Posts Tagged ‘rakestraw spinner’

Wednesday WIP (work in progress), a title borrowed from Kirst over at The Leopard Anchor because it fits the bill perfectly for this post.  I’ve been very infrequent with my blogging over the past month or so because I’ve been kept too busy!  What with gardening work, various craft projects, a last minute spot at Kensal Flea, and being told there’s a void under my lawn (don’t ask) I’ve not had much in the way of spare time.

So, what projects have I been working on?  Well the one with highest priority is a shawl I’ve been making for one of my aunts.  My mum’s going to visit her family again in Indonesia and she flies out in mid-October… so of course I have a deadline for this!  The good news is that I’m nearly finished (in fact I’m hoping to finish it by Friday), and as soon as it is finished I’ll blog about it properly.  In the meantime here’s a work in progress shot from last month .

Next on the list of ongoing projects are hats for The Big Knit.  I had hoped to make more but didn’t realise the deadline was 1st October, so I went and dropped off at Innocent HQ in Ladbroke Grove this morning as I’m going to be busy for the rest of the week.  My grand total?  60 hats!  I’m really pleased with that, and also chuffed that making them helped use up most of the scraps of yarn I had stashed away.  Stashbusting and something for charity, I wish all projects could be this rewarding 🙂  All the hats I managed to make are shown below.

Oh, and here’s a bonus photo of the inside of Fruit Towers – I was given a tour when I dropped the hats off (and a bag full of smoothies too!).

Hexipuffs… still a work in progress but I haven’t made any since I started the Innocent hats.  Looking forward to picking these up again next week.

Spinning… well, this has gone well and I actually finished spinning this roving into yarn a few weeks ago, but then it took me a couple of weeks to get round to soaking it to set the twist, and then it was another week before I got round to winding it into a ball.  Lazy, aren’t I?  Still, this is the finished product and I’ll have to try making a hexipuff with it soon!

I think the last project I have on the go is some Christmas cross stitch.  I think I’m going to make some baubles with these snowflakes, but we shall see.

More on those very soon I hope!


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19th July 2012 – “Spinning…take two”

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Last weekend saw Fibre-East come to Scald End Farm again, and I visited it on the Saturday but sadly the rain had got there first.  The event is held in a field, and although the stalls are all inside marquees the ground was absolutely sodden and standing still too long in any one place meant sinking into the mud…

… so, I didn’t take lots of photos of the event, and in fact was mainly concerned with the abundance of prettiful things.  I spent far too much money, but did come home with lots of goodies.

Lots of yarn, as you’d expect.  Most of this is destined to be turned into hexipuffs, but I may well be picking up my needles to make a shawl too.  I was also tempted into buying a Rakestraw Spinner…

… and of course that meant I could investigate the many, many types of roving available…

It was a really lovely day, marred only by the rain and mud.  It was my first trip to Fibre-East but it certainly won’t be my last!

I’ve had a chance to play with some of my purchases, and first up were these teeny skeins from Pure Tinctoria

They’re not full mini-skeins (which are usually 10g or 20g skeins), these are teeny skeins which Alison has made up using samples from her dying process.  I couldn’t resist them though, and thankfully I bought two which turned out to be just enough to make one hexipuff.

The colours are lovely, and I think it would be great if Pure Tinctoria were to offer full mini skeins of their various yarns.

The only other thing I’ve had a chance to play with since Saturday has been the Rakestraw Spinner.  It’s incredibly easy to use, and it took a very short time to spin the painted Shetland tops that my friend Dawn treated me to.

My first attempt came out quite uneven and lumpy, but my second attempt was far better.

I’ve just finished spinning the last of the painted Shetland tops, and later on I’ll wind it into a skein like the others and soak it to set the twist.  The first little skein is set and dried but is a bit too chunky so I’ll save that for later.  The second skein is drying at the moment, and once it’s dried out I shall try knitting a hexipuff with it!

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15th July 2012 – “First attempt at spinning”

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