Be warned, this is a picture heavy post.
Remember all those felted mittens that I wanted to get done before starting anything else? Well, I did do them first, so there! Good thing as this winter has been an old-fashioned one: cold and persistently snowy.
DD purchased her own home last year, so, after reuniting her with her belongings, I've painted her room and moved some of my toys in there. I have a small loom to put in there and come spring, will assemble the large loom that is in storage.
The drum carder, swift and ball winder can all stay set up and ready to use and there's still space left on that table to sit and work on projects. There's room for my finished goods, room for the wardrobe (contains various crafty items in bins), a place to hang the tower of yarn (gotta love Ikea) that contains sock yarn, alpaca, novelties, special stuff and a even a spot for those leftovers. There's a big closet that has shelves and a dresser in it for even more storage. It's actually taking a bit to move into so much space as I want things to go where it makes the most sense.
There is room for the spinning wheels (all 2 of them) for when they're not in active use. Keeping the living room as clear as possible for Gypsy is a must do and is going to help me stay more organized.
So what do I do after knitting and felting 5 pair of mittens? Lace, of course! This is the Diamond Fantasy Scarf (designer Sivia Harding) that I've
Also instigated by knitting guild are the 2 projects on the right: Flower Power Elephant (Ravelry) and Pyramid Project Bag (Knitting Daily). There was an unloved yarn swap in January and I was the recipient of a ball of bright blue mohair. Bah! I'm not a big fan of knitting with mohair. However, February brought a contest of finished items from that unloved yarn and the little elephant won a bag of goodies for me. There was a journal, a calendar, some yarn, a goofy ball and even a little light to put on your finger so that you can knit in the dark.
OK, the cat mittens were actually done last year, but they just got their picture taken the other day. I showed them to my neighbor, along with another pattern from the same designer. She called after Christmas and wanted a pair of the lucky horse mittens. Glad to oblige. Another good thing from Ravelry: Being able to get terrific patterns from terrific designers like Jorid Linvik. Do check out her other patterns. Seriously, I think I must get the zebra pattern, maybe more.
The cat mittens are handspun, gray from Crik and blue from Bob G. The horse mittens are alpaca (white) and wool (brown/red) commercial yarns.
Hmmm, what next, you ask? Well, I fell in love with the Yarn Harlot's silk mittens. Lo and behold, stash diving came up with a nice blue & yellow package of silk mawata. Perfect! Pictures will be reserved for another post. Now then, now that we're all caught up, I'm going to go play with some silk!