It's only been a few days since Tour de Fleece ended, but my momentum to get things done is still going strong! I am working through my WiPs list and am very happy with my progress so far.
Right before TdF started I cast on a pair of socks for Jake. I used a Crazy Zauberball that the amazing Laura Jane Taylor brought when she came with Jennifer (aka @sugar_stitches) & me to Sewing Summit 2012!
Instead of using a pattern I made a hybrid sock using my favorite elements from other patterns that I've made.
Here's my toe-up formula:
*Judy's Magic Cast On
*Rounded toe from OrangeKnits Rose City Rollers pattern (this was a little tricky because her pattern is cuff down so I had to figure the decreases from 72 stitches, for Jake's wide foot, then reversed it for toe-up)
*Short-row heel from Wendy Johnson's "Socks from the Toe Up"
*Decrease to 64 stitches for a skinnier ankle/leg
*Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off
He hasn't had a chance to try them on since I finished them, but he did try on the first sock when I was nearing the ribbing and it looks like it'll be a great fit for him!
This week I also scoured, carded, & started to spin up a sample of a fleece that I recently received.
The fleece is a gorgeous rambouillet out of the eastern Oregon/Idaho area. I have a long way to go still, it's nearly 8 pounds & I've only pulled off 5 ounces to sample, but I'm already planning lots of fun things to make from it! First up is a hat & mittens set for Kim, who sent me this beauty!!
And, last but not least, I'm halfway through binding Ruby's rainbow quilt.
It should be done and ready to use by the weekend!
This year was my first Tour de Fleece and it was so much fun! My personal challenge was to complete as many skeins as I could during the race. A seemingly simple challenge, but I tend to get *this close* to finishing a project then moving on to something else. My workroom is filled with nearly finished projects as proof of this! But more on that at the end.
I joined the Aaron Makes Stuff team and, though we were allowed to use other spindles, I used only my AMS spindles and wheel plied the singles on my Kromski Minstrel. It was a small team, but everyone did such a beautiful job! Check out the #tdfaaronmakesstuff hashtag on IG to see.
You can also take a look at my Instagram (@aprairiesunrise) for progress pictures, but here's how I ended the tour yesterday.
O'er the Moors & Among the Heathers from The Wooly Witch- 5.2oz, 406yds. 3-ply DK weight.
Total yards spun (singles & plying): 1630
This will be a top for Ruby, I'm looking at either Bloom or Belle Isle. This yarn is probably my favorite from the tour and now I really want to spin a sweater's quantity for myself!
Book of the Dead from The Wooly Witch- 2.6oz, 218yds. 3-ply DK/worsted.
Total yards spun during TdF (One of the singles was spun prior to the tour): 654
Rainbow Sherbet- 3.0oz, 199yds. 3-ply DK weight.
Orange/Green- 8yds of 2-ply
Orange- 0.4oz estimated yardage of 50yds
Total yards spun: 854
Orange is Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Wooly Witch, pink is Giovanna also from The Wooly Witch, & green is Creme de Menthe from Textiles a Mano that a friend picked up for me at Estes Park Wool Market this year.
I was unsure how the three colors would look once plied (I worried that it would look muddy), but the green is such a strong color that I think the pink and orange balance it nicely. As you can see with the orange & green 2-ply, the green really dominates the yarn.
This yarn will likely become a beanie for Ruby. She loves to wear the ribbed hat I made last year for Jake, so she needs one of her own!
Peacock Feathers from Siobhans Crafts (gradient) & FleegleFiber (semi solid teal)- 3.7oz, 284yds. Chain plied sport weight. Self-striping gradient
Total yards spun: 1136
Port Fiber batt- 0.5oz of singles spun.
And then there was the drop spindle & captured ring russian...
I am such a slow drop spinner, I feel like I put hours into this yarn and only spun 0.2oz of it! Yes, it is super duper thin cobweb lace weight, but still...! The fiber is Malabrigo that I carded to blend the colors a bit and unfelt the fiber. I'm unsure of the colorway name, but it sure matches beautifully with the spindle!
Approx. 25yds spun (probably much more, but I'd rather err on the low side).
As for the gorgeous padauk russian spindle, I am coming to terms with the fact that we just don't get along. I am a huge fan of Aaron's work and to have a spindle that I can't spin to my liking breaks my heart! But, I guess, not every spindle can work for every person. I am determined to finish the blue fiber that's on there now before I destash it though!
Total TdF yards: ~4350!!
I'm extra excited about that total because in that time we also had guests, went to a family reunion, took several daytrips, & went down to Cheyenne Frontier Days! It's been quite a month and I've enjoyed every minute of it!!
I'm going to try to keep the momentum of Tour de Fleece going by finishing up some of those previously mentioned WiPs. I'm going to start small, but hopefully I can get this and much more done by the end of August!
A few weeks ago I posted this image on Instagram...
But then because I was dealing with a junky temporary phone while waiting for my insurance to replace the phone I killed on Halloween, I forgot to post what I actually made.
Sidenote: Don't drop your phone screen down onto a rocky driveway! The worst part about it was I couldn't even share pictures of my adorable flower and her farmer heading out for trick or treating!!
But I can now! Aren't they cute?
Anyway, I participated in our regional Make It With Wool competition again this year and decided to sew something.
I watched Prudent Baby's cape tutorial video then started cutting into my precious wool.
I decided to edge it with some Pendleton selvedge that my LYS friend gave me the last time we were up in Dubois. Then I pulled out my Albama Chanin handsewing book to find a good embroidery stitch to add a little more flair.
Because I am not confident in my garment making I hand sewed the seams. Though I did make french seams for a neater look inside.
Except for the seam stitching the whole garment (accessory?) is 100% wool. Even the yarn I used to embroider the selvedge is wool that I had naturally dyed in avocado pits earlier this year.
We didn't win this year, but it sure was fun to make. And as you can see, Ruby kinda likes it too!
I was so excited and thankful when Lindsay invited me to join in another round of Craft Book Month with Craft Buds!
And then I hit my first snag. I own many beautiful craft books, but nothing seemed to inspire me. Finally last week I was sitting in our chair under the big picture window when I looked up at our regular book shelf I saw a children's book, "Phoebe's Sweater", written by the talented knit designer Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric.
But "Phoebe's Sweater" is not just a children's story, it is also a knitting book with patterns for a cozy hooded girl's coat, a stuffed mouse with dress, and a matching coat for the doll.
I immediately grabbed my skein of Plucky Sweater in Dandy Lion and cast on!
The illustrations in the story are just beautiful! And it's a fun tale about a girl becoming a big sister and the sweater her mama knits for her in the meantime. Even if you don't knit, it's still a great book to have in your collection.
Ruby is still a little rough on books, but with this one she just sits and delicately flips through the pages over & over again.
Yesterday when I was attaching the ears I sewed them too low and realized that as cute as the mouse is in the pattern, this doll would make an adorable monkey for my little monkey! So I made a wool felt monkey face and stitched it onto the head.
The inside of the ears and the dress (still in progress because I've had a sick toddler all week) are made with Plucky 4-ply cashmere in Before You Go-Go. The stuffing I used is a wool roving. So this doll is really the softest, squishiest thing ever!!
I think she likes it!!
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