Now this post is going to turn into knitting and spinning stories instead!
I was spinning like crazy over Christmas break (and a bit before, because who really wants to study for finals?), trying to get half a pound of beautiful merino wool roving spun and plied. I managed to get it all done, ending up with 5 skeins (now balls) of approximately worsted weight 2-ply yarn.
|The color really looks like this, just a bit darker.|
|It's really hard to get the colors right!|
I really wanted to finally make something to keep myself warm this winter, so I was planning on a set with a cowl, earband, and mittens. The cowl was the first on the list. I found a gorgeous cabled pattern on Ravelry, and knit it up in just a few days! I finally found the right pewter buttons for it, just need to get around to putting it all together so I can wear it before winter is officially over. The mittens (convertible) are next, after I finish my current felted bag project (gotta love wool scraps!). For the earband I'm envisioning a cabled outer layer, with the inner layer knit out of handspun angora.
After the spinning but before the knitting of the cowl, I whipped up an earband for my fiance and a baby hat/bootie set for a good friend.
|Cabled earband, knit out of handspun llama/alpaca and handspun angora (held double).|
|The baby set. Knit out of Lion Brand Organic Cotton.|
|I'm definitely addicted to making baby stuff! Good thing this kid will need lots of handknit stuff!|
I also spun up a bunch (~8 ounces, 280 yds!) of mulberry silk. This ended up about sport weight as a 2-ply. This was for a custom order on Etsy, first order of the year! I'm really going to try and advertise my Etsy store more, I'd love to get more happy customers!
|Nothing like the shine of 100% silk!|
And speaking of happy customers, I'm having a "refer a friend" sale! Refer a friend to my Etsy store, and when you *both* place an order, you will *both* receive 10% off your order! You can refer as many friends as you want! If you don't quite see what you are looking for, I'm more than happy to do custom items!