I rarely talk about the club projects as they’re going on. I don’t want to give too much away if someone is expecting a surprise. I weave a lot. I have 6 projects that I do throughout the year that I send out as a kit to the weaving club. Though, there are usually at least 2 or 3 others that I save for another time or I just don’t think they’re club kit worthy. I’m only going to talk about the club successes here.
There’s a lot so I’ll do three months in this part 1 so I can talk about them too. You know I like to talk.
February – “Interview”
The husband was working on going to interviews and he needed a scarf to match one of his suit jackets. Previously I had only made him cowls and stuff that would work for shoveling snow. Now he needed something a little classier so I made something up for the club. I really love this scarf and meant to make another one for myself (in brighter colors) but as of yet, it hasn’t happened.
April – “Besties Forever”
Stripes and lace? Yes please. Sometimes you just want stripes and sometimes you want lace so I ended up putting both of these together using my favorite sock weaving yarn. It’s perfectly soft and yet so cool with it’s stripes and lace. It worked for me to be a great seasonal transitioning scarf.
June – “Peachy Soft”
A couple of years ago I made washcloths in these yarns and everyone else used them. Clearly I just needed to make more. Well, these are gone too but that’s ok. As long as someone is using them, I’m happy. I’ll just have to make a few more. I’m not sure what the trick is in getting to keep some. I might just need to be faster than the people that love these cloths
To Be Continued….
I have managed to get chilblains once again. Though now that I know that I contract popular diseases from the 1800s I can combat it easier. If I was really on top of it, I’d have taken precautions earlier.
I work in a shop that has a basement open to the cold and a cement floor. I also don’t turn the heat up because my middle name is Ebenezer. The way I need to combat it is not allow my feet to get wet and cold. No sweating allowed. Which means I need to change shoes and slippers throughout the day. Maybe even socks depending on what’s going on with my feet.
We all know that wool socks are the best anyway but they wick away the moisture to help keep my feet dry. Sure there are herbal things I do for my feet once the chilblains hits but I also need more socks. I put the sweater away and started on the socks that are long languishing and half finished until I really need them.
I had another pair started (ok, we all know I actually have like 12 pair half started). I started to work on those and managed to finish one sock, then cast on for the other…
Then started another pair.
Because it’s clearly a sickness, this not finishing socks thing. Most of those one sock wonders I posted about haven’t been finished. Maybe when I finish my red pair, I’ll actually pick up an old one sock wonder, a new unfinished sock project (yes there are new ones not in that linked post). Or more likely, I’ll just cast on for yet something else.
It’s the time of year when my head is cold, my neck hates the wind and my hands are always chapped from being outside. In walks accessory time. I managed to finish a scarf…Zombie Scarf (Ravelry Link)
And I wove in the ends on a hat that I finished this past spring…Basic Turning World (Ravelry link)
Now I need to figure out new mittens. No, I don’t need anything new but that’s part of the fun of being a knitter right? New accessories for the season or passing on the new ones to someone else and falling in love with an old set all over again.
I seem to always have a set of each (hat, scarf/cowl, and mittens) always on the needles. You know I’m not shy about having a ton of projects started. It usually works out that I always have something I can take on the road and I always have something started when I need it.
Still I feel a bit like I need a new sweater at the moment. You know that tug I’m talking about right? New mittens might be on the backburner while I work on this…Tidal Comfort Sweater (Ravelry Link)
Once upon a time in a land right here where I am now, I was a full time potter. I made pots and I traveled around to different festivals/craft shows/ art shows selling pottery. I even had a sales rep selling my pots to shops throughout New England. It was a good gig. Eventually what I was doing for fibers over took the pottery. There are many reasons that Spunky Eclectic fiber took over and made pottery become my side gig. I had traded in my potter’s wheel for a spinning wheel and it was a good choice. I adore fiber.
Still I adore pottery. I’ve never not considered myself a ceramist. The mud on my hands. There’s just something about it. I grew up with clay and with yarn in my hands. Both fueled by grandmother.
I may have packed away my potter’s equipment but I still did castware. I love painting bright and happy things on pots for people so I was able to at least manage to still do that while keeping up with the fibers.
Recently I just couldn’t ignore the call of the clay any longer and unearthed the Slab roller to work at hand built pieces.
And more mugs
And I’m making my fair share of woopsies that are heading into the reclaim bin.
I’m filling up the kilns a lot slower than I did when I was in production mode but I’m having more fun. It’s a slower process but like the knitting and spinning, I am all about the process these days.
So maybe some day soon, you’ll see more of my pots along side the fiber. Right now, I have some castware in the shop and shawl pins that I have just loved making.
Today a few more shawl pins, new ornaments for the tree (Christmas is so close!) and some test pieces are heading into the kiln to be fired tomorrow. More coming…