Saturday, 15 August 2015

Fibre Friday (on Saturday!) #27

Hi everyone. I promise Fibre Friday won't be posted on a Saturday every week, last week I fell asleep at my computer, this week I was hampered by technical difficulties! Anyway, I managed to get a fair amount of knitting done this week - in time to count yardage for Stash Dash!
Stranded Blog Knitting Seaweed Socks Wendy Johnson Fibre Friday
The first thing I finished were my Seaweed Socks by Wendy D. Johnson. Last week I was only a couple of repeats into the foot of the second sock, but the lace pattern knits up fairly quickly and they're quite short socks so it didn't take too long to get them done. These were knitted out of yarn v
by Hand Dyed by Kate in the 'Midnight Sparkle' colourway - you can't really see here, but the 5% Stellina content gives them such a twinkly effect in the sunlight.
Stranded Blog Knitting Socks Fibre Friday
I also finished my affectionately named 'Hot Coals Socks', I put the second afterthought heel in last night and kitchenered the heel closed at just gone 10pm British-Summer-Time. I always forget that afterthought heels take so much longer than I think! These were knitted out of Fortissimo Mexico in the colourway '252'. I'm hoping the yarn will soften a little after washing, as it's very sturdy and hard at the moment, but even if it doesn't, I think these socks will wear like iron!
Stranded Blog Knitting SpillyJane Mittens Colourwork Fibre Friday
You can be forgiven for not noticing any progress on the Prickly Thistle Mittens by SpillyJane - I put four rows on the first mitten in bed this morning, as I finished everything else last night! These are being knit out of Eden Cottage Yarns - the Oakworth DK in the 'Midnight' colourway and the Bowland DK in the 'Steel' colourway. Now that Stash Dash is over, these will be getting a lot more love.
Stranded Blog Fibre Friday Knitting Yarn
Speaking of Stash Dash being over, I'm currently in the mood to cast on ALL THE THINGS. Haha. I've pulled yarn and needles to knit a Slable hat by Woolly Wormhead - more details when it's cast on, but I'm excited to use my KnitPicks Caspian needles for the first time!
Stranded Blog Spinning Fibre Friday Playsweetmusic Little Owl Crafts
Spinning-wise I monogamously worked on my Playsweetmusic-Little Owl Crafts 2ply this week - I finished spinning on Monday, started plying on Tuesday and wound it off and counted yardage on Thurday. I got 685m of a 2ply fingering weight, initially I was planning to knit a Baby Surprise Jacket out of this fibre, but I spun it too thin (the perils of spinning so much sock yarn!) so it'll probably be a shawl.
Stranded Blog Fibre Friday Ysolda Teague Ishbel Shawl
This morning I decided to start re-blocking some of my older shawls, starting with the Ishbel by Ysolda Teague, that I knit last summer out of a skein of Treskilion Yarns. It'd got so tiny over time that I didn't wear it anymore, so blocking should remedy that. My mum's seen it on the mats in our living room and claimed it for herself, so I guess that's one thing less to put back in the wardrobe!
Stranded Blog Fibre Friday Shunklies Stash Enhancement
I also did a little bit of stash enhancing this week - obviously I need things to spin on my new wheel! Above there's a braid of Merino from Shunklies (and Joanne was nice enough to include 50g of rainbow Trilobal Nylon as there was a shipping mix up with my order). And below there's two braids from Spin Pretty, the blue is a 50% Merino, 25% BFL, 25% Nylon blend (perfect for socks!) and the pinky-red is a 50/50 Merino and Baby Camel.
Stranded Blog Fibre Friday Spin Pretty Stash Enhancement

Right. I'm off to cast on my Slable hat and fetch my blocking Seaweed Socks in from the garden as it looks like rain! Again, apologies for the delay. I cannot wait to have a working laptop again!

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