Accomplishments of the Week - July 30, 2018

by Debbie Sullivan July 30, 2018

Accomplishments of the Week - July 30, 2018

ACCOMPLISHMENT #1

I finished a spinning project! You may remember from this post back in June that I had some singles ready for plying. Well, I got half a bobbin of those done, and then got distracted again by other projects, and then went away on vacation... I finally got back to it when I got home in mid-July, and it took me a couple of spinning sessions, but I've now got a nice plump skein of about 340 yds of sport-ish weight yarn - maybe closer to a light DK. It's destined to be a hat for Jon for this winter, so I should have plenty with that amount. 

Hand-spun yarn showing texture and ply

When I wound the singles for this yarn into cakes to ply from I didn't divide it particularly evenly, so I ended up with quite a lot leftover of one of the plies. Rather than try to split it in three I decided to try my hand at chain-plying for the first time. It more-or-less worked, but you can tell I was having trouble keeping it tensioned properly in some spots, and it's a bit over-twisted as well. I think I'll need more practice before trying that technique for any big projects!

Chain-plied yarn with too much twist

 

ACCOMPLISHMENT #2

Another project that got left behind over my vacation was my pin-loom temperature blanket. I've been participating in a weave-along for this in the Looms to Go group over on Ravelry, and have been working on it pretty steadily all year, although I was a bit behind to start the actual weaving since I decided to dye my own colours. I let it lapse for a while in June though, and this month it's been so hot that I haven't even wanted to think about what the daily high temperature were and record them in my chart. My accomplishment this weekend was to lay everything out and take stock of where I'm at with it. I'm starting to catch up with the squares, but I'm still more than a month behind, and I've got a lot of sewing ahead of me as well to get it all pieced together.

Progress on temperature blanket

ACCOMPLISHMENT #3

It feels a bit like cheating to claim this as my accomplishment, since it's the plant that's done all the real work, but I'm really pleased with how my balcony tomatoes are coming along. These are Green Gage tomatoes, so they won't get much bigger but they should turn yellow as they ripen. It's been a challenge to make sure this plant gets enough water because it doesn't get much shade on my balcony, so in that regard just keeping it alive through this hot summer we've been having is it's own accomplishment! 

Green tomatoes close up





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