Saturday, March 14, 2009

From Handspun to Finished Product

Here is the project made from my first handspun. As the yarn was very bulky, there wasn't enough yardage to work with. However, with the use of size eleven needles, I was able to create a simple hat. It was originally to be a gaitor, but as I progressed, I tried it on and saw that I could continue on. I didn't follow any particular pattern and "winged it" on the decrease and bind off. I just wish I hadn't waited so long to ply and knit this up considering that winter is almost over.
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My First Spinning Experience


I had resisted the urge to try and spin yarn, but upon a trip to the Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival last April 2008, my new friend Mary urged to me give it a "whorl." (Couldn't resist the pun). Well, now I am hooked and here is the first and second spinning projects for me. The blue and purple is roving that came with the beginner spindle kit. It came with a short five minute tutorial from the lady selling it. The "cotton candy" color is a soy-silk/merino blend which was purchased at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival which took place in Rhinebeck, NY last October 2008. There will definately be more pictures to come, as I have more roving of different colors and fibers to spin. Stay tuned.
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bibs of Love

These aren't your ordinary bibs. Another project from "Mason Dixon Knitting" is completed. These bibs are more versatile, thicker, and more durable than anything you can every buy. The colors that are available through "Peaches & Creme" not only give you a beautiful bib, you will enjoy making them as well. The pattern is super easy and one ball of "Peaches & Creme" will make one bib. 

So, who's the recipient for this? Who else, little Joshua Palkewick who is the son of friends at my church. I hope they enjoy them.
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