New To Me Spinning Wheel

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I present to you a HitchHiker single treadle spinning wheel by The Merlin Tree. I was gifted this wheel by mother after she procured it in a trade with her quilt shop coworker. I have been doing my best to research this wheel as it’s a little different than most. It’s a direct drive wheel which means the flyer is turned directly by the wheel as you treadle. Honestly, its kind of an obscure wheel and it doesn’t have a lot resources either from the manufacturer or on YouTube. It has been a little frustrating but I shall persevere.

I have been practicing just treadling on the empty wheel because it is going to take some learned muscle movement to keep the wheel going in the same direction as I start and stop. That is just the ups and down of a direct drive wheel. Just putting your foot on the treadle can move the wheel in a direction you didn’t intend. The brake band also needs some TLC to be snugged up which I am hoping my woodworking father can assist with. I think I may also have to try to fall upon the mercy of the local spinners group for assistance/lessons. Time will tell…

With the wheel I also inherited the spinner fiber stash. In the bin in addition to a knitty knoddy and spare wheel parts was a TON of fiber. I dig through and found llama blends, alpaca blends, romney wool, merino blends and several unidentified fibers. This spinner clearly had good taste.

This all came from a rural farm, so right now it’s living my sub zero garage just in case it has anything other than fiber in there. I’m hoping to zap this with some heat somehow before bringing into the house with my other stash.

I’m interested to if I can become a spinner?

Sunshine On My Blanket

As promised, I did find some space and time to lay out my Sock Yarn Memory Blanket. Grass is a little dry as we haven’t had much rain but the sun was glorious and made the colors really pop.

Before my latest KAL started this month I managed to add seven new squares to the blanket before it went back into hibernation. (The blanket won’t earn me any points as I won’t finish it during the knit a long). Pretty decent progress on such a long term WIP

I am running high on variegated scraps and low on solid scraps. So I may need to dig around in bag to balance out the look I’m shooting for. I am also fairly low on self striping leftovers as well. But all that is a decision for future Rachelle!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: 2020 Advent Socks #3

Now that the Down Cellar Studio’s Pigskin Party KAL is here and going full force I am casting on ALL THE THINGS to earn all the points I can. First up is a pair of socks to live in my purse!

This the LAST of my 2020 BFL advent minis from agirlandherwool. I had already made socks here and here with the rest. These will be my “recipe” of 68 stitch toe up vanilla socks with gusset heels. I obviously haven’t made it that far but that will come in time. I will earn yardage points AND sponsor points for this dyer. I am really trying to use my stash to my advantage and wrack up the points this year.

Happy Knitting!!

Improvising With Apples

My backyard gifted me just enough apples in the latest harvest for roughly two pies worth. I needed a mom break so I dropped my kiddos with the grandparents and went to MY Grandma’s house and made pie while we chatted. (I wore a mask the whole time even though we are both vaccinated, better safe than sorry!)

I hit a roadblock. We were having so much fun chatting that I didn’t realize we had run out of flour after making two bottom crusts. So I had two half constructed pies that were missing tops! And where my GG lives, the nearest store is 30 minutes away in a different county. So we got creative and made do. We combined quick cooking oats, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon to make a crumble topping.

All reports were that it worked out well, but the pie was a little dry as the oats sucked up all the excess liquid from the cooked apples. But all in all still an edible dessert. But the best part was spending a few hours alone with my GG. I wish I could do it more often so I’ll cherish the time I do get.

Happy Baking!!

Cast On: Garter Rainbow Wrap

After finishing Bifrost I knew that I still had one advent set of minis left to complete. I had previously started the All My Stitches and had reached a crossroads. Y’all….I just couldn’t get past what to do next and so I stopped working on the project. I took this as a sign that the yarn/pattern combo wasn’t meant to be. So I frogged it!

I decided to improvise another wrap with the loose bones of the Bifrost. I am starting with a triangle that I will build out to my desired width and then I will knit the rectangle until I get to my last advent color. I don’t know if I will do another point on the opposite end or just leave it square.

But for right now I am happy to have this squishy and colorful project on my needles! Happy Knitting!!

Comfortable Memories

My memory blanket has seen some knitting time this early. I treated myself to a professional pedicure and then snuggled up under my WIP while watching podcasts. It was an all too short self care session but every little bit helps.

If my schedule and daylight cooperates, I will try to get outside and take some pictures of the full blanket in natural light. My mom commented when she saw it that it looks like the Technicolor Dreamcoat from the musical, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Bifrost

As promised, here is my finished Bifrost. It has had a good bath and blocking.

Pattern: Bifrost by Cate Carter-Evans

Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Singles in Antique White and Cornbread and Honey Superwash Merino Fingering in the 2019 Advent calendar

Needles: US 9s

Mods: I changed the cast on to 100 stitches

I definitely made a few mistakes in this wrap. I have increases where there should decreases and vice versa. I would count every so often and would almost always have more than the 100 I started with. I just chose to decrease those away and move on. So my wrap isn’t perfectly straight but its wonderfully warm.

I really like how the colors faded from purple through browns and finally towards teal. This project is LARGE. I used 2,172 yards of yarn that roughly equates to five and a half skeins of fingering weight yarn. I am super happy with this stashbusting project.

I would totally make this project again and I’m already daydreaming my next garter wrap!

Happy Knitting!!

I Win At Yarn Chicken

I did it, I finished Bifrost. And I totally won yarn chicken!!

I ended up with a nugget of my main advent mini skein yarn. I would imagine its roughly two or three yards. And for my Cloudborn singles, I have a slightly larger than golf ball sized leftover. I am very proud of my yarn usage on this one!

I’ll gather my wits and share the FO and its stats tomorrow! Happy Knitting!!

Last Throws Of Gardening

My garden is on its last legs but we are still getting some decent veggies. Last night’s picking included some tomatoes, poblanos and jalapenos.

My tomatoes are HUGE and none are smaller than my fist, lol.

Right now we are just cooking what we need for recipes and freezing the rest. I think Jellybean wants to try to make ketchup at some point. But that can be a good mid-winter boredom project.

Happy Gardening!!

Remoting And Knitting

I have had to return to the office full time but I immediately turned around and had a two day leadership training, lol. So I took full advantage and used my hours and hours on zoom to try and finish my Bifrost.

I really was able to work through at least two mini skeins worth of advent skeins. I have about a mini and a half left to go. I really hope to be done by this Friday. This project is FAR from perfect but it is very squishy and soft. It has been very soothing to knit row after row of garter stitch.

I’m already planning my next garter wrap 🙂

Happy Knitting!!

Knitting At Night

Bifrost continues to be my main focus here lately. I took some time this week to relax after the kiddos went to bed. I had squishy garter and Murder She Wrote on the TV. It was wonderful.

Love me some Jessica Fletcher. And man, do the 80s and 90s bring back some memories and nostalgia. (I’m old but no so old to have watched this originally but I did watch re-runs after school.)

I’m starting to see pops of teal showing up in my minis. So I’m getting through the neutrals and progressing to some full blown tonal teal minis at the end. I’m intrigued to see how the “fade” progresses.

Happy Knitting!!