  Catdog is snuggled up in a nest of pillows, snoring away, and there is a cozy spot on the couch, right beside her.  

22 comments:

  1. My Ben hogs the sofa so I end up squashed in the corner against the arm when I knit. The scarfy thing looks intriguing, a bit Stephen Westish. I quite fancy the Penguono, just need a bit of courageto dive into that many skeins of yarn.

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    1. Catdog does squoosh me up against the corner, too. She's a snuggler!

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  2. Love your tattoo! I'm thinking of getting one but can't decide if it would detract from or call attention to my "old lady batwings!"

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  3. it's so great that you have become a spinner and can 'make' your fiber! I'm envious. Your scarf is magnificent. Jill Draper lives around the corner from me and I admire her work so much. You are doing it justice, as usual.

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    1. Thank you so much! Jill's yarn is so wonderfully unique, isn't it?

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  4. Who is your tattoo artist (if you don't mind sharing)? I don't live all that far from you, and I have been planning to get a couple of tattoos in a similar style.

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    1. The big black/gray piece was done by Starr at White Tiger--the others are from a shop that has now closed, waaahhhh. :)

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  5. If it makes you feel better the new Anne series was actually done by the CBC. Netflix is just rebranding it with a new title (which is ridiculous).

    But nothing can replace the original one.

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    1. Agree. I'm sure many people will find it wonderful, but the books, as usual, are best. xoxo

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  6. Last week I began baby blankets using this method, as I had a lot of wool leftovers from various crocheted blankets. Not using pastel colours at all, but brights instead, and love the unstructuredness of it, no set pattern as to which colour to use next and so on.

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  7. Loved the scarfy thing, a real delight for those cold months, something beautiful to snuggle within.

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    1. It's still so cold, I've been wearing it already! xoxo

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  8. What a delightfully busy lady you have been, Kristen! I really like the scarfy thing...and yes, the tassels are a great touch. xo

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    1. Thanks very much! It's a great way to use those beautiful, speckly skeins that I don't really know what else to do with but cannot resist. :)

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  9. Now I have to go and find my copy of Anne of Green Gables and read it again. That yellow/gold - is such a stunning tone. normally not a colour I like much, this one speaks to me.

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  10. I saw this recently and immediately thought of you and your prodigious output...
    "Knitting should be done thoughtfully. It should not be hurried. That is its charm to our generation, who live surrounded with a helter-skelter of speed. It is creative, and that is its supreme satisfaction." This was written in Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting, originally published in 1938 and now reproduced just as it first appeared, and available on Amazon. It is quaintly old fashioned, gives you many ways if 'ball winding' for example, along with historical facts about knitting. As I say, I thought of you.

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  11. I can't believe you have already made the shawly thing when I only just pinned it on my pinterest board last week from Ravelry! I was smitten with the one draped in the photo - I am so green with envy. On the other hand, I am really enjoying some colourwork knitting at the moment (two colours, you know, I 'm not mad!) by making an infinity scarf and fingerless mitts. Happy spinning. Jo x

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  12. I love the golden yarn and the way you've set it off with other colors. Can you tell us what the other colors are? I'm browsing for yarn to make sweaters for a friend's twin boys-to-be, and that color combo really made me smile.

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    1. Thanks very much! The gray is also Esopus, in "Sel", but the two teals are from The Wool Room at Longmeadow Farm, in (I think) "aqua" and "seashore". :)

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