Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I love Halloween! So I've decided to have a Halloween sale at my Etsy store. From Oct 29 till Nov 1, I am offering free shipping and 10% off all orders. Whee!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Spinning from the Lock

I love love love sheep fleece and locks. They feel so sheepy to me, know what I mean? (as opposed to commercial yarn)

This was an experiment in spinning from the uncarded lock. This was dyed BFL border leicester X. I simply pulled the locks apart by hand a little - kind of like predrafting. I separated the locks out by color group too, since I prefer to see the distinct colors, rather than have it blended throughout. Then I spun up the puffy clouds.

The resulting yarn is more textured than what you would get from roving or a carded batt. In one or two places, there is even a tiny curl visible, escaping from the surface of the spun yarn.

Here are some pictures of a sweater I completed a while ago. Maybe a year? I spun the yarn from the lock as well, in this case, Cormo wool locks. It's very lumpity-bumpity, handmade looking, in a good way. The cormo wool is soft, next-to-skin soft, with nice bounce and crimp. Love!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Old and New Knitting

I don't consider myself a girly-girl, but I have been thinking of shawls and crochet items lately! I really love the graphic quality of lace. So I thought I'd show a completed project:

The Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark from Interweave Knits.
I used Noro Kochoran, so it is a huge shawl. I ran out of Kochoran at the end, so I just made a border in Lamb's Pride Worsted. I think the colors work well together.

And today, I received some beautiful handspun yarn from Joanna at She is a lovely person and she spins beautiful yarn. I love the colors of her yarns, and she loves to support other Etsy-ians.

This is destined to be crocheted into an Anne scarf by MK Carroll (on etsy or ravelry). I have made 1 of these in cotton, and have several more in my project queue. One for each of my roommates.

This stunning pattern is actually pretty simple. I keep dreaming of these Anne scarves in every yarn I lay my eyes upon. Hmmmm...