I finished up the tank top for Sasha yesterday and I absolutely adore it. I made it a size bigger and I am glad for it because she will be able to wear it for a couple of seasons. I think it is more like a vest than a tank top but if Debbie bliss wants to go ahead and call it a tank top we will just have to let her. I have started on a sock but am not sure what to start on for my next project. I will have to start going through the patterns I already have... not look for more to buy! I will take some pics as soon as I get the chance.
She Can't go on Enough about the Three-Needle Bind Off
On Sunday I spun some orange roving and some purple roving and plied them together. It was fun and I like how it turned out and it was a good practice session. Now I have to keep practicing so I can spin my roving a little thinner. Yesterday morning I finished up the sleaves for Sasha's tank top. This morning I blocked it. So now I have to stitch up the sides and weave in those pesky ends - which I have been doing along the way but I have all the ends from the stripes to weave into the seams. I just can't wait to try it on her.
I plied orange and purple together for fun on my first plying attempt.
Finished up the tiny little sleaves for Sasha's tank top - this picture shows off the lime colour better than the others.
Don't you love how the shoulder seams turned out with the three-needle bind off?
The pattern doesn't call for a three-needle bind off and I have never practiced it, not even once. I don't think I would have even thought of it or been brave enough to attempt it on my own if it weren't for Becky - she has used it on more than one occasion and she has made me a curious monkey. Now I am hooked. I wish I could bind off everything this way! I really love how it the seam lays... and the seam is quite small. It's really great - I won't blab about it anymore!!!
We spent most of the weekend as a family enjoying the wonderful weather. On Saturday we went to Gary's Point and watched the kite flyers. It was so nice and relaxing to sit in the sun. It is getting easier to go out with Sasha now that she is starting to eat solids. On Sunday we walked a trail to the river and sat in the sun.... again. We have to take advantage of this good weather while we've got it. With all the activity I didn't knit a stitch the whole weekend... and I have no regrets!
Kites at Gary's Point
Sasha sitting with Dad having a snack
On Sunday we went for a walk to the river on the lookout for bunnies
A Spa Kit for Mom from Sasha... our first Mother's Day :)
....OK... maybe it's from Milo too
A set of pots from my lovely husband. It was the best Mother's Day ever!
I took the plunge and used the spindle for the first time on the weekend. It went better than expected and I enjoyed the process. It wasn't as scary as I made it out in my head. I am trying not to be too hard on myself telling myself that I am just learning... It is not going to be perfect the first time. I started spinning with some natural coloured fiber that came in my spindle kit from ebay. I think it went pretty well. The yarn is definitely knittable - a little thin in some places and a little thicker in others and not too many slubbies. I haven't plied yet which will be my next spinning project.
When I came across the Knitted Rose Pins in the Summer 2003 issue of Interweave Knits, Page 89, I knew I had to made a rose for my Mother In Law for Mother's Day. Of coarse I didn't have any of the wool for the project on hand - but I have pretty coloured roving! So I spun up enough for the project and knitted it up all on Sunday evening until late in the night. I got so immersed in the project I didn't come to bed till, I think it was, 2am. It was well worth it and so much fun. I went out yesterday with Sasha and picked up brooch pin and it will be off in the mail today.
My first spinning project
The tank top for Sasha is coming along. I have finished the front and back. I did a three-needle bind off on the shoulders (my first time - I am very happy with how the seam looks and am now addicted to this method and will try and use it every chance I get). And I picked up stitches and finished the neck. So this week I hope to finish the sleeves and stitch the sides this weekend. Oh yes, I have to block it too. I haven't figured out whether to do that before or after I do the sleeves.
I would have posted more pics but the batteries are practically dead in the camera - I was lucky enough to get the picture of the rose before it is off in the mail.
The book Spin It, Making Yarn From Scatch by Lee Raven is perfect for the green footed spinner out there who want to spin but does not quite know how to go about it – I have a spindle and some roving and now what? The book is 9.99USD and is worth the money, it has great pictures and is very informative. Lee Raven breaks down the art of spinning into easy to understand steps and shows you how to spin with and without a handspindle. If you don’t have a spindle already the book shows you how to make one from a CD. Of all the literature I have come across on spinning - and I have been researching for a while - this book made me understand more visually the concept of spinning whereas the drawings and such that I had poured over before left me more confused and afraid to make my first attempt. The book gave me the courage to spin and I learned that it is not as difficult as I had imagined.
Go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to order your own!
Martha Stewart has been showcasing entrepreneurs this week on her TV show. Today Martha took us on a little field trip to Purl, a knitting store in SoHo, New York. The store is owned and operated by Joelle Hoverson who started out working at Martha Stewart Living and learned to knit from the article Knitting 101 in an issue of the magazine. From there her passion grew. Her store is filled with the most beautiful yarn and natural fibers with great colours. I wish that I could order from her on the Internet. If I ever make it out to New York I will definitely drop in.
”I am trying to make a contribution to getting people to knit and think of it as something they do with their lives and knot just because they are doing it in Hollywood right now.” -- Joelle Hoverson
One of the fibers they talked about in the segment was Manos Del Uruguay a merino wool that is kettle dyed and handspun by a cooperative of women in Uruguay. It comes in the most beautiful colours and it is easy to work with. If I hadn't seen the segment I don't think I would have learned about it.
”There is a story about the yarn – If you learn to knit with Manos Del Uruguay you will knit for the rest of your life because you will just fall in love with knitting.” -- Joelle Hoverson
Martha ended off they segment by saying “I hope that you enjoy knitting, at least try it if you haven’t and always teach your kids how to knit, boys and girls.”
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Today is my husband's birthday -- Happy Birthday Honey!. We started off by opening presents in bed. Sasha was quite the helper, ripping off the paper helping daddy. Then we all piled in the car and went through the Tim Horton's drive through for coffee and muffins... and maybe a donut or two. I like the Canadian Maples. We drove him to work and when he comes home we will continue the celebration!!
Speaking of Martha Stewart I made her recipe of Buttermilk Custard with Raspberry Sauce yesterday and it is very nummy - it went over really well with my husband. It is such a silky custard, it is not that bad for you as far as desserts go and it is super easy to make. I didn't have and cream in the house so I make it with 1% milk and of coarse buttermilk and it turned out great. I had some frozen fruit that I used for the sauce and I garnished it with fresh strawberries. It looks as good as the picture.