Updates from December 2011: File this one in the "better late than never" file. Here are the pictures of my completed shawl. Shown from the back with the sides wrapped around like it would fall over the shoulders, and also the shawl pin that was actually originally purchased for a different project but ended up matching so well with the colors I chose for this shawl. I got it at a Fiber expo a couple years back and it was handmade and is enameled and simply beautiful! I'll have to add this project to my Ravelry- it's been well over due for some updates there on my project :)
Updates Feb 14, 2011: I will try to get picuters up soon (been so busy!) but I completed the shawl in time for my Winter trip to Canada. It turned out so wonderful and blocked well. I also have one cable pattern fingerless glove completed, and about 25% of the second one done. I am currently putting it aside to finish a double thick pink sweater for my daughter. It is one I am designing and making up as I go along. It is very simple and plain but still very cute and I am basically putting together what I have learned and losely following Elizabeth Zimmerman's techniques for making a sweater. My inspiration for it is trips to the Ocean and how windy it is so this should keep her nice and warm and keep some of the wind out. Once done with that, I will finish the other glove, then fix and knit the second sock from a project I started well over a year ago. Then I will have all my "lose ends" tied up and no more unfinished projects laying around. Then on to something else that I have yet to decide. Maybe a cable sweater for my Dad?
Update December 9, 2010: Now I have both side panels done, and am knitting the center (back) panel. Once that is done, I have to knit around the edges of the shawl, then "block" it so it will lay properly and not be scrunched up like it is now. The actual yarn colors are closer to the last picture.
A rare glimpse of my craft room cleaned and organized.
A sweater for my son. He picked out the cute buttons.
A hat for New Baby
Wimple. A type of tube scarf that can also be pulled up over your head and ears and only leaves your face exposed.
A mustard colored hat for Hubby. The neighbor's dog chewed it to pieces.
A green hat for Hubby. Got lost.
My first knitted project ever: The Wonderful Wallaby. A knitted hoodie sweater. I learned pretty much every major knitting technique on this project.
A swift. A very handy tool for mearsuring yardage and turning your yarn into a skein. Also used to take skeins and wind them from this onto the ball winder.
Ball Winder. No spinner or knitter should be without one.
My loom. A fold-up floor loom from the 1950's, made of maple. 4 harness. Came from Good Samaritan Hospital's Occupational Hand Therapy department. I have yet to warp it but have a co-worker on "stand by" for when I am ready. She is an expert weaver and has offered repeatedly to come help me get it set up. I have many books on 4 harness patterns and have been studying as time allows for the day we finally do it. What makes this loom unique is that it is a sectional beam loom- not too many around and I have found not many weavers even know what it is. It is a loom that is warped from the back. You wrap your warp on the beam in the back, then bring it up through the heddles and secure to the front. I understand that most looms do the exact opposite.
Fair entry showing wool from raw, to carded batt, to spun yarn. Won Honerable Mention ribbon, Summer of 2008, Lacamas Fair.
Drum carder with alpaca fiber. This came from Snicker's, our fawn colored alpaca
A carded batt. You can spin from this, or go on to process it even more into thinner, smoother fibers for spinning called rovings or tops.
Raw alpaca fibers in various colors.
Drum carding equipment and fiber supplies
Baby models sundress
Me at my crafting group knitting as usual...
At the Puyallup Fair Artist's in Action spinning demonstration. I think I was showing a gal that you could indeed spin some of her dog's hair in this picture.
My old gal. I finally broke down and traded her for a new, tougher wheel that has bigger bobbins and orifice. I am proud that I learned to spin on such an old wheel and my Dad repaired it and got it running for me.
The old flyer whorl. It was all one piece, couldn't remove the bobbin, and had a very small orifice only meant for fine yarns. Yes, I spun this yarn to almost thread-like consistency!