FO Friday: Spinning Edition

One of the things I took the time to do over the holidays was update my stash on Ravelry and make sure that any new yarn purchases were logged and that my projects were all up to date.

Apparently I started spinning this little braid of  SweetGeorgia Superwash BFL  fibre back in April 2014. Colourway is Spring Garden.

Apparently I started spinning this little braid of SweetGeorgia Superwash BFL fibre back in April 2014. Colourway is Spring Garden.

But you know how once you get started organising something you seem to keep going? Well, I did. And it meant that two days later I had completely logged and photographed my entire spinning stash. Needless to say I won't be adding any fibre to the stash this year - there's more than enough there to keep me going for quite a while! 

Letting the bobbins rest before finishing. I debated between plying them or leaving them as singles.

Letting the bobbins rest before finishing. I debated between plying them or leaving them as singles.

It was inspiring to see all the goodies in there and as I'd barely touched my wheel in 2014 I'm making it one of my goals for 2015 - to spin more. So I dusted off my trusty Sidekick and spun up the last 50g of superwash BFL that I started earlier in 2014 onto a second bobbin. It didn't take long, and it was lovely to peddle and have all the muscle memory come back with my spinning.

Happily, while I was waiting for the bobbins to rest before plying, Rachel came over wearing a brand new shawl that she's designed and knit in her own handspun and I decided it would be perfect for my newly spun yarn! We debated plying versus not - the Spring Garden colourway has lovely lengths of green and purple and white that I'd like to leave unmarled. Since I've never finished any of my handspun as singles before (and really, it was the only way I was going to get the needed yardage) that's the way I decided to go.

All paired up and ready to go!

All paired up and ready to go!

The two bobbins resulted in approximately 390 yards of fingering weight yarn (about 18-20 WPI). I plan on pairing them with some 100% linen from my stash for the lace border in a complementary mossy green. Can't wait to get started on this!

And with extra BKFF thanks to Rachel for sending over an advance copy of the pattern!

Still catching up

I'm in a bit of a time crunch today so a few randoms for you:

From a lot of white to an explosion of colour!

From a lot of white to an explosion of colour!

1. Remember the yarn bombing for Wool Week project? Well I recently wrote a guest blog for Knitty with an overview of how it all turned out.

2. Julie over at Knitted Bliss has set herself some small goals for the winter season and I think its a great way to make the season more manageable (and not so focused on Christmas!). Her graphic also makes me want to play with PicMonkey more.

3. Austen has been blogging daily on her blog and I loved her quote from from a week ago.

The Baby Surprise Jacket and booties I knit for Mr. Russell this past summer.

The Baby Surprise Jacket and booties I knit for Mr. Russell this past summer.

4. My boss had a baby - he's the ultimate work-in-progress. Can't wait to see pics of him in all his yummy handknits!

5. Knitters are awesome.

6. More knitting awesomeness. This project was a serious labour of love, and national pride!

I need some spinning mojo!

I need some spinning mojo!

7. I still need to spin a sweater's worth of yarn. Eep! Any bets on if it will actually happen?

Wool House Withdrawal

It feels like things have been moving at breakneck speed around here and that I'm being pulled in a thousand different directions all at once.

Of course it's not all that different from usual but it does make me miss the steadiness and comfort of Wool House from last week. Things were still crazy then too, but there was something very rejuvenating of the spirit about having a consistency to look forward to with the volunteering that I was doing. And the enveloping cocoon of Wool House once you were there - where sounds were muffled and everything was much softer and on a more even keel - served to make things feel more manageable, not insurmountable.

The sun fades on Wool House. Can't wait to see what Wool Week brings in October!

The sun fades on Wool House. Can't wait to see what Wool Week brings in October!

Still, in spite of not much else getting done in my life last week, it was incredibly productive for me in terms of my spinning and my little Sidekick and I got to know each other even better! This is what I had to show for it:

Two 4-oz braids of  SweetGeorgia Yarns Blue-Faced Leicester wool fibre  spun over three days at Wool House and plied on on the fourth.

