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It’s Been A While…

Hello everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, and I have a lot to share with you, so let’s jump right in!

Finished Objects:

My first finished object is a simple granny square blanket:

GrannyBlanket2

I crocheted this with Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire on a size J (6.0 mm) hook.  The yarn is a little on the scratchy side, even after washing and blocking, but maybe it’ll soften up more with use.  It’ll be a great little lap throw for lounging around in winter.

My other finished object is a pair of socks:

FireSocks1

These are plain socks that I knit with Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock Yarn in the colorway Fiery Foliage,  on size 1 1/2 (2.5 mm) needles.  I’m very pleased with how these turned out, and the colors are perfect for autumn.  I totally need to cast on more socks soon, since winter is coming!

Works in Progress:

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my Heaven and Space shawl since I last showed it on the blog:

HeavenAndSpaceShawl

The little orange marker is where I was last time, so everything above it is new.  I’m using some of my own handspun, and knitting on size 5 (3.75 mm) needles.  I’m starting to feel like this shawl might never end, and I’m sort of on the fence about the colors, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon.

The other project I’ve been working on recently is a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure:

SockHeadHat

I’m knitting this with Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus yarn in the colorway Last Embers, on size 2 (3.0 mm) needles.  I can’t believe this is only the first hat I’ve ever knit, but I definitely plan on knitting more in the future.  Also, Esopus yarn is a pleasure to work with!  I’ve used it many times, and will use it many more.  It feels wonderful, the colors are stunning, and each skein is a whopping 500 yards.  What’s not to like?

Spinning:

I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately, but I won’t show you all the finished skeins right now.  I’ll save them for a shop update I’ll be doing soon.

Right now I’m working on some 50/50 baby camel/silk roving.  I forget to take a picture of the wool before I started spinning it, but here it is on the wheel:

SpinningBabyCamel

Baby camel and silk is so so soft, but a little slippery to spin.  The finished yarn should be gorgeous though!

Crafty Purchases:

Since I’ve last blogged, I’ve been to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival and Port Fiber, so I have several crafty purchases to show off.  First, here’s my haul from the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival:

SAFFHaul

At the top is an absolutely adorable project bag from Stitched by JessaLu.  Under that from left to right is some beautiful autumny roving from Fat Cat Knits, some undyed Icelandic wool, and some undyed alpaca.

Next is my haul from Port Fiber:

PortFiberHaul

Port Fiber is a lovely shop in Portland, Maine.  My husband and I were vacationing in Maine recently, so I thought I’d stop by and check it out.  I’m so glad I did!  They have all kinds of wool for spinning!  The baby camel/silk I’m currently spinning is from Port Fiber, but I started spinning it before I took this picture.  The other fibers in the picture are (clockwise from the top): undyed vicuna pacos top, a 50/50 yak/silk dyed in a stunning deep blue, and undyed BFL wool.

I’ll be doing a shop update soon, but I’m not sure when.  I’ll do another blog post when I do, so feel free to check back!

Until next time, happy crafting!

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