I'm still working on my Silver Lining Shawl as part of Alicia Plummer's Thunderstorm MKAL,
using Selkino from the Skein Queen and my stitch markers
One such project was this mermaid featured in a recent magazine. I don't often make toys, but she appealed to me.
Low Tide Cardi by Tin Can Knits as part of Little Bobbins Knits Purposeful Stash Along. I have completed the front of the bodice and I'm now working on the back.
Earlier in the month the Skein Queen's Attic had an open day.
What is actually slowing down my progress on those projects is that rabbit hole! On our way home from M's graduation ceremony we visited Fibre Hut to purchase my birthday present.
This is what we ordered - an Ashford Joy 2.
I started with the Cheviot fibre, kindly given to me by the lady at Fibre Hut.
I plied it with some Plotulopi, but I although I was having fun, I wasn't very happy with the end result.
I am attempting to rescue the fibre and turn it into a usable yarn! My original attempt was over spun in places as my feet get carried away sometimes, but I'm getting better. :)
Next I decided to risk spinning this beautiful braid from Hilltop Cloud.
I find that splitting and slightly pre-drafting the fibre has helped me to spin a more even yarn.
Seascape plied and now waiting to be soaked and thwacked.
I prepared the fibre again. I always use my Nana's wooden fruit bowl to hold my fibre and it feels as though she is there with me whilst I spin.
Getting better at controlling my feet! :)
Next I had a problem ... I didn't have anymore fibre in the house, except for this project that I had started on my drop spindle.
I knew there would be pitfalls when plying, but I decided to spin the other half of the fibre on my wheel.
I was still left with the problem of having no fibre left in the house, but luckily I had planned to go to Fibre East. I carried my camera around all day, but didn't take a single photo with it! That is so unlike me!! I did take this one photo with my iPhone.
I had hoped to meet up with people I know from online, but that wasn't to be. I just had to console myself with a spot of retail therapy. ;)
Maiden Hair and Sea Silk by Hand Maiden Fine Yarn
I'm hoping to combine these two together to make a shawl. The Maiden Hair colours remind me of fossil hunting on the South Coast of England.
I was spoilt for choice at this stall. So many beautiful hanks of yarn! I settled on Summer Fete, the middle hank in the photo below and then matched the other two colours to it. I'm thinking there should be enough to knit a top or cardigan.
Bought to knit Talavera from the latest Pompom magazine.
On arriving back home my cheeky boy asked, "How much fibre do you need?!" I replied, "There's no point having a spinning wheel if I haven't got any fibre!" ;) Luckily my husband agrees. :)
And with all that bouncy fibre and those squishy yarns, my landing at the bottom of the rabbit hole will be a soft one! :)