Tonals from Spunky Eclectic

These are the tonals that Spunky Eclectic are making.
That’s the whole series of them. They’re somewhat similar to the almost solids except that i combined 3-4 colors into one to make one cohesive colorway that isn’t going to be drastically differently like most handpaints. This is going to work to give me a lot more heathers if that’s what I want.  Or it can be completely variegated. How?

I made 2 samples for this. One is a stand alone singles yarn that I didn’t split or predraft in any way. I just spun it end to end. The other is one I split up/predrafted a bunch so the colors would get homogenized a bit.  The 2 yarns together don’t look all that different but when I knit them they will most definitely show up differently. 

I achieve that test sample without knitting but wrapping some yarn around a piece of cardboard. No, it’s not as good as a swatch but this girl is busy and so are you. This is an acceptable way to test how the color is going to look, pre-swatching. Yes, you still need to swatch for gauge but that’s a different thing. This is color swatching.

If you wanted a look at each one separately This is the plied yarn:And this is the stand alone singles:

You can see the difference right? This is part of why it’s hard when someone asks me “what is that going to look like spun up”. I don’t know. What is your predrafting method? What is your spinning method? Are you plying it? How many plies?

If you want to hear me talking more about this – here’s the video.

PS… for the non-spinners, I also make this colorway set in yarn but you can see that it’s really vastly different looking then it comes out in handspun.

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20 for 2020

The idea happened that I (and others that wanted to join me) would cast on 20 projects for 2020. There is no rule that anything has to be finished. You just need to cast on 20 new projects. You might remember I had a week long castonpalooza last year but this was going to top that.

20 projects
Whatever I want
No rules about finishing.
But I did cast on projects I love and want and will think I will wear.
And I actually want to pledge to finish 10 of them this year.

You know I’ll knit more then ten things, right? I’ll probably cast on other new items. At some point I might feel the need for a new castonpalooza but for now I’m feeling good with the ones I have. And I actually cast on for 21 but did manage to finish one.

Let’s get to it shall we?

First project finished 1/21
Pattern:Biggie Hat Rumpus. Yarn: Targhee Biggie. Colorways: Teeny Bikini and Birthday Cake
Limey Green: Pattern: Illyria. Yarn: Targhee Biggie. Colorway: Ginkgo
Blue: Woven Cable Headband. Yarn: Fat Panda. Colorway Bonnie BlueI started and am nearing the finishing on a pair of bulky mittens for Kate. I’m just winging the pattern because I like doing that. And the yarn is discontinued SECrochet Dark cowl: Pattern: Copenhagen. Yarn: Panda sock. Colorway: Twilight Pine.
Knit Lighter Cowl: Pattern: Dance in a Hurricane. Yarn: Targhee Biggie . Colorway: New Tonals colorway Hydrangea .My needles broke on this one and I need a new set.
Pattern: Harvest Weather. Yarn:  Fat Panda. Colorway: Dusk, Teeny Bikini, and Forest.

Natural Color: Pattern: Hitchhiker. Yarn:  CVM. Colorway: Aster.
Fire Colors: Pattern: Terribly Simple. Yarn:  Handspun that had no tag. It’s a single and feels like merino but I don’t have any clue on the colorway
And now…… Let’s talk about the ridiculous amount of sweaters I cast on for. Which ones will get finished this year? Hmmmm……
Reddish/Rust: Pattern: Bailey Cardigan. Yarn: My handspun 2ply from some Spinner’s Hill batts
Mustard: Pattern: Carbeth. Yarn: Targhee Biggie. Colorway: Dijon

Bright Pink: Pattern: Waits. Yarn: Discontinued Victoria. Colorway: Teeny Bikini .
Mottled mauvey: Pattern: Mr Greenjeans. Yarn: Targhee Classic . Colorway:  Zombies Luncheon.
Rose: Pattern: Ryder Pullover. Yarn: O-wool balance. Colorway:  Discontinued.

Pattern:(top left) Ausable. Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky. Colorway: Douglas Fir.
Pattern: (top right) Felix Pullover. Yarn: Fat Panda . Colorway: No Pimiento.
Pattern: (bottom left) Grace. Yarn: Quince and Co Puffin. Colorway: Marsh .
Pattern: (bottom right) Weekender . Yarn:  Candy Cane.(OOS online) Colorway: Forest.

