Archive for June, 2011

WIP Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

It is Wednesday and I do have a work-in-progress so I thought I’d show it to you.

1. Swirl Scarf – this is something else I started last week with all my free time. The first couple of hexagons are very fiddly. If you can get past that and knit a few more they get faster. And then they become addictive. My scarf will be 2 hexagons wide and longer than the pattern specifies.

Swirl Shawl

Swirl Shawl

Rainbow Handspun

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

While on vacation last week there was another little bit of fiber that got spun up.

Spindle

Spindle

Navajo plied using Tammy Rizzo’s ply on the fly technique, 41 yards, approximately worsted weight. I really need to get better about weighing my yarn and checking the wraps per inch…

Blondie and Zaina, First Turnout Together

Friday, June 17th, 2011

On Tuesday, June 14th (my birthday), I turned Zi and Blondie out together for the first time. They’re both good horses that seem to get along well with others so I fully expected this to be a non-event. It was. In fact, they were together in the arena for 10 minutes before they even approached each other.

We were all cheering Blondie on when she went after Zi. This is a good thing. Zi really should be lower in the herd hierarchy than Blondie at this point in her life. You can see she wasn’t terribly worried when she saunters back into the frame almost immediately after Blondie sent her away.

Since then they’ve been out together two more times. There is still an occasional squeal and foot stomp, but that’s about it.

Blondie

I had to laugh at this one since I caught her lip at a really funny moment. Mid-chew.

Zi

Finally, There Has Been Spinning

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I finally did it – I picked up my spindle and started spinning again. This photo is from August when I started this little bit of fiber.

Spindle

And now, the spindle is full.

Spindle

I made it into a 2-ply yarn and tossed it in the sink for a soak.

Spindle

Finished and ready to use, 76 yards of handspun. Yippee!

Spindle

Blue Fakeisle Socks

Monday, June 13th, 2011

This was my last skein of Regia Brasil Color, aka ‘fakeisle’ yarn. I originally had 6 skeins of it. Now I’m thinking it might be fun to use the leftovers from those 6 skeins to make 1 or even 2 pairs more.

Blue Socks

Blue Socks

Blue Socks

Pattern: Loosely based on Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock by Nancy Bush, pattern in Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Regia Brasil Color and Opal Unisolid 4 ply.
Needles: 2.5 mm circulars
Notes: The Plain Winter Sock pattern is my default pattern for this highly patterned Regia yarn. This is my 6th pair knit with this yarn/pattern combination. I use a round heel because I don’t like the way the Dutch heel feels. This time I continued the ribbing down the back of the leg too.

These are a women’s size 9.5. I used 357 yards of Regia Brasil and 72 yards of Opal Uni-solid. They were knit at 70 stitches around and if I remember correctly, 10 rows per inch.

My Lil’ Troublemaker

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Who me?

Zaina

She has made a habit of going through the fence into the next pasture. This time something went wrong – I suspect she got tangled in a hot wire, got shocked, panicked, and tried to go back to where she’s supposed to be. The only problem is there was a t-post in the way.

Zaina

Her back legs are pretty banged up. No one saw her do it so we don’t know exactly when it happened, but I got a call Tuesday from the stall cleaner that she was injured. She said it did not appear to be an emergency, just that some attention to her injuries would be recommended. Thank goodness Amber noticed and called me – I am very grateful that she did. When I got to the barn that evening she was backed into the corner of her stall. Her back legs were completely stocked up (much worse than this photo) and hot. So I began cold hosing her legs and I gave her some bute (aspirin for horses). She’s doing much better now – swelling and heat are almost gone.

Zaina

The good thing is R and I have been working our butts off at home, getting the pasture and barn ready for the horses to come home. Lil’ Troublemaker won’t be able to go through the fencing here. We’ve been pulling weeds, weed eating around the fence line, digging post holes, and planting a new section of lawn.

Zaina

I have the next week off work so I’m hoping to get a lot more done.

Zaina

Hamamelis (aka Witch-hazel) Shawl

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Finally, I finished a project. And actually, the only other project I have on the needles (the blue socks) is almost done too. I’m excited that I get to start something NEW this week.

Hamamelis Shawl

Hamamelis Shawl

Hamamelis Shawl

Pattern: Hamamelis Shawl by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops.
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Silk Blend Laceweight
Needles: US 6 (4.00 mm) circulars
Notes: I used 56.3 grams, approximately 350 yards. With that amount I was only able to do 3.5 repeats of chart 2 and 1.5 repeats of chart 3. Blocked to 49” wide by 24” deep.

While I was working on it I was concerned it would be too small, but now that it’s blocked and I see how it fits my dress making form I’m very happy with the size.