I hope you are all well this weekend! I’ve reached my day off in one piece so thought I’d pop in and update my crafty progress! This weeks Tour de Fleece spinning has been the above skeins, I was given this fleece by my lovely Mum who obtained it from a destash… the previous owner had stashed it in one of those environmental plastic bags that dissolves, it had dissolved through the fleece which was very funny and I’m still picking tiny bits of plastic out of it as I spin! I’m not sure what type of wool it is and how much I have, but it is lovely to spin, especially the electric blue bits which are lovely and soft as well as being a beautiful colour. I’ve named this “Electric Eel” as it is a mixture of murky greens and electric blue and I’m quite thrilled by it. I’ve been ultra busy this week so have been managing to spin almost one bobbin per night and still have about two more skeins worth of roving before I’m finished with this.
When I get a big bag of roving I try to spin the whole lot before I move on to another colour, I figure that way the spun yarn will be consistently inconsistent rather than three skeins of 8-10 ply and three skeins of lovely even 8ply when I go back to it after lots more practice!
So thats the spinning… on the knitting front I have finally finished my latest regia socks….
OH.MY.GOD these socks took forever! I think they took me a month to knit because I have to admit I wasn’t fussed on the colours, I felt like I was knitting men’s socks. THEN, I dropped a stitch in the gusset of the second sock on my way to stitch and bitch… I’m not a very fast knitter so I don’t regularly drop stitches and this one had slipped two rows down, so do you know what I did? I popped it in my bag and got my friend to fix it… I figured I was going to a place where there are many very talented knitters and if I tried at this point there would be a very high risk that I would bungle it and throw a big tantrum on the bus. “Karyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyn” I said…. “Can you please fix my knittiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing?” I love it when people fix my knitting… I’m sure it represents deeper subconscious desires …. “Karyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyn can you please fix my liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife?” (Hi Karyn! Thanks for fixing my knitting, you rock!)
Details including yarn are HERE! (does that photo make you feel drunk? KB took it on an angle as I was hurrying out the door to work)
And on the crochet front, the Gypsy Caravan Blanket is coming along beautifully!
I tested it on my bed again and am rethinking the size, I do believe it will only need to be 16×16 rows which takes the square count down to 256… I haven’t done a count in quite a while, but here it is on my bed.
Now it is getting bigger I am loving it so much more and am having to restrain myself from working on it all day!
Life has suddenly become very busy for me in the last couple of weeks -don’t misunderstand me, it is fabulous, I really love my life and love what I do- and it has sped up a lot… I’m coming to the end of a three year degree and am hurtling towards enormous change which I need a lot of time and energy to prepare for. Because of this, something in my life has to ‘give’ and right now blogging is that thing… I don’t have the time at the moment to maintain Crochet with Raymond to the standard I like it to be at, or that you like it too! So I won’t be around as frequently in the near future…. I’ll be popping in weekly or fortnightly rather than a few times per week to say hello and post updates on my blanket and spinning! So hunt me down on ravelry because I am a bit of a rav-addict, and I’ll still be popping in to visit my fave blogs like this one, this one, this one, this one, this one and this one just to name a few, because I love this bloggy community and I’ll miss reading your comments with my morning coffee! So thank you for popping in to visit today and I’ll see you soon!
Wishing you a beautiful day,
Love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX