Archive for February, 2010

Some of more of my Fiber Olympics entries

February 27, 2010

Crocheted hat for "Curling" and Winter Pentathalon. Made from handspun dorset/alpaca blend yarn.

Handspun (on Baynes wheel) yarn for "Figure Spinning" and Winter Pentathalon--not washed yet

Fat handknit charity scarves for "Short Track Speed Knitting" (ends not woven in yet!)

Not-quite-finished felted/fulled wool boot for Winter Pentathalon (details on how later)

Knitted (from handspun yarn) lacey shawlette for FreeStyle event in Winter Pentathalon (it is way better in real life!)


Done my Knit Hat for Pentathalon

February 13, 2010

(not sure if I like it, but it is done)

super-bulky handspun hand-dyed Suffolk wool into a cabled button toque with a wooden button

Haiti Shawl

February 13, 2010

I’m taking a $75 donation to either UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) or Heifer International for this hand-crocheted triangular shawl (LB Lion Boucle acrylic & mohair yarn in Taffy) for Haitian earthquake relief.

If I don’t “sell” it outright, I may try a raffle-type thing… LMK if you are interested. 🙂


February 13, 2010

Guild Fiber Olympics

February 10, 2010

Tomorrow starts our Guild’s Fiber Winter Olympics!  I am trying to get things organized and “train”.  I am not sure if I am entering the Figure Spinning competition because, well, aside from maybe not having enough time (since I am also working on TWO science test item-writing assignments), my “novelty ply” skills seem to be lacking.

I tried to do “Turkish Knots”  (see page 125 of Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning — I own this book, but you can see the page on Amazon ) and it came out pretty but too tightly spun and thus “hard”.  I sought advice on Ravelry Novelty & Art Yarn Forum and got some answers that seemed to help, but I haven’t gotten any good at it yet.  My results are pretty, but still overspun.

So, I’ve picked my yarn/needle/pattern for a knitted hat and a crocheted hat for the Pentathalon, along with the two skeins of 2-ply I will spin, and I’m thinking of weaving on a TriLoom that I’m trying to get my friend John to make me in the next two weeks, lol… I can enter the crocheted hat also in the Curling (crochet) event.  And I’ll probably do some of my semi-famous felted recycled sweater mittens for the felting portion of the Pentathalon.

I’m ALMOST done knitting the lemon-lime handspun rambo/cormo lambswool Anytime Wrap!

I need to update my Etsy shop with some t-shirts that I’ve batiked but not gotten online yet.