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Yesterday morning I decided it was time to finish plying a small bit of wool that had been sitting on my wheel for a bit.  I really love how it turned out.  I had hoped for at least 100 yards, but when you don’t spin daily, things don’t always go as you plan, meaning, when you don’t use it, you tend to lose it.

Fiber:  100% Merino Wool from Tempe Yarn in Gilbert, AZ

Yardage:  87 yards of 2-ply (2 oz)

Weight:  DK

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Mocha Chocolate - Merino Wool

Mocha Chocolate – Merino Wool

I plan to spin another 2 oz of Merino from Tempe Yarn in the color Rosewood.  This fiber is super soft and quite lovely to spin.  I will be aiming for 80 to 90 yards of DK weight for this spin project as well.IMG_1614

I’m thinking that I might make Carina Spencer’s Brush Creek Cowlette with this handspun, as well as a bit of hanspun in my stash.

Courtesy of Carina Spencer

 

For those of you who love spinning and are looking for ideas for your hand spun, or maybe even a few Christmas gifts, be sure to wonder over to my friend Simone’s blog.  Simone has posted a great mitten pattern that uses handspun.

What are you working on?

Until next time, happy knitting, spinning and crafting!

 

Sunday WIPs …

The mornings in Phoenix are much cooler which means I am spending a lot of time with my coffee and my projects out of our patio.

So today I just wanted to share my progress on my embroidery piece and my beaded scarf, both of which I’m really enjoying!

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Beaded Shallows

Beaded Shallows

Close up of the beads

Close up of the beads

What are you working on this weekend?

 

A few month ago I purchased a vintage Elsa Williams crewel embroidery kit that I absolutely loved.  This past weekend I decided it was time to start it only to find that the wool in the kit was breaking too much, which is a hazard of aging.  So, I stash dived into my embroidery floss to match up the colors of the wool and I’m quite pleased with the results.

Original Kit

Original Kit

 

Matched colors

Matched colors

I noticed today in the “bright light” that the two light peachy colors were too close of a match (the bottom two) and the third one up from the bottom was too orange.  I have since replaced them and now can get started with my stitching!

 

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Finished!

I finished my embroidery piece Sunday afternoon and I truly love it!  I’ve decided to try Mary Corbet’s tip of damp stretching and blocking.  I think I might also use her tip on framing!

When it dries – voilá! – you have a perfectly flat, squared-up piece of needlework, ready for photographing or for finishing or framing. All the wrinkles will be gone, the weave of the fabric will be where it should be, and you’ll be awed at the smooth beauty of the piece. ~ Needle’n Thread

 

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Catching Up !

Life has a way of making you sit back and think about the future.  This week has been like that for me and I have made a decision, and one that I am very happy about.

So what does that mean?  My blog posts may be slowing down,  changing quite a bit and even going in a different direction, which means you might not find a lot of posts featuring knitting, crocheting or spinning  but a menagerie of sorts that will cover other crafting.   Once I finish up my current knitting projects, knitting will be taking  a backseat to my new found love, embroidery and tangling.  

I have always loved embroidery but really haven’t done much of it in a very long time and it’s one area I want to expand my horizons on, as well as the tangling.   These two crafts have my full attention right now, which means I will be sharing my new found joy and passion.

This weekend I have been working on a small piece of embroidery designed by Mary Jane Russell, which is part of the Mary Jane Collection.  This sweet little piece is called Cherries and I truly love it!  I plan to order the other three that go with this one so I can have the set.

Cherries by Mary Jane Russell

Cherries by Mary Jane Russell

I have been considering using a few of my “tangles” as embroidery designs, which would be so much fun and a great way to express my love of both even more.  Speaking of tangles and embroidery, I must share a beautiful new piece designed by Trish Burr, a Whitework Zentangle bird.

Courtesy of Trish Burr

Here’s what’s been going on with my current projects:

I have just finished one number one of Socks on a Plane and will be casting on the mate this coming week.  I am still working on my Beaded Shallows and the Canyon Birch Vest is in the “naughty corner” as I made a mistake and really haven’t felt like ripping it back yet and not sure that I will continue with this project.   I have also casted on a February Lady cardigan using my stash of Cascade Yarn Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic) and think this will be a nice cardigan to wear here in Arizona.

 

Socks on a Plane

I have found myself using Instagram more and more,  and find this form of social media is a great way to share projects and see what everyone else is working on too.  If you’re on Instagram and haven’t found me yet, I would love to have you follow and will follow back.

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Until next time, happy crafting!

I finished my Frostwork Socks this morning and love how they turned out.  I can’t say enough about Lara’s pattern, it truly is wonderful, easy to follow and the results are great.  I’m just tickled that I finally found the right yarn to show of Maya’s lovely hand-dyed yarn.

I took two photos early this morning, one on the table and a few minutes later, one on my trellis.  I still find it quite amazing how light makes the yarn look different.  Sometimes it looks quite rosy like below and other times has an orange tint. Love it!

 

Now with this pair of socks off the needles, I have casted on Socks on a Plane, a cable toe up that I’m having fun with.   I decided to try Premier Yarns Serenity Sock, which is a self-striping yarn in the color Chilli (a mix of green, blue and pink) and so far I really like the yarn.

 

What are you working on ?

 

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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