First up, I finished spinning up the luscious Targhee top from Abstract Fibers ("Hopworks" colorway). This gorgeous fiber was gifted to me by an awesome Ravelry swap partner, Kae, and I loved every minute of working with it! Being a finewool, spinning Targhee is a lot like spinning Merino, though the fibers seemed less "sticky" and easier to draft, which suited me just fine. From 4 ounces of top, I spun 860 yards of singles, and plied them into 430 yards of bouncy, squishy light-fingering weight yarn. I love it!
|Singles on the bobbins|
|In the skein|
The stitch pattern for this blanket was fun to knit and, in the words of the designer herself, "a sly celebration of ladyhood". (Because those bobbles are just a tiny bit... suggestive, aren't they?)
|Leo checking out the new blanket|
After knitting up Elizabeth Cherry's Modified Mobcap (from the Fall 2012 issue of Jane Austen Knits) in some trusty Madelinetosh for my friend, Johanna, I was so in love with the pattern that I simply had to make one for myself, too. So I perused my Wall of Handspun and settled on a 4-strand cabled yarn that I spun last year from Into the Whirled's Polwarth/silk top.
The hat is fun and slouchy, and excellent for covering my ears while still letting some of my hair show. (And if I look a bit uncharacteristically serious in this photo, it's because I'm getting over a nasty head cold. I am getting better, though, slowly but surely!)
|Spiral decreases are my new favorite thing!|
Felting has always seemed interesting to me, but aside from one time, years ago, that I made some felted coasters for my brother, I haven't pursued it with any real intention. Looking at my List of Fiber Goals for 2013, I thought it was due time to give it a go!
For my first felting project, I decided to use Saundra McBride's Spinning Wheel Goodie Bag pattern and some super-thick handspun, spun from a gorgeous art batt from Nea of Lanitium Ex Machina. I made this yarn a couple years ago as an experiment in super-bulky spinning, but wasn't sure what to make with it once it was finished. The yarn and the pattern seemed like a perfect match!
|Funky, chunky art-batt yarn|
|Spinning bag, pre-felting...|
[Also, if you look closely, you'll see a spoiler of the yarn I'm currently spinning!] :)
|... and being useful and pretty at the wheel. :)|