Saturday, October 23, 2010

Keeping Fiber in My Life

Cowl, "in the snood," in progress.
The urge to knit always seems to hit me in autumn, and this year has been no exception.  None have been large, complicated patterns, instead they are small, easily finished pieces.  I'm still busy staining my log home, and weather is about to turn against me.  I haven't had the time or energy for weaving, though I will be back at that soon.  As a way to keep fibers in my life, I turned to knitting pieces easily picked up and put down

The photo above is a cowl in progress, "in the snood,"  pp. 88-89 in "Cowlgirls."  It's an easy pattern, repeating six rows on size 9 needles.  It can be worn as a cowl, or pulled up over your head.  I'll be learning to knit I-Cord, a good excuse to pull the Elizabeth Zimmerman books off my shelves again.


Handspun wool, plied with a fine 2 ply wool.
I'm loving the idea of cowls since the older I get, the more I notice my neck seems cold!  I ran across this handspun I'd done awhile back, thinking I might try it in my sock machine some day when feeling brave.  Now, though, I'm hoping there will be enough yarn for a handspun, handknit cowl.  I have no idea how many yards there are here, or what size needles I'll need, so sampling is in order.


Handspun, handknit pillow, nearing completion.
Awhile back on this blog there was a photo of this pillow, still in progress but nearing completion.  This is knit with handspun, and was created in the moment, random blocks of garter and stockinette stitch.  I had seen a photo of a pillow closed with buttons, so I extended the back enough to fold over, and crocheted front and back together.  Handmade, "textured" pottery buttons were ordered from an artist in Austrailia.  The pillow definitely needs blocking, and I've been considering trying to felt it just a bit.  Then I will somehow add the buttons and hopefully have a pillow form this will fit.  Otherwise, I'll be making a muslin pillow for the inside.  I haven't yet been terribly successful in getting a photo to show the texture and blocks, but will try again when it is finished.


Winter hat, nearing completion.
I'll be spending more time outdoors this winter, hauling wood from the woodshed to the porch, for my woodburning range in the kitchen.  Naturally, I need a handknit hat to wear, and as my winter jacket is a chocolate brown, I picked up this slightly tweedy yarn and a basic hat pattern.  It's ready to take off the needles and make a yarn pom-pom or some kind of finish.


Handcarded wool rolags, ready to spin.
Occasionally during the evening, while watching a movie or program, I'll handcard more fleece that was washed this past summer.  I set these handcarded rolags high up on a shelf to keep the cats out of them, and have more on a shelf down in the weaving studio.  I am SO looking forward to spinning this up, but there is a lot more carding to do first.

Clearly, when the staining of my log home ends, because I am finished or forced to stop because of weather, I need to take a day or two and finish up these knitting projects.  There are at three sweaters, in various stages, awaiting my attention.  Good winter knitting!          

6 comments:

C from MN said...

You are SO talented and ambitious!!! What a wonderful creative Momma you are!

evelynoldroyd said...

I know what you mean about a cool neck - cowls help cover other age related neck issues! Wonderful knits you have on the go - I have gloves on my to do list.

Judy said...

What great knitting projects you have going! I love the natural colors and the handspun yarn that you are using.

MadCityMike said...

Beautiful work as we all expect from you. ;) I'm gathering from reading today's post that selling/moving has been put on hold?

Janice Zindel said...

Neck issues, Evelyn? Yes, I'm afraid so. Now I know why Katherine Hepburn always wore very high-necked tops, both on-screen and off.

Thanks, Carol & Judy, I enjoy knitting and it's been a good way to keep fibers in my life, at least evenings! The cowl is done and I'll put a photograph up soon, though may wait until all those pieces are finished and do a group photo.

Michael, planning on putting the house up for sale in spring. Due to knee injury, staining the east side will likely have to wait until spring. Meanwhile, a lot I want to do on the inside. Now, though, I'll be able to get back to my looms, and very excited about that!

Benita said...

Ahhh... Lots of nice spinning and knitting! Lots to keep you warm this winter. For me, it's weaving that is calling me as well as some dyeing.