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On the drop spindle

Last Saturday was my spinning group meeting. I still have that merino getting slowly spun (I lie, it’s not being touched really. One day I’ll get back to it), but I didn’t feel like that, I wanted something fast and fun.

So I grabbed this batt and a large spindle.

It’s a mix of merino, corredale (I think), bamboo and sari silk and oh boy is it not at all easy to spin. The silk has a ridiculously short staple length compared to everything else, so it needs predrafting to high heaven (and back)

And even then I find myself having to stop and predraft some more. It’s a challenge at a time I would uite like to not have a challenge bc work has just started and it’s like I had to go from stationary to 60mph in hours only to crash into a glass wall.

Anyway, I am persevering, and nearly have a spindleful already

The silk gives pops of yellow and green where it all gets spun together thanks to the staple length, which is nice. I’m currently thinking keep it as a single and knit a baby hat (or three). Any nice patterns I should know about?


Aaaaaaaand a month later

Oh boy it’s been a while. But that’s ok. It’s ok for priorities to change, for ‘life’ to happen. My bipolar blew up (or I’m just become more aware of it). So, no guilt (they said…I’m trying, kay?). Instead, what has been happening?

The banket was finished and sent off to Sami, and she loves it.

Rather a lot has been done on the wedding sampler (oh yeah, and the wedding happened :D). Rather than show you each square, here is the whole thing so far:

Ok, that’s it almost so far. I’ve also done T. So now there’s only 6 more letters to go, then the name, date and beads. I’m a bit annoyed that after N I still had to keep going down to do T, rather than head over to the other side of the fabric, but oh well! Hardly a big problem!

And the blanket I’m doing at my friends place is nearly finished- here’s the start of it

There’s going to be a lot of sraps left over from this project. I’m thinking a scrappy hexagon blanket, but we’ll see. Other ideas gratefully accepted!

Umm, I think that’s all the big things!

Sami’s blanket is nearly doneeeee

The ends have been darned in (that was a very long session at my local crafting group!), and the border has been started.

The border will be these colours, in this order.

and so far I’ve done the yellow, the pale blue and half of the next one alone. Here’s hoping it can get finished today!

long overdue update on the wedding sampler

Life is as crazy as ever, so have a post about a month after the last one (this is probably my life now, I’m too busy doing things to write about them. Oh well, I can survive with very sporadic posts 😛 )

I finished F…

procastinated for a while on G… (so much green!)

raced through H in about 3 days

and then did J in aout the same amount of time! (I was done earlier)

Onto K! This isn’t the only thing I’ve been doing, but I haven’t taken pictures of the other things so they will have to wait a bit longer!

Update on everything

So, I didn’t mean to be gone so long! Instead of my planned post about the delights of backstitch, let’s have an update on EVERYTHING. (And it will also remind me what I’ve got going!)

Wedding sampler:

B, D and E are finished, F is started nearly finished:

I’m working on a blanket. Its done in pieces, and then sewn together. I’ve finished all the squares (and half squares and quarter squares)

and done the first 7 rounds of the octagons (there are 16 of these). Of course the second 7 rounds will take longer because it’s getting bigger.

I’m not thinking about all the ends I have to weave in afterwards…

I finished a spinning thing! This is 187 meters of singles. I had to spin it as two spindle-fuls, and then do some nifty stuff to make it one length in the end. I’m very pleased with that 🙂

I’m doing more spinning, but I dont think that’s particularly interesting to photograph. At the moment I’m going to use the yarn to make a blanket, but I figure there’s a 75% chance I’ll change my mind more than once before I start it, so…

I decided I didn’t want to make the bird socks for the mother, so I’m now making them for me. Surprisingly, this ended my massive procrastination over the whole thing, so I’m working on these at the moment

Umm, what else is there?

Sami’s blanket has kinda ground to a halt because I’m using the hook for the other blanket (and the cross stitch needs to be finished first), but Im up to here with that:

I may take it to spinning with the hook and just plow on with it. (Again, I’m ignoring the ends on this thing…)

The elephant head will get frogged (if anyone can remember that far back…) so no picture of that.

My OLAS cardigan is in the corner staring at me because I’m not working on it…

And the breathe embroidary is still mostly being ignored… I’m too busy having fun with other things?

I think that’s everything important. Of course I have many socks on the

Brain vomit- feel free to ignore!

I’ve always felt like I have many labels. Knitter, embroiderer, mathematician, cyclist, harpist, crocheter, spinner, ok fine poly-crafter, reader, author, AAA team, queer, bipolar. Most of my labels give me Purpose, the define Me in a way I can understand (autistic). (I’m also looking at adding designer to that list, but that’s a post for another day…)

There are many things I want to make. One of the sticky notes I have on my laptop has a list of 11 quilts/blankets I want to crochet/knit/machine sew/EPP. I’m not going to do all of them in my lifetime- I can’t, this is just a list to inspire me, and it means I don’t have to choose, I don’t have to have a serious look at it and decide ok, you’re not going to make the cut. It gives me options, it gives me potential.

