Big Sewing

I’m working on a bit of a big sewing project, and using it as a chance to play with my gopro.

I spent almost 6 hours (including a couple of breaks) cutting out the fabric. I was sore for a few days from all the sitting down and standing up.

And some extream sewing.

I had to fiddle around to find the right size foot for the second seam on the zipper. I also had some problems with my bobbin tension two weeks ago and had to buy the right size screw driver to adjust it. Aparently the manufacturer doesn’t want you messing with the bobbin tension so they don’t include the right tool to do it (My machine has a horizontal bobbin which is a bit more of a pain to adjust) After that I got the flu. I’m getting ready to try and finish the project this weekend.

Now you are probably wondering what exactly I’m creating. Take your best guess and stick around for a picture of the finished object and details on the pattern and materials.

In which I hang a shawl in a tree

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I knit this a while ago. A friend of mine asked me to find something to enter into our sheep and wool’s contest since its a new addition to our festival and they wanted to make sure they had some entries. Entries had to be 100% wool, so I didn’t have much to choose from. Anyway, I came home with a nice ribbon. Apparently the judge loved my shawl and didn’t have to think much about a winner.

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The pattern is Adamas knit with Knitpicks Shadow in Midnight. Its a navy blue green heather that is quite pretty in person.

Remember when I used to talk about fiber?

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I still do that stuff sometimes. Today at spinning guild we had an awesome workshop with Robin Russo on exotic fibers. We had 11 fiber samples to play with and it really was a lot of ton. How could 15 micron cashmere not be fun? I also really liked the yak and pygora.

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I also attempted to card weave the other day. It took me a while to get my coordination going, but i made something resembling a pattern eventually.

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New Toys

We had a spinning guild meeting not too long ago.  Window shopping at our vendors left me wanting a support spindle in a bad way.  I searched around etsy and artfire for a little bit before finding Pumpkin Hill Farm’s Russian spindles.  They had a beautiful padauk spindle made locally.

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Now I just have to learn how to use it. Supported spindles rely heavily on long draw, which has never been my forte. I also have to get my muscles used to the new potion.

Process Knitter

My birthday is tomorrow and I’ve been thinking of my grandmother a lot. She past away almost two years ago, but I miss having her around for my birthday. She is the woman who taught me how to knit. She was a columnist who worked from home; as such she was often tasked with watching my brother and I on snow days and school vacations. She taught me to knit and purl and I would turn out trapezoid shaped strips as I churned out knits and purls in whatever random combination I wanted. I was never very good at having the right number of stitches on the needles, and my knitting was filled with accidental increases. My grandma could never be considered a good teacher. She never encouraged or taught me how to knit a useful object, and she always ripped out my knitting when she saw how many accidental increases there were. I think she is the reason that I’m a process knitter. From the very beginning I knit for the sake of knitting, not with the intention of making a hat or a scarf. She never taught me to cast on or bind off, so knitting was mostly an activity at grandmas house. I didn’t touch needles once I was old enough to stay home alone. It wasn’t until I was living on my own for the first time that I picked up the pointy sticks again. I had just started my first job after college and couldn’t afford Christmas presents. I picked up some needles and yarn at a big box store and cranked out feather and fan scarves for everyone that year. I needed to teach myself how to cast on, yarn over and decrease, but the knits and purls came right back to me.

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I still think of my grandma every time I knit. She learned to knit because she was a child of the Great Depression. Her knitting was always more utilitarian then mine, and I’m not sure she ever got the same joy out of it that I get. She would crank out intarsia sweaters for everyone. The kid’s sweaters wear knit out of practical acrylic, and the adults got basic wool. I still have and use the afghan she made for me when I went away for college.

Who needs a wooly winder?

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It’s cheaper to be obsessive about moving the sliding hook. (That, and I couldn’t get a wooly winder for this wheel even if I wanted to.)

This is Frabjous Fibers merino in Hespera. Its been spinning very nicely for me. I was leaning toward knitting something a bit lacy with this, but I think the yarn will be kind of stripey. I’m considering trying to fight the stripe by dividing up the other half of the roving length wise a few times. That way the colors will (allegedly) be less likely to line up. I think the orange and pink will contrast too much against the blue and green that it won’t matter what I do. I should know better and stick to solids for lacey projects.