New Life For Botched Sweaters

I have a few sweaters that I have spent months working on, only to find they are quite large.  I have folded them up and shoved them in a closet as reminders of past failures.  At least I got the construction right, I tell myself.  At least that dang gauge swatch was dead-on, I would comfort myself.  What happened?  What can I do with this knitted abomination?  Craftsy is offering a class that I hope will have the answer for me.

Sweater Surgery with Carol Feller seems to be a good choice of a class to take for someone in my situation.  I watched the first lesson, which is an overview and introduction, and it seems like a class that is going to be worth my money.

I will keep you up-to-date on my how I’m getting on with the class and if I actually fixed any of my sweaters.  Here’s a link to one such disaster:  Red Sweater.  I hope to give it new life and wear it in the fall.

I’m sure this is a class though that many of us would benefit from.  Take a look!

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Spinning Improvements

I’m getting better!  I actually managed plying, washing and making a skein.  I am making spinning improvements.  I’m really enjoying my Craftsy class.

I used a combination of wool roving I got from the SAFONA fiber festival.  I used Shetland (so far my favorite to work with) Jacob, Portuguese, and Blue Face Leicester Bottom roving.  All are nice to work with, and I wish I had bought more.  These wools came in a sampler pack.  I am also finding out that an ounce of roving can go a long way.

I’m still using my top whorl spindle, but I had a Turkish spindle that I bought a while back.  I’m using that now, too. 

 Here, I am using the Shetland roving on the top whorl spindle. My yarn is getting more consistent.

On the Turkish spindle, I am using the Jacob roving.  I like it, but it’s not my favorite, but it makes for good practice with the Turkish spindle.

On a sadder note, the knitting community lost Knit Purl Gurl today.  She suddenly past away.  Her blog and podcasts had a huge following and she contributed so much to knitting and fiber arts.  She will be dearly missed.

My First and Second Handspun

I’ve been working through Craftsy’s Spindling:  From Fluff to Stuff  class.  It’s interesting!  I’ve been wanting to spin my own yarn for a while now, and a drop spindle seemed like a good place to start, as is this class.  After a few attempts, I got this tangled mess in Exhibit A, my first handspun.

Exhibit A

 It looks bad, but a product from a skill usually doesn’t the first time around, right?  It looks yucky. I put my spindle down and picked it up again a day later, and got a little better, as shown in Exhibit B, my second handspun.

Exhibit B

My yarn is a little more even this time.  It’s encouraging to improve through practice, which is what drop spindling is a lot about.  I will keep on going through the class and practicing.