Yarn Along

7:30 AM


It's been a busy week. I am finally feeling stronger and the weather has been warming up and that means hiking and spending more time outdoors. I got one of my mittens done and it fits perfect. I was worried between the extra yarn from the color work and then the lining. But it really fits like a glove.....sorry I had to go there!!


I was able to cast on the second mitten mid hike yesterday. The kids and I took a trip to Promiseland State Park and hiked Conservation Island. We brought a picnic lunch and the kids explored on the beach of the lake and Mom sat and knit. It was almost 60 degrees and I enjoyed feeling the sun when it peeked out. Spring is on the air and we are all so ready!!

I had a lot of fun getting started making batts with Apricot the alpaca. I could not resist getting some on the wheel right away and I was not disappointed!
I pulled apart the batts and made little nests of fiber which spun up like butter! I am in the process of sampling to see if I want a 2 or a 3 ply yarn.




Our guild met this past Friday and one of our members who is a master spinner gave a program on spinning singles. I brought along a braid of Shetland in the fall leaves colorway from Three Waters Farm. I tried to spin consistent with a slow treadle and my hands moving faster. Trying not to let too much twist into the fiber. I was a little worried when it cam off the bobbin as it looked over twisted. but after a warm bath and a little thwaking it balanced out and became a very soft and beautiful yarn. I am leaning towards knitting a shawl with this.




Here are a few photos from our last hike. Apparently I am raising monkeys.....so yes this is my circus and yes....those are my monkeys


I'm joining Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along.....Happy knitting my friends!


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14 comments

  1. The alpaca looks so good, Alisa, and you're so good to be testing between 2 and 3 ply - I'm the sort of person who usually just jumps straight in there! (and isn't tree climbing a mandatory requirement in the Worldwide Homeschool syllabus?!!!)

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  2. Beautiful gloves and beautiful spinning!

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  3. I love the photo of your mitten sitting on the DPNs over looking the water. Your yarn looks heavenly. I am definitely getting my wheel out this weekend!

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  4. Your pictures are so beautiful! I love the gloves but the yarn is stunning too!

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  5. Beautiful in so many ways. I am drooling over your mittens!!

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  6. Love your mittens and spinning! Such beautiful and inspiring photos!

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  7. Your mittens are beautiful - such striking colourwork! And as a fairly beginner spinner, I am awed by the evenness of your singles. Can't wait to see more of that lovely alpaca.

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  8. Beautiful gloves! As a beginning spinner, can't wait to see consistency like yours, especially with alpaca.

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  9. Beautiful gloves! As a beginning spinner, can't wait to see consistency like yours, especially with alpaca.

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  10. Gorgeous colorwork! Also, I love seeing your spinning! I've recently tried drop spindling myself, and I am fascinated by the world of spinning now!

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  11. Nice circus! I love spinning alpaca, correction I love spinning most anything, but alpaca is very nice. Knitting a little project while out in the world with my circus happily playing is one of the best things. Your mittens look great.

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  12. Beautiful mittens, bet they're very warm and cosy. Your handspun looks very neat

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  13. gorgeous mittens and my are you having fun going places! Lovely outing :)

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  14. So much beauty! I love anything like those mitts in red and the colours in the fall leaves Sheltland are STUNNING. I have never tried spinning but you make me wish I had the chance to try!

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