2011, here I come!

2010 was the year I learned to spin, started casting resin and set up on my spindle quest as a result, which led me to start this blog (well, about a month before the end of the year anyway). I also wrote up my first ever pattern (December was a busy month),  so there was definitely some good in it, but I have to admit that overall, I was not so sorry to see the end of 2010.

2011 is  still brand new and holds the promise of many fun things to come and I’ve got many hopes and projects for the coming year on the fibre front.

With my spinning, I’ve been so far mostly letting the fibre do the work, and just focussing on consistency. It turns out fibres seem to speak to me almost exclusively about 3-ply laceweight, so maybe it’s time we had a serious talk. So this year, I want to learn to  spin with a specific yarn or project in mind, I’ve been reading up on the subject, posts and reviews to come.

My friend Eddie and I have also been working on a project involving bicycle wheels and quite a few hours of trial and error, which might just give us a spinning wheel each if we manage to iron out the last few structural weaknesses… So I will hopefully dive into wheel spinning at some point, even though I can’t see myself giving up on the spindle and its portability. Still it is, for this fibery geek, an exciting prospect.

I’m also planning to take part in the SpinDoctor Wool Breeds Challenge, in which points are attributed for spinning sample skeins of fibres from breeds listed either by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy or the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. I’ve got quite a bit of Black Welsh Mountain that I’ve started working on, more to come soon on this topic, and I’m looking forward to trying more breeds. I’m not entering it so much as a contest, but more as a challenge to myself really, a bit of an incentive to be more adventurous in my fibre choices.

As for the knitting side of the fibery obsessions, I will be starting a new project I’m excited about from next week. I’m going to participate in my first ever Knit-along, happening on the Historic Crafts forum over on Ravelry. We’ve chosen the Echo Flower pattern for a lacy shawl, and I’m still not entirely decided as to which yarn I’m going to use, but will be before kick-off on the 8th of January.

Merino yearning to be knitted...

One of my new year resolutions is to knit more with my handspun. There is already a nice skein of about 300 meters of merino 3-ply laceweight which is nice and squooshy and I’m thinking will become a nice lacy scarf or a shawlette once I’ve dyed it. I’m not sure yet what pattern I’m goint to use, and I might even just make one up, but I know I want to feel the softness of it on my neck.

The feedback on the tiny little pattern I wrote was so overwhelminghly gratifying that I want to write some more. I’ve got a few things I’ve been wanting to make which would not require size grading and I think that’s where I’ll start. I don’t expect it will happen overnight, but I’m definitely going to try and write up at least one of those ideas this year.

And finally, my entirely new thing to learn this year will be woodturning. There are some classes in the pipeline, and I’m very excited about it all, as I hope this will also mark a further step into my spindle quest. I’ll be sure to report on it.

Wishing you all the best for all your projects and endeavours for 2011, may this new year bring many beautiful and happy things into your life.

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