My First Lace!

I am so excited to have finished this project. It took less than a month, and was a wonderful pattern to work with. This is my very first lace project and I am SO happy with how it came out. I love it, and even found an excuse to wear it already! It was a bit chilly on my walk to class today, so it worked nicely wrapped around my neck to keep me warm.

The pattern is the Shetland Triangle by Evelyn A. Clark. I did add in two extra body repeats and I am happy that I did, because it needed that bit of extra size. I also added beads to the border chart and it was a great addition. It just adds that certain something, brings out the colors, and adds some sparkle. I do love me a bit of sparkle! 🙂

I used Jojoland Melody Superwash and it took approximately 550 yards to finish this beauty.  I will make this project again, and I will also use this yarn again. The yarn was wonderful to work with, and yielded a soft, drapey, warm lace project.

Here are the photos (click for bigger pretties):

 

In the Early Stages

In the Early Stages

Going into a bath.

Going into a bath.

Finished and glowing in the sunshine!

Finished and glowing in the sunshine!

Beading Detail

Beading Detail

Being Modeled

Being Modeled

The Best Laid Plans…

Ah, yes, how grand my plans were for the shetland I have been spinning for a while now. Well, ok…maybe not grand, but I was excited about them anyway. 😉 I originally had 4 ounces to work with. I took that and split it into 2, 2 ounce sections. The first 2 ounces has been spun and resting on its uber-fancy tp holder bobbin for a few weeks now. I wanted to take that 2 ounces and navajo ply it. I was going to spin the second 2 ounces into 2, 1 ounce balls and then ply those together andean style.

I started to navajo ply the first 2 ounces yesterday and was immediately unhappy with how thick it was. I just did not like the way it looked. So, like a true artist, I made a decision on the fly. 😛 I decided to leave this as singles, because it is so thick as is. That led me to another decision, and that is to keep going with the second (and MUCH thinner) half and navajo ply that. I think the second half will look great plied that way, and I seem to be getting a lot out of it. I love the way it is coming out and would love to use it to make something.

Since I decided to leave the first 2 ounces as singles, they went into a nice, hot bath with some lavender wool wash yesterday. I let it soak for a bit, and then hung it to dry. I am amazed at how wonderfully lofty this came out. It is soft, and beautiful, even if it is a bit uneven. This is my very first ever finished skein of yarn. So exciting!

Here are the stats:

  • Name: Celebrian Singles (after the sheep that graciously donated her fleece)
  • Colorway: Moorit
  • WPI: 11
  • 83 yards
  • 46 gram skein
My FIRST Skein of Yarn

My FIRST Skein of Yarn

The Close-Up

The Close-Up

 

I also finished my niddy-noddy, and it came out really nice. A simple oil rubbed finish and it really brought out the color and the grain. All I used was mineral oil. It doesn’t get much easier!

Unfinished

Unfinished - Bone White and Boring!

Finished - A Nice Golden Color

Finished - A Nice Golden Color

Tour de Fleece ~ Day 9

I am still here and still plugging along. The update for today is of the roving I am spinning up on my Brandywine Woodworking spindle. It is superwash merino in the Night Sky colorway from Actual Size Creations. I really like spinning this stuff too. It is like spinning buttah! I also have an updated photo of my beautiful Garden of Alla shawl that I have been working on. It is really coming along.

 

Spinning Progress

Spinning Progress

Close Up

Close Up

Pretty Alla in the Sun :)

Pretty Alla in the Sun

Oh, the pretty….

When I first started to look for a spindle, I knew what I wanted. I wanted a rich rose wood whorl with an ebony shaft. I looked high and low and contacted a few sellers on Etsy, but no one had what I was looking for or could create it. My first drop spindle was made from Italian resin instead. It is beautiful, and I love it, but I still kept looking for that one spindle.

I found a seller on Etsy, who had some beautiful things for spinning, including spindles. I took the plunge and contacted the seller, then waited with breath held to hear back. I didn’t have to wait long. They were willing to create just what I had been looking for all along. The seller is Brandywine Woodworking and I cannot say enough good about them! The communication was quick, responsive, and friendly. The spindle was made quickly but still with an amazing attention to detail. This little one is truly a work of art. However, it spins like a dream and just wants to spin forever and ever. This was my first custom made spindle and it really was a joy to work with them. I will not hesitate to go to them again when I want to add to my spindle collection. 

The package showed up today, and just the box it shipped in made me grab my camera. I knew it would be one of those worthy of unboxing photos. It took quite a bit of restraint to not rip into it, but I am glad I didn’t. I truly enjoyed just opening it and then seeing it for the first time. It is everything I had pictured in my head and more. 

Without further ado — photos!

 

The Box -- Loved the leaves stamped all over.

The Box -- Loved the leaves stamped all over.

Look at that packaging. Nice!!

Look at that packaging. Nice!!

WOW!

WOW! Cocobolo whorl, Ebony shaft.

WOW again! :)

WOW again! 🙂

Nice touches. This heart was what was tied to the bag. Also handmade by them.

Nice touches. This heart was what was tied to the bag. Also handmade by them.