Monday, April 21, 2008

I have been drawn

To my wheel lately. It is like if an invisible magical thread has been spun between my and my wheel. If I start spinning I can't seem to stop, I don't even allow myself to drink or eat something while spinning. What do you think, can I call this another addiction ?

I have been knitting too, something for my sister's birthday. It's a scarf made from 1 skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk in the color "Mermaid". It has a silvery sheen on the purples and blues, which indeed could resemble a Mermaid's tail. Just the colors she loves.
I made it in about 1 week and finished the day of her birthday. Phew, that was close !
I don't have more pictures because it was wrapped in a hurry, but I can tell you she was VERY pleased with it.

The Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf

It's very simple to make, I'll give you the pattern here:
With 3 mm needles (or US 3) cast on 44 stitches.

Setup row, right side: K1, *p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k2 ; rep from *, end with p2, k1.
Rows 1, 3 and 5, wrong side : P1, * k2, p2, k2, p3: rep from *, end with k2, p1.
Row 2 and 4, right side: K1, * p2, k3, p2, k2: rep from *, end with p2, k1.
Row 6: k1, * p2, k1, drop next st. off the needle and unravel down to the yo six rows below, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1 : rep from *, end with p2, k1.
Rows 7, 9 and 11 : p1, * k2, p3, k2, p2 ;, rep from *, end with k2, p1
Rows 8 and 10 : k1, * p2, k2, p2, k3; rep from *, end with p2, k1
Row 12 : k1,* p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, drop next st. off needle as before, k1 ; rep from *, end with p2, k1.

Cast off : work row 6 or row 12 omitting the yo's, then cast off.

This is what I have been spinning lately: above is appr. 207 yards of a 2-ply (DK weight) made of 4.0z merino roving I bought from FrecklFaceFibers at Etsy. I made it so that it will knit up in stripes. I hope.

Below is a thick and thin spun singles from a batt bought at Loop also an Etsy store. It has lots of colors in it with all kinds of little scraps of fabric and glittery stuff. I had so much fun making this ! At first I was afraid to touch the batt, it was so pretty and I was afraid to mess it up, but then decided not be such a chicken and just DO it. I am rather pleased with it, I have absolutely no idea what to make with it, but it is fun to look at it and touch it now and then. I also have no idea how many yards there are in this because I didn't have a niddy noddy when I wound it.

This is a single ply lace to fingering weight yarn, made from 4 oz of Australian superwash merino roving called Choco Raspberry. It's from Zen Yarn Garden . It has reds, pinks and brown in it and I am hoping it will enough to make this . Mimknits has not released the Persephone pattern yet, but it seems a perfect match to me.

Then I promised a long time ago to Sereknitty to post 7 random facts about me. Well here we go:

* I was born 46 years ago in Gouda, so yes you could say I am a "cheesehead" or a "kaaskop" as we say in Dutch.

* We lived on the banks of the Hollandsche IJssel, and when I was a little girl I used to swim across it. Imagine, a tidal river with a strong currant and big boats. I never ever allowed my children to swim in it.

* My father was a roadworker and used to take me with him on Sataurday mornings when he had to a job. So if you need someone who can pave your garden, just call me !

*I am very fond at all kinds of animals with 1 big exception. Spppppiders, brrr..... They give me the creeps. I have nightmares about them, really, just ask my DH.

* Addicted to chocolate, that's what I am. Can't live a day without it !

* As a real Dutch girl I ought to love herring, raw with onions. But... I don't, I find it really disgusting. If I see a herringcart I am not tempted to stop there as my DH does, just the thought of it, yuck..... As a matter of fact I don't like fish in general.

* Besides a yarn addicition I also have a shoe addiction. If I see a shoestore I just have to visit it, which often results shoes.

So to top it off I think it is time for another blackbun picture. Isn't she cute with her head in my hand ? She just loves to sit like this and lick my hand from time to time.


Rachel said...

Wow, you've spun up some incredible yarns! I love all the colors, but especially the brown and blue skein. I'd love to learn to spin someday, but right now is not the time for me, lol! Too many little toddler fingers that look for things to disassemble!

Beautiful scarf, too, btw. You're right - it perfectly resembles a mermaid's tail. No wonder your sister was pleased!

Oiyi said...

Love the handspun yarn! The scarf is very pretty. The seasilk is very pretty.

Danielle said...

Wow you've been busy! Such beauty to look at too. I love what you've been spining up, the colors are gorgeous :) Btw, I'm just like you--I hate to go a day without chocolate lol!

Sarah said...

You spin too??? I'm very, very impressed.

Hannah said...

Die garens zijn echt stuk voor stuk prachtig geworden! Ik krijg gewoon ook zin om te gaan spinnen.

De sjaal is ook erg mooi geworden. Wat zal je zus er blij mee zijn.

Anonymous said...

What fine and beautiful yarn you have spun!!! I am really impressed...!

And thank you for posting the scarf pattern :) It is gorgeous...

Prachtig spinwerk, Marianne... so fijntjes! Mijn vriendin Meli is op dit moment aan het oefenen met haar wiel om lace weight te spinnen.

Moest wel lachen om "kaaskop". Wat heb ik dat woord lang niet gelezen/gehoord!

MarieLouise said...

Wow, your spinning is great! I also seem to forget everything when I'm behind my wheel, today I looked up and saw I had been sitting for 5 hours straight, but tomorrow I can finally ply the singles I've been spinning with merino/silk that Dineke dyed.

(sorry voor het Engels, ik spreek/schrijf het meer dan Nederlands)

Sereknitty said...

I'm loving that Chocolate Raspberry yarn ... gorgeous! You've sure been busy with the spinning, with some terrific results! Thanks for doing the 'random things' ... I enjoyed getting to know you better. I, too, am NOT a fan of spiders and enjoy a good piece of chocolate on a regular basis.

Life's a Stitch said...

I've been wanting to make a wide version of that scarf. First I must finish one or two things.

I think I'm addicted to jewelry. Not necessarily expensive jewelry, but pretty sparkly things.

Cheryl said...

You've been busy! Your handspun yarns look great (I love the Loop batts too, but I've never bought one yet) and I LOVE that drop stitch scarf! The way the color shifts and moves in it is so beautiful.

Romi said...

Lovely! I really like that stitch pattern, too. In fact, I did a scarf out of it not long ago! We must be on the same wavelength. :g:

Rima said...

That scarf is beautiful! Great colors.