Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woolly Reads

Two really great books that I am reading are The Knitter's Book of Wool and The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook.    If you need to know more about sheep/wool/fiber they are very helpful.  I saw that one of the authors on the The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook will be at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this May.  That is where I purchased my alpaca fiber a few years ago.  I would love to go again someday.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Meet Polly (Polwarth)

 Over the past couple months I have been spinning Polwarth yarn and keeping it on bobbins.  Last Saturday I was able to ply it together (3-ply) and create a lovely little hank.  Being  a novice to the nth degree, I was thrilled to have created this with the guidance of my teacher, Kate.  Kate is amazing.   Over the past few months of spinning I have just been labeling and keeping what I spin for future reference.  I realized this past week that I should knit these samples up so that I can have an understanding of how they look when I spin them.  As I get better the knitting should reflect the same.   A few years ago I purchased my first alpaca fiber and knit a hat with it.   Surprisingly, it is our go-to hat for my daughter and I to throw on when going out.  My daughter wears it quite often.  So much so, that I thought we needed another one.  I thought it would be a good pattern to knit for a comparison.  Feast your eyes.  :)

 It won't be a true comparison because the alpaca was a 2-ply and this is a 3-ply.  But it will be a similarity.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blue Socks

The socks are finally off the needles and blocked.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sadness on a Stick

I just sat down to finish my socks and to my horror the cable had been chewed through by Mr. Moses.  You can see more of his shenanigans here and here.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Happiness on a Stick -2

These kabobs are waiting to be marinated with zesty Italian dressing.  I think they look happy and they are on a stick!  I could actually knit with those sticks.   I don't eat much red meat and I probably will eat very little of these, but they are fun to make.  Chris cooks them up on the grill.