Fiber Friday: WIPs and Yummy New Fiber!

I haven’t accomplished too much knitting lately but have made great progress on my  Acer cardigan.  The photo below is from earlier this week but I’m so excited that the back is finished and I’m now working on the left sleeve.

Back View

Back View

I have made a slight modification to the bottom of the cardigan and will be making the same modification to the sleeves – a crocheted border.  I love mixing crochet with knitting and I’m rather excited to see how it will all turn out after blocking.  The crochet pattern I choose was an arch design and it really gives the cardigan a whole new look.

Crochet Arches

Crochet Arches

Now for the yummy new fiber that just hit my stash….

I am very excited to finally have a braid of Julie Spins roving to try!  I recently purchased this lovely 5 oz braid of 60% BFL (Blue Face Leicester) and 40% Silk blend in the color Birch Bark.  The colors are soft and very muted, and I’m already thinking this will be perfect to spin for a scarf that has beads.  I have to say this fiber is really squishy soft and I can’t wait to spin!

Julie Spins - BFL/Silk

Julie Spins – BFL/Silk

This is a custom blend of 60% Blue Face Leicester wool and 40% Silk. It is amazingly lustrous, soft and wonderful to dye and spin. It is combed top. These braids are silvery shading to brown, very reminiscent of birch bark for me. ~ Julie Spins

What have you been up to this week?

9 thoughts on “Fiber Friday: WIPs and Yummy New Fiber!

  1. Sandie Knapp

    The sweater is coming along very nicely, and I do like the crochet trim. I sometimes do that too, and it can really set off a piece nicely.

    The roving is gorgeous. I hope it proves to be delightful once you begin spinning it. I know the BFL will be wonderful, just not sure how the silk might affect it. I find silk in the roving makes it just a bit harder for me to spin, so I have to work a bit harder, but the resulting spun fiber tends to be very pretty indeed. Enjoy it. :)

    1. Tina Post author

      Thank you Sandie and I’m really liking the added bit of crochet – my hubby told me it looks very “girly” :) The roving is scrumptious and a treat for me to try ~ I can’t way to spin! Silk is a challenge but I’ve learned to spin a bit slower using shorter draws – works great!

  2. sandandsky

    You sweater is cruising right along. The crochet border is going to look fabulous.

    And Julie Spins has some seriously amazing fiber. I’ve recently had the pleasure of spinning my first braid of her rambouillet. So dreamy!

    1. Tina Post author

      Thank you Simone, I’m rather happy with it so far and will be finished this weekend. I haven’t tried Julie Spins but have heard awesome things … I’ll have to try rambouillet :)

    1. Tina Post author

      Darlene your scarf turned out perfect and it’s so beautiful!!! I’m so happy that you enjoyed my pattern :) My sweater is coming along and the crochet border was just the right touch ~ I’ll be done this weekend!


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