Sunday, January 29, 2012

Acrylic Yarn? Sometimes....

I much prefer to knit with natural fibers: wool, cotton, silk, alpaca, etc., but sometimes I stumble across a synthetic yarn that I like. Some of the things I knit are intended for charity projects and need to be easy care, machine wash & dry.

I bought a skein of Bernat Mosaic yesterday to test knit a hat pattern. The yarn is acrylic, doesn't have any stretch to it at all and is not good for the brioche hat pattern: it just lays there, limp and flat. But, it works up well in garter stitch so I started a diagonal pattern scarf.

I also just finished a brioche hat in "I Love This Wool" for a charity project this fall. The label says hand wash, but I am going to do a test wash with the hand-wash cycle on my Maytag washer.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Finishing a project...finally....

I had started a cable brioche scarf some time back and I am finally about to finish it while visiting with my mom. I have two balls of Araucania Aysen. I am knitting two rows with one skein and two rows with the other to blend it well. I like the result and look forward to the finished project.

The actual color is more like the top photo, taken in different light. I will probably add twisted fringe to the ends.

Frogged and Started Over

I started a scarf out of a ball of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn but didn't like the way it was working out and decided to frog it.

I am now using it to knit a helix scarf that I noticed in an issue of Spin-Off and again in Jane Austen Knits. I like it much better and it makes a perfect small project to tuck into my purse when I am away from the house.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Time to get back to blogging

Time to get back to my blogging. I just haven't been interested in it for a while, but will make more of an effort to make it a regular habit.

Starting off this year I have reorganized my craft room, which had turned into more of an office with the advent of the desktop computer 11 yrs ago. The desktop is out and we now have 2 laptops and the room is free for my crafts once again.

I had hoped to get everything in that room.....but there isn't a place for all the spinning wheels. I need to be able to work around the loom, even though it isn't huge, and have access to storage and a place to set up the sewing machine. There are currently 2 spinning wheels in the smaller bedroom and 2 in the dining room  as well as a floor inkle loom on loan from a friend.

I left a small table in one corner for the wireless printer and modem since that is where the cable connection is. There is also room on that table to set a laptop and back it up to the external hard drive. Hubby now has a table/desk in the master bedroom, mine is in the living room where I can keep track of what is cooking on the stove or watch TV while computing.