Choices

This week, general life has been filled with interesting situations with opportunities to make well thought out, deliberate choices and my craft life has been no different.  Now that I have two spindles of similar weight — an Ashford and a Bosworth — I figured it was time for me to spin two braids so I could do a two ply mix.  But of course, since I have multiple options, I’m kinda stuck deciding which of the combinations I want to mix into my final yarn skein.

Choices

The top braid is an October House beauty — Falkland Combed Top, in colourway Lupine — I got for my birthday and the other two are Knitpicks Highland wool roving in Amethyst Heather (purple) and Wild Rose Heather (pink) I bought at last year’s Cyber Monday sale blowout.  Both are long staple length so I’m not worried about which way I’ll spin them, I’m going on right now about colour combination.

I’m thinking that the Amethyst Heather with Lupine would be a lovely contrast complementing the dark shades of purple in Lupine and highlighting the Lilac shades OR Rose Heather as a more muted option just blending into the mix and keeping the final plied yarn more spring like and light.

Now this is where you come in.  :P

Let me know through the poll which of the combinations you like:

And while you’re at it, would you consider making another choice?

I was contacted by designer, Maria Yarley aka ElegantEconomy on Ravelry, to help support a fellow knitter who’s been having a really tough time.  Maria created the pattern — Graceful Pullover — as a fundraiser for our fellow knitter.   The goal is 1000 sales by the end of November but if you aren’t in a position to purchase now, would you consider doing it in the future or at least adding it your queue, favourites or maybe sharing it with a friend who might have a sweetie this pullover would be perfect for?  However you decide to help, the choice is yours and very much appreciated!

photo credit: Misi Photo

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Albert Schweitzer

Crafting Bee

I know this space has been filled with my former job woes and the like then silence for the last couple of weeks but behind the scenes, crafting has kept me sane and out of jail!  :D  Every project has a story but there’s been so much going on, I’m going to skip the stories and just show you the proof.  Plus there’s the inclination to just post to Instagram immediately then forget about it,  but I’ve missed this space so I’m back posting here.   Since my last crafty post I’ve been:

getting jiggy with natural dyeing.  Tumeric, coffee, red cabbage leaves have all been my mediums.  I wish I lived some place where I could go foraging for plants and nuts that I can use for dyeing.  Or even grow my own plant dyes in a garden, but until I can do that, I’ll make do with the mediums I have access too.   I have my eye on this Earthhues Natural Dye kit.  It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it as a kit.  If I had to pay for dye from each individual plant, nut or root in the kit, I’d spend a lot more.  Maybe this could be a Christmas gift to myself.  :idea:   In the mean time, the results of what I’ve been doing have been amazing but I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

Tumeric Experiment II

Dyed with tumeric/chile powder 1:1 mix, this is the perfect yellow!

Reducto I

The dye bath for this project was made from red cabbage.  I over-dyed a skein of Pearlescent Tonal from Knitpicks and got this amazing grey lilac shade.

Island Spice

And this skein is dyed with coffee.  The fiber is pure merino so the sheen on it post dye job is amazing!!!

All the fibers used are natural fibers — mostly merino and merino blends.  They all turned out so splendidly I can’t pick a favourite.  Can you?  The experience has been amazing with quite a lot of learning opportunities.  I think I’m going to have to start making notes while I do what I do so I can replicate the dye jobs if I need to.

In other crafty news, while my friend Sudana and I were in CT at Stitches East, I took a weaving class.  I have to say, SE didn’t have a lot of vendors but the classes I took and experiencing Hartford, CT definitely were worth the trip. As for weaving, I’m totally hooked!!!  At the end of the all day class, I ended up with this scarf:

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Not exactly the best woven scarf ever seen by mankind but I am very proud of it.  I found the process of weaving very calming — you get into a kind of rhythm that’s just so meditating.  I can’t wait to do more weaving soon.

I’ve also done my first set of cables; not that I thought they were hard, I just never did a project with them.  This one was a quick, easy one made to cover up a not so pretty mug.  I love the end result.   How luscious are those cables?!!!!  Now I want to make all the cable thingz!!!!!  :D     I’ve already started a cable hat!

Cabled Mug Cozy
I’ve also done washcloths for myself

Dishcloths

A hat designed by Bethany Hill called “Drips”.   This is a really lovely pattern, perfect for a person beginning colour-work.  My big head and hair however didn’t fit the hat but Bethany was great on IG and gave me the modifications to make it in a bigger size.

DaDa or Incendio

And on top of all that, I’ve been spindle spinning:

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There’s a not so nice story about how I actually started spindle spinning but at the end of it all, I’m glad the end result of that day was me learning a new crafty skill.  Especially one that I’ve been butting heads with for so long.  I’m not done the second braid yet … well half a braid.  Both samples were about 2 ozs each.  With the first, I ended up with 40 yards of worsted weight yarn.  The fiber spun was 2 oz of Coopworth I got in the Craftsy spinning kit for the class “From Fluff to Stuff” and the second is some Targhee fiber from “Into the Whirled” I got from a friend .  I’ll have to document my spinning adventures in separate posts but for now, that’s what I’ve been working on spinning wise.

So see … I haven’t been a slacker.    :D    I’ve just bee n delinquent in posting what I’ve been up to craft wise.  Now that it’s Fall aka nesting time, you’ll be seeing much more.

So … now that I’ve shown you all that I’ve been doing, the question is — what have you been working on?  :D

P.S. Paula, this crafty update is dedicated to you!  Just so you know your friend is not a slacker.  <3    :D