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Liz’s Wedding Present

I finally feel like I can post about this project that I’ve been working on for months! My friend Liz is getting married tomorrow and I’ve been working on this project for a while but didn’t want to post anything about it until I finished and it was closer to the wedding. I don’t think she reads my blog so I can post pictures and stuff here without worrying about ruining the surprise! So first things first, pictures of the finished project.

corner detail

K detail

detail of the loopyribbon bit

full piece

The piece is intended as a table accent thingy. I’m picturing it in my head as a sort of extra detail in the center of the table, probably turned so that it’s diagonal, rather than square like it is in the picture, but really she can use it however she wants and wherever it works. K is the first letter of her new last name, so I thought she’d appreciate the monogram. I had originally thought about doing something in all four corners but decided both for aesthetics and for time that it works best as is.

The stitching is padded satin stitch, that is, satin stitch done over an outline of backstitch. I drew the design myself. The K I took quite a while to draw on paper and get just right before transferring it but the swoopy bits I drew free-hand on the fabric using a chalk pencil. I’m rather pleased at how it turned out. I will try to get a picture of her with the piece and possibly of the piece once she puts it to use somewhere and I’ll add those pictures to this post when/if I get them!

Busy Busy!

Yesterday I spent most of the day hanging out with SCA people working on projects, it was lots of fun and I finished the rainbow cowl! Yay! I also got a couple very nice complements on the yarn I was using, which I spun myself, that made me feel really good. Here are a couple pictures of the finished cowl before blocking.

the cowl before blocking

it's a Mobius cowl, hence the twist

the cowl is rolled up in a towel drying into the shape I want it- hopefully!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cowl isn’t dry yet, but I’m hoping that the edges won’t curl up as badly once it’s blocked. I will post finished pictures, probably tomorrow, once it’s all dry.

After all that fun yesterday I really wanted to do more fiber stuff today, but I really didn’t feel like casting on the mittens that I have planned as my next knitting project, and was not in an embroidery mood. So I finally started spinning the beautiful fiber I got last Christmas in Arizona.

I don’t remember the exact blend, but it’s mostly, if not all, wool and I’m pretty sure at least some of it is merino. It’s wonderfully soft! I decided I want to spin it quite thin and then ply it, although I haven’t decided if I want to do 2- or 3-ply yet, we’ll have to see how the singles go first. Once I started spinning it I remembered why I tend to spin chunky yarn, spinning really thin, and keeping it even, is hard! I kept getting too thin and it would break, and it took me a while to get the draw tension and pedaling ratio right, and I’m used to it being pretty simple. This will be a good exercise though. And this stuff just looks and feels so light and airy it really needs to be thin so it can be made into a lacy shawl or shrug of some kind.

So here’s the little bit of yarn I have spun up already.

yarn on the wheel

I really like how the colors are coming out. In the roving you can see bits and pieces of darker blues and sort of purpley and a little bit that’s almost orange but it all kinda blends together into one shade which is still quite nice. I noticed pretty quickly as I started spinning it that the colors tended to separate out and almost stripe a bit, which I’m starting to like. I’m hoping that when I ply it I can get the colors in the different plies offset from each other so it gets a tweedy look, I find I tend to like that method of blending colors in my yarns. I only got as far as what is done in the picture though because I had to stop and get dinner (it’s really hard to concentrate on spinning when your stomach is growling!) and after dinner I’ve now decided I’m too sleepy and zoney to continue working on spinning that requires that much concentration. Hopefully my fiber working streak continues to tomorrow so I can get more done!

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