As I reach the three-and-a-half year mark of living in this house, many of my knitted garments are reaching the same anniversary. When we arrived in Germany in the autumn of 2013 I was very pregnant, all of my life's possessions were on a ship in the Pacific, then the Atlantic, and I was full of nervous energy. I needed to find an outlet for my nesting fervorRead More
Knitting keeps my hands busy and my heart happy and anxiety knitting yields some fast results. When my friend Amanda over at Geektastic Fibers asked me to test-knit a new colorway for her brand, I jumped at the opportunity. I first knit with Amanda's yarn over the winter holidays with one feverish session on a sockhead hat as we drove to a Christmas Market in Colmar, FranceRead More
Christmas, Yule, Solstice, however you refer to it, it's rushing towards us. As the buttons in our little advent calendar fill up the slots for each day, I'm beginning to do a little bit of panicking. This Waldorf doll I started in October for my soon-to-be-three-year-old is just barely nearing completion. She still needs a full outfit (though her sweater is on the needles and almost complete, so at least she will have a toasty torso).Read More
No wheel? No problem.
When I first heard about tour de fleece, I shrugged it off as an event for spinners with expensive wheels and luxury fiber hookups. "I don't have time and I don't have the equipment," I thought to myself. Well, the first part of that statement may have been true but after picking up Respect the Spindle from my local library I began to think about my drop spindles differently. Perhaps a spindle isn't as quick or as efficient as a wheel, but it can certainly produce yarn, and beautiful yarn at that. Spindles are ancient and simple tools. Thinking of them in that context quickly made me fall in love with the idea or spinning tour de fleece on a drop spindle. I hastily joined my local spinning circle's tour de fleece Facebook group and set about tracking down some fiber to spin before the race commenced.
Getting the hang of it...literally.
When learning to use a drop spindle, you will quickly learn one way that the spindle gets its monicker. The thud of my spindle on the living room floor as my fiber broke time after time early this week was discouraging and annoying. Luckily I had a major motivator to improve my technique: dropping my spindle always wakes the baby up. A startled baby isn't good for anyone! One of the things I love about spinning (and simultaneously find so frustrating) is that there's only so far that reading can take you. You need to actually lay your hands on fiber and spin to learn. So I practiced and focused so singularly on my spindle each night that I'd find myself literally on the edge of my seat as I slowly lowered the spindle and increased my yardage, staying up far past my bedtime.
Spin, spin, knit
It's been a wonderful week of learning and I'm already so proud of the progress I've made. Not only have I learned a bit about spinning, but I've given myself a gift of hope. New skills can always be learned and with some tenacity and perseverance I can do the things that I've dreamt of. That's a mighty feeling.
So, week one is over and I'm now the proud owner of 100g of two-ply, handspun merino yarn. The colors scream Mardi Gras to me and aren't my normal palette. What would you knit? I'm considering Elizabeth Zimmermans mitred mittens but the softness of the yarn makes me want to knit a cowl! What to do?
I'll keep this short today (don't I always?) because I've got a nasty stomach bug and my brain is on vacation from the lack of sleep. Taking care of a toddler, being pregnant, and having a stomach bug all at once is not my idea of fun.
These rainbow soakers make me smile even if I'm having kind of a crummy day. I can't resist anything rainbow, especially when it comes in a wee little baby size. I have yet to lanolize them but once I do I'll be using them (along with the several others I've made over the years) as a diaper cover for the belly baby. I love the way that wool covers breathe, keep my baby warm, and look super cute all at once. If you want pattern details, please visit my Ravelry page!
Everyone nests and prepares for baby in different ways. While I've gotten out all our newborn clothes and diapers and started furnishing the crib with fresh sheets, knitting is my favorite way to prepare. I'm constantly amazed at how tiny babies are and how small their clothes are. They take such a small bit of yarn and time but I hope that the love I put into each project makes this baby feel calm and loved in her mama-made clothes.