Thursday, March 31, 2011

working on core spinning

 A few months ago I carded a bunch of batts that are now just sitting on the shelf. I have been slowly learning core spinning and decided to star spinning up all the batts sitting on the shelf and  put them to good use. This batt is called Vanilla Icing and is soft wool, tencel, tussah silk and silver angelina. I used crochet cotton thread #10 as the core and added bits of chenille yarn. The result : 60 yards of pretty bulky yarn. There is still a lot of over spin but not as much as the first skein.

Friday, March 25, 2011

March projects!!

 March is almost over already. Little by little I'm feeling more like crafting. Crochet seems to be more attractive to me right now with hot weather right around the corner. It's already in the upper 80's here. I even splurged and purchased two magazines. With all the magazines available, each with beautiful projects, I'm trying to be selective and only purchase the magazines with projects that I  actually want to make. Over the years I have accumulated a pretty big collection of both books and magazines, some very useful and some not. The two I ended up with are Spin Off and Interweave Crochet.
One of the projects that I have wanted to make for a while is a Japanese crochet pattern for a pretty camisole. Abby's birthday is coming up in May and I thought this would be so cute for a 5 year old. She likes green and yellow and green is so pretty for spring.  I can just see her running around in this. Hopefully I have given myself enough time to complete it.
 In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to practice a little core spinning. Here is the result. Not pretty hahah.. I see more practicing in the future for me.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

a fiber day

Today was a good day to play with fiber. There was half of a batt of purple hand dyed fleece left to spin, so I finished that. I tried a little core spinning in some spots which gave it a little texture. After I finished spinning I felt like throwing a bunch of fibers on the drum carder mixing it with some chenille yarn bits. It came out a little light so I repeated the whole process and made two batts which I'm setting aside. I plan to practice a little core spinning with a batt that hasn't sold on my etsy shop. It's called Garbage picker, named that because I used the little pile of  fibers that I clean off the drum carder. It's rather ugly, but will be interesting to see what the yarn will look like. Maybe I'll name the new batt Celebrate or Party time. (^_^)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

crochet on the go..

Yes it's been a while. I finished a couple of hats that I forgot to take photos of and remembered after I mailed them out. One was a Jayne Cobb hat in red and black for a friend in Alaska and the other was a black wizard hat for my son. After it was knit I sewed a Gryffindor patch onto it. Maybe my son will send a picture of him modeling it.
As you see in the photo I have started a new project. I think it looks totally 70's. I didn't think the yarn would look like that when just seeing it in the ball. The pattern im using is my pattern LittleBlackShrug. I plan to change it up a little and make it more a daytime shrug that you could wear to the mall or a lunch to the zoo, etc. I'll give more details later on. 
Florida is slowly heating up. Spring is on it's way in the rest of the country which means thinking of summer knitting and crochet projects. I have my eye on a few things I would like to make and will post them as I start them. (^_^)