Friday, January 30, 2009

2009 12” (6”) Crochet Block A Month CAL

Last year I committed to making a sweater a month. This year's commitment will be much easier, two 12" and one 6" squares a month to have enough squares for a blanket at the end of the year. I'm using Caron One Pound yarn in Off White and Leaf Green. The crochet-along is on Ravelry and they even choose the squares so I don't have to. :)

January's Squares:

12" Mandala - changed the last row to make it 12".



12" Esther's Square - changed the last row to make it 12".



6" Diana's Flower - left off last 2 rows to make it 6".

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Spinning!!!

Being a member of Ravelry is quite dangerous. Besides all the gorgeous patterns and yarns to tempt you for knitting and crocheting, there are lots of people who spin their own yarn. I found a Ravelry group that is doing a spin study. Each member is getting the same hand-dyed superwash merino roving and spinning it in January. The resulting yarn will then be knit into the same scarf. What a perfect opportunity to learn.

Now, most people will be using a spinning wheel but the least expensive one I've seen is $300. Not in the budget right now (especially since I'm not sure I'll love it) so I will be doing it the old old fashioned way of using a drop spindle. I made a drop spindle out of a dowel, rubber grommet, screw hook and a CD.

This is the roving we are all starting with:

Here is a spindleful of 2 plied singles:
This is the yarn in a mini skein (.75 oz, 32 yds). I have a long way to go but it is fun!