only spinning

I’ve been feeling a little under-the-weather for the last wee while (nothing serious, don’t worry), and with losing LadyBug and being out of my routine I’ve been a bit unsettled.  It’s spilled over into my crafting where I haven’t been making much progress.  I have a little pile of recently cast-on knitting projects I don’t feel like working on, bits of cut-up fabric I don’t feel like sewing together and a half painted floor I don’t feel like finishing.

I have been spinning though.  The results of my fibre-dyeing have already made it onto my wheel – this the cashmere finn blend from my last post –

I’m trying to spin up a couple of these little balls each day, and sorry, a wheel picture might have been more interesting so that will follow!

I’ve decided too to knit another FlukraGudrun’s new shawl pattern is extremely lovely, and I’ve worn the one I test knit almost every day.  This might take a while, but this is what I’m going to make it with –

This is merino/silk from A Verb For Keeping Warm.  Having a boss that travels a lot to wonderful yarn stores is a tremendous thing!  In an attempt to actually get this done, I’m going to spin a little more (I’m almost a third done), then ply the singles and start knitting.  Actually seeing it on the needles is going to make me want to spin more.  That’s the plan anyway…


My little dye kit came out again this weekend, and this –

Became this –

The fibre is a cashmere and finn blend which was passed to me by a knitting but non-spinning friend who’d received it as a gift.  I handpainted the undyed fibre with splashes of a blues, jade and grey, and the overdyed the thing with a grey/jade mixture.  And the best thing is that I have not ruined it and ended up with a felted rope like last time…

I have a project in mind for this, I plan to spin it up as fine as I can, navajo ply it and turn it into a shawl.  The pattern I’ll use needs good yardage, so I dyed up a little mini braid at the same time as backup.  It’s very cute.

And to change the subject completely….

Yesterday we said goodbye to our beautiful old girl LadyBug.  She was 17 years old, and we know that her last 4 years since we took her in from the Dog’s Trust were happy ones.  Knowing this doesn’t seem to help though, and I feel as if there is a big hairy black/grey hole in our family.  Rescuing elderly dogs seems was becoming a habit so this isn’t the first time we’ve had to go through this, and being a crazy dog lady I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Right now I am sticking to tea, chocolate, knitting stocking stitch in the round and hugging Penny.



purple projects

I seem to be working through my list one giftee at a time, and my sister is the current person-in-progress.  And if it looks from these photos that she has a favourite colour, you’d be right.

1001 Peeps!!  I’ve had this stashed away since the Squam Art Fair, when I had the pleasure of being cabin buddies with Lizzie House.  When I was little one of our favourite family movies was Disney’s Aladdin, so this fabric seems appropriate…  This is going to be a lap quilt as large as I can make it and very simple, so I should have a finished quilt top to show by the end of the week.

This was a little bit of merino and silk fibre, commercially dyed I think in three shades and blended together.  I picked this up years ago in a really out-of-the-way craft shop/cafe that my mum took me to for lunch when I was visiting her in the Highlands.  At the time I was working in a knitting shop and while we were having lunch in the almost deserted cafe a lady came up to us, said that she knew me from the shop, wanted to say hello and needed some help with her knitting, and would I mind having a look?  Shyness suddenly seemed to overcome her and she never showed me what it was, but my mum thought it was hilarious…

Anyway, I’ll knit this up into some simple fingerless mitts.  (You might have noticed that this project was never on my original list – adding things is probably a bad idea.  Oh well.)

My sister doesn’t knit or spin, though she does sew a little.  My absolute favourite though of her makings is cake.  Today she brought me these –

Posting pictures of these two cupcakes online is my way of making sure that Mr Saz gets one.  Publishing evidence means I can’t pretend they never existed and eat them both right now.  Ok.  So she might have brought me three…




This is superwash BFL, from June Fibre Arts in the colourway Joy.  Despite my self-imposed fibre purchasing ban I sneaked this home from Knit Nation this summer…

The finished skein is around 160m of DK weight yarn, navajo plied and squishy.  And the first thing on my list is done!

my list

I’m later than usual this year, but this weekend I sat down and planned out my crafting for Christmas…  I’m lucky that I have a wonderful family who truly appreciate knitted and handmade gifts and its also made easier as they all request particular things.  (Usually something they’ve seen someone else receive the year before.)

I think I am all set – so for this year the list is:

  • colourwork mittens fully lined with laceweight cashmere – End of May Mitts
  • Sam socks by Cookie A, in a very large size
  • a Companion Cube cushion… I don’t know what this is either!…
  • a quilt made from my much-loved Lizzie House fabric
  • Maelstrom socks by Cookie A
  • Parade socks by Judy Kaethler
  • a plain pair of stockinette socks
  • some handspun
  • a laceweight shawl (maybe), pattern to be decided
  • another basic pair of socks that I have a particular stitch pattern in mind for
  • 2 sewn project bags

And before I even get started I have two birthday presents to finish.  At least panicking in September is better than panicking in December (my old trick.)