Category Archives: Finished Project

A Felted Pouch

As I mentioned yesterday, I made a felted bag and belt to wear to the Ren Faire. I figured that something like that would look a little more period than a big purse, and it would give me something to carry necessities in. Like money and my driver’s license.

Anyway, I crocheted the bag out of a very thick, loose, smooshy yarn I had spun from brown . . . something. I think it was Corriedale roving. Combed roving, at that. (Sorry, I bought it almost a year ago, so I really don’t remember.) Here it is shortly after being felted to within an inch of its furry little life.

It gave me all sorts of complaints while I was running it under hot water. Do you have any idea how hard it is to felt a belt shape? One that’s about an inch and half wide by a very good length? It wriggles all over! Thankfully my knitting sister offered her services and pummeled it into obedience.

A Long Tail

It’s been over a month in the making and now the last tail is woven in. I present to you, the finished tam! (That’s the “tail” part of the title.)


And here’s the “long.” I finally finished spinning the fall fleece.

What spurred this sudden completion? A new issue of Spin Off arrived and it mentioned a pattern I thought this fleece would look fabulous in.


It’s been rumored and hinted at, long in the making, and longer in person. dsc01323
It’s the alpaca scarf! Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s so squishy! My sister knit it for me. Thank you again, Mama Mentor, for the beautiful fiber. The yarn was very fun to spin. In fact, if I close my eyes I can still feel the alpaca pulling through my fingers. Ahhhhhh. For the record, it turned out as a sportish weight three ply, spun on the Walking Wheel.

And, though not quite as impressive, here’s the finished merino/silk scarf. My first big knit project. (If you don’t count the little red scarf, which didn’t involve yarnovers.) It’s almost done blocking, and it turned out huge. It’s really more of a narrow wrap than a scarf. But I like it.

If you’re wondering, the tam hasn’t dropped off the face of the earth. I’ve worked on it a bit. The dyeing has taken up a lot of my attention, but I haven’t forgotten it! In fact, I’ve graduated in my “knitter-ness.” I’ve thought about bringing the project with me on two occasions, decided not to, and regretted it. Maybe I should just strap the project bag to myself.

Fiber, Sweet Fiber

Home again among all the beautiful piles of fluffy stuff. Ahhhhh. It’s good to be back.

I took two projects along on the trip in the hope of being semi-productive. One was the drop spindle New Zealand wool that I’ve been hiding in my closet, reluctant to do. And the other was the merino/silk scarf. Only one project got done.
And it was . . .


The scarf. Now I just have to block it. I got rather good at carefully “un-knitting” after I had to bother my sister five or six times. But eventually I mastered the pattern or didn’t notice my mistakes anymore. Oh, I also had the thrilling experience of having the scarf half pulled off the needles a couple of times. And once completely. (That last time I ran to my sister. Positively ran. Well, it was more of a shame-faced shuffle. Next time I’ll be more careful when I pull a project out of its bag.)

And, on the drive home, I made a cotton washrag to scrub out my dye pots.

A Book Bag

Well, almost a book bag. It’s bag to carry books in progress. One of my wonderful sisters and I just completed this lovely carry case for my writing projects.

Red and Brown

Red and Brown

She crocheted all the brown for me and I did the handles and bottom. I didn’t spin any of this yarn, but I thought it deserved a spot here because I dyed the shades of red. I’m very happy with the way it turned out, and it’s done just in time for our trip! Now I just have to pick out which writing project to bring. Not that I can’t bring more than one—the bag can hold eight legal sized pads at a time—but it’s a little easier to stay focused when there’s just one project to work on.

If you’re interested, the brown walls of the bag were crocheted as a long rectangle, then sewn into a tube. I crocheted in the bottom, then made a long, long strip which became the handles and decorative straps. The pen holder was an after thought, but I think it’s a nice touch. All I did was find a hole in the crocheted fabric and stuff the pen through. I’ll have to see if I can fit a couple more pens in. I have a strong aversion to having a pen run out of ink in the middle of jotting down an idea.

The Results Are In

Fall-Dyed Fleece

Fall-Dyed Fleece

The fall-colored fleece has scored pretty high on my “favorite self-dyed fluff” list. The camera turned the red a little magenta-y, but it’s pretty true. I can hardly wait to start carding it! Hurry up and dry!

I’m thinking I will separate the colors when I card it to try to maintain relatively clear color shifts. In fact, I may play around with how I put the fiber on the carders. I’m almost wishing I had dyed more fleece when I did, although I only dyed one of the silk hankies—and in order to keep the right silk-to-wool ratio, I had to use just twice as much wool as silk. Which meant two ounces of wool. So, come to think of it, I bet I did way more anyway. Dyeing both hankies would have been the simplest route to take, but I didn’t want to risk ruining both hankies if something went wrong.

The First Sweater

A Lovely Sweater

A Lovely Sweater

Ta-da! Finished at last. My first sweater ever to be hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-crocheted. (I’d add “hand-processed,” but that wouldn’t be truthful because I bought the fiber as nice, squishy roving.)

I Have Socks

Well, of course I have socks, but I’m referring to a very special pair. A gorgeous pair. Of the “thick-warm-squishy homespun” kind.

The Finished Gawain Socks

The Finished Gawain Socks


I have worked with the alpaca and come out on top. I have conquered, and I’m loving it.

A Bobbin of Joy

A Bobbin of Joy

It’s really weird how different it is from regular wool. I can’t think of how to describe it expect that it’s “buttery-er” than wool. It kind of slides along. I’ve been spinning it on the Walking Wheel.

The original idea was to try for a sport weight yarn, but I don’t know if that’s what this will turn out as. I spun a gazillion little samples to see what the best amount of twist would be. (And promptly forgot which sample went with which amount of twist.) But, the alpaca seems to be behaving, and I’m getting pretty good at separating out the coarser, slippery hairs. Wait, that sounds funny—how can something be slippery and coarse? . . . but that’s really the only way I can describe it.

Time To Block

I made a ton of progress on the Jester batt yesterday. In fact, it’s all spun into singles and almost half of it is plyed. I just love the brown and copper look of the finished product.