New Year and new cast on! I had some training this week so I decided that a basic beanie was the way to go. I grabbed the skein of Knit Picks Felici worsted, mostly because I required no winding, lol
I cast on 80 stitches on a US 8 needle. I worked 2×2 ribbing until it looked good. I didn’t really have a pattern in mind. The goal was to stay awake while listening to a four hour lecture. The good news is that four hours is enough time to get 60% of a hat done!
I think I need two more color stripes and then I can start the decreases! Happy Knitting!!
Every behind the curve I decided to use my Queen City Yarn advent calendar to make the pattern it came with. It is Perpetual Hope by Kino Knits. I am still in Clue one……lol.
The yarn is sock weight and variegated in nature. I have already peaked at others FOs and I’m willing to give this one a try. If I get into it and I fall out of love I will frog back these minis for something else.
Oh, and the stitch markers were included with advent calendar. They are wooden, beautiful and lightweight. Perfect for a shawl project!
I had to finagle the decrease a little bit as I didn’t plan that far ahead when I decided to use 72 stitch count for the hat. They didn’t turn over too badly and were less pointy than I had feared.
In trying to maximize the usage of my handspun skein, I ended up with a very slouchy hat. I will likely wear this with the brim rolled up. The bulky yarn made a really substantial fabric and this thing should WARM.
Now I need to plan my next handspun knitting project! Happy Knitting!!
A few special people in my life are expecting babies in the new year. So I couldn’t let those babies have cold heads!!
This yarn is some Super Bulky spindle spun handspun from 2020. I decided they needed to be baby beanies. I pulled out some size 10 dpns and just invented hats on the fly. I used up every single inch of precious handspun and came out with two cute hats.
PB loaned me a baby doll so I could take glamor shots. I still need to wash them and get them wrapped up. But that is for another day!
In the chaos of December I completely forgot to share my advent calendars. That’s right I splurged on more than one….no regrets.
First up was the Chromatic Yarns 2021 advent calendar. I felt quite creative when I pressed Jellybean’s remote school calendar into use for holding my daily packages!
Also from the UK is the Bird and Blend Tea advent calendar. This was a first for me. I ended up enjoying most days but for sure some the teas were not in my wheelhouse. I would do this one again because it made my stretch my boundaries.
Last up was the Queen City Yarn Home Alone inspired advent calendar. This was an advent my husband got for me in June as an anniversary present. The packing was on point and the mini skeins made a beautiful fade.
When I get my sh*t together and recover from Christmas I will share the actual yarn, lol.
This fiber actually had some information in it. This i3 ounces of merino/alpaca from Midwest Fiber Farm. Definitely a natural fiber with no dye. It is a nice blend of light and dark grey fibers. It is marling inside the singles.
I think this one will REALLY come out pretty when I ply it. Like a broken record, I plan to spin all the singles and make a 2-ply….again, lol.
I managed to snag some free time over the weekend to wash up and dry my latest hanspun. I came out with two really nice skeins!!
On the left is my unknown merino/alpaca 2-ply that came out black/dark grey with white tweedy bits. This skein had about 7 wraps per inch equating to a bulky yarn. I managed to get a 112 gram skein with 159 yards. So I really should be able to make something with this one!
And on the right is a skein that delighted me to no end. I had 4.1 ounces of all BFL roving in a natural/tan color. This spun a lot finer for me than previous attempts. So this two ply came out to more like 9 wraps per inch and close to a worsted. This is my finest spinning yet. The finished skein was 114 grams and 251 yards. That is pretty darn close to commercial yarn stats!!
I think that BFL skein will need to be my next Musselburgh hat…..
Happy Christmas Eve to all who observe and happy holidays to the multitude of other December celebrations. I am ready for Christmas and some down time!
I took our wee ones to a local light display that was STUNNING. And they even had a sheep set up, lol. Not to mention this knitter was able to stay warm using my Basic Baby Blend Hat and Volcano Trail.
I wish a peaceful weekend to all and I will see you on the other side!!
Nothing like leaving your to do list for the last minute. I realized that my Aunt Barb had requested some new potholders for Christmas or her birthday. So here I am weaving frantically at the 11th hour.
I am using my loom from the 1990s and new loops from Lotta Loops. This particular set of loops are pastels. My brain is on Christmas overload so I am not doing any crazy patterns. Just two tone colors that I think look good together. So far I have a warm color and a cool color one.
There are two in the bank and I would like to crank out two more….do you think I can make it?
As predicted my mystery tweedy alpaca singles very quickly passed through my wheel. And while those singles were resting I managed to get a whole other fiber bat spun up.
I ignored my household chores of laundry and dishes to spend a whole glorious evening plying my singles and watching Vlogmas videos from my favorite knitters. I ended up with these two pretty skeins.
They don’t hang completely straight and have a small amount of twist which means I might have overplied them. But that should wash out when I soak and whack these skeins. But now I need to catch up the laundry and washing line so I have room to wash and dry yarn!