Thursday, 5 September 2013

Summer days, not many spinning!

Summer days meant long days, lovely sunshine and not a lot of spinning! A little knitting and latterly crochet has been happening here, but spinning has taken a back seat - it has been too warm to draft the wool in my hands. But now Autumn is approaching slowly, my mind is returning to unfinished spinning projects and planning future ones.

Something I have finished is my Camden Cap - using handspun yarn that I spun early in the year, I started the hat in the late Spring but then left it until about a week ago when I picked it up again and knit to completion.

 I love this hat, love how it fits and feels and can see it is going to get a lot of use over the Autumn/Winter months. I did have some issues with the sizing of the pattern - after measuring and even swatching (rare for me!) I started knitting the hat and was pleased with the peak. But when it came to knitting the main part of the hat it was clearly going to be way too big. I pondered carrying on and felting it but that would have altered the peak, so I frogged back to the peak, left that as it was, and knit a smaller size. Result of this is that I shal return to the ignorant bliss of not swatching which has always worked out fine in the past!

The plied yarns from last month have been wound into balls to knit with and I have cast on a quick gift for a friend, a phone cover in the silvery rainbow yarn on the right.

I have started spinning some woodland green falkland fibre, more on that next month, and hopefully more spinning now Autumn is here and life is slightly less busy. I shall also be taking part next month in a guild Sheep to Jumper challenge at a show! Watch this space.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Woolly Wednesday gathering September 2013

Welcome to the Woolly Wednesday gathering for September. Come along and link up to with a crafty post on your blog. Autumn is approaching here in the UK, what woolly plans do you have for those cosy Autumnal days?

Whether you are a regular or a new visitor - come and share what you have been doing with wool or fibres in the last month, or plans for the month(s) ahead. All crafts and inspiration welcome. I look forward to regularly sharing this space with you here.

 Woolly Wednesday falls on the first Wednesday of every month. Think of it as a creative gathering, or a virtual guild meeting. Bring along any fibre-related project, whatever it may be. If you are starting out in fibre arts, share what you are interested in pursuing. Let's show each other our projects, share any tips, tutorials, ask questions, seek advice. Add your post to the Linky below and we can visit one another and share, support, encourage, be inspired!. 

 Please feel free to add the button to your blog's sidebar with a link to Woolly Wednesday, a lovely way for us all to link together. Just copy the image to your desktop and then in your blog design - add a gadget, add picture - upload the picture and then add the url ( and the image will link to here. Join in with the linky below, link to a recent blog post of your woolly adventures in the last month or to a post in the month ahead, I look forward to seeing you, no time limits just join in when you can.

 I shall enjoy reading all about your woolly days x