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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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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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I just noticed that I never posted pictures of my finished Saskia.  I was very happy to see just what can be done on a knitting loom.  This one was knit with a three ply on my small gauge Markman Farm loom from wool that I dyed and spindle spun by my little own self!

In progress, on the loom
Blocked out

Close up of lace.

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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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