Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

The Easter Bunny left "Skylander Giants" and a yard full of eggs for Mitchell, this morning. I thought the "Easter Bunny" had compromised the whole operation when Mitchell found the candy stash in my wool closet, just last night. It's been there a couple of weeks, and with less than 12 hours to go, he found the pile of stuff. In the end, I just separated out some of the candy and said it was from me (in a basket inside, this morning), and then put the other stuff outside. He either didn't figure it out, or he is happily willing to suspend his disbelief. For such a smart kid, he seems awfully unobservant about some things...

Easter

Easter

Easter

Easter

Happy Easter,
Lisa Kay

Fraser Island Batts

One last quick spin for the end of March, Southern Cross Fibre's "Fraser Island" batts, about four ounces, from the batt club back in April 2012. I spun up a heavy fingering weight 2-ply. I started woolen with fauxlags, of course...

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

220 yards

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Planning Some Combos...

Spunky Eclectic's forum group is doing a combo spin-along. (In spinning, a "combo" refers to plying together different colorways of fiber.) In the spin-along, at least one of the plies has to be either Spunky Eclectic, Southern Cross Fibre, or Hello Yarn... extra points for using all three.

I have selected six braids, to make two 3-ply combo spins.

combos
Top: SE "Burning Bush" on South African Fine
Lower left: SCF “Dark Wings” on Polwarth
Lower right HY “Burrows” on Rambouillet

combos
Top: SE “Fjord” on Portuguese Merino
Lower left: SCF “Terrestrial” on Bond
Lower right HY “Silt” on Portuguese Merino

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

PS: Some favorited combos: here, here, and here

Pink Tangerine

I spun one braid of Superwash Merino, Nest Fiber Studio's "Pink Tangerine." I purchased the braid as part of a spin along... The colors were "Pink Tangerine" and "Kismet." I still have my four braids of "Kismet" on Mixed BFL, waiting to be spun.

Fw: Nest

Pink Tangerine

Nest - Merino - Pink Tangerine.jpg

293 yards

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

P.S. If you go to the Nest Fiber Studio link, there won't be anything there. To get Nest braids, you need to be online at the time of an update. To find out update times, watch the Ravelry forum updates here.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Incidental Orchid

I spun a quick four-ounce dose of Pigeonroof Studios, "Incidental Orchid" on Merino. The Pigeonroof Studios Ravelry group is doing a spin-along of this colorway.

PRS - Merino - Incidental Orchid

I prepped fauxlags, to start, and then made a simple 2-ply. It is a bit uneven... my next spin is another Merino, and I'm going to make it a thinner yarn.

Incidental Orchid - Fauxlags

Incidental Orchid

It is 232 yards.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Troll

I've spun up a sweater batch of Hello Yarn's club colorway, "Troll" on Polwarth. I had six bumps, or 24 ounces. I started with a "fauxlag" prep and spun a simple two-ply. It is just about 1500 yards.

HY Troll Polwarth Dec 2012 club

HY - Troll - Fauxlags

Troll

I'm not sure yet exactly what this will be. It is enough for a sweater, obviously, but I haven't chosen the pattern. I'm thinking of alternating skeins. The color runs are pretty long, so I can probably get it to stripe.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jeweled Diverse Crittery Foe -- Finished!

I finished up my Less is More sweater. I used all of five skeins of Falkland, plus a few scraps of a couple other yarns to fill in some shortages.

My sweaters have been very fitted, lately, and I consciously went for something a bit looser, this time.

Diverse Crittery Foe

Diverse Crittery Foe

Diverse Crittery Foe

Diverse Crittery Foe

Diverse Crittery Foe

Ravelry Project Page
Previous blog posts: Yarn and Yoke, Sleeve

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Ducks

Mitchell's grandpa bought some spring ducks and chicks. After a week or so, they'll go to the farm. In the mean time, Mitchell is enjoying them.

Dusks

Dusks

Dusks

I held one, and it nuzzled into a warm spot by my neck. I suppose it is the next best thing to under a mother's wing.

Dusks

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I Have a Sleeve

I started with the sleeves, thinking I would make them long and then just "use up" the rest of the yarn in the body. So I used my gauge to figure out the number of rows in the sleeve (nineteen inches from the armhole), included 20 stitches for each color change (1B, 4A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 2A, 4B, 1A), and then divided the remaining stitchss evenly to each yarn.

Well, I just finished the first sleeve, and I was so tickled with how it turned out that I wanted to share a picture.

Jewelled Diverse Crittery Foe

The other sleeve and the body will not look quite the same. The blue section, especially, will be unique because that is the bluest part of that yarn. Most of the rest of the yarn skein has the blue in only one ply at a time... the unique beauty of handspun!

I'm enjoying just watching how it turns out as I go. Every section will be different...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay