Handspun FO

Few months ago at Torrance Fiber Festival, I purchased this beautiful targheetop from Abstract Fiber, in “Tulip” colorway. It actually reminds me of a parrot than tulips!

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The colors were so bright and beautiful, but they were such primary colors that it kind of scared me. The last thing I wanted was a self-striping yarn. So, I decided to make this into a 4-ply yarn, while making sure I blend the colors as much as possible. First 2 bobbins were straight from the top, I just divided it into thin strips and drafted a little bit before spinning in 14:1 ratio.

For the other 2 bobbins, I carded the different colors.

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They looked so pretty in the box, and I really really enjoyed spinning it this way. I’m really going to try to pick more crazy color tops from now on. It’s really fun watching all the different colors getting wound onto the bobbins.

The end product is this:

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With 4-ply, the colors were blended in really well, creating yarn with more consistent colors. It’s sportweight, perfect for an accessory item. I can’t wait for it to become something.

YarnChefSpin merino bamboo

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I have better photos, I promise-!

But remeber what I was spinning few days ago? This is 2-ply light fingering weight yarn now. 50% merino and 50% bamboo. Looks very pretty and I’m really happy how it all came out.

Spinning definitely has its learning curve. I am becoming more and more comfortable with my Kiwi wheel and I have been thinking about buying a more expensive wheel but decided over last weekend to just stay with my wheel for a while.  I love the simplicity of this wheel. It’s all wood, looks very lovely, spins almost anything, and c’mon, how can you part with that little sweet kiwi bird on the treadle. :-D

[SPAKAL] Part 2 – Plying

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Now the plying is done done done! A word comes to my mind: Glorious. It’s a perfect Morning Glory color. So bright. So cheerful. So purple.

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I skeined it and before washing, I had to take a picture. So please excuse all the kinks and pigtails. gah, still can’t get rid of them completely, although there are less. I’m still not complaining though; this is an immense improvement since the first spin to knit project. The twists are tighter, maybe too tight but it’s still better than loose twists. And the combed top that was dyed in different colors! It was more fun spinning this than other “natural” colored fiber.

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With the niddy noddy, I measured about 325 yards and it’s 120 gram skein. So I’m guessing this to be a sportweight yarn. It’s only 2-ply though. I’m not sure if I want to knit socks still or go for something less risky, like shawls. I think I want knit socks, it’s been a while since I knit a pair, but the yarn isn’t even enough. You can tell that while it’s mostly sportweight, there’s definitely thinner spots and thicker parts, even after plying.

Ah, decisions.. decisions…..

Belated SPAKAL (knitmoregirls) challenge

SPAKAL, stands for Spin & Knit-a-long.

So with my newfound obsession with spinning on my Ashford Kiwi, I decided that it’s time to do a small challenge for myself. In the beginning of this year, knitmoregirls, my favorite podcasters, did a SPAKAL challenge. Basically they invited the listeners to spin enough fiber for a sweater and knit one. It’s been a while since their announcement, so I’m assuming that the “deadline” is over, although the knitmoregirls challenges are rarely strict with the dates…  Well, it’s still December and I might be able to knit something by the end of this month. Since this will be my first spinning challenge, I’ll maybe do socks.

Brown Sheep Mill Ends

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I’m thinking about using this Brown Sheep Mill Ends I got from my LYS. Can you believe, now this LYS is the only place I can get spinning fiber from in Orange County? Sad, very sad. Another LYS that had spinning fiber is going out of business. I’m lucky this LYS is only 15 minute drive away.

I think this will make an excellent pair of socks. Very classic colors–a blend of black, brown, and white.

Or, I could do this purple/dark blue superwash merino top I got from Purlescence Yarns during my holiday stay in nor cal.

I’m excited! I’ll do a 3-ply fingering weight. Now, I probably want to knit something from my Ravelry queue

 

So I spun my pink yarn

Few months ago, I got my first spinning wheel, Ashford Kiwi.

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I bought it “unfinished” so when I got it, I stained it with dark wood color and then spray painted the wheel black. :)

And here’s a merino/silk blend roving I bought 3 years ago, thinking I’d try my hands at drop spindling. It failed horribly and I have some pigtail looking pink yarn in my stash somewhere. I used up about an oz of it and didn’t touch it since.

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Finally, it’s spun, skeined, washed, and voila!

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My first 100gram

I think I’m going to knit a shawlette with it. It’s still quite uneven, but I want to use it as single ply so something with simple garter or stockinette stitch body with lace edging…. :)

FO: Seamless Hybrid!

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Continuing the Christmas tradition, on the Christmas Eve, I woke up and went grocery shopping. This year, with Bagel and Marty. :) It’s our first Christmas together as a married couple and Marty never really had family Christmas traditions as his family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas.

 

So, I told him that I’d bake and cook for this Christmas. Which is a fascinating thing in our household because I never do that. Cooking and baking. Marty cooks, I clean. We have our roles, you know.

 

But I did it. I baked chocolate chip cookies right away. It was a bit hard to do everything without my usual equipment and Marty’s hand-held blender with whisk extension was really difficult to use. But it was all worth it. Ahhh nothing beats homemade chocolate chip cookies.

 

Then, chayotes go in boiling water.

 

About 2 years ago, a friend of mine invited me over and cooked chayotes. it was sooo good. And I tried to recreate the dish and put it in the pasta.

1. Boil chayotes, whole.

2. Cook sauce – tomato, tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese,

3. When chayotes are fully cooked, pull them out and slice. While cooling, make egg white batter.

4. Fry the chayotes, covered in batter.

5. Dump everything in the sauce and cook 3 minutes. Serve with pasta.

 

 

So that was our Christmas eve, and today we went to Christmas Mass together for the first time. :)

 

In the spirit of Christmas, this is my last of my Christmas FO.

 

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Hybrid Pullover

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of Andes in Chocolate

I followed Brooklyn Tweed’s turned hem and other notes. I loved knitting this, but not finishing it. There were soooo many ends to weave in. WOA is very soft, but not ideal for sweaters: 1) There are knots and weird twisted bits; 2) because each ball is 50g, I had at LEAST 20 ends to weave in, and then more because of the turned hem. And then, it took me 3 days to dry the whole thing after wet-blocking it.

 

 

 

 

Knitting Meeting

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Like any other hobbies, knitting is more fun when you share.

I think that’s why each knitting groups I attend feels special to me.

Especially, this one. We only have time to meet once a month because we live all over LA and OC areas, we don’t have any regular meeting time, it always depends on each month.

It’s our Korean knitting group. We met online over at Naver cafe (EnjoyKnit). Our meetings are usually filled with laughter, good food, and a lot of knitting stuff.

 

There are so many groups that end up falling apart because of selfishness, arrogance, or jealousy. But this group, we’ve been together for a year and a half now, we’ve grown from 4-member group to 8~10 member group. We all come from different places, different time of our lives, but we all come to this group and share our passion of knitting.

 

 

And~ as usual, I got home and passed out for an hour because of all the laughing and talking wore me out. =)