Needle Projects

With tourist season now upon us on our SUNNY island (sorry, Chunk!), I haven't had the time to get the knitting and needles done as I would like.  But, they are coming along slowly.

 The blue/orange scarf is knitting up much better than I expected.  I have to finish by next weekend so I can take it to the fiber guild meeting.  This will be the last meeting for couple of months.  Like alot of groups, we suspend the meetings during the summer tourist season.

Ashford Spinning Wheels

I've noticed the recent postings which express an interest in spinning.  Last month I was in Ashford and visited the Ashford spinning wheel store to check on wools.  While there I visited their museum and took some photos.  If anyone would like to see the photos, please send me a pm and I'll do my best to email them to you.

New Toys: The Denise Knitting Needle Kit

In the 80's, I was at the height of my Avid Knitting Phase.  I had collected a vast array of knitting tools - circular needles, straight needles, double pointed needles, measuring tapes, devices to wind yarn and measure gauge.  Without a trip to the knitting store I could invariably lay my hands on whatever size needle in whatever form I needed and go to work on a new project.

Then came a move to Boulder, Colorado, graduate school, a new relationship, all quickly followed by more moves, opening up my pottery studio, yada yada yada...with the result that knitting needles and various other tools got left behind, sometimes one at a time, leaving me with a set of two or three #9 double pointed needles, sometimes en masse, leaving me without a single 24" #8 circular needle. 

I Believe Alcohol Was Involved

I just want to give a big thanks to Knitterguy Kev for getting together with me last night and 'trying' to teach me how to knit two socks at one time on one circ.  Thanks for both his knowledge and his patience.

The process is still a bit confusing for me but I am sure the dust will settle on that shortly.

So far I've managed to create the prettiest green rats nest from all the yarn, tails and cable, and that from just pulling the work out of my knitting bag this morning!  How's that for a no hassle project.

Oh Well back to it..........

Jaeger hendrix

This is the finished arm of my latest project, 'Hendrix' by Jaeger.  It's in a fine 4-ply merino wool - very soft.  I have had to alter the pattern as the original cables were 'bound' with an extra stitch made by a yarn over and slipped over the whole cable every couple of rows.  Easy enough and ok on knit rows but unbelievably confusing on the purl. Their absence is barely noticable visually but a hell of a lot easier to knit.

Being fine, this is not a project I'll finish quickly and the detail makes it rather slow anyway. Still, plenty of time before winter!

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New/Old Project Started

Well, until two days ago I had nothing on the needles.  Scandal!  Nothing on the needles!  You've got to be joking!  So, I started thinking.  I've got a grand nephew coming in August and a sister who asked me to make an afghan for her months ago and which I had started having knit two strips in a leafy lace pattern that I found in an old knitting pattern book.

I have time and know that I'm going to knit up a teddy bear from a Debbie Bliss book that I have which won't take me long.  So, for now, I've decided to get back to sis' afghan, but I'm just not liking the way the lace strips are looking.  Not happy with them at all.  So, I decided to scrap those and rethink her whole afghan.  She wants sagey greens was all she said and I have a light an dark one already purchased.  Ye Olde Red Heart cause she's very allergic to all animal fibers it seems.

Quick Question

Hey guys....I have a quick question that I don't know if there is a quick answer for...

I was just given a ton of yarn from my uncle that he is getting rid of. There are some gorgeous colors and I am really excited to start playing around with them. But none of them have labels...I know that some of them are hand spun and dyed....

Is there a way to tell what materials they are made of...i.e. wool, alpaka, etc....? Or is this something you learn over time with feeling them all before and just knowing?

Thanks!