Archive for May, 2011

Fibery goodness from the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival

Last weekend was my second year attending the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival. Last year, I came home with only 3 skeins of fingering-weight yarn, one of which has been made into socks in the past year. The other two are still safely tucked away in a plastic bag upstairs — one destined for socks, the other for a shawl. Eventually. This year, however, my purchases were quite different. Only one skein of sock yarn — which happens to be one of the colorways I was eyeing at both NHSW and Stitches East last year, and I’m still wondering why the heck I didn’t buy it until now. The remainder of my purchases consisted of A WHOLE POUND of hand-dyed fiber. Not of one type — four, four-ounce rovings. I find this quite ambitious, considering the only spinning I had done to this point was in a short class several years ago, and badly. This pound of fiber joins another four-ounce braid at home — BFL that came as part of a drop-spindling kit I ordered several weeks ago from Highland Handmades, which I finally started practicing with during Crafting Corner at the library this week. And wow, what I’ve spun so far certainly does look like hell. But I shall save the picture-taking until I have some of it plied, so you can see it in all of its craptastic glory. (Mind you, it’s the spinning that’s craptastic — Heather’s hand-dyed fiber is absolutely gorgeous!) Without further ado, here’s a closer look at my NHSW 2011 purchases:

Mad Color Fiber Arts (formerly Sereknity Yarn & Fiber)
60% Superwash Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon, colorway Tempest

Mad Color Fiber Arts (formerly Sereknity Yarn & Fiber)
60% Superwash Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon, colorway Passion Flower

80% Merino/20% Silk, colorway Field Of Rye
purchased from The Fiber Studio, Henniker, NH (at NHSW)

Purple Fleece BFL/Silk, colorway Embers

Holiday Yarns Flock Sock (75% superwash merino/25% nylon), colorway Embers

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So, now that our new niece, Cora, has arrived and the gifts have been given, I can share them with the rest of the world…

Cora’s Blanket & Sweater

  • Patterns: Cradle Me (blanket) and Inky Dinky (jacket) by Anne Hanson
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK, color #233 (lavender)
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm) & U.S. 6 (4.0mm) for Cradle Me; U.S. 3 (3.25mm) & U.S. 4 (3.5mm) for Inky Dinky
  • Cradle Me started February 9, finished April 6, 2011; Inky Dinky started April 7, finished April 19, 2011
  • Links to my Ravelry project pages: Cradle Me, Inky Dinky (login required)

Of course, any time there is a new baby arriving in the family, I’m going to be making something. Traditionally, I’ve made handwoven baby blankets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a space to set up my loom right now with all the remodeling going on in our house — it’s still folded up under a blanket in the unfinished dining room. So this time, I opted for knitting. These patterns by Anne Hanson feature a matching lace motif. The jacket pattern offers a wide range of sizes and also includes a matching hat, which I did not make. The blanket was a very easy knit — obviously, since there’s no construction, just a big square. And the jacket was surprisingly easy, too; it’s knit in one piece from the bottom up to the armpits, then the sleeves are knitted separately and joined to knit the yoke in the round.

Inky Dinky, a closer view

And a Mother’s Day gift…

Finishing things up seems to happen in threes. Here’s the third item — a scarf I started last fall which became a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. It’s a circular scarf that can be worn as-is and longer, or doubled up as a cowl. Heck, you can even double it up and have half around your neck and the other half over your head if it’s cold. Mom doesn’t like things up close to her neck so much, so she’ll probably be wearing it long most of the time. This is my own design which was “homework” for work — it was included in a sheet of free patterns that Patternworks sent out with the purchase of certain limited-edition yarns (which are sold out now, unfortunately).

Circular Scarf for Mom

  • Pattern: my own unnamed design
  • Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom, Surf colorway
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm)
  • Started September 4, 2010; finished April 19, 2011
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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