hardly handmade

Jul 28th, 2009 dyeing, knitting

I’ve really done it this time. I keep saying things like, “I need to get better at sharing before-pictures of my projects” and “Sorry to surprise you with a FO pic, this project went too fast to get WiP shots”, but then I go and pull out something like this. It’s Thermal in some fingering weight merino that I bought on cones and dyed myself….


Jul 16th, 2009 knitting, spinning

I wanted to show you some of my knitting projects, finished and underway, but I haven’t been able to resist this yarn for knitting, so I figured I shouldn’t try to resist blogging about it, either. I spun it from this roving. Cashmere. It is SO soft, squishy, and bouncy! It’s a chain 3-ply to preserve the bold stripes. My navajo-plying leaves a little something…

sun spots

Mar 15th, 2009 spinning

Just in time for the sunny, spring-ish day we are having here today, is my latest spinning project, which I call “Sun Spots.” In these hot colors, the mohair locks looping off remind me of those flare-ups you see on pictures of the sun. I had a lot of fun playing with the locks– it’s the first time I’ve used that type of addition to…

wheat ears

Feb 10th, 2009 knitting, spinning

I finally broke the spell of my knitting slump over the weekend, by forcing myself to cast on for a new project. For several days, I was desperate to start something new, but I couldn’t decide what! But I knew I was interested in knitting with my handspun, so I finally just grabbed my most recent skein and started a scarf. I don’t normally knit…

very Valentine

Jan 31st, 2009 spinning

A recurring theme on this blog has been my predictability with color.. I have a closet full of green and brown sweaters, and still those are the colors I’m drawn to in a yarn store! I like being comfy and consistent in my color choices, but it’s good to work outside of your comfort zone from time to time. When I received this pretty pink…