Light and Lacy/Silver Project

I’ve been playing with a lace pattern for the Ravelry nalbinding group’s Light and Lacy challenge and my local fiber fair’s “Silver” craft along.  Third try is the best so far.

The base row is Oslo. Then in every other stitch I do button hole stitch. then a row of regular button hole stitch. All stitches are tightened around my needle. When I do another Oslo stitch row, I pick up one button hole stitch and do an Olso stitch, then I do one Oslo stitch unattached to the previous row.

I increased on the Oslo stitch row and the first button hole stitch row at the edges, which gave about a 60 degree triangle. I wanted about 90 degrees for a shawl, so maybe I should have increased every row and stopped thinking like a knitter! So this will be a pointy edged scarf, instead of a shawl.

The piece is curling A LOT and I have to untwist my yarn on my needle often. I think I’m going to have to block this. Though, most nalbound items, I don’t block.

Anyhoo – hopefully that’s enough info to play with or inspire you to try your own nalbinding lace!

Ravelry: Wrap up of the Autumn/Winter Challenge and Posting the new Spring/Summer Challenge

The Nalbinders on Ravelry Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 has come to a close with several terrific entries that used the York Stitch for an item’s construction. If you participated, feel free to snag the challenge reward graphic.

Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 reward graphic - socks image by Karin Byom used with permission
Autumn-Winter Stitch Challenge 2016-2017 reward graphic – socks image by Karin Byom used with permission


Our Spring/Summer theme nalbinding challenge (light and airy) is now posted and I can’t wait to see what our creative group will come up with!  This one will be a departure from what people normally know of nalbinding.  The fabric usually created is dense and heavy. So it’s perfect to push the boundaries of our craft and show what’s possible! See the Ravelry post for details.

Will you join us for this challenge?

Spinning and Circle Vest

Last month I joined the Facebook group “A Spinner’s Study”. Truly a lovely group (enough to make me think twice about my general dislike of Facebook.) They have monthly challenges and breed studies and one that I’m participating in for October is The Cormo breed study.

Received my cormo top (from North Star Alpacas) this week. (Isn’t the salmon color pretty? This is as close to pink as I get, folks.) I’d spun cormo before, but I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to spin! Easy to spin a nice fine yarn. Feels good in my hands.

I picked up precise spinner’s control card and an angle of twist gauge from Hipstrings too. They arrived just in time for me to start spinning my cormo. 

Trying the pinch and pull type method for consistency. I can’t do this method for hours on end like I can other methods (I’m a former programmer and it took a toll on my hands). But it’s nice to know how to do.  So I spin for ½ an hour to an hour and do something else for a while.

Next month the challenges will focus on thin yarns and thick yarns. Really looking forward to that!

I also participated in the Moonrover stash-along challenge with some superwash merino/bamboo blend. I’m not usually an SW fan. But this spun very nicely and it was fun to use up some of my fiber club stash from the beginning of the year.

Coming along well on my daughter’s circle vest. Decided to add some Malabrigo Rios “Arco Iris” (purples and greens) to the lilac-ish purple Brown Sheep yarn I’d been working with. It really seems to make it pop and the variance in colors helps make the stitching seem to go faster. Hopefully, I’ll be done this week.  (Cross your fingers for me!)

What have you all been working on? Have you been feeling the autumn crafting bug?