Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

Fiber Friday: Fair Isle Fun!

My local yarn shop (or LYS) has started a year-long knit-a-long (or KAL!) for a very awesome project.  It’s called My Favorite Things, and you can find the pattern by following this link here to Ravelry.

The project is an infinity style scarf, worked with Fair Isle.  The concept is to do each section, or pattern, as one of your favorite things!  I’ve been working on this off and on for a few weeks now, and I’ve just been having a great time with it!

For my first section, I had to do Zelda!

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And then for my second section, foxes!

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My third section is pretty unicorns!

unicornI’m currently plucking away on my fourth section, but you guys will either have to follow me on Ravelry, or wait and see what it is in a further update. 🙂

 

 

HansenCrafts miniSpinner Review – Part 2: The Wheel

I’ve had my miniSpinner (mS for short!) for several months now, and I’ve gotten to use it some in that time (I’ll fully admit that I don’t spin anywhere near as much as I should), and I have to say, it is a completely wonderful little device!

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I definitely spin better with it — I’m getting a bit thinner in my singles, which is what I want, and I am much more consistent. It’s also a complete treat to use — I don’t have to treadle, and with the Woolee Winder, I don’t have to fuss with hooks or sliders or anything like that.  I can just lean back, and draft away!


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I use my mS in “deadman mode”, where the pedal functions as an on/off switch.  This takes some time to get used to, but I think I prefer it this way.  It is an adjustment to get used to not having a variable speed, or having direct control over speed — you just have a knob to adjust it.  You turn it on, and it whirs up, and spins away.

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The mS has allowed me to get more spinning done that what I would have, otherwise.  I can set it up on a hard book or a lap desk in bed and use it, since it’s such a small little thing, and I don’t have to sit it on the floor, or even sit mostly upright to use it.  And since I don’t have to pay attention to hooks/sliders, I can watch TV and spin much easier, which also allows me to get more done.

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I also love the huge bobbins that came with the Woolee Winder.  They could easily fit 8oz.  The Woolee Winder was a little expensive, and the bobbins are a little expensive, but totally worth it!

All-in-all, it’s a FANTASTIC little wheel.  If anyone out there is considering one, and you don’t think you will have aversions to using electric, or not being able to treadle, get it!  You wont regret it!  Had I known these existed before I purchased my Ladybug, I would not have purchased it and bought the mS instead!

And for any folks looking for a lazy kate to pair with their Woolee Winder, I purchased an Ogle Kate.  It’s small, compact, and will fit easily into any bag that will hold the miniSpinner.

As far as batteries go… If you plan to do any travel, or take it to guilds or spin ins, they are totally worth it too!  I even use mine at home instead of using the power cable, since it allows me to easily move things around, and keeps me from tripping over the cable, or the dogs/cats from getting caught it in it, etc.  You know how critters can be!  I have an Ankler Astro Pro 2.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment and ask.  I’ll be happy to answer them as best I can.

Part 1 of this review can be found here.


All views expressed here are solely my own opinion.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have not received any benefit from writing this review.

Oddity

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So, I spun up 1.5oz of some pretty and awesome fiber to start on the Oddity mitts.  I came out with 80yd, though it fluffed out a lot when I washed it.  I’d say it is probably DK weight or so, but I haven’t checked it.

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Here is what the fiber looked like!  Though, my camera ate the color.  It really isn’t neon green like it looks in the first few pictures.  The last couple show the true colors the best!  And now for some in-process shots!

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The first little bit.

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40 WPI!

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The first full bobbin.

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What it looked like pre-wash!

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Post-wash!  It really did fluff a lot!

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And the start of my mitts.  Unfortunately I had to frog the row after this because I suck and can’t read charts to save my life!