Spinning in 2018

Ravelry isn’t as good about tracking spinning projects by year as they are knitting, but I will try to find them all for you.

My goal for the year was to spin more fiber than came in. Let’s see how I did! These are all 4 ounces unless otherwise noted.

I started this spin in July of 2017, but finished it in January of 2018. I think it is fair to say I spun at least 4 ounces in 2018.

I used this to knit the sweater I have no easily accessible photo of, but you can check out my ravelry project page to see it in all its glory.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/fine-sand

I immediately started this spin, with fiber I got in Wisconsin in September of 2017. It flew by, finished in just 10 days.

Haven’t knit with this one yet!

Nor this one, designated for some mittens for A.

Then some combo spins:

Neither of which have been knit yet. The top one is 6 ounces of yak merino, and I haven’t decided what it will be. But mom loves it, so it will be something for her eventually.

The bottom one (8 ounces) will be a shawl. Also someday.

Next up I played with color drafting on natural fiber. And knit a hat with it. I had fun with it, but naturally the only photos are on Ravelry!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/color-theory

And

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/handspun-hat

I went stash diving and dug out this luscious blend that a friend gave me. All my favorite colors!

It’s in the too pretty to knit with category. But I might weave with it someday. Meanwhile I pet it.

Then this came in as the Roving of the Month and I dropped everything to spin it.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/mandala

I also pet it regularly.

This yarn I had a plan for, it always was going to be a shawl. I got amazing yardage, definitely lace weight two ply here.

In September I cast on Down the Road and Back Again with some of the ladies in the Friends of Knitting Sarah group on Ravelry. Yet the whole time I was knitting it, I knew it would wind up with a coworker of mine, and I was right. It looks gorgeous on her.

The next spin was bfl silk blend, another combo spin of 7 ounces. I happened to have two very similar color ways and needed to knit a special scarf for my stepbrother.

I was on a blue kick, and next up spun this blue and tan braid, trying a new thing, traditional 4 ply. What a nice round yarn it made!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/flutterbies

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/wood-nymph-herdwick was another quick spin, bulky weight. It’s herdwick, and full of guard hairs. It sheds! Had to get spun outside. I plan to spin some nice soft finn, and knit a herdwick hat with a finn lining. Someday!

Then I did an 8 ounce combo spin to make a baby sweater for the new grandson of a friend.

You can see more of this spin on Ravelry, of course.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/bespoke-monkey

And another 8 ounce combo spin, wasn’t sure what it would be, but it turned out to be a shawl that went to the baby’s mama.

Then another spin of fiber I spun nearly as fast as I got it home!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/handspun-wings

And that’s where it seems to have stalled. In October, I started this spin, and just Friday I finally finished the first half, so this is two ounces spun.

That’s 83 ounces spun! Wow! I had no idea until I just totaled it up. I definitely spun more than came in.

And this year for fun, I saved all the scraps from all these traditionally plied yarns. I just wound them into one bobbin until it was full, then started another. This weekend I wound all those ends into a cake and plied it with itself into a 2 ply yarn. It’s a crazy skein! Actually 2, as I ran into technical difficulties. But I am going to knit something – a shawl or cowl – that can handle the crazy colors and different weights. And I am going to do this again this year because it was so fun to see the colors all go together. It’s still damp after it’s bath, but you get the idea!

It was a good spinning year… or 3/4 of a year, as I seem to have taken the fall off!

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Knitting year in review

Thankfully Ravelry does all the bookkeeping for me!

I thought I would complete 18 projects this year. I remember thinking that would be 6 pairs of sox, three sweaters and an assortment of hats and shawls.

I actually finished 27 knit projects!

The sweaters

Really did three! Of course, I thought it would be three for me, but babies need sweaters, too.

(I am sure I have a photo of the last one somewhere, but can’t find it now!)

Socks:

Socks were not flying off the needles as they have in the past.

Again with the baby booties. 😉

Then shawls – there some epic ones finished!

And an amazing one a year in progress… maybe I will finish it in 2019!

Lots of scarves. I dislike knitting scarves, they go on forever! But I did several this year.

And cowls… lots of them! Don’t have photos of them all, even!

Hats are another category that I did lots of but didn’t get photos of them all:

And what do I dislike making even more than scarves? Mittens! So you know these were a work of love!

And a pair of mitts – not so disliked, but only made one pair this year.

Then there were a few special projects:

A group project, a blanket for a dear woman going through a rough time. I knit a few squares, but was especially proud of this one.

It’s sideways, don’t know why!

And some ornaments for Christmas this year:

That pretty well covers the projects.

Now, for the part that surprises me. Of these, only ten remain in my possession. So many knits have gone out into the world, finding new homes with people I love.

Next year’s challenge is set at 25, but I might up it to 30 to give myself a stretch. I still want to do three sweaters… one is on the needles, another is in my head. And socks are always on the needles, but who knows what else will happen?

I’ll do a spinning update in another post. I think it will surprise you!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sorry to be so quiet lately, we have been BUSY!

A is doing fine, physically almost back to normal. She is still being careful about what she eats, learning how things go, but so far so good.