Pattern: (two color one my hand is on) Fern and Feather . Yarn: Targhee Classic. Colorway: Blue Collar and Ghosted.
Pattern:(Dark one at the top of photo) New Berlin Gansey . Yarn: Remix from Berroco   . Colorway:  Nightfall .
Pattern: (Light blue bottom right)  Colchis (not released yet) . Yarn: Moka Farms- Kid 3ply   . Colorway: Dusk  .And if you want to see me talking about all of these in the video….

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Make Nine 2020 Pledge

Here we go with my pledge for 2020. Are you ready? It’s long.

This is my 9 patch… I know it’s not a quilt but work with me here. It’s all fiber related.  I’m going to go through this row by row here.

1. I want to finish up some UFO/WIP sweaters.
I’m pledging 2 but I might do more. You know I’ll cast on for more. I’m not great at keeping track of actual tallies but I think I finished 5 in 2019 but started 82. (give or take some)Self designed sweater using Jill Draper and my CVM on the left and on the right is my handspun Ramona cardigan.

Felix Cardigan in SE Targhee Biggie on the left and on the right is a Less is More with different stripping made in SE Targhee Classic and SE Candy Cane.

This is a Basic Chic Pulli in SE Targhee Classic and SE Candy Cane. I know I’m only showing 5 of the claimed 82 sweaters but I just didn’t want to dig them all out. I’m sure you’ll understand. If you follow on Instagram you’ll see it all at some point and I try to make a post here as well.

2. I want to make a colorwork sweater.
I don’t have that started just yet but I might be working on something tonight. First up I’m thinking of Fern and Feather in SE Targhee Classic and I’m thinking of  Pheasant in Some handspun CVM.

3. I want to spin a couple of sweater’s worths of yarn.
Part of that is because I have 2 lots of fiber sitting here waiting for me and my sheep grow more and I want to spin more. And thats not even counting the deep stash dive of sweater lots there. So much more spinning needs to be done.  Both lots shown are BFL The hot pink is Beach Blanket Bingo and the other is Smells Like Leather.

4.I’d like to actually get some socks done.
It was my one big failure in last years list and I’d like to complete at least one pair this year but possibly more.
This is really just a small fraction of the unfinished sock pile.

5. Overalls! I need more overalls and jumpsuits in my life.
I made a couple of muslin pairs last year and it’s time I got more done.
Like in this taco fabric! But also a posh pair in linen for fancy occasions would be good.

6. Skinny Jeans.
I’m embracing my love of skinny jeans and I actually like the fit of the ones I get that are ready to wear. Still…. There’s no reason tho that I can’t make myself a couple pair. I mean, look at the leopard print bengaline. It’s just itching to be jeans!

7. Satin PJ’s
I made 2 sets of satin PJ’s this year from left over satin material I had. They are so comfy in the summer. I feel all fancy and like I’m lounging in style (even if I rarely lounge these days, I feel like I’m working or studying in comfort). One pair I used my standard flannel pattern and made it in satin. These, the bottoms are the same as the flannels but the top is an Ogden Cami. If you can keep a secret…. I might just wear that cami under a sweater too. Double duty.

8. Weave.
I started off last year with big plans and ideas and I knit more then I wove. Which is fine but I still have big plans and ideas. I need to get some big weave project done. I just feel it as a need deep down in my bones.

9. Wide leg jeans.

I’m going to fix this Jenny trouser to suit me. This was my muslin in a stiff cheap canvas twill. I like the material but it was a great muslin because cheaper cottons stretch too much and this is going to give me the answers I need to fix it to fit me better. Because of where my waist and short little body is, I need to do a bit of work. I’m up for the little challenge here and I will hopefully have these or the final ones done by the end of the year.

Here’s the video about it all.

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Productivity Planning

Today I posted a video where I wanted to talk about the end of year planning stuff. I talk about this every year and it’s all about organizing for productivity. If you’re not feeling as productive as you’d like to be (and you’re not just being too hard on yourself) then take a peek at the video and see what I’m going on about….

