Embroidery, knitting, sewing, spinning, weaving…

January 15, 2018
by Opal @ThreadLover

Knitting: Long term project; Queen sized blanket

I’m slowly making progress with my knitted blanket.

Well, it’s actually a king size blanket. The width is 102″! I must stay that it’s coming along quite nicely and while but I still must go slow because of my left wrist issues. At the moment, I’m unsure of what colors I will use. Initially, I was going to do the body in dark purple and then, I thought of making a progression blanket, to reflect all the color changes in the sky, but do it in reverse from just before dark to bright sun and fade back to the early morning light, but now… I’m unsure again. Well, I have plenty of time to make up my mind of what this blanket will become.

January 6, 2018
by Opal @ThreadLover
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Knitting: KIP – Seed stitch knit blanket (queen size)

Yesterday evening, I started my long-term knitting project. I’m knitting a queen size blanket.

That afternoon, my two skeins of Patons DK superwash ‘Welsh Coast’ yarn had arrived in the mail and once the yarn had been rewound on my yarn ball winder, I started knitting. I cast on 400 stitches and decided to utilize the simple seed stitch for the stitch pattern and although I was going to knit the entire blanket using the ‘Welsh Coast’ yarn, the fact that the yarn ball was so small ( a little over 100 yards) quickly made the decision to go an alternate route. Why did I only order two skeins of yarn? Since I placed the order online, I wanted to see if the color in person matched what I saw online and it did. I thought that there were at least 200 yards per skein, but I was wrong. That was my fault, I didn’t read the directions.

Last evening, I started knitting with the second (and my last) ball of yarn and so early this morning my daughter and I went to AC Moore where I purchased three balls (all that they had left) of Patons Royal Purple in worsted weight. Since I had a 50% off Michaels coupon, I was able to use that on one of the purchases.

In total, I’ve knit a little over 12,500 stitches and I have many more stitches to knit before I’m finished. I think the earliest I could finish this project is four months from now, by that time, we won’t have below zero or single digit temperatures and so I won’t fully appreciate the warmth of a 100% wool blanket until it gets cool again, but I will still utilize that blanket. To compensate for the different weight of yarn, once I swapped to worsted weight yarn, I dropped down a needle size (size 10) and I’m not seeing any difference on the edges.

My Hiya Hiya cable extenders and end stoppers arrived today for my Hiya Hiya Sharp (Large) interchangeable knitting needles and so I was able to add another cable (34″) to my 60″ cable. Which gives me a total of 94″ of cable. I’ll purchase another 60″ cable and swap out the 34″ cable.

January 4, 2018
by Opal @ThreadLover

Knitting: Purchasing a few extra tools and handcrafted cold processed soap using animal fiber

It appears that I’ll be starting my knitted blanket tomorrow. This isn’t the first time that I’ve started a knitted blanket, but it’ll be the first blanket that I complete. The others that I started, I wasn’t satisfied with. What makes me think I’ll complete this one? Well… it’s part of my ‘wrist therapy’ and my therapist gave me the ‘ok’ to engage in this activity and so I’m slowly making that attempt.

However, when I looked at my Hiya Hiya Steel sharp interchangeable knitting needles, I realized that I hadn’t purchased the cable converters for the Hiya Hiya large set and so I quickly remedied that and…

Hiya Hiya stoppers for the large interchangeable Steel Sharp set

I also noticed that I didn’t purchase the Hiya Hiya stoppers. End stoppers are something I normally don’t use, but… I did find with the other knitted blankets that I was knitting, that occasionally, when I set my project to the side, that my knit in progress would tend to “creep” to the end of the needles. No thanks!

In other news…


I’m planning to incorporate some of my spinning fiber (grey merino fiber if you want to be specific) into an upcoming cold-processed soap. The protein in the fiber tends to add a bit more bubbles. Silk is something I’ve seen used a lot by soapers and of course, I Googled since I do have a fair share of sheep, camel, goat and llama fiber and what do you know? All types of fiber are used in soapmaking.

Beer soap made with Guinness Draught Stout

I’ve been soaping for years. I started “assisting” my mom when I was very young, perhaps seven or eight years old? I continued soaping into adulthood. Artisan soap is the only type of soap I use. On Christmas day 2017, I made my first beer soap. No…. the soap does not smell like beer, but the addition of soap has produced a delightful lather and stable bubbles. True, I already get that from the soaps that I create, but the addition of the beer seems to have added more. Interesting…

January 3, 2018
by Opal @ThreadLover

New Year, new scarf, new long-term project

Where has the time gone? It’s 2018! The year 2017 flew by for me. Due to my left wrist/arm giving me issues, I haven’t done too much knitting.

However, a few days ago, I started knitting this infinity scarf. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that I somehow twisted the stitches…. whoops! That rarely happens and I’m seriously thinking of just leaving the ‘design flaw’ there. If it bothers me too much, I’ll rip out the stitches and start over. I’m a process knitter, so redoing this (which I’ve already restarted this already to create a different stitch) won’t phase me at all.

Last evening, I purchased this yarn and will start making a knitted blanket. It’s Paton’s Dk Superwash wool, the color combination is ‘Welsh Coast.’ I’m wondering how long it will take me to complete? We’ll see…

December 22, 2017
by Opal @ThreadLover

More socks…

Since my last writing, I’ve finished a pair of socks for myself and I am working on knitting four at a time socks. Which means a pair for my daughter and another for myself! It’s a long and slow process since I’m experiencing a lot of wrist pain with my left wrist. Naturally, this is a bit frustrating for me since I’m used to knitting quickly. However, I’m doing my best to listen to the doctor and be attentive with my physical and occupational therapy. I’m hoping, in a few months I’ll be able to knit again. Until then, I have a few sewing projects that have been languishing for quite some time. I’ll be sure to post about the cute projects my daughter and I are making very soon.