Monday, February 9, 2009

Knitting Updates

This is the second cloth for the RAK in Portugal. I love this one.

I started the computer bag yesterday while we were out to the weaving open house. I'm using handspun domestic wool and the handspun Atticus batt, both from SAFF. I cast on what I thought was a good number (using Judy's Magic Cast-On) and went from there. I have a bit more than this finished now and I'm loving the color changes. I'll decided when I finish it if I'll be felting it like I had originally planned, or just going with lining it.

I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about the door prizes at the open house! There was a table full of prizes, a pile of handwoven/crocheted blankets, and a rack with scarves, a bag, and some other things. I won and chose this handdyed silk scarf. I think I'll be using it to line a fancy bag or something and will be keeping some to use while spinning bamboo (to hold on my lap so I don't get covered in the fiber!).

These are crocheted cubes I made from scrap wool. They'll get thrown in the wash to felt down (I understuffed them with the fiber fill stuff) and will become dog toys. I was going with the free download pattern from Interweave Crochet, but ended up modding it to make it easier and less picking up of stitches. Very simple and very quick.

A drop spindle! One of the wonderful ladies in my knitting group brought me one of her spindles to play with this week. I've never used one and was always intimidated by them. She had given me some scrap fiber to work with, but it was webbed pretty heavily and I was having a hard time with the drafting. I got out some of the fiber from SAFF (the stuff I bought 3 lb of in hopes of spinning enough for the Tree Jacket) and it went much better. I am not great at it, but have the basic concept down and am getting better. This is what I had after my first little bit:

Saturday, I am going with my fiber friends to a spinning guild meeting. I haven't been to one yet and it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm kind of intimidated by the skill these ladies have, but they are all so warm and inviting I think I really have nothing to worry about.


lizzzknits said...

Looks like a Bossie spindle to me and if it is, then it is a great one to learn on. Since you are a wheel spinner, then the drafting part will be easy for you. I am spinning pretty easily on my wheel now, because of the time I spent on my spindles. Spindles are certainly more portable. Enjoy/

Anita O said...

Wow, that is an awesome scarf.
Those cubes are cute too. I think they would make excellent baby toys, and be tons safer than wooden blocks, at least for my feet, LOL.

I have a drop spindle too, but don't really know how to use it. I don't know if I'd even have time! Great work, though.

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Looks like you are doing a great job on that spindle. They are hard to get used to. Once you get the hang of it you'll be walking around carrying your spindle all the time.