Jacobette

Let me tell you guys the story of how I got into spinning. 5 years ago, I went to a small fiber festival in a nearby town with my parents. (Unfortunately, that was the only time I went to this fiber festival. They stopped having it afterwards. So sad.) I saw some different stuff, including wheel spinning, embroidery, and spindle spinning. Since my birthday was coming up, my parents bought me a spindle. I got to choose a small ball of practice fiber to go with the spindle. I picked some gray fiber. A little bit later, whilst looking at another booth, I remembered that I forgot to ask what kind of sheep it came from, so my dad went back to ask them, and they said it was Jacob wool. My first attempts to spin this fiber were terrible. I kind of missed the part about drafting, so I ended up with a hugely thick yarn about 16 yards long. I later learned how to spin better. Then I decided to try to unspin the failed Jacob wool and re-spin it properly. I pulled the loosely spun crazy-thick fibers apart into shorter pieces, which I was able so spin into a laceweight-ish yarn. I was happy, but I didn’t really know what to do with it, because it’s kind of scratchy. So it waited in my stash for a while. Then, a few weeks ago, I decided to turn the very thin single into a three ply yarn. I ended up with about 50 yards.

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I didn’t really know what to make with it, but I eventually decided on a small stuffed animal.

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I chose the pattern Mousie from Whimsical Little Knits, and I used some leftover Wool of the Andes sport weight for the ears tail and feet.

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I had originally intended to name it Jacob after the wool, but since it has so much pink, it looks like a girl mouse, so I named her Jacobette.

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I still have about half of the handspun left. I don’t know if I want to make another mouse or something else.

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Months of Knitting

So I didn’t post any for more than ten months. I didn’t knit much for a while there, and for almost six months I lived in another city where I had terrible internet service and no camera. So I’ve finished several projects since last I typed here, and now I have some pictures to show for the last several months.

First, I started a blanket back in April. I was my “I-had-to-work-on-my-day-off-and-hated-it-so-this-makes-up-for-it” gift to myself.

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The pattern is Hap Blanket by Ysolda. I’ve made one of these before, but this one is going to be bigger.

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The yarn is Knit Picks Reverie. It is the softest thing that ever existed.

The colors are Hawk and Regal. Very pretty together.

 

The yarn store here went out of business in June, so I bought a bunch of stuff on clearance. Including the yarn from this hat.

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The pattern is Bramble Beret from Vintage Modern Knits.

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The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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It is quite warm and I love it.

 

Not long after I moved, I bought some yarn at Michaels that was on the clearance rack. I think I paid two dollars a skein, so it was a pretty good deal. I didn’t know what to make at the time, but I ended up making a very simple blanket.

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I had four skeins of the multi colored yarn, so I made four granny squares out of those. I had one skein of cream, so I crocheted the squares together using a thick band. I had one skein of brown, so I did a few rows of border stitches.

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Very cute, if I do say so myself.

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The yarn is Lion Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton.

 

I made a scarf/shawl back in July or August. I love it to pieces.

I just came up with the idea for the pattern, but later realized that is was almost the exact same as the Baktus pattern.

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The yarn is unknown. I got it at a Colonial Fair back in May. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. I should set a scrap of it on fire to find out for sure.

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In this picture you can see that I’m still wearing my arm guard from shooting my bow.

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Last September I started a sock. I finished the first sock sometime last year. I didn’t start the second one until this summer. Cause I’m lazy like that.

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The yarn is Patons Stretch Socks.

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The Pattern is Coupling.

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I made my mom some socks for Christmas. They really didn’t take that long to make, and they fit her perfectly.

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The yarn is Premier Serenity Sock Weight.

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The pattern is just seed stitch.

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More than a year ago I started a baby sweater in hopes of giving it to a couple that was having twins. I soon realized I wouldn’t have time to make two sweaters so I made booties instead. So the sweater just sat there. For like a year. Then I saw it when I was cleaning my room and decided to finish it.

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I haven’t, but considering all that I had done was the sleeves and part of the ribbing, I think I’ve made great strides. I’m taking a break from it now because I messed up twice, and I don’t really want to rip back to the start of the yoke. I’m attempting to do seamless set-in sleeves.

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The yarn is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

 

Last week I started crocheting a table runner/centerpiece/placemat with some more yarn that I got when The Yarn Company went out of business. It’s just a giant granny square.

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The yarn is Cascade Luna.

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I haven’t decided if I want to do a picot edging or not. Hence the unwoven in ends.

 

Last but not least, I started a new project last week. Let me give you a little background. A couple of weeks ago I thought I would sew a bathrobe. But I’m kinda terrible at sewing. So I was thinking over how to go about sewing a bathrobe without it looking terrible. Then I saw the first Hobbit movie. And in the beginning, when all the dwarves came to Bilbo’s hobbit-hole, he’s wearing a patchwork robe (or maybe it should be referred to as a dressing gown?). And I said “I love that robe!” And over the course of like a week, ideas muddled in my head and I decided to crochet a patchwork robe made out of granny squares (yes, I seem to be on a bit of a granny square kick here of late).

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I just bought seven skeins of yarn (each in a different color) last week so that I could know how many squares I could get out of each skein. I’m know I’ll get one more color for the edging, but I’m not sure if I’ll just keep it at eight colors or get more.

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I’m needing to make large squares, rectangles, and small squares. I don’t know how to make a good looking granny rectangle, so I just did a little lacy stitch instead.

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I’ve already made eight big squares and I’m working on the ninth. It makes for good travel crocheting and good for watching TV too. I’ll have a bajillion ends to weave in when I’m done, but itll be worth it.

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The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love this Cotton.

Well, that’s about it for yarn related stuff in 2013. Or at least all that I took pictures of. Don’t know when I’ll be posting again. Have a Happy New Year, and hope MMXIV is nice for you.

Fiber Festival

Yesterday my parents and I went to a fiber festival in Georgetown.

We got to see a small variety of fiber bearing animals, such as this alpaca who grunted a lot.

We also got to see double weaving, which looked like it would require too much focus and concentration for me to enjoy.

(This is possibly the same alpaca, or it might be the other one, I’m not sure.)

This is a sheep who made weird sounding noises, which I mimicked; the other people there probably thought I was strange…

We also got to see a sheep being sheared, and this is all its wool. The sheep was squirming around a lot, making it difficult for the Shearer to shear.

This is an English Angora rabbit, and it was very soft. I got some fiber from it blended with some alpaca, and after I’ve spun it (in about 4 years or so) I’ll make a hat. It’s gray with pink, and very pretty.

After the festival, we went to Cumberland Mountain State Park, because it was on the way home. This is a bridge there.

I took a picture of our shadows, because that’s fun.

I got some red lamb’s pride to make my dad a felted hat, and I got some green lamb’s pride to make myself a Talia.