Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Spinning Along

The quilt is still moving but it doesn't look that much different from last week. I'd like to get to the binding this weekend and then I can move on!

On the wheel, I've been spinning another Bullseye Bump in the Moody Valentine color. Last week, you saw white and grey, this week, you see

Bullseye bump - Moody Valentine

I'm trying to finish this up so that I can move onto the next set of Bullseye Bumps. I bought two of the Galaxy color in the hopes of spinning them up and plying them together so I have a nice gradient 2 ply yarn that I can knit into a top down raglan.

As for knitting projects, Ishbel is done and blocking. I took a break from the Icelandic sweater because I do actually have to figure out which color design I want to knit on the yoke. So, instead, I started another Honey Cowl (#3) knit with another of the Bullseye Bumps. I like how this stitch pattern makes for a very even blending of the colors
Honey Cowl #3

I also started a sock. The pattern is mindless but not boring. The yarn is some Lana Grossa and is a wool/nylon mix. I was getting tired of my hand knit socks all getting holes in them so I wanted to try out a more hard wearing yarn.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday - sewing the quilt

I have a few projects in the works, as usual.

I'm finding spinning to be quite soothing. I'm spinning on another Bullseye Bump. The colorway is called "Moody Valentine" and started with a dark purple and moved to the grey and the white that you can see in the picture. After the white is pink and then blank. I plan on Navajo plying  the single when I'm done and aiming for a sport or DK weight.
Bullseye Bump - Moody Valentine

On the needles is Ishbel, but that is paused because I ran out of yarn. I'm waiting for the yarn to get here and will hopefully finish knitting this before the end of the month.

I also have my Icelandic souvenir sweater. It's knit bottom up and I think I'm only a couple of inches away from the under arm. I had to do some major recalculations on the pattern since their largest size was for a 36 inch chest and the hip to underarm measurement was 6.5 inches making for a really short torso!
Icelandic Sweater body

Finally, the baby blanket. It has been pieced and a border added on. I finally bit the bullet and pinned it to the minky I'm using the back it and started sewing. I sit down for a few minutes and sew a little bit on the machine. I also hope to be done with this by the end of the month and get it off in the mail.
Baby quilt

Friday, February 15, 2013

FO Friday - Rock Island

The yarn is Jojoland Harmony (cobweb weight) and was acquired from a friend in a yarn swap. I came home with way too much lace weight so I figured that I really needed to do something about the thousands of yards of lace weight in my possession. There are many more lace shawls to come this year!

The pattern is called Rock Island and it is by Jared Flood. The crispness of the lace pattern has always intrigued me. The border is knit as one long strip and then you pick up along the side and start knitting in towards the center so that the number of stitches on the needles decrease as you go. The border strip felt like it took forever. Once I picked up the body, it zoomed along from there.

Rock Island Shawl

Rock Island Shawl

Friday, February 08, 2013

FO Friday - Java Sparrow

I started with this

and spun it really really thin and took, what feels like, forever. Really, I started in November or so. I then Navajo plied it into a 3 ply yarn and to keep the colors together.

Loop! - Bullseye Bump - Java Sparrow

Loop! - Bullseye Bump - Java Sparrow

There are a couple of sections that I'm not too happy about but I'm hoping it's not noticeable once knitted up.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

WIP Wednesday - 2/6/2013

I know, I haven't posted in a few weeks!

I had been in and out for a bit. I was down in Orlando for the Disney Marathon weekend where I ran the half marathon and the first 10k of the full marathon for a weekend total of almost 20 miles. Yes, I was trying to do the Goofy Challenge which was to run both the half and full but technically, I shouldn't have been running any of it due to a strained glute/IT band so I'm happy with what I was able to do.

Then there was Vogue Knitting Live and I showed you the dress I had made.

Well, now, we're back the day to day so here is what I've got going on for projects.

I'm working on the Rock Island Shawl by Jared Flood. You start knitting the outer borders, then pick up along the edge of the border and knit in. The number of stitches is decreasing every couple of rows. I'm getting there, slowly but surely. This should be done before the month is through.
Rock Island Shawl

I also got some old fiber off the wheels (I'll show it to you on Friday) and moved onto the next Bullseye Bump from Loop!.
spinning - bullseye bump

Finally, I've pulled out the sewing machine. You can see my sewing area here.
sewing work area

I'm currently working my way through the Charming Stars Quilt from the Moda Bake Shop. This is going to be the light blanket on my bed. The current blanket is way too warm for this weather and even though it's at or above freezing at night outside, I still need to have the ceiling fan on to keep me cool.
Charming Stars Quilt