Tell me, what is it you plan to do
The last few months have been a blur of moving boxes. The arduous journey from Connecticut to Washington was exhausting and exhilarating, and now that I've had some more time to adjust to my new surroundings, I've been sure to make time for one of my favorite pastimes: adventure knitting.
It seems basic, and it is—but it is wonderfully freeing. Simply take whatever knitting you are working on and go out into the world. Some knitters refer to this act as "knitting in public" but I like my version better.
This weekend, I volunteered to help with some illustrations for my online knitting group, which is holding a knitting competition to coincide with the Winter Olympic Games.
I haven't drawn in years, let alone painted, but I figured there was no time like the present, so in I jumped. Part of what I want for myself this year is to attempt new and challenging things.
And with event titles like "Caribou Charity Curling" and "Squirrel Toss," my task was set before me.
After a while, it was only logical that a raccoon would wear a sweater, or that a bobcat might be hiding underneath your blanket.
The inspiration it gave me and the creation I gave in return.
As I dig down deeper into the rabbit hole that is spinning, I end up taking on projects that would have previously made me question my own sanity. I never envisioned myself spinning, I didn't understand why it was appealing- until I started it myself.
Now that I'm here, here's some documentation of the process from unspun roving (mohair and Blue Faced Leister) to yarn.
Disclaimer: I didn't process this fleece myself- I purchased it commercially prepped. I'm still working on becoming that hardcore.
I'm so happy with the result. The golden hue, the light twist, the subtle halo... I could go on.
I am at a complete loss of what to knit with it.
330 yards of DK weight and no clue what to do. Off to the stash it goes.
I've started knitting my first Icelandic lopi sweater! I am beyond thrilled, even if I'm just in the beginning stages.
The pattern I'm knitting is Lopi Affection, designed by Hélène Magnússon. She's also included a free tutorial to demonstrate her short row method used on the yoke of the sweater, which results in a sweet little pouch for your glasses or coins.
The wool of Icelandic sheep has two components- an outer, long fiber (tog) which is wet-resistant and an inner, short, insulating fiber (Þel). When these two fibers are spun together into a single yarn, it is called lopi. This results in a wool that is very warm with a slight halo.
Olivia Rose Muzzy
Works in progress, works in retrospect.