On A Beautiful Autumn Day

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I was able to get some decent pictures of the last item to come off the needles this week, despite the capricious wind.

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This is Celeano from Romi Hill.

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It feels as though I've been sitting on this little project forever since I first decided to do it. I finally decided when trying to decided to either start it or continue Christmas gifts that anyone who wants knitted items for Christmas can understand them being a little delayed but items for charity drives simply cannot be late. Had I known how addictive this pattern would be and that I would turn her out in less than a week I wouldn't have worried near as much. This piece is destined for our local Montessori Schools annual fundraiser, though I'm so happy with the finished piece I kind of wish I could pull off lace and glittery beads myself. Alas, I think they'll clash with my goatee.

Once again, I've finished one of Romi Hills patterns and am impressed with her charts. I did substitute a preferred decrease in one area but that's all about personal preference. HEr charts are clear, concise, and let you get the job done. I think for knitters diving into lace her charts are perfect for guiding the way and finish with beautiful results.

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And as for autumn days, this one is a blustery one as it blows in a little warmth (though you never notice it due to the wind chill, I'm not bitter) and I thought the best way to greet the day was with a pot of tea and some morning spinning.

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This is again from Huckleberry Knits though not part of my fiber club. This was form a long slow night that I ended up playing with my credit card online. Always a dangerous proposition but can rarely go wrong when one is playing with fiber dying prodigy's fibers. At least that's my opinion thus far.

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I think the name of this wool and silk blend is perfect. The blend of yellows, browns, russets and purples reminds me exactly of indian corn.

My morning spinning time yesterday before heading to our newest LYS grand opening to assist in set up resulted in me finishing cranberry autumn which was the last installment of my monthly fiber club.

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It came out looking rather Christmasy but does remind me of walking the trails back home in south central Alaska and smelling the pungent aroma of frost kissed low bush cranberries. This was a 100% Falkland Combed top for the other fiber fiends out there.

This batch of yarn was the first time I followed some advice that some friends of mine who are also new to spinning had passed on. I finished spinning the last single on Monday and left it to sit on the bobbin until yesterday to let some of the initial spin set in before letting it bounce out as I plyed. It seems to have worked since I seemed to have less issues with that and a more even yarn in the end. Which means I'm going to have to work on patience, or buy more bobbins for my wheel so I can have multiple projects going. Let's be honest, I'll be buying more bobbins. I know myself. But first I'll try playing with this technique to make sure it was the change to my plying time window that changed it and not just the high quality fiber.

As for the last months fiber that I had completed before our trip, in need of a quick project, it became a lovely little hat.

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I was in need of another hat that came all the way down over my ears. I think I'm going to slight full it just to get a little more denser due to the Wyoming wind, but not completely felt. Just enough to make those fibers fluff out a bit.

Well, that's enough blathering on my part, you all have a wonderful Sunday and if it's anything liek ours here, stay warm and have a great All Hallows Eve.

Q.

Comments

MMario's picture

I don't know why but the lace

I don't know why but the lace reminds me of ladybugs and fireflys.

RickMartin's picture

Great job - as always!

Great job - as always!

RickMartin's picture

Great job - as always!

Great job - as always!

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you Sir! I'm actually

Thank you Sir! I'm actually just tinkering with thrummed mittens. I thought it was great timing since you're looking at thrummed tube socks.

smalltownknitguy's picture

Excellent work on all counts!

Excellent work on all counts!

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you. Remember, real men

Thank you. Remember, real men knit lace with it without Dr. Oz.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You've already had me rave

You've already had me rave about the scarf/shawl. However, I do have to say that the hat came out quite nice. A slight fulling ought to make it even better. Congrats.

AKQGuy's picture

I just need to quit wearing

I just need to quit wearing it long enough...

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

True. Unlike mittens and

True. Unlike mittens and gloves, it would be hard to get a cap wet and then have it shrink to fit on your head.

Edit to add: Of course, you could wear it in the shower and scrub it up with shampoo; rinse thoroughly, then blow dry it. Repeat as needed until just right. ;-P

ronhuber's picture

The shawl is lovely. Sparkly

The shawl is lovely. Sparkly and beautiful. Well done.

AKQGuy's picture

Thanks. I'm not all about

Thanks. I'm not all about bling but I think her bead placement compliments her lace design.

Gnosis's picture

Stunning, just stunning :)

Stunning, just stunning :)

AKQGuy's picture

Thank you.

Thank you.