Spinning Ahead: My First Plied Skein!

I’m not finished spinning the roving from the drop spindle class I took last weekend, but I’ve spun up about 70g of singles at this point.  Last I weighed it, I had somewhere around 60g left.  So, another week or less and I’ll be all done and ready to ply.  However, a couple days ago, I was getting really impatient to see what my yarn was going to look like plied.  I had five balls of singles (10g each) at that point, so I thought plying two of them up wouldn’t hurt. I wound a plying ball on my nostepinne.  IContinue reading

Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle

Like sewing, spinning is one of those things I never thought I would ever want to try.  I was content to just look at (and pet) all the pretty fibers and watch friends spin at knit night.  I’m not sure what changed, but I guess maybe enough people finally told me enough times that they thought I would enjoy it, so I signed up for a drop spindle class at the Ann Arbor Fall Fiber Expo this past weekend. The class was very fun and helpful.  I took it with my friend Jennifer from knit night.  She had had aContinue reading

Sew Much Sewing

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I am obsessed with my sewing machine.  I sewed three projects this weekend and, as I sit here typing this with an almost-complete knit sock in front of me, I am wondering whether I could squeeze in another project tonight.  Maybe finish a skirt, maybe start (and finish because who am I kidding?) another project bag.  Yet, the sock has only 21 rows left so I will maybe not sew.

I started off Saturday afternoon sewing a zipper project bag from three of the fabrics in a bundle of five quarters I bought at Joann a few weeks ago.  I used a pattern from Simplicity that I bought for one dollar.  I figured that was a pretty good way to learn how to insert a zipper in a boxed-bottom bag.  However, the bag in the pattern was not lined and I wanted to line my bag, so I did a little bit of guesswork on how to line it.  I didn’t end up lining it correctly and there are raw edges visible inside the bag, but it still looks adorable from the outside.

I did successfully figure out how to add a handle where there wasn’t one in the pattern, so I felt like that was a win, anyway. Continue reading

WIP Wednesday: SSKAL15 Sweater and Socks Galore!

I doubt this will be a weekly series as I get bored of writing (and reading) the same things week in and week out, but I did want to write up a WIP Wednesday this week.  I have more projects going on than usual because I had gotten bored of my sweater project and caught a case of startitis. My main focus right now is my Portage cardigan.  My start to the project happened to coincide with the start of the Summer Sweater KAL, so I am entering it in that.  The KAL ends September 9th and, while the rules of the KALContinue reading