Thing-a-Week #14

I totally ran out of time to finish what I planned to do this week, but I did get a component of it done.

Handspun single, from merino fiber from Spinning sisters, in colorway “Boyfriend.” I’ll spin the other single and ply them hopefully this week.

Thing a Week #14: Handspun

Thing-a-Week #13

Whew. I made it a quarter of the way through my year of things-a-week. Never thought I’d get this far!

I thought it fitting that I actually finish that little neckwarmer project I was working on (Things 3, 4, 5, and 7). The final step was to actually publish the pattern, and I did that today. It’s a free pattern, available for download in PDF format.

Thing a Week #13: Neckwarmer Pattern

Details about the pattern and where to download it are here.

Helen Neckwarmer

A couple of months ago, I spun some yarn for my friend Helen. The yarn was an odd weight, sorta-bulky and sorta-aran, and I thought she might have some trouble finding a pattern for it. So, I wrote one up!

Helen Neckwarmer
Download pattern (PDF)

This neckwarmer is edged in eyelets, which can be used for any arrangement of buttonholes. The body is simple alternating single and double crochet stitches. It was designed with handspun yarn in mind, but also looks striking with commercial self-striping yarn.

The pattern is available here in PDF format. Enjoy!

Thing-a-Week #12

More weaving! I made another scarf using some Trekking Hand Art sock yarn. It’s totally different from my first scarf. I might actually wear it.

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

It’s pretty long, though: 8 in. x 9 ft. Still, I’m really pleased with it. I tried to make it somewhat open, so it’s light and thin and has great drape. I used the same yarn for both warp and weft. And my selvage edges are better!

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

Thing a Week #12: Woven Scarf

I think I’m getting the hang of this weaving thing!

Thing-a-Week #11

It was gorgeous this weekend so I decided to do something I’ve been wanting to do as soon as the weather got nice: scour some fleece. I know how to have a good time, don’t I?

This fleece is a Cheviot / Clun Forest cross that I bought for cheap from Craigslist in March. It was pretty dirty, so I gave it several cold water soaks outside in a bin before scouring. Then I scoured it in my washer with some Seventh Generation dish soap. Two washes and three rinses later, I ended up with this:

Thing a Week #11: Cheviot / Clun Forest Fleece

The tips are still pretty crusty. I’ll have to flick them to see if the dirt comes out; otherwise I might have to start trimming. The locks seem sound, soft, and springy, so I should be able to get some nice fiber out of it. I’ll know more when it’s finished drying!