Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yopping along - Week Four



Lots of spinning this week. I am happy to report I spun everyday of the Tour de Fleece, and I spun about 350 gms of fibre. This purple and green took so long to spin the 100 gms, aiming for fingering, but got closer to sport. I chain plyed so to keep the colours separate and now I have decided to knit socks with this.

I called the colourway Royal Meadow, and I am using the sock pattern in Judith MacKenzie's book, The Intentional Spinner.




I finally found a pattern I am happy with for the alpaca sweater that I have frogged twice. I am two repeats in. It will be a long process because it is fingering on small needles, but I will be happy with the finished project. Here is the pattern I am using - and if I don't have enough wool I am sure I can find some more locally.



I have finished the ribbing on the Six Tastes socks - time to start the mosaic. I have never done colour work using the mosaic method so I am excited to learn something new. Old dog, new tricks and all that.



No progress on the Diamond back socks because I have been spinning and casting on new things!

I have finished a small skein which will be knit into my homespun shawl tonight.



And last, but definitely not least, I have done a few more square on my sock yarn blanket. 700 done out of 780 that I need. I really wanted to finish this current row of squares before the end of Saturday but sleep prevailed 2 squares short. (Despite binge watching five episodes of ALONE.)

I also thought I should introduce you to my cohort in all my spinning projects. She is a Nagy wheel from New Zealand, circa 1971 and, well, I am quite smitten with her.



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  1. Oooh. I'm glad you shared a picture of your spinning wheel. She is beautiful. And those Six Tastes socks - oh my! They are amazing. Can't wait to see yours as the pattern develops.

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    1. yes, those socks really intrique me - I'll start the mosaic pattern today. Wish me luck!

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  2. That's great you were able to spin everyday. Your wheel is gorgeous. You two work great together. Will be keeping eye on all these great projects.

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    1. During the music festival I only spun about 20 minutes each day - but spinning is spinning!

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  3. What a lovely spinning wheel. It looks like you two will have a long happy relationship. Nyour projects look very interesting and I cant wait to see their progress.

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    1. The Nagy wheels aren't so well known in Canada, but I found a New Zealand group that appreciates them and where I can get my questions answered about her.

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  4. Your wheel is gorgeous and well done on spinning every day and so much. Looking forward to seeing the socks with the hand spun. I love the look of your cardigan and the mosaic socks are gorgeous, can't wait to see those!

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    1. they will probably be more like slipper socks, but I am enjoying knitting with my homespun.

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  5. Lovely spinning wheel and well done with all your projects

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  6. While you're suffering with a summer cold, I'm struggling here with a winter one which has come back for a third go since the beginning of June. Hope we both get better soon. Lovely looking spinning wheel - they fascinate me although I've never tried one. Your Royal Meadow colourway is gorgeous.

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    1. I hope you are on the mend soon. I think I am almost over mine.

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  7. Love your wheel and I want to learn to spin....after I move back up North. The sweater is going to be gorgeous, I can tell already and the socks look quite complex so good luck! I love homespun and the look of your yarn is exactly why I want to learn. I just love homespun and barber polling and the rustic look of it. Gorgeous! I will start learning to use my spindle but will wait for a wheel until after my move. I hope you feel better...like right now! Take care and have a great week!

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    1. I am on the mend, headachey but the runny nose is abating. Rustic is the look of homespun and I love it too. It connects me to all those spinners of our pasts.

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  8. That is a nice spinning wheel. You are very busy and have great progress in this post.

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    1. Thank you. I feel like I am making more progress with spinning then knitting these days, but progress is progress.

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  9. You are doing so well with your projects. I love the pattern for the cardigan that you are making, it is beautiful :-)

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    1. Yes, I really like it - it is knit sidewise which is such a cool idea.

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  10. Lovely wheel and great spinning. Your socks are going to be gorgeous and that sweater will be fabulous. Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Yes, I think I am over it - I did some housework today for the first time in ages and my husband said ' my, you have alot of energy this morning!'

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  11. That spinning wheel looks great, I am from NZ and I have never seen one like that The local spinners and weavers have their annual exhibition in town at the the moment, I must go in and ask about it. I love the pattern for your sweater, that wool looks lovely and squishy! hope your cold improves quickly.

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    1. Yes, I am all better now - and currently knitting the socks with my homespun. I had an email exchange with Mary Knox in New Zealand that has written a book about New Zealand wheels and she had some interesting stories about Mr. Nagy! I would love to hear what you learn at the exhibition.

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  12. Your socks ribbing looks like perfection

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  13. Wow, that is a beautiful and YOUNG spinning wheel.... I must say. It is just as young as I am old.

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