Archive for January, 2013

Accent Piece

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

I love this piece, which is really saying something considering that the yarn was pulled from the bottom of the stash and is at least three years old. Yes, I have lots of stash that predates this yarn, but after three years of existing in the stash, most of my initial purchase-excitement for this yarn had worn off. Kind of sad really, since it’s a rich lovely chocolate brown color and the fiber content is merino wool and angora. With fiber like that, the yarn is wonderfully soft and luxurious to work with. I came across it again when I was tossing the stash back in November. I had sixteen 50-gram skeins purchased with the intent of making a sweater. I don’t know why I did this. I don’t care for angora in sweaters – it sheds like mad and the tactile feel of it against my skin is like nails on a chalkboard. So it sat for three years, sealed in a bag at the bottom of one of the yarn bins.

Until last month when I came across a freebie pattern on pinterest (time-sucking site, that one) called the coin lace and cable wrap. There is nothing unusual about the pattern – it’s a giant rectangle with alternating 4 by 4 cables and coin lace. I instantly envisioned this in chocolate and thought it might be a great way to use up all the angora blend yarn and obtain a new wardrobe accent piece in the bargain. Additional bonus points were awarded since the wrap could be worn over a long sleeve top meaning that the angora didn’t actually have to have much skin-contact! WooHoo!

The wrap blocked out to 84 inches long by 20 inches wide – Big enough for a dramatic wrap belted with a skirt! Additional stash busted = 1 pound 11.2 ounces. Still way behind but a few steps closer to goal.

1-5-13 Talley: 2 pounds 13.4 ounces Fiber/Yarn lost on the stash diet!

Eyes on the Prize

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

After a slow start on New Year’s day, I spun for 2-3 hours each evening and finished the first of the skeins to be awarded by Leslie and Laura of the KnitGirllls podcast for the spin-along. I was aiming for 400-500 yards of fingering weight n-ply, but ended up with 360 yards of a DK weight yarn. I’m happy with the even consistency of the spinning. I think this should make a lovely hat or stripes in a scarf or a small shawlette or…

I have no idea how this is going to be awarded, but I bet if you tune in to the KnitGirllls podcast this month (and next!), they’ll let you know (they’re nice like that!).

Since this is destined to go into someone else’s stash, I’m counting it towards the 20 pound destash. The total destashed is now 1 lb 2.2 ounces. Somehow, I’m not sure I’m going to make 20 pounds before the festival – at this rate I may be destashing for all of 2013! It’s a good thing I have a couple aces up my sleeve…

1-5-13 Talley: 1 pounds 2.2ounces Fiber/Yarn lost on the stash diet!

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

There is something quite wonderful about a brand spanking new year – the promise of all those lovely things to fill up a whole 365 days…kid hugs and kisses, family meals, laughing with friends, and let’s not forget all the dyeing, spinning, and knitting projects!

See the little bit of spun yarn on the bobbin? That would be my start of the Rouge-Violet-Cerulean gradient for the Knit Girllls spin along. I’d be much much further along except that I’ve spent most of the day counting end of the year inventory for Fiber Optic Yarns.

I’m so excited to be spinning this! I love the idea that when I sit down to spin, there is likely others who are also spinning their gradient as well. I imagine all the different ways folks will spin this and know that even though I have quite a decent imagination, spinners will create yarns that far exceed what I dream up. I can’t wait to see the photos posted on both the Knit Girllls and Fiber Optic Fans groups on ravelry!!

I’m spinning this braid from one end to the other (without dividing the roving) using a short forward draw. Then I’ll navajo-ply it to keep the color transition intact. I’m hoping for 400-500 yards of n-ply yarn to donate for a prize for the spin along. Hope the recipient likes it. I always worry about this. It’s hard enough creating a present for someone you know – creating a present for someone you don’t? Lots of pressure to not fail.