Then come back here to click some links.
Last year I talked about how I planned out my year so I had time to do all I do on a daily basis and get ready for shows. These are my calendars which as of today, are still fairly blank. I will be working on that the rest of the week with the hopes that it’s all ready by the time the 1st rolls around. 
My next year is going to be stupid busy. I know it is and I know I did this to myself but it’s for a big goal I hope to hit in December 2020 (more on that another time). 
The above pages are more of the pages I’m putting in to keep my goals on track, my accomplishments noted and so I don’t miss moons and birthdays.
Last but certainly not least is my planner with all my weekly pages in it. I have appointments and events that are appointed to a certain day and then the other side are weekly things that need to happen. I’ve been using this for a month or 2 and it’s working out for me so far. Armed with my handy planner squad and my big giant leather one (not shown here) I will conquer this year. Yes I will.

Happy New Year, y’all.

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Unbalanced Weave Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned balanced weave over and over and that unbalanced is a thing too. Well, there’s so many variations of this type of weaving and I thought I would start with a requested one because I have most of the prep work done for that.  Sometimes these videos take a lot of prep and sometimes I have a good lot of samples I can use.

In this version of unbalanced weaving, we’re using a thin warp and a thick weft. Something that you might consider using for a rag rug. I’ve sent out kits to the weave club with this theme and these are similar to the projects we did.

In one case the threads of the warp are far apart and in another they’re close together.
How do you want you finished project to look? This is a difference between warp faced and weft faced. Do you want to see more of the warp thread or more of the weft thread?

For those that have seen rag rugs like the ones here from Vermont Country Store, these are created with a wider warp and scraps of fabric (rags) or you could intentionally go out and buy the color calico cotton that you want to use. Or maybe use up old tshirts. Experiment and find out what works.

For the other weaving like the one I’m working onI’ve used pencil roving. The warp threads are pretty close together because I am doing sections in balanced plain weave and then sections in unbalanced. I love making these and have done a couple of different ones over time.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the choices we have for unbalanced weaving. I’ll eventually get through more but we had to start somewhere. So play, experiment and I’ll keep popping up with more ideas for you.

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Make Nine 2019 – Wrap Up

I know there’s a couple weeks left of 2019 but I’m willing to wrap up this Make Nine right here and now. I have so much Christmas making that I shouldn’t even be writing this post. I should be sewing Christmas PJs. So I’m going to wrap it up quick.  This is my 9 squares that I made and if you’ll remember, they seemed reasonable until I add “in plaid” to everything. I think I did well if you don’t consider the plaid part of it all.  And while I satisfied plaid in a lot of it, I didn’t in all but I’m adding in something in all the squares.
Want details? It is a little long but here goes:

Blouse square:
I made a lot of new blouses and most of them were tanks or Toaster sweaters. But I’m only showing the plaid ones here.
These are in a Buffalo plaid rayon twill from Fabric dot com. The patterns are the Ella Tank from Liola and Ogden Cami from True Bias. I super recommend both of these patterns for tanks. They’re awesome. And the fabric is one of my favorites. Rayon twill is flowy but not ridiculously thin.
These are the Fringe dress/top from Chalk and Notch and the Sutton Blouse from True Bias. I love the Sutton Blouse. I have to make adjustments to the Fringe top and I think some of it is material. I’ll make one more before I give up on it. Fringe was done in some lightweight blend from Joanns and the Sutton was some old stashed stuff.

Circle Skirt:
This is Kaufman Mammoth Flannel made in pattern Simplicity 12oo that I modified a tad to add in pockets.

