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March 19, 2019
A New Collar from Thread Head

The second clue for the Gnome Mystery Knit Along was released recently and now the hat is made.


The hat is finished with a cute little leaf (seems to be a theme...).


I finished spinning the sock yarn I made with some raw fleece that I had cleaned, dyed and carded.


I started a pair of toe-up socks. The pattern is Plain Sight by Lisa K. Ross - from the newest issue of Knitty (a free online knitting magazine).

Our little outdoor friend got a new collar this week-

she is trying to back out of her Elizabethan collar
Since she ...

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October 30, 2018
A New Weaving Project from Thread Head

During the summer I spun some yarn for a weaving project.


This is about 700g of fingering weight yarn made from one sheep's fleece that I had cleaned and combed for spinning.


This past week I dyed it. The top 4 skeins were dyed in a pot with all the same colours to make tonal yarns, and the bottom 5 skeins were 'painted' with dye to make variegated yarns. 



The variegated skeins were used in the warp (the yarn on the loom), and the tonal yarn is for the weft (the yarn being used in the bobbin to weave ...

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September 18, 2018
Opposing Ply Yarn and Bags from Thread Head

A couple of weeks ago I dyed some fibre to spin for socks.



This is my favourite 80/20 Merino/Nylon sock blend. I decided to spin opposing ply yarn for the first time, since it is supposed to make hard wearing socks.
Normally singles (the individual ply) are all spun with the twist in one direction and then plied in the opposite direction. With opposing ply yarn one of the singles is spun in the same direction as the final plying direction. This tightens up that one single during plying (more twist creates a tougher yarn). I spun a ...

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August 25, 2018
Sorry Not Sorry from Midget Gem Quilts

I know this is primarily a quilting blog, but it does say in my manifesto that I like to blog about me, that's quilting, knitting, reading, wine drinking. This is a quick update on my knitting. If you aren't interested, just float on by. Even have a quick scroll down, you might feel inspired to dig out those ancient plastic needles.

I have finished two recent knits, one this week and one I finally got to wear this week as the weather cooled. Taking these in chronological order.

First up my Comfort Fade Cardi. I know I have ...

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May 29, 2018
Mystery Socks from Thread Head

I finished the mystery knit along socks this week -


The pattern is SKA May 2018 Mock by verybusymonkey. I used yarn from a Canadian hand dyer Tanis Fiber Arts (Blue Label fingering weight) in the colour way Chartreuse. 


I also got caught up on the 1880 Sampler Sew Along blocks from the Temecula Quilt Company. I changed some of the blocks so they would have fewer seams (they are 4" blocks).


Another thing that happened this week is that I finished combing my last raw fleece. Three bags (full) ready for spinning!

I love getting comments, and I am happy ...

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May 8, 2018
Cross Stitch from Thread Head

My Dad made this lovely piece of cross stitch for me -


The pattern is from a Veronique Enginger book (Mon Atelier) I brought back from Japan.


I am turning it into a cushion cover. This week for the Temecula Quilt Company 1880 Sampler Sew Along the block was the same as a previous block (just different way of piecing), so I made a couple of 4" blocks from earlier in the sew along. I just have to machine quilt the top and add a back.

Since finishing my Granny Stripes Blanket I've started a few things but can't ...

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May 1, 2018
Quilt Blocks and Socks from Thread Head

A couple of quilt along blocks this week -


The first is one is the Antebellum Album, Quaker Pride block from Civil War Quilts (12" block).


For the 1880 Sampler Sew Along block there is a 4" Crazy Quilt block - from the Temecula Quilt Company.


I finished a pair of socks - hand spun yarn from fibre that I dyed. I also started another pair of socks (I always have a pair on the go).

I dyed the fibre-


and spun the yarn this week -


The start of the socks -


Both pair of socks are made with a Superwash Blue Faced Leicester ...

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March 26, 2018
Handspun Socks from Thread Head

I finished knitting a pair of handspun socks this week.



They are toe-up socks, knit two-at-a-time on a long 2.75mm circular needle. 52 stitches with a gusset and half handkerchief heel.


I dyed the fibre following recipe/instructions from the Craftsy class Next Steps in Yarn Dyeing with Sarah Eyre. She calls the colour way Rhinebeck.

The fibre-

The yarn-


Knit up -


1x2 rib for the leg-


I really love the colour way. This was a new way of dyeing fibre for me, also different colours that I would have never thought to put together, that really blended well ...

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March 6, 2018
Finished Fleece from Thread Head

Last fall I was given a raw fleece from a local farmer that raises sheep for meat.


This was my first raw fleece that I cleaned and processed myself. I bought hand combs and thought it would take me a year to finish.


I am pleased to say that I finished spinning it! This pile represents 880g of fibre combed and spun into 1845m (2,018 yds), and 578g (20.4 oz) of yarn - it is about fingering/sock weight. 



I also finished knitting a pair of socks. These were knit with yarn from a double strand sock blank that ...

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February 13, 2018
Valentine's Socks from Midget Gem Quilts

Valentine's Day is to be a busy day in our house. Postcards From Sweden is kicking off. I am going out for "a wee day out" with my friend, Liz, I will be at my Scrapbooking Class in the Evening. I will no doubt have a romantic tea with my husband, hopefully. And I will be starting a new knitting project.

A week or so ago, I bought myself a skein of Strawberry Fields Forever sock yarn from Ellie in Craft House Magic's etsy shop. Sue my IG and bee friend bought one too, and we decided to ...

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July 29, 2016
knitting socks | finished. Week 21 or something. from unsophisticated Jejune

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Y A Y !

I finished the socks!

erm…I did actually finish them about two weeks ago, but I was too overwhelmed with new job training and new friend dating ( I found a fellow textiles lover at work! ) to even think about words and typing. But you don’t mind about that, I’m sure! I can fully say that I am living it up like a proper Portlander now and it is just great. I swear I’m going to start yoga soon, then I will be the ultimate Portland resident! Just you wait. I did see a pattern ...

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