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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Crossings Pattern Book

I have been enthralled by yet another pattern book. Yes, I have a large stash of yarn, but my patterns may be even more numerous and less likely to make everything over my life. 

That being said, this book is beautiful.. I think I'm already breaking it. 

Crossings by Knit Picks (I am not paid to write about this ya'll).

Going through it, I realized that I literally wanted to make everything in the book and if you have ever made something with cables, you must know that the amount of yarn cables take up is up there haha. 

But still.. 

I decided that my first project would be the Plaiter Sweater by Claire Slade. This did a few things for me. It perfected my ability to not knit with a cable needle when it was just moving two stitches around (more than that and give me my cable needle/aka stitch holder). 

  Starting this pattern, I memorized the cables within 3-4 inches and was a little worried because the sizing has most of the increases in the lattice cable.. This is mine so far:

Well, as of yesterday anyway. It goes purl section (curling in), braid, lattice section, braid, celtic cable, braid, lattice section, braid and purl section (again curling in). 

  I wasn't sure how I felt about the lattice section being so much bigger than the celtic braid. But I still like the sweater, and I'm using Berroco Vintage yarn for this sweater so it's nice and squishy (and washable). 

   If you are interested in the book, go check it out. I am not sure which pattern I will do next, but it will be fun in between knitting ornaments for a show in early December lol.

Happy Fall and see you at Rhinebeck!!!!

Be Well,

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Amazing World of the Drop Spindle

Over the past year or so, I have been itching to learn how to spin yarn. I knit, crochet, know how to do simple weaving and dye yarn, but I have never spun yarn.

A group of friends through my knitting guild (and outside it) happened to have an Ashford spinning wheel that they were kind enough to lend me, but I will say that even during and after my lesson from my kind friend Harriet, I still was having trouble fiddling with it.

Around December, I received some fiber I had ordered from Spun Ware Over The Rainbow. After some failure with some polworth that I was attempting on the spinning wheel, I decided to give the drop spindle a chance to work on my drafting skills.

Drafting video:

Miracle of miracles, it worked and my obsession with spinning yarn was born.. 

As you can see, I went from thick and thin (I will be respinning that out) at the top to the thinner yarn at the bottom close to the whorl. The whorl is the round piece that gives the drop spindle weight. The long stick on either side of the whorl is the shaft.

Getting better as I am, I've become more interested in drop spindles, where did they come from? 

Well, I've been doing research and am still looking for more good books on the history of the drop spindle but I have found this website which talks about drop spindles existing as much as 9,000 years ago! 

In my research so far, I have found different types of drop spindles, besides the top and bottom drop spindles that we find so often in the USA.

Both the Turkish and the Dealgan style drop spindles lend themselves towards making center pull balls of yarn. The Turkish because of the x of wood at the bottom and the Dealgan because of the X cut into the wood at the bottom.

Once you've realized you want to start collecting drop spindles there are other tools out ther eas well, are you ready for those?

Like the Wrist Distaff:

The wrist distaff would have come in hand yesterday while I was demonstrating the drop spindle at a family farm day because it was windy!! What this does is helps you keep control of you fiber by you wrapping it around the wood and it hangs from your wrist. 

Here is a video demonstrating various distaffs:

These are just some of the items that I literally had no idea were out there, talk about the tip of the iceberg!!! Watch out for that rabbit hole people!! 

I'm truly enjoying my dive into the wonders of drop spinning and I hope that you have enjoyed what I've shared. Do you enjoy the drop spindle?

Be well!

I'll leave you with this gem!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rare Healthy Family

After much discussion with friends that I have made over the years, I have decided that the truly healthy and unconditionally loving family is a rarity. Truly. There are degree's of malfunction in families, but a family where love is unconditional and the mother and father, or mother and mother or father and father work together for the kids in a non selfish manner is a rarity. 

I have seen families where the previous generations were horrific and each subsequent generation becomes more healthy. 

I have seen families where they equate involvement with money, and for some reason that doesn't fade each generation without a sincere effort of self work on a parents behalf.

I have seen families repeat past generations mistakes because it is all they know. Of being attracted to abuse of all kinds.

I have seen people refuse to have children because they don't want to put their children through what they went through. They don't want that guilt.

These are all things I have seen. 

I have seen the woke parent divorce the abusive spouse and fight for their kids.

I have seen the child parent the parents instead of the other way around.

I have seen the pain of a parents wishful and empty words when they say they want to make up for past mistakes, but then wait for the child to make the first move.

I have seen the child so in pain they turn to drugs to dull the hole that lives in their chest, where unconditional love should have filled, but instead it is empty and aching and drugs or alcohol fill it up or numb it for a little while.

I have seen.
I have felt.
We need to do better.
Which parent are you?