Thursday, December 12, 2013

This is only a test......

A test spin of some fiber!!  I recently purchased (at an awesome price) some alpaca fiber.  I bought a gray (with a bit of a pink hue) and black spotted blanket, a white blanket, and 2 brown and white spotted blankets.  I've been cleaning and combing a bit of the gray and spun up a bit to see how well it was going to spin.  I must say that it spins beautifully and takes dye like a dream.  Here's my first spin and dye project:

This is a mini-skein of about 64ish yards.  Not sure of the WPI (forgot to measure it before I skeined it up) but if I had to hazard a guess I'd say maybe 15 to 17 WPI.  I'll have to check it before I knit up the sample and let you know for sure.

Well, that's all I've got for now!!

God Bless,

Lacey

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here it is....Isaac's Scarf

Okay, so before we get to the good stuff I have a confession to make.  I am still not finished knitting this scarf.  However, I promised that I would get the pattern posted for ya'll this morning whether I was finished or not, so I am.  First off a picture of the scarf still on my needles:



Very nice and masculine.  This scarf is being knitted in Waverly for Bernat in the color Stone Brown.  I will use the whole skein I believe.  I highly recommend lightly blocking this scarf no matter what yarn you use as the cables tend to make it want to draw in on itself a bit.  Without further ado, the pattern:

Isaac’s Scarf**

Recommended yarn:    Worsted Weight
Recommended needles:     4.5 or 5 mm 
Gauge:   20 sts = 4 inches in stockinette (since this is a scarf pattern gauge isn’t really all that important though so don’t stress out if yours is off a bit)
Key:
                k : knit
                p : purl
                p2tog : purl 2 together
                k2tog : knit 2 together
                c2r : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at back, k1, k stitch from cable needle
                c2l : slip one stitch onto cable needle, leave at front, k1, k stitch from cable needle

Cast on 33 stitches
Rows 1 through 10: knit each row
Pattern Rows:
1: k5, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, c2r, c2l, p5, k5
2: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10
3: k5, p5, k4, p5, k4, p5, k5
4: k10, p4, k5, p4, k10
Repeat pattern rows until scarf is desired length.  Then do 10 more rows of knitting each row and cast off.


** This pattern was inspired by the Urban Zen Cabled Hat designed by Margaret MacInnis.  You can find that pattern here on Ravelry.  

All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy in this pattern, but I am after all human and am prone to mistakes.  If you find an error please let me know and I'll double check and get it fixed if need be.  So, go knit!!

God Bless,

Lacey

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Still not finished!!

I was hoping to be able to post the scarf pattern for you guys today, but unforeseen circumstances kept me from finishing yesterday.  We lost power night before last due to the ice we've had lately.  We had to spend the night with  DH's parents.  Then last night I had a couple extra kids for a few hours (my younger brother and sister) so knitting was pointless.  I hope to do some knitting later today after I get the dishes washed.  Well, guess I'd better get off this computer and get to washing dishes if I hope to finish that scarf today.  I will say that finished or not, I will post pics and get the pattern up for you tomorrow morning!!

God Bless,
Lacey

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Just checking in since I know it's been quite some time since I've been here.  I have been busily spinning and knitting away.  I've just recently finished knitting up an awesome hat and have worked up an awesome pattern for a scarf to accompany it.  I'll be putting the finishing touches on the pattern in the next couple days and get it posted for your enjoyment.  In the mean time here is the link for the hat: Urban Zen Hat.  Enjoy!!!

God Bless!

Lacey

Friday, November 15, 2013

Life...again

Hi!!  Welcome back!!  Glad you could make it.  Hope you've been doing well.  Around here it looks like life keep getting in the way of my blogging so I'm going to take a minute to catch you up on all that's been going on around here!

First off, I am loving spinning!!  I've had to take a bit of a break to work on some crocheted hats for my mom's charity thing at church.  That's almost done and I've managed to get her like 5 or 6 hats done.  While doing that I did manage to source some Huacaya alpaca fiber (lovely and soft) in a couple different colors.  I was also gifted some 12 or so bags (think big 30 gallon trash bags) of raw fleece of various breeds.

I've got a bit of one of the types of wool drying on a rack over the tub as we speak.  I need to get out and take pictures so you will be able to grasp the sheer amount of wool that is there.  Let's just say that I won't have to buy fiber for spinning for quite some time.

I have recently purchased a lovely shawl pattern called the Tristano Shawl designed by Dee O'Keefe.  It's listed for sale on Ravelry if you're interested.  I have decided that I don't have the right yarn for this, so I think I'm going to attempt to spin enough yarn with the fiber I've got.  I've never spun with this kind of goal in mind, so this could be interesting....and slow...which is hard for an instant gratification kind of person like me!!

Well, I guess that pretty much covers all the creative type madness happening here on the creekside.  I hope you've enjoyed it! Hopefully I'll have more for you soon and maybe life will quit getting in the way quite as often!!

God Bless,

Lacey

Monday, October 21, 2013

In My Absence

I see that in my absence Blogger hasn't completely gone insane.  Which is a good thing!!   You may find yourself asking what I've been doing in my absence.  Well, I've been doing the much dreaded Fall Cleaning.  On top of that we had to get Little Man a new bed since his second-(or third or fourth)hand toddler bed was giving up.  So, he now has a "Big Boy" twin bed.  I've also been rearranging my living room furniture (much to my husband's dismay).  I hope for things to return to a more normal pace this week if at all possible.  It may be next week before things ease up and return to normal.

I hope to get some recipes and crafty goodness posted once things settle back down so please stay tuned!!

That's all I've got for today.  So, until next time, God bless.

Lacey

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What I'm doing today.....

Today I have decided to spin the lovely braid of hand dyed Polwarth wool that I purchased from Lunabudknits at the fiber festival that we attended in Falmouth, KY a couple weekends ago.  I wasn't too terribly pleased with the festival, because there wasn't much fiber there, but I am in love with this braid.  It has the strange ability to make me want to smoosh my face in it every time I see it!!

Here it is all braided up and happy this morning before I started spinning it.



An here it is after I've spun about half an ounce of it on my new hand made drop spindle.


However, I've noticed that this stuff seems to really want quite a bit of spin, so I think I'm going to break out the wheel this evening and see how that goes.


That's what I've been doing today.  Not exactly what I NEED to be doing today.  I need to wash a load of towels, load the dishwasher, work out a rough menu plan (I only use this as a general guideline, not as a strict plan for the week), and make out my grocery list.  Guess I should get to work on the NEED to do stuff so I can get back to playing.  Sometimes I hate being a grown up!!

That's all I've got for now.  Have a Blessed day!!