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A Beautiful Difficult Return To Knitting: Rainbow Sweater

A Beautiful Difficult Return To Knitting: Rainbow Sweater

It would be gauche for me to say that this is the best sweater in the world that has ever existed, but look at it! It is full of all the joy that knitting a sweater should be. Its simple, colourful wide bands of colour 

Tissue Paper Watercolour Rainbow – A Toddler Art Project

Tissue Paper Watercolour Rainbow – A Toddler Art Project

Here’s a fantastic project that you can do with your toddler or guide an older child to complete themselves that involves minimal cost and effort to prepare. The idea for this project came about whilst we were making the Tissue Paper Sun-Catcher Butterfly, and the 

Spinning A 3-Ply Progressive Rainbow

Spinning A 3-Ply Progressive Rainbow

I haven’t spun in a long while. I’ve spun on and off for the better part of ten years, first on spindles and then I later bought myself a spinning wheel as a congratulations to myself for persisting. It was one of my more symbolic purchases along with my first trilobite as both were things I had harboured dreams of owning but often didn’t think I would ever have. I would knit more often than spin so it seemed an extravagance, but it was wonderful knowing that I could spin and make yarn that I would cherish knitting any time I wanted. And I have made what I think are a few nice skeins of yarn both on the spindle and on my wheel.

I don’t know if I spin ‘correctly’. I am sure that I do not spin in the best and most widely recognised style, because I somehow have got to this point without ever actually seeing another person spin either in real life or on a video, or even having read a book or website on the subject. I was sent my first spindle by a friend many years ago and sort of figured that out: how to set it spinning and pull out a fine sliver of fibre whilst it was going, to twist and then wind onto the spindle.

When I bought my wheel I set my husband to the task of putting it together, and once I worked out which each bit did and how to attach the fibre to the bobbin, I just sort of migrated and adapted what I had learned on the spindle. I probably have a lot that I could learn and improve on, but I also create yarn that I do enjoy knitting with, which is what I want for now. I would like to learn to spin a heavier ply as I seem stuck at one particular ply weight, and if anything prompts me to learn a bit more and seek help it will likely be that.

But I have not done any spinning for a while now. When I was pregnant I did not carry gracefully or comfortably, and my baby was training as whatever the solo version of a synchronised swimmer might be. Arms, legs and bony backside jutting out everywhere. His bum was so bony that one midwife we saw during a late pregnancy check up confused it with his head. It’s a problem we still experience today.

When the screaming pink wrinkly thing came into the world there was a brief time when I took spinning back up again, and I started spinning some fibre I bought whilst pregnant, but the period of time when a baby is content to lay still and look up to you with adoring eyes is all too short, and soon enough he was off wearing at the knees of his sleepsuits, crawling to explore all of the things he could touch, and so the wheel was moved to another room of the house.

Only these past few days have I told myself it’s really not that much work asking my husband to bring the wheel in from the other room, and I have started spinning up three plies of yarn from a set of Hilltop Cloud Rainbow Sprinkles. To mitigate the fact that I can only seem to spin one weight and would like to knit a slightly thicker yarn, I have decided to spin this selection of fibre up as a 3-ply yarn.

The set consists of 160g of fibre made up of 20g each of eight colours: white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and charcoal. I wanted the skein to move through the shades in that order, but I also wanted to stagger the transitions slightly, so I split each of the six spectrum colours into three equal sections (by eye, I don’t spin consistently enough to make precise fibre splitting advantageous) and the white and charcoal sections I split to be purposefully unequal. I started by splitting the white skeins into three equal(ish) sections, then I split one of those sections in half and added one of those halves to one of the other sections. Essentially (if my maths is right), one of the sections of white fibre is ¹â„₆ of the total, one is ²â„₆ and the other ³â„₆ (or â…™, â…“ and ½). By adjusting the amount of white yarn spun onto each bobbin hopefully each of the colours that follows afterwards will be similarly staggered, and I will reverse the proportional split when ending with the charcoal yarn to give a roughly equal total spun length on each bobbin.

Like pretty much everything else I am just guessing at what I am doing here, so it might not work at all, but if luck is on my side I may have something interesting result from this spinning experiment soon, and then I’ll just have to think up a suitable project.

May the new year continue to bring creativity and enjoyment!

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Sing A Rainbow

Sing A Rainbow

Here are a few pictures of a recent(ish) jumper that I knit for Baby Awesome. It has everything I could want in a baby jumper: Squishiness, rainbows, and a smiley miniature person wearing it. These photos were actually taken all the way back into September. 

FO: Rainbow Baby Tank Top

FO: Rainbow Baby Tank Top

After finishing Mr Awesome’s Socks a few weeks ago using Regia’s Pairfect yarn, I had written about my intention to use the same line of yarn in a non-sock project. The yarn is specifically designed for use in sock knitting, made to produce two perfectly 

Wearing Rainbows (Cute Baby In Knitwear Alert)

Wearing Rainbows (Cute Baby In Knitwear Alert)

Knitting whilst I was pregnant felt like a wonderful thing. It made me look forwards to the impending birth (or, rather, welcoming our little boy to our lives) and helped me through the nervousness and weeks of feeling like I wanted to be doing something towards the future. However, for every cute thing that was knit I felt like I had an interminable wait until the day that my little one would finally get to wear the finished piece, and who doesn’t want to see hand knitted lovely things on cute babies?

Baby Awesome suits a rainbow, and like all babies he is extra squishy and cuddly when kept warmed by the love and comfort of hand knits.

These pictures feel somewhat poignant for me today, as last night Mr Awesome and I had to go through all of Baby Awesome’s clothes to put aside all of the newborn and 0-3 month old shop bought items to pass on to other new parents or to charity (I’d like to donate the items to a women’s refuge charity if possible). Saying goodbye to the smallest little suits was quite sad in a way, to see how much our little man has grown, and so quickly. He is not yet 8 weeks old, but his 0-3 clothes are too short now… He is in the 99.7th percentile for height, but not quite as high in the weight charts, so he is growing to be tall and slim, like his daddy. AT least this means that all of his hand knit jumpers and cardigans should fit him a little longer!

There are still plenty of knitwear items knit by both myself and a few kind friends that he is yet to wear, but he is just about ready to grow into them, so there will be many more baby knitwear photos to come in the next few weeks!