Wide Leg Pants:
These look like momma pants and baby pants but I assure you that they’re both mine. One is a cropped length using stretch twill I had in my stash and McCalls MP691 which is out of print. The dark full length culottes are Winslow’s from Helen’s Closet and they’re made with some mystery fabric from my stash. If you like wide leg pants or Culottes, you need Winslows. Just sayin’

Socks:
You can see these have had no love.
The best to my recollection I didn’t finish any socks at all these year but made a few single socks. This pair got so little love it’s in a baggie. I’m not sure why I didn’t want to make them but there they are. The yarn is Lobster, Chocolate, and Little Black Dress in  “Glimmer Sock”

Sweaters:
I finished this one sweater that was on the needles previously and also started and finished a few more. None in plaid though and I finished a couple more that I’m not showing here and starting many many more that aren’t finished.
Lighter top sweater is “Flax” by Tincan Knits in Targhee classic colorway Chai
The Darker Cropped sweater is “Felix” from Savory Knitting in Handspun Eastport in colorway Pagoda Red.
The rainbow stripe I featured in it’s own post here.
The other one is the one I actually finished from an old cast on. It’s the Spring Lines sweater that I altered to be a crop and made it in Targhee Biggie – colorways Suburbia, Dijon, Calypso, and Juniper.

Jeans:
Unfinished.
I am very undecided about what I want from my jeans but I figured a pair of Jenny trousers from Closet Case would always work but the fit is wonky. My problem, not the pattern’s issue. I have a short torso and I wasn’t taking that into account. So I need to go pack to the drawing board. Don’t worry this is a nice material but it was also cheap enough to be a muslin. Though I don’t remember where or when I got it.

Winter Jacket:
This one is a favorite. All the materials was from Joanns. The pattern is a modified McCalls discontinued pattern. Pattern number is 2465. It’s a fun jacket and while I don’t wear it a lot it makes me happy when I do.Which is not something I can say for this jacket. It’s a great jacket, fits well but it’s not my color and I don’t feel right wearing it. You know, we talked a little about color feelings a while ago and this is a color that doesn’t work for me at least in feeling good so it will get rehomed. I already have a different color cut and on my sewing table waiting for me to be done with Holiday plans so I can make it. It’s just anti-pill fleece from Joanns in a good solid pattern from Simplicity – #8468

Linen plaid?
I didn’t do anything with that linen. I just couldn’t settle on what I wanted to do so I kept playing with plaids making scarves. This is one of the ones I kept. I also have one more on the loom but I can tell you, it’s not leading to anything with that linen yet. NO inspirations striking. Yarn is Panda Sock in Ginkgo and Steelmen. Pattern is just random.

 
I made this. And then I didn’t like how it looked on me so I gave it away and it looks great on Trish who got it. I didn’t like how it looked laying flat or on me so it didn’t really get photographed well. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

And that’s that. Some of these things were photographed on me if you follow my instagram. Otherwise well, I hope the flat lays give you a sense of what I was up to this year. I make so many things I never talk about and I’m sure that will continue to be the case. As for next year’s make nine…. I’ll be figuring that out and talking about it soon. Here’s the video wrap up of this bunch:

 

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Choosing the right dent heddle for your Rigid Heddle Loom.

Choosing the right dent heddle for your Rigid Heddle Loom.

When you start out weaving some of this stuff can seem as complicated as choosing the right needle or hook. Where do you start? I posted a guide this past April to talk about weaving with handspun that gave a decent start on that.  I thought something a little more simple with a general guide about making a balanced weave would be helpful. That’s what I’m doing here.

Dents are basically the holes and slots that hold your yarn. They help make the structure of your scarf and you’ll notice how crucial they are if you ever double up or skip one. For instance, in a 10 dent heddle; In one inch of measuring, you will see that you have 10 slots and holes, 10 places to put your yarn.

Next I wanted to mention WPI (Wraps Per Inch). This is a great way to get started. I have a whole guide on how to measure WPI here. In the video today I showed this pink yarn and measured it (it’s not wrapped correctly here for the photo).
It came out to 10 WPI which would lead me to the 5 dent reed. You take your WPI number and divide by 2 to find the reed that will give you the most balanced weave with the yarn you have.

Want something more simple then that? Here’s a basic guideline to dents paired up with their balancing yarn counterpart:
2.5 dent and Super Bulky (Mammoth shown here)

5 dent and Bulk (Targhee Biggie shown here)

7.5 or 8 dent and Worsted (Targhee Classic shown here)

10 dent and Sport weight (Mountain Sport shown here)

12 or 12.5 dent and Fingering Weight (Glimmer Sock shown here)

15 dent and light fingering or heavy lace (Cloudfoot shown here)

Here’s the video where you get to see me talking about all of it.

Now – get to weaving!

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