2.13.2014

Eye Candy - My Handspun


I have been asked, and would like to make, more tutorials to put up here on the blog, but just haven't had the time lately. Those are time-intensive blog posts. Hopefully soon, I'll get some up on working across row ends, working through two thicknesses, and a few others.


In the meantime though, you'll have to be content to see some pictures of my handspun yarn. Mr AC got me an antique spinning wheel for Christmas. Sadly, we tried getting replacement parts, but it just was not going to work. We thought about trying to find someone that could repair it, but I concluded, that even if we could get it repaired, it was not going to have the options available that I wanted. It doesn't have the adjustment capability that a new one would.


So, we ordered an Ashford Traveller from Paradise Fibers. I LOVE it! As you can see from the above pictures...it works! I watched a youtube video about how to use a spinning wheel. I already kinda got how spinning worked from using a spindle, so it was not hard to figure out. It took me at least an hour to put together.


It is SO much faster than using a spindle. The 4 skeins in the top two pictures -- that is the result of 4 oz of Blue-faced Leicester that my sweetheart also got me for Christmas. It took me less than 2 days to make all 4 of those skeins, and I obviously did not spend 48 hrs straight at my wheel. Amazing how much faster that is than trying to work through 4 oz of fiber on a spindle! Honestly, I may never go back once I finish the project that is on my spindle right now. And believe me, I will ply that project with my wheel, not with a spindle.

I probably should have varnished it before putting it together and using it, but I've never been very patient when I am excited about something, and I really wanted to start spinning. I should probably at least varnish the pedals. It is a great wheel. It doesn't take up as much space as the antique one. It works great, isn't noisy, and it has an on board lazy kate -- so glad I got one with that feature! I love working with it! My favorite part of the process is plying the yarn. Something about the colors coming together and seeing the finished product. I don't know. Also, there is no drafting involved, so it is quick and easy to ply. I am in love!

And, on that note, Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow! I'm going out with my sweetheart tonight. And, believe it or not, I do still love him more than my spinning wheel. After all, he bought it for me! We'll give each other, and the girls, some gifts tomorrow, and spend the evening together. Hope you all have a special day with the ones you love!

Happy crafting!
April

2.06.2014

Off-Topic: My Other Hobby


I actually have another hobby besides knit and crochet. Gasp! This is the perfect time to blog about it because I will be heading on a trip to RootsTech this week, a very large Genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

I have been researching my family for years now, but I also serve at church by helping others research their families. In fact, this year I was also asked to be the chairperson for a genealogy conference put on by our church here in Oklahoma. It is usually attended by around 150 people. I'm nervous about it, and thankful for others who have volunteered to help.

I am excited about the classes at RootsTech! There are going to be more great classes than I could possibly attend -- it's difficult to choose which ones I want to see. I hear the vendor floor is pretty exciting too.

Now, lest you think I have forgotten about my love of yarn and yarn craft, I have looked up the closest yarn store to where I'll be staying, and I plan to make a visit.

Happy stitching and ancestor-finding everyone!
April

2.01.2014

Banana Moon Studio Goes Knit!


Introducing my first EVER knit design -- "Coral Current Cowl". This is an infinity scarf with 3 wide cables separated by columns of garter stitch. I like the wild feel of it with this messy texture of the cables in the thick-and-thin yarn Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.


This is an easy pattern, and a great introduction to cables.


The Bamboo Bloom yarn comes in some stunning colorways! It is also very soft and enjoyable to knit with.


The infinity scarf is long enough to double for great warmth!


This is going to be a lovely accessory to wear in the cold weather! You'll want to get started right away so that you can finish off the winter months with this wonderful scarf available to complete your outfit for an outdoor adventure!

You can find it on Ravelry so far, but it will soon be available in my Etsy shop, on Craftsy, and on my website. And, bonus, for the first 24 hrs the pattern will be FREE on Ravelry with code NEWFREESCARF24. After that it goes up to a modest $3.00.

I'm so excited to be releasing my first knit pattern. This should be the first of many! What do you think? What colorway will you make it in? I hope you love it!

Happy stitching!
April