Another area of my life where there is a LOT of potential, a lot of options is my music tastes. Classical music, easy listening, harp music in particular, Andrew Lloyd Webber, most musicals, Bat Outta Hell, Celtic Woman, Gabrielle Aplin, Gregorian, Nightwish. I forget that I like a singer/a group, and then am reminded of it months down the line. It’s fascinating. I can explore and have that 2ooh, new thing2 without actually leaving my safe space of what I know and like.

And most of the time potential is good. It’s the new green shoots of flowers after a Winter of depression. But. I was reading a blog (as you do), and it mentioned an EPP quilt, so naturally I go off to have a look. And there’s. Too much choice. This designer has 10 designs and a LOT of options to go with her e-book. I can’t decide whether I’m stressing out bc the thought of a new hobby is too much, or bc I want to find a nice easier route into the hobby. Oh nope, apparently it’s definitely the second. Great. Part of the problem (I suspect) is that I don’t have the space for a fabric stash. IF I do do this thing, I need to buy specifically the fabric for ths quilt one at a time, and not have any left over. Which is a ridiculous thing to aim for. Precut fabric in a kit would be amazing. Especially if it’s pre-cut *into the EPP shapes I need* Then I don’t even have the stress of cutting the fabric wrong and not having enough.

I need a new hobby like I need a shot in the foot. *sigh* A quick look on etsy suggests there isn’t enough interest in general cut fabric for EPP to warrent people having the bright idea of making quilt kits with the fabric cut. Phew. Now, nobody fill the hole in the market until I’m ready to start a new hobby… And no-body suggest I look at block of the month clubs…

A is for (very outdated) anniversary

So, wayyyyyyyy back (before I actually went on medical leave, so early April…) I finished another square on the wedding ABC. And here it is in all it’s finished glory.

(In fact, this is so outdated that I’ve finished B and moved on to D, but let’s ignore that for now…)

Another recovery craft project

Some of you may remember my first/second cardigan (it depends on how you count projects…)

It was getting rather old, and I had replaced the neckband, and then fixed the hem a few times. I evetnually decided it was just about to die of old age, and basically stopped wearing it. So what to do with it to give it another lease of life??? Eventually one of my spinning group recomended I turn it into a cushion, so off I pop to hobbycraft to buy the smallest cushion they have available. It was really a smidge too big…

The bit at the bottom is a sleeve turned sideways to add some extra length, but I really wasn’t a fan. Then I remembered that it’s a cushion, and therefore emminently squishable. Just push it into the cardigan, and it would be fineeeeeeeeee (right?)

So I borrowed my mother’s overlocker (since she was too nervous to sew this thing…), and had at it!

I had to keep the button band! I was going to sew it shut, but forgot to pack the spare yarn to do so. It’s pulling a bit, but nothing (I hope) too bad.

And the back. It’s very squishable, and a lovely cushion. Here’s hoping it lasts quite a bit longer!

So, umm, yeah. Hi?

Ok, so life has been somewhat crazy (surgery, recovery, etc). I’m better now, but so far behind on my to-do list I’m running in circles. Clearly I need a better to-do list, with things such as ‘eat breakfast’ on it. Sigh. NExt week…nah, next week is also going to be insane.(Side note, I really really really miss my bike right now. How do people cope catching the bus everywhere???????????)

Anyway, enough about that. Whilst on recovery, I had a friend come stay with me. And so naturally that meant I had to make her a blanket (She had to ditch the old one I made her due to an extremely bad personal set of circumstances, so a replacement was doubly necessary). She liked the harmony blanket by attic24, but wanted different colours this time, so I sent her colour samples for all of the attic24 blankets, and she went with the coastal ones. Over recovery I made all the squares:

(Note that of course I’m not being sensible and darning in the ends as I go….)

And start joining them up with the yellow

It worked so much better than I was expecting 🙂 Here it is with 4 stripes joined

Unfortunately, it’s also a lot slower than I was expecting, so I had to cart it back to my place after recoery (I went to stay with the parents)

These are the colours I chose for the border

Unfortunately, it’s kinda fallen onto the back burner as I have a few urgent projects on the go which I can’t stop doing for the length of time it’ll take me to finish the blanket 😦

Must dash to the bus, back later with a cross stitch I did over recovery (after I finish-finish it!)

FO Sunday- C is fore Cake!

(And some of the swears one utters while dealing with all the backstitching and heart confetti of this rectangle!)

If you’ll excuse me, I’d better get on with the A!

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