Two 4-oz braids of SweetGeorgia Yarns Blue-Faced Leicester wool fibre spun over three days at Wool House and plied on on the fourth.

Which last night I finally wound up on my niddy noddy to measure the yardage, and put in a bath of Soak and then finished off with a whack-and-thwack before setting it in our shower to hang to dry overnight. And this morning it was dry:

 Approximately 400 yards of fingering weight in the colourway Riptide.

Approximately 400 yards of fingering weight in the colourway Riptide.

Not having spun with BFL before, I have to say I can't wait to do it again. It was gorgeous! A light, soft and lovely fibre with a long staple length and the Sidekick just kept wanting to spin it finer and finer, so I just let it. It was so wonderful to spin that I can't wait to knit with it! Fingers crossed there's enough as I really want to knit this adorable racerback tank from a TOFT Alpacas pattern (the grey one they show on their website). I've got Rachel on the case though, to see if there's a way to stretch my yardage to what the pattern actually calls for.

Now it's time to catch up on everything else that fell by the wayside last week!

I think I'm feeling better

If there's anything I hate more than a cold it would have to be a cold that knocks you on your butt for a couple of weeks, let's you feel mostly human for a couple of days (read: better), and then knocks you back down again for another week while that annoying kid Nelson from The Simpsons' voice reverberates in your head with, "ha! ha!".

But it's not like I was bitter or anything.

After such a brutal cold my most pressing concern was regaining some productivity. I like to be busy dammit! Besides, I'm almost through season 6 of Numb3ers on Netflix and I think my projects were starting to suffer...

Oh but this week my lovelies! The mojo is back! School runs, coffee with some of the other moms, hoovered the flat, folded laundry, cleaned kitchen (for the record, I feel like all I ever do is clean the kitchen), filed paperwork, did some freelance work, attended the building inspection for some minor repairs that are upcoming in our flat, worked on the sooper-sekrit-project, and so on.

Since I was feeling so jazzed about everything else moving forward (however incrementally), I moved on to the creative stuff. GlennaC wrote a great post recently that really resonated with me. It was about working on multiple projects at the same time and how when you're doing so and trying to make progress on all of them, the progress is usually quite minimal that you don't always see it. (Give it a read, the rest of her blog is uber fabulous too!).

Case in point? The following three projects. Super sped up for you with pics!

There's been spinning:

 I finished spinning that second bobbin of the awesomely delicious Hello Yarn fibre.

I finished spinning that second bobbin of the awesomely delicious Hello Yarn fibre.

   Then I decided to ply those two bobbins together!

Then I decided to ply those two bobbins together!

And knitting:

 The intarsia dinosaur is now complete and I'm rushing to get the front of the sweater finished so I can move on to the sleeves.

The intarsia dinosaur is now complete and I'm rushing to get the front of the sweater finished so I can move on to the sleeves.

And even felting:

Wove in the ends on the Bedouin Bag (ignore the knots, since I knew this was being felted I didn't use the most elegant of joins when adding a new skein).

Wove in the ends on the Bedouin Bag (ignore the knots, since I knew this was being felted I didn't use the most elegant of joins when adding a new skein).

 Since I have a front-load washing machine, felting works a little bit differently for me. I have to soak the project in boiling water for about 10 minutes before gently wringing it out and then putting it in a zippered pillowcase in the dryer to felt.

Since I have a front-load washing machine, felting works a little bit differently for me. I have to soak the project in boiling water for about 10 minutes before gently wringing it out and then putting it in a zippered pillowcase in the dryer to felt.

Voila! Felted! And drying while I try to keep it shaped somewhat. It's still pretty big - I'm glad I only made the small!

Voila! Felted! And drying while I try to keep it shaped somewhat. It's still pretty big - I'm glad I only made the small!

It's been fun, and awesome and I'm so happy to be back in the thick of things again.

Now if I could just extend that feeling to making it back to the gym...