Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bike Helmet Ear Warmers

It doesn't get very cold out here in Houston more than once or twice a year.  That being said, folks around these parts aren't used to it.  Even those originally from normal places with snow and sleet find their blood thins after a short period of time.  I decided that justified knitting up some bicycle helmet ear-warmers for an avid cyclist at work.  It was pretty quick, but I recommend anybody planning to knit them, just do so in the round.  Sew the things up was the least fun bit.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Spinster Chronicles

Yes my friends, I am now officially a spinster.  (and I'm loving every minute of it!)  Santa Claus brought me a learn to spin kit from KnitPicks with a convertible Turkish drop spindle and 100 grams of Peruvian wool roving.  It took a while to figure out what I was doing, and I made lots of noob errors, but the yarn I produced makes me so happy.

It's definitely not a consistent weight throughout, but thick and thin art yarn is totally in vogue nowadays.  (I think.)  I predrafted the roving for the singles and then plied it with a lace-weight wool/mohair blend in green.  I'm calling it "snowy pastures".  There are about 85 yards and I haven't decided what to knit with it yet.  Have another look with fingers for scale.  

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011