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Just a reminder that my shop, Kate’s Cauldron, along with 40+ members of the Maryland Promo Team on Etsy will be running a two week long sale starting TOMORROW, August 15th until August 31th.  Click the button on the right for more information on the Fall into Autumn Sale,the giveaway, the participating shops, and their discounts.  Coupon code MDFIAS will give a discount at all the participating shops.  Kate’s Cauldron is offering 10% off.

I’ve been spinning up several skeins of this yarn.  It reminds me of Fudge Ripple ice cream, lol.  I had a mixed roving of natural colored wool from whites all the way to darkest brown (an a bit of everything in between).

The single were all spindle spun, but I finished it up as a 3-ply on my Frankenwheel (which still needs it’s own post)..  It ended up as a nice fingering or sock weight yarn.  I keep thinking it would make a gorgeous pair of wristers or mitts, maybe with a lace ruffle….. I have 4 skeins up in my shop right now, but more in the pipeline.  Only problem is–now I want some ice cream!

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I’ve been hard at work this this month.  This weekend is the MD Sheep and Wool Festival.  I’ll be there with my spindles and shawl pins, buttons and some yarn at the Baltimore County Wool Producers Booth (Barn 4, space 05) where you can also find plenty of yarn and spinning fibers all produced locally.

Come on by and say, “Hi!”  I’d love to meet you.

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Look what I made!  Last week, I added a couple spindles to my etsy shop.  I had an inquirey that inspired me to check out my local wood resourses and this was the result.  I love making this carved spindle tips.  This one is tiny, maybe a 1/2 ounce with a lacewood whorl and a cherry shaft.  Probable best for laceweight.

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Seems I’ve been making yarn more than I’ve been knitting lately!  I think it’s the lovely spring weather.  I’ve been spending a lot of time at our local park with my son and my spindle.  And as a result, I have plarn:

 This one is two spun plies of plarn plied  with a couple threads of reclaimed wool.  It ended up stronger than unspun plarn, but the plying seems to have kept this a bit softer than my previous experiments with spinning plarn.

I also  have more reclaimed/repun yarn all finished:

These (and a few more) are all up on my etsy shop.  Please take a look if you’re so inclined.

I had some fun with our left over Easter Egg dye, too.  I don’t know what this will end up as.  So many possibilities.  I could sort the colors out or spin up all the spring colors together.  Any ideas out there?

I promise a loom knitting post next time.  Maybe even a pattern soon.

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Over on Ravelry, the Beginner’s Lace knitting group has just started to work on Saskia (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saskia).  I have my homespun yarn to use up, so, what the heck!  I though I’d give it a try on the loom.  There are just single and double decreases and YO’s to deal with.  I think it’s a pretty managable pattern on a knitting loom. 

lace swatch-half gauge

lace swatch-half gauge

The question is which loom to use.  So I grabbed some similar weight wool from stash and knit up a bit of the pattern on my half gauge Markman Farm loom. This block just a hair lacier than I wanted, but definitely doable.

 

 

lace swatch-small gauge

lace swatch-small gauge

 

Then I did anothe swatch on a small gauge loom.  Not a huge difference, but I think this is more what I want.  My project yarn is slightly finer that the red stuff.  Of course, i’ve never done a big lace project before, so I could be wrong, but that’s how you learn!

 

Here’s the project so far:

saskia lace-about 2 repeats in

saskia lace-about 2 repeats in

I’m pretty much following the needle knit pattern, except for reversing the knits/purls on the wrongs side (easy enough, there’s no lace worked on those rows).  I also added an extra knit row between my CO and row 1 of the pattern.  This is partially because I’ve been noticing that my BO edge seems thicker than my CO edge (This is noticeable in the neckline of the Ruana I’m currnetly working on–more on that another day).  It’s also because I always cast on right to left unless I consciously make myself CO left to right.  Apparently, I wasn’t very conscious when I when I cast on this project.  I was about to start row 1 when I realized that I was on the left.  So I could start over (after all my swatching, that option wasn’t feeling very attractive), I could convert all the decreases from left to right leaning and visa versa (that was bound to lead to confusion) or I could make a design “improvement.” 

Easy choice!

I’ve also decided to just do ssk instead of trying to figure out s/1 k1 psso.  It seems to me that they work out about the same anyway.

Any loomers out there want to join along?

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I made yarn!

I’ve been learning to use a drop spindle this past year or so.  Here’s my latest effort:
I Made Yarn!
I Made Yarn!

I think I’ll call it Clouds and Iris.  This is my first yarn that has a good bit of yardage– about 600 yards.  It’s about a sport weight (averaging 12 wpi) and has longish (maybe 20-25 yd) runs of white, interspresed with colored sections of varying intensity.  Fiber is from a grab bag of mill end rovings from the Sheep Shed that I dyed myself. 

I think it needs to be a rectangular shawl of some sort–maybe lace.  If anyone knows an easy loomable lace that would work with the wide color changes, I love to hear from you.

Here’s the baby picture’s:

# Singles ready to ply

# Singles ready to ply

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A very full spindle!

A very full spindle!

They grow up so fast!

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