Working Through the Weekend

I’ve been working like mad with hardly any time to do anything else, and it’s been stressful, because complications always happen.

My stress-relief outlet suffered the consequences of serving its purpose. I cut it crazy crooked, then sewed it anyway. Look at those lovely corners. It is my first draw-string bag, and I’ll probably make more, though hopefully less sloppy.

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It’s the only thing I’ve managed to make, with the exception of a bit more yarn, although only enough to fill some valleys. I’m new enough at this that it’s not really stress relief, but more tension. I do it anyway.

A Bit More Yarn

My dress form came in from Amazon today. It was cheap, but I really wanted one, so I’m pretty excited. I needed something to cheer me up.

Dress Form with Shawl

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Handspun Boomerang Shawl

Late last night (technically, early this morning), I finished the handspun boomerang shawl. (I feel like I need a better picture, but surely taking random pictures for the internet is not reason enough for a sane person to buy a dress form.)

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I have to say that, as a beginner, I’m very fond of bulky yarn and big needles. The shawl I’m making in fingering weight yarn is not even a foot long on its longest side, and I started the two at nearly the same time. Apparently, beginning spinner’s yarn is not all a bad thing. I used my first finished yarn from both spindle and wheel, a Blackface and Corriedale blend plied with gold thread. I may still dye it; I haven’t decided yet.

No-Tacos-for-Me Tuesday

This…

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…is the only thing I accomplished today beyond making it to various doctors’ appointments.

I decided I needed a non-black project bag so as to hide the cat fur that will accumulate on it. It was showing up way too prominently on the camera print bag with the solid black bottom. And bothering me.

Random post script: I bought a bunch of YKK zippers off Etsy, and I love them.

Sunday’s Other Work

More work today, but I also managed to make a lining for and finish the needle case that I knitted.

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Finally. I spent the morning being very patient.

Finally

I started on a handspun shawl I found on Ravelry, one that’s simple enough for me to try. I’m using my first handspun, but unfortunately, it’s wool. I’m afraid it won’t be a very useful shawl for me because it’s probably going to be a very warm one.

And So It Begins

First Full Bobbin

Despite an influx of work, I finished my first bobbin today. It’s a┬áBlackface and Corriedale wool blend, from the same fiber (1 lb.) as day-before-yesterday’s (and tonight’s!) finished yarn that was spun on spindles. I really like this fiber, and it was a good deal undyed. I’m thinking the next step is to get some acid dyes and experiment a bit.

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First Full Bobbin

Meanwhile, I’ve started on some black Icelandic wool. It’s considered a primitive breed and has a dual coat. This is just the outer, but I do have a bag of mixed black and white humbug in the queue. It’s less soft and hairier than most wool used for spinning, and the staple length is something I’m having to get used to.

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On to the Black Icelandic

I also washed my second skein of spindle-spun tonight.

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Still a Bit Damp

Monday Funday

I started plying my spindle-spun Blackface and Corriedale wool blend singles with gold thread. I didn’t get very far, and I think it just might take forever, but I found a pattern for a shawl that might motivate me to follow through.

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I accidentally made a bag when I learned to purl today. It’s pretty shapeless, but very purple.

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I also spun a bit on the wheel, but I had a lot of trouble with over-spinning and no take-up. As soon as things were going smoothly, I stopped because I was tired, of course. I still made some progress.

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