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The Big Reveal

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I can finally show you what I secretly worked on this fall.

I wove a tencel shawl, in the 8 shaft snowflake pattern, for a very special someone, my soon-to-be daughter in law.
The weaving took a bit less time than I thought, but the fringe twisting, as always, was an endeavor.
Then I squirreled it away until Christmas eve, when it was opened with much anticipation on my part, and apparent joy on hers.  Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of it on her, as her two black kitties were romping around, but here is what it looked like on my dress form.

It is a fun project, so I'm sure I will weave another (or two or three..) in different colors.

Latest Spins

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Since I still can't show the big Christmas surprise yet, I thought I'd show a couple of the latest yarns that I've spun.  I rarely get a chance to spend time spinning, so to have two completed fairly recently is unusual.  Slowing, bit by bit, I think I'm improving my consistency and my ability to spin specific kinds of yarn.  Lots more to learn, though.

The first skein I'll show you is 4 ounces of merino/silk that I got as a gift LAST Christmas.  I just finished spinning it on my wheel, using both double drive (which has been my default method), and Scotch tension, which is totally new to me. 
This was the fiber, which was indescribably soft. The two spun bobbins:
led to the the plied up bobbin ( a new-to-me bulky, or extra large bobbin):
After skeining, washing, whacking and hanging to dry, this is what I ended up with this morning:
Really, really soft!  723 yds, lace weight.

The other yarn I managed to get spun shortly after receiving it was a Romney fiber that …

How Cute are These???

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I obviously can't show alot of what I've been working on, being so close to Christmas, but I did want to show these adorable little baby booties that I just knit for my hairdresser after I found out she's having a baby in May.  They were designed so that they can't be kicked off, and the construction is very very different from a typical sock pattern.  I used some leftover sock yarn that seemed gender-neutral, but still fun.
They are knit very densely, on size 1 needles, and have a fold over cuff.  The sole is knit in such a weird way, to the point that I couldn't envision it working, but it certainly did.  I'll have to be sure to get another haircut before then!  I did manage to snap one of the needles while knitting the first bootie - luckily they came in a set of 6.

The other big project has been weaving a set of 16 placemats for someone who contacted me a few months ago requesting them.  I couldn't get to them until recently, because I was weaving like …