Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Just a quickie flit in and out - I haven't abandoned you, dear blog...

Lookee what I finished, FINALLY! I've had a bad case of second glove syndrome and just had two fingers (was I trying to give myself a message here?) and one thumb to complete on Karen's KAL gloves. So they sat around for an entire year in hibernation. The middle finger of the right glove has 'tb 07' on it. Yup, I started them in 2007! This situation could not be allowed to go on.
It only took a couple of evenings to finish and sew in the ends. So, what took me so long?



Also, I bought a drum carder, second hand today. I haven't yet collected it from a farm near Crediton as the roads have been a tad treacherous, but it's a David Barnett carder and cost £150 - is this a bargain? Saved £50 on an Ashford carder anyway. And then I can tackle all that fleece I've got sitting about.


I had a go at arty farty spinning last year - I spun some uncarded handdyed mohair (bought from Maylin at Wonderwool Wales last year) very loosely and chunkily and then plyed it with some silk thread. This needed knitting into something. I put it with some homespun Jacob fleece and made a moebius cowl a la Cat Bordhi (very loosely following her free pattern). I ran out of yarn before I finished it but used up some scraps of colinette from stash. I'm pleased with the result and it was just in time to keep my neck warm in the (paltry amount of) snow we've had. O dear: look at that saggy chin. Age strikes, everything is on the way DOWN!

8 comments:

Lucette said...

What did take you so long? I too am doing a round of finishing and ask myself the same question. Great work.

Rona said...

Oh the gloves are fabulous! The yarn is great and looks terrific in the moebius :)

Kat said...

The gloves look amazing! I'm sure they took a lot of time- and patience!

Susie Hewer said...

The gloves look FAB! I've worn mine such a lot and always get nice comments about them.

asti said...

LOVE the gloves, what a lot of work in them. The cowl too, great colours.
Jealous re the drum carder. Seems like a good price. They are so expensive as you know. I'd love one but can't justify it really. Have fun with it !

Pixie said...

Wowee at those gloves, a real work of art.. no wonder they took you some time.. love the cowl, that pattern is brilliant and with your arty yarn fabulous.

Lucky you with the drum carder, have fun when you get it.. can't wait to see your batts :))

keep warm and safe xxx

Anni said...

Love hte mittens and the moebius. Gorgeous handspun. Have nominated you for an award. SEe my blog.

Probably Jane said...

beautiful work - especially the cowl - it's what spinning is all about really isnt it?