We started the holiday visiting with a quick trip to Portland Friday afternoon. A’s nephew and his family rented an air bnb house for the weekend to visit his in-laws and we all drove down for a yankee swap and some games. We only see them a couple of times a year, so it was fun. Their kids are quite grown, there even was a girlfriend along. How time flies!

Saturday was busy, too. I ran to Belfast to do the last of the Christmas shopping. It was not terribly crowded, but this still happened

Yup. Someone parked his car behind a row of parked cars (including mine) and went shopping. I waited a while, then went into the closest shop looking for the owner. He was checking out, and wouldn’t come move his car until he finished. I was quite close to calling the police when he finally came out. For the record, there was plenty of parking on the street, just not directly in front of that store.

Once I could get going, I headed over to Whorls and Purls for a relaxing afternoon of knitting. 😊

Sunday I did nothing but weaving and knitting and making some ornaments, and as a result, I am in pretty good shape for tomorrow. One thing will be delivered as a WIP but that’s pretty good!

Today I had some sewing for A’s present and one thumb to knit on her mittens. The sewing is done but not the thumb. Day’s not over yet!

She and I completely disagree on prints for the bed linen so we have only plain sheets. Our compromise comes on pillowcases. She like creatures and cute prints, I like florals. So I made her a couple of pillow cases. Pretty exciting stuff!

Then I will wrap them and be done.

How are you doing today? All prepared for tomorrow?

She’s fine!

A little sore and tired, but all went well. She even drove me around to do the errands yesterday, and came in the grocery store with me. Though, that might have been too much, she was pretty tired when we got home.

I skipped knitting group yesterday to do the chores, but still found plenty of time to sit and knit. Nothing I have pictures of, but A’s Christmas mittens just need thumbs. They feel a little snug on me, I am worried they will shrink too much. I did them two at a time and I know that fighting all those needles and yarn ends affected gauge. So, I am prepared to redo them if necessary after Christmas.

I worked on mom’s sweater, too. Almost to the sleeve divide. Won’t finish it by Christmas, but she won’t mind opening a wip on Christmas morning.

And I worked on the rhinebeck hat. I’ll get pictures of that today if I can. I am about 1/3 done on that. It’s going much better now that I drew vertical lines on the chart to help me count.

And a few little presents got finished today as well. Still more to do but I am getting there!

Today I have to clean the pellet stove, then hit the craft room. I have some Christmas sewing to do, and I want to do some more weaving. Haven’t done any of that all week, with all the commotion. Nor have I spun! I’d like to find time for both of those things.

So a busy day, but with fun things. Once I clean that stove, that is!

She’s fine!

A little sore and tired, but all went well. She even drove me around to do the errands yesterday, and came in the grocery store with me. Though, that might have been too much, she was pretty tired when we got home.

I skipped knitting group yesterday to do the chores, but still found plenty of time to sit and knit. Nothing I have pictures of, but A’s Christmas mittens just need thumbs. They feel a little snug on me, I am worried they will shrink too much. I did them two at a time and I know that fighting all those needles and yarn ends affected gauge. So, I am prepared to redo them if necessary after Christmas.

I worked on mom’s sweater, too. Almost to the sleeve divide. Won’t finish it by Christmas, but she won’t mind opening a wip on Christmas morning.

And I worked on the rhinebeck hat. I’ll get pictures of that today if I can. I am about 1/3 done on that. It’s going much better now that I drew vertical lines on the chart to help me count.

And a few little presents got finished today as well. Still more to do but I am getting there!

Today I have to clean the pellet stove, then hit the craft room. I have some Christmas sewing to do, and I want to do some more weaving. Haven’t done any of that all week, with all the commotion. Nor have I spun! I’d like to find time for both of those things.

So a busy day, but with fun things. Once I clean that stove, that is!

Thank you all!

You blog land residents are the kindest people!  A is feeling OK, though not great.  Thursday she will have her gallbladder removed and then we hope a speedy recovery.  We had a quiet weekend, though Friday night she had another spell.  So now she is not eating anything but chicken broth and saltines, and losing weight.  Not a bad thing! She was sad to learn that a gallbladder weighs about 33 grams.  She was hoping for more like 50 pounds.   I told her “that’s a third of a skein of sock yarn.”  She was not impressed. 🙂

And because it never rains, but it pours, my dear friend B (and best knitwear customer!) said to me as we ate lunch today “Sarah, I need you to take me to the ER.”  So naturally, I did.  She was having problems with her neck, shoulder, heavy feeling in her chest.  We got to the ER, and didn’t we have the same doctor?  He must think I cruise the streets of town looking for women with funny feelings in their chests!  B is fine, it was some upper back issues, she already is feeling better, knowing that it isn’t a heart attack.

I dropped her back at work, but she was really too tired to stay.  But she was supposed to deliver some clothing to a former coworker who is in the hospital, so I will be headed back over there to deliver that for her before I head home.

When this whole episode is over, I will be OK to not be over there to the very nice Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.  Enough is enough!

Work, is of course, crazy with all this time out of the office, and I don’t quite know how to tame it, without working until midnight, which I won’t do.

Knitting helps calm me down but doesn’t get the work done.  Sigh.