I started this shawl maybe 2 years ago. Then we moved and well I always saw it, but was never motivated to finish it. Until I decided it was time to finish some projects I had been working on. I picked this up and dedicated a lot of time to finishing it.
Pattern : Celestarium by Audry Nicklin
I used one skein of Hedgehog fibres in the club color Nebula along with some cashmere I dyed black with a slight blue and pink tint in places. I alternated between the two yarns randomly. I also used 4 colors of beads based on the star intensity. For stars brightest in our sky I used mostly silver with a few gold beads alternating (about 3 silver to 1 gold bead). For stars a bit dimmer I used a teal bead (I liked the color!) and then for the dimmest of stars I used red beads. I forgot to put the star in the middle of the shawl (sigh).
Well when I was almost done I thought : this isn't going to be large enough. Sooooo I added a border. I found a pattern online and forgot to write down the name, but the pattern is on my Ravelry page.
I almost wanted to add beads to each point in the border, but was I ever ready to be done with this....so I didn't! I am very happy with how this shawl turned out. It is lovely and huge. My son wants it for himself because he loves space and recently we woke up him at night to see the blood moon with his telescope. So when I finished this he said "mom did you make this for me!" and I replied "someday it will be yours".
I have hopes that I can finish a couple of unfinished projects within the next three weeks! I am almoooost done with a shawl that I started maybe 3 years ago, but I need to dye more yarn for it. I also have this scarf that I am playing yarn chicken with.
I am using a skein of Frozen Bay on Adrift knit along with a Hedgehog Fibres merino cashmere club color in Ammolite. I am running out and do not know if this should be longer or if it will be okay. I sold one of the two skeins that I got when we needed money to move, so I only have the one skein of Ammolite. I am thinking of either making it a cowl, trying to find a second skein of HFF , or putting some border along it to make it larger. Ack which to do! This project may just find itself back into bag until I figure something out.
I also have the Constellation shawl on the needles and also a cables from hell on another set. I also have one bobbin of fine yarn spun, but am pretty sure it will take me another week and half to spin another bobbin and ply them together. Too many big projects! After this I am going to knit some socks!
When I went to Japan a long time ago I spent a day with a lady who made jewelry. She taught me and another woman how to make some fused glass cabochons (I will update with a picture when I find the piece I made). She was very nice and afterwards I found out her husband was a potter and she also wove scarves. The scarves were creative and full of life. Not a typical patterned fabric, but full of life, color, and movement. Later through going to spinning groups I had learned that this was Saori.
My friend just had birthday and her favorite color is pink. So I decided to weave her something that while is not completely Saori in technique ( I am not there yet) is in feeling. I picked out a skein of Sunburnt on Tender to be the main color and a bunch of handspun yarns. I got to work and this is what I ended up with:
I learned a bunch making this scarf, one of the biggest factors being if the colors are too close then it is hard to see the colors interact. I can't wait to try another scarf!
I finished spinning this skein of yarn earlier last week. It is dark teal, blue, and purples. Plied with the color Dionysus on Catwalk that I had left over from a scarf I knit. I based the colors off a Mercy skin (Sugar Plum Fairy) from Overwatch that came out for the holidays.
Well after plying the Sugar Plum Fairy singleI still had some singles left on the bobbin. I also had some single of this last spin on another bobbin. I need bigger bobbins!Well I decided to spin the singles together, but I didn't think I would have enough left over to make anything substantial, sooo I added some silk that I use for making tsumami kanzashi to make this skein:
You can see the dark from the Sugar Plum Fairy fiber and the light from the last spin paired with the pieces of silk cloth strips. I plied it again with a purple to tie it all together color wise. Here are all three skeins:
o the middle skein is left over singles from both the right and left skein paired with some silk fabric. I can't believe how different they all look, from dark and broody to light and ephemeral to the funky. It is so interesting how color and texture can change the feeling of yarn.
So my birthday is December 26th. I struggled writing about what happened or lack of, but instead I am going to say some good news! My husband bought me a Ashford SampleIt loom. I went through all my left overs and made this:
I was pretty excited about this, but one thing is it is wayyyy to short to be used by an adult. Now my son it fits perfect! My son was excited and wanted to make a scarf for himself, so he went through all my left over yarns and we started his! He would do maybe 8 inches or so at a time. In an effort to get his scarf done in a timely manner I helped, although he did around 30 or so inches of weaving himself!
Now his scarf on the other hand is really long for a 6 yr old! lol. I am pretty excited to start my next project! Hopefully I will get it started this week! Hope you are all having a great new year so far!
Whew. I made it! My 6 yr old is back in school today! While I did enjoy all the 3 + hours hikes and 2 hour walks and game of laser tag, I am beat, but also happy that I can spin yarn without having Ninjago on. Happy that I can weave or knit without "mommy when are we going on a hike yet" every 5 minutes until we leave the house. Just plain happy that I do not hear "mommy". Don't worry though, summer is just around the corner (sigh).
Anyways this Friday I will be updating the Handspun category!
I use US grown merino , alpaca, and kid mohair that are all under 18 micron. I also used processed merino, alpaca, and silk. For me personally I love the soft feel of fine fibers. I was that kid that would not wear wool sweaters because they were too itchy, despite being worn over shirts. Needless to say as an adult I am very much the same. Comfortable and soft are my jam. These 9 skeins will come online this Friday (time TBA on Instagram) and hopefully I will get more skeins spun up and online soon.
Unfortunately I am not a production spinner. Buying raw fleece and washing them isnt exactly time saving. Also my drum carder is not an electric 4 oz art batt drum carder, it is more like a 1.5 oz batt maker. And finally my wheel bobbin only holds about 5 oz of fiber. I would like to get a larger drum carder and a wheel that has 10 oz bobbins, but right now it just is not financially feasible, so please bear with me as the selection of handspun yarns will be quite limited.
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