Knit Picks Chroma Lace in Wildflower

I know, I do not need more yarn.  I have mom’s stash to get through, I have yarn that I have spun, I have more yarn than I know what to do with.  However when this yarn went on sale for $3 per 400+ yard hank, I was a goner.  I picked up to of the same color and wound one into a center pull ball already.  I was thinking about patterns, most people think that one is enough for a min-shawl and anything of a substantial size requires four.  Since I hate mini-shawls, and do not have four, I started crocheting a half-granny shawl.  I know, my standard pattern, but it is just beautiful!

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I have barely started and it is already 12 inches across and 7 inches long.  I am certain that if I were to stretch this during blocking it would get considerably larger.    I have a row of double crochet lattice work before the yellow starts turning orange, I am going to try and free-style several different motifs into this pattern.  The hook that I am using, shown, is a 3.0mm hook.

I have several other patterns and projects I am thinking about, along with a couple of other purchases from this huge sale of knit-picks products.  The more I work on crafting the more I realize that at present my go-to crafts are spinning and crochet.  I hope to up my weaving, knitting, and felting game in the next few years but at present these are my comfort crafts.  I wonder if crocheting a good pair of socks would get me over my troubles with the idea of knitting a pair, or should I just keep swatching for these knitted socks?  Oh, these crafting dilemmas.

Happy Crafting!

Starting Tour De Fleece

On July 1, 2017 my Tour De Fleece started out with a bang.  I decided that since the Tour De France was starting with a time trial I would spin as much as I could as fast as I could.  This means that I wound up with a very full bobbin and I was very happy.  The results are not perfectly even, but that is not how I spin anyway.  I am very pleased with this bobbin, it has since, on the second day, been finished with the last of that fiber as seen below.  I then wound that off as a center pull ball for plying at another time.

Finishing my first bobbin on the second day

New Center Pull Ball Winder

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I just got my Center-Pull Ball Winder today!  It works amazingly well.  Alright, so I’m using a paper towel holder to hold my ‘bobbins’ of toilet paper rolls to create a center-pull ball with my newly created yarn.  I absolutely love this new bobbin winder, it works so beautifully quickly and creates gorgeous center pull balls.  I am so very happy with my new winder, and am looking forward to years of happy use.