June 30, 2012

tour de fleece

The Tour de France starts today, which means so does the Tour de Fleece, whereby one sets whatever spinning challenges for oneself that one desires and the joining of a team for support is optional. This is my first Tour de Fleece, so I'm excited that I have such a fabulous group to spin with - Northbound Knitting.

I'm starting with a sweater's worth of this:

It's Lisa's superwash BFL in 'Purple Rain', 20 oz. I'll do a 2-ply sportweight, so that will take me awhile.

Then I'm out of town for a few days so I'm going to attempt to spindle spin this:

Again, from Lisa, it's Cheviot and called 'Violent Mood Swings'. I have no goals beyond making something vaguely resembling yarn, since my spindling skills are so poor.

Then I'll find something else to do if I still have time. Which I doubt will be an issue.

I should probably watch some of the cycling, too.

June 23, 2012

caribbean sleet

Fibre: Rambouillet in 'Caribbean' from Northbound Knitting
Pattern: Sleet by Lisa Mutch

I spun this gorgeous rambouillet a few months ago for a spin along in the Northbound Knitting group. Then we decided to have a swap so I knit it into Lisa's fabulous cowl pattern for Ingrid in Sweden. The wool is so squooshy and the pattern made it more so. I hope it keeps her warm. There's still 4oz I haven't spun, so I could make a matching one for myself...

Things are super busy around here. But fun. :) 

June 9, 2012

stranded wips

It's been really hot lately and hard to get motivated to knit. This time of year I usually think about sewing things instead and I have something planned that I'll talk about later. I have, however, made 50% progress on the pair of socks I'm knitting. This fabulous pattern is Autumn Frost Socks by Susi Ferguson and yarn is St-Denis Boreale.

Concurrently and coincidentally  I'm knitting another of Susi's patterns - her Mountain Mist sweater, in Wollmeise. Susi is one of those uber talented people I am always excited to see new projects from.

Being June, it's hectic around here during the last weeks of school, final performances, final lessons, etc. The boy has a rather elaborate (compared to mine, at least) grade six graduation day to prepare for. And the girl's birthday is coming; my sweet animal lover chose to have her party at the humane society.

Hope you're having a great June, too.