What’s on My Bobbin? – Embers from a Summer Campfire

Embers by Fuzzyfrog Fibers
Embers by Fuzzyfrog Fibers

Today’s “What’s on My Bobbin?” is the Embers colorway from Fuzzyfrog Fibers.  I picked up this braid last September when I went to New Jersey Sheep and Wool.  This is one of several braids, mostly named after locations in Middle Earth, that I was drawn to.  Choosing something to spin this week was a challenge because I wanted to spin everything in my stash.  I ended up blindly reaching into the box and spinning what came out.  It turns out that this was a good choice.

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The “Sequin Diva Cowl” using the Muddy Rainbow Yarn

The Muddy Rainbow and the start of the cowl
The Muddy Rainbow and the start of the cowl

Have I told you how much I like the way my first dye project came out?  Well, if you missed all the other posts recently, let me tell you know that I really like the way the Muddy Rainbow looks.  Something this interesting needed an equally interesting pattern so I chose the “Sequin Diva Cowl” by Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs.

The Pattern

i really want to show off the gradient of this skein so the increase of a triangle wasn’t going to cut it.  I decided to go with the Sequin Diva Cowl because it has crazy “teeth”, but the stitch count remains the same across each row.

The gradient of the cowl so far
The gradient of the cowl so far

The pattern is an easy four row repeat.  I memorized the instructions quickly even though they are not written in convention terms.  Just keep in mind that you stop five stitches from the end on the same row you did the extra half double stitches and you’re all set.  My brain took a left turn somewhere as I was crocheting the third set and I had to frog to the beginning of the sequence.

I also altered the pattern and did five stitches less that the 35 per row because I’m not sure I would have had enough yarn.  With 166 yards my cowl may still be a little snug in the end, but it should be just fine.

How It’s Going So Far

I started with the chains this morning around 9ish and I had finished eight four row sequences by the time Mom showed up at 11:30.  I’ll get back to this project as soon as I am done publishing this post and  I expect that it will be completed early this evening.

The sharp contrast between the orange and the maroon
The sharp contrast between the orange and the maroon

Though the fiber is not next to skin soft, it is draping very nicely.  I imagine this would go well over a winter coat with a collar.  I just love the way the gradient goes from deep orange to dark maroon with brown, then to black and finally dark teal. My only concern is the sharp contrast from dark teal to deep orange when I sew the ends together.

Do  you have any projects you are working on today?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to see what you are working on.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

WIP Tuesday is Cancelled for the Day

I’m sorry to say that there isn’t much to discuss in my world of crochet so WIP Tuesday is cancelled for today.  After staying up way past my bedtime last night trying to get a Minecraft server together for my Mom and me, we skipped knitting because she had a doctor’s appointment.  Bad us. 😉

Now after being out all day, my lack of sleep is catching up with me.  I’m yawning and my eyes are bleary.    The forecasted rain doesn’t seem to be helping  Even Yuki seems to be feeling the change in barometric pressure as she just did a DBF (aka:  Dead Bunny Flop) at my feet.

One Lonely Crochet Project in the Works

My first dye project
My first dye project: an interesting dark rainbow gradient

I did manage to cake up my first dye project in preparation of putting it on my hook.  This is such an interesting gradient that I wanted to see how it really changes from one color to the next.  It looks even better as a cake and I can hardly wait to start turning it into something nice.  I had hoped for a corner to corner scarf, but with only 166 yards it will have to be something less grand.  Perhaps a thin cowl if I work it in the round.

New Toy

Contrary to what Yuki might be thinking, this new toy is not a birthday present.  Though it might be made of wood and tempting to chew if you are a rabbit, this is far from being for a bunny.  It’s a new blending board so I can play with even more fiber.  My fun isn’t going to end anytime soon.

My new blending board with its foot
My new blending board with its foot

It was a “factory second” and thanks to my Dad it now has a working foot.  Even if the rolags look less than stellar, my upper chest will be getting a workout.  LOL

There is a pile of fluff sitting in a bag that I desperately need to turn into spinnable fiber.  It’s all an experiment at this point so if it turns into mush, oh well.

How was your Tuesday?  Did you do what you needed to do or did you play hooky too?  Let me know in the comments below so we can swap stories of how bad we are.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

Spring has Finally Sprung

The four skeins finished
These are the four skeins I finished recently.

It’s wonderful that spring has finally decided to show herself.  I wonder what happened to her.  Someone must have insulted her pretty bad for her to wait this long to come out.  I’m glad she’s finally back because the weather this weekend was wonderful.  I had all the windows in my home open, letting in the fresh air.

My lilac bush is starting to sprout leaves and I can’t wait to smell its flowers’ fragrance.  The jury is still out as to whether or not the sage and lavender made it through the harsh winter.  It’s not looking so good for them at this moment.  I still need to plant the willows I got in late February, but they should take easily so I can cut sticks for the bun sisters to enjoy.

