Monday, July 27, 2015

As Promised

It's a little hot to be wearing wool mittens in July but here they are (I feel like we need a drum roll!), the finished Aran Winter Set mitts.

We went to the beach for the afternoon as did nearly everyone else it would seem.  I have never seen the beach so full!  We found a spot in the shade to set up our chairs and spent a few hours knitting and doing a photo shoot of the mitts.  There is nothing like wearing mitts on the beach in July on a super hot day and then taking pictures of them to get you funny looks.

Yarn - Cascade 220 100% wool
Needles - 3.5mm dpns

These mitts were the project from a cable knitting class that I took at The Little Red Mitten back in June.  They were lots of fun to kit; they did require paying close attention to the chart and the pattern introduced you to lots of different cable stitches. I'd knit them again for sure.

Now on to sweater knitting!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Finished Pictures Tomorrow!

An almost finished ball of yarn can only mean one thing, an almost finished mitten!

With only 9 rounds to knit to shape the top of the mitt and the thumb sts to pick up and knit, I'll have a pair of finished mitts to show you tomorrow.  

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about; having the mitts finished or that it means I can start my sweater!

Alpaca Farm Visit

I was super lucky today and was able to visit with Debbie from Ziraldo Alpacas while she was busy sorting and cleaning an alpaca fleece from their Spring shearing.  

This beautiful barn cat had found the best spot for an afternoon nap!

Some of the girls got curious and came for an up close visit

This fleece was as soft as a cloud.  This is one side

and this is the other

 I got a crash course in all the proper lingo; staple length (the length top to bottom of the fiber), crimp (the waviness of the fiber) and guard hair (which you don't want in your fiber so they need to be picked out) and I got to see first hand all the hard work that goes into preparing a fleece before it is sent off to the mill for spinning.

we had another visitor

and this is Fancy and her pasture mate who came to say goodbye as I was leaving. 

Thanks for a fun afternoon Debbie!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Knitted Pants?

I was looking through some old books and came across these patterns.  I've learned never to say never but when it comes to knitting pants....I'm pretty tempted to say I don't think I'll be knitting a pair any time soon. 

Does anyone know of anyone who has actually knit a pair of pants?  I don't.  I was thinking to myself, what could be worse than these knitted pants (they also have a round of bobbles on the cuff)......

crocheted ones.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back to mitten knitting

My poor mitten got set aside when I was side tracked by the new shawl last week.

Tonight I picked it up again. It only took a couple rounds to see the start of the medallion take shape in the first picture (colour is off in this pic - yarn is blue not green). I did a few more rounds and as I did the cables, I really tried to pay attention to how the cable is formed and why the knits and purls are knit in the order that they are to form the cable. I really like deciphering and understanding the patterns I'm knitting. It takes a little time but it's worth it.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mystery Bag

This is the perfect example of why I seriously need to sort, organize and downsize my stash.  This bag was neatly stored in my yarn room on a shelf for almost 2 years.  Look at what I could have been using!

This skein is 100% Shetland wool from a local farm and it is handspun.

I can't remember what I planned to knit with this wool but I must have needed more of it and I remember this was the last skein.  Even though this wool was absolutely beautiful most sensible knitters would have resisted and continued looking for an alternative yarn with the correct yardage.  Not me, I bought the single skein and the fleece in the same colourway.

Somehow I thought that my beginner spinning skills could turn the fleece into yarn that would resemble the skein spun by someone who obviously knows what she is doing (unlike me).  I'll have to do some serious practicing before there is a hope of that happening!

Maybe I can practice on this mohair fleece. 

I also found 2 sets of dpns

and three patterns!

I'm planning on joining our local spinners and weavers guild in the fall which is looking like a good plan since my fleece stash seems to be growing quickly!

The weekend is over

The weekend has come and gone. It was very busy but also lots of fun.

Here is proof that yarn destashing really did happen. Empty shelves! In between all the business I took some time to do some photography. My pictures may not be the best quality but I find it very relaxing. To end off the weekend there was a family bbq. It was lots of fun. No ice cream tonight but there were lots of yummy desserts ��. Regular knitting resumes tomorrow.