Sunday, November 25, 2007

Teal handspun


Teal handspun, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I decided to free up one of my bobbins, in preparation for spinning the olive-rust-purple roving for my other sock. Here is 3 1/2 ounces of 2 ply yarn, which has 190 yarns in the skein. I'm not quite sure what I will knit with this, so for right now it goes in my stash.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Handspun Handknit Sock


Handspun Handknit Sock, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here is my completed sock. It fits perfectly!!! I tried the Star Toe for the first time and really like the way it finished off my sock. Now it's time to spin and knit this sock's "fraternal twin". LOL!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Start of sock


Start of sock, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here's the beginning of my sock, with another inch to go before I start the heel flap and foot. Check back soon for the completed sock.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Gauge for Socks


Gauge for Socks, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I am so excited!!! I knit this swatch to check my gauge for my first pair of hand-dyed, hand spun socks. I ended up deciding to use 6 stitches per inch, knit on size 5 needles. I love the way the yarn is going to self-stripe!

I made lots of progress on my Winter Sweater this week too. I sewed the shoulder seams and picked up and knitted the front band. I am still hoping to get it finished to wear on Thanskgiving, but if not, I will wear it on Christmas.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Detail of 1st skein of handspun

I received the new plastic drive band for my spinning wheel this week and spent this afternoon mounting and fine-tuning the size to my wheel. Then I finished the second bobbin of singles and plied the two together to get this yarn. I love it! I can't wait to start knitting with it now. The skein is approximately 120 yards of two-ply yarn to knit one sock with.

My Winter Sweater is coming along nicely. I have both fronts, the back and half of one sleeve finished. My goal is to have it completed so that I can wear it on Thanksgiving day.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sock Yarn - 1st bobbin


Sock Yarn - 1st bobbin, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I got my first bobbin spun, using half of the roving that has long repeats of the three colors. I decided that I would spin one skein for one of the socks and then work on the second skein while the first skein was drying. Well, I ran into a snag. My drive belt broke, while spinning the second bobbin that has shorter repeats of color. Now I have to wait until later this week to get another belt in order to finish this project. So, I will get back to knitting on my Winter Sweater, with a goal to finish the back today and possibly sew the should seams.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Merino Roving for Sock Yarn


Merino Roving for Sock Yarn, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I recently dyed this Merino Roving to spin some sock yarn, after being inspired by the article by Janet Laidman in the Summer 2007 issue of Spin-Off. Her article focused on a way to make your own self-striping yarn. So I chose my favorite three colors: olive green, rust and purple and am ready to give this a try. The weather here today is awful - lots of rain and high winds, so it is a perfect day to get some spinning done.