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Beginner Crochet Series – The Single Crochet into the Chain Stitch, Part One

First single crochet into chain
This is how the first single crochet into the chain should look.

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are having a good day.  Mine is going well at the moment.  Today we are going to learn the basics of the single crochet into the chain you have been practicing the last few weeks. Once again this post will be a “lecture” and not a “lab”, but it’s still very important.  No falling asleep in the back of the class!

The first single crochet into the chain is going to be frustrating, but it’s very important that you persevere.  Once you are over this hurdle, the rest should be much easier.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – A Mixture of Colorful Fiber, That’s What

All four of my bobbins
This is what’s on all four of my bobbins today.

Do me a favor, folks.  No matter how much I beg, plead, and cry please don’t let me get me another bobbin.  I have four bobbins and in typical spinner fashion, I feel I need about 300 more.  The hard, fast rule in my home is that the fourth bobbin is ONLY for plying so it is off limits for singles.  Otherwise, I would be in one heck of a pickle and my life would turn into a really hard logic puzzle.  And I really suck at logic puzzles.  LOL

Bobbin #1

Bobbin #1
Bobbin #1

What you see on the fat bobbin is purple Super Wash Merino in a lovely purple with sparkle.  This is half of a two ounce roving.  I like the fact that one half of the braid was dyed one color and the other half was dyed another.  This would make it easy to spin all together and then Andean ply if I had chosen.  But I will ply this as I normally do with the second half of the roving on bobbin #2.

Peeking through is the sparkly Wintery Batt I spun last month.  I haven’t taken it off the bobbin because I wanted to add the green, sparkly Romney and do one big wind off onto the niddy noddy so I could full the singles all at once.  However, since I am not in the mood to deal with excessive sparkle, it might be a few more months before I spin the green batt.

Bobbin #2

Bobbin #2
Bobbin #2

I spun the second color of the purple roving onto this bobbin.  It’s a strange color and I’m not 100% sure that it goes with the purple.  The best description is flesh colored which makes it sound rather macabre, but I’m going to ply it with the purple anyway.  I tried to think of other colors to ply it with, but nothing really stood out in my mind.  I’ll let you know how it comes out in the end.  I’m hoping to be delightfully surprised.

Bobbin #3

Bobbin #3
Bobbin #3

Recently, I started dying fiber.  This was my first attempt and though I was a bit skeptical while it soaked in the dye, I think it came out alright.  I do have a problem with adding too much of an ingredient when I cook and it seems I did the same thing for my first round of dyeing.  But I’m alright with that.

Originally, I had intended to make a bright rainbow gradient.  I should have known better.  The colors were muddied and incredibly dark in the pan, but I like the way it came out.  I accidentally made chocolate brown and black but I don’t care.  I like it.  I’ll get better the more dyeing I do.  (As a side note, there was not one bit of dye on my fingers when I was done spinning.  Yeah me for setting the colors correctly!)  My plans are to ply this with the second half of the same roving once I clean off the other bobbins to make a really dark autumn to winter gradient yarn.

What fiber is on your bobbins?  Do you think you might need more bobbins or do you feel you have enough?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

The Kindness Wrap

The Kindness Wrap
The Kindness Wrap

Previously known last week as Unnamed Pattern #1, I decided that The Kindness Wrap was a much better choice.  I am continuing my theme of being kind towards others.  It’s a tough world we live in and kindness will go a long way towards making it better.

This is a fun and easy pattern with an unusual shape.  Starting with three double crochets, the pattern grows on one side before becoming a rectangle that lays across the back.  To finish this wrap the double crochets are decreased until you reach the final point.

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WIP Tuesday – The Adirondack Wrap

Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof
Close up of the stitches of my Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof

I came across The Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof designs a bit over a month ago when someone posted a link to the pattern on Facebook.  It wasn’t hard to fall in love with this wrap.  The geometry of three triangles sewn together to create one big rectangle caught my eye.  When I saw that it used Lion Brand Mandala, I knew I had to put it on my hook.  This is what I chose to worked on today at the library.

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This Weather is a Drag…

Sleeping Yuki
The only thing you can do in the sudden heat is nap. Zzzzzz…..

I’m going to pretend I live in the United Kingdom and talk about the weather we had this past weekend.  You can chalk it up to the fact that I watched way too many Mumbo Jumbo Minecraft videos.  However, there wasn’t much choice on Saturday.  I could barely move with the sudden increase in temperature and the bun sisters were little furry puddles on the floor.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Reviewing the Chain Stitch

Chain stitch review
A chain I made using a speckled cotton yarn.

Good Friday morning, crochet friends!  I hope you are all doing well with last week’s lesson. Today we will be reviewing the chain stitch.    There is no pressure to move to the next phase.  I know you are anxious to get going, but you are becoming a crochet samurai and you need to swing your katana until your shoulders scream in agony.  Okay, just kidding.  I’m not a drill sergeant.  I promise. 🙂

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