FO Friday: Mosaic Bucket Hat

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Project: Mosaic Bucket

Pattern: A Better Bucket

Designer: Amy Swenson

Available: FREE! on Ravelry

Yarn: my handspun from Falkland Wool Handpainted Roving by Edgewood Garden Studio

This hat is made from my very own handspun.  I was aiming for singles that could be plied into worsted on the hi speed whorl (16:1), and plied at 14.1. The colorful yarn needed something plain to be … this bucket hat is PERFECT.  It has a turned-hem brim that helps the brim stand out.  It is the tiniest bit too deep for my head, so I’ve been wearing it with the brim flipped up on one side and pinned in place with my favorite shawl pin.

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The Roving:

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The Yarn:

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FO Friday: Hand-spinning Edition

Today’s FO Friday is brought to by Ladybug and Knittink.

I bought this braid at the Fiber Fest:

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(Sorry about the glow-in-the-dark look — I can’t seem to get my camera to consistently play nice with bright red/orange hues these days.)

After a bit of practice with some white wool — about 40 yards worth — I took the plunge with my fancy fiber-fest roving and my brand-new spinning wheel. I decided to go for a 2-ply worsted finished yarn. I spun on the faster groove of the “fast” whorl (not the high-speed extra one I bought for lace), and plied on the slower groove of the “fast” whorl. I divided the roving in half lengthwise, so I would have about the same amount on each of the two bobbins, and got to work.

About four hours later, I had this! Plying especially was SO much easier on the wheel, compared to the spindle.

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My orange-loving youngest son already laid claim to this yarn, because I owe him a pair of fingered fingerless mitts.

Introducing: the Ladybug!

The other day at the yarn shop, I received my check for two patterns that will be in the Spring 2013 Classic Elite Collection.  I jumped up and down and danced around the shop, clutching the check to my chest.  This was my spinning wheel money!

I have quite enjoyed spinning yarn on the drop spindle.  The rhythm of drawing out roving is meditative and satisfying.  However, holding the spindle up in the air is tiring, and it is frustrating to have to stop spinning when the strand is as tall as me.  I also ran into trouble as I filled the spindle with finely-spun yarn — the strand began to break under the weight of the already-spun fiber.  Plying was also a chore, to say the least.  It took me a week to spin through four ounces of roving, and (trust me) I was spinning all the time.

In short, I was quite certain a spinning wheel was in my future. I did my research, and settled on a Ladybug (by Schacht). I ordered the wheel, the attached Lazy-Kate kit, and the high-speed whorl with two high-speed bobbins.  I bought the wheel from The Woolery, in part because they offered free shipping. Also, I used their website extensively to help me decide which wheel would be right for me. They also give you a choice of either a $25 gift card for a future purchase, or a “Beginner’s Kit” with a niddy-noddy and a bag of practice wool.  I decided the niddy-noddy and practice wool would be more immediately useful, and placed my order!

(We shall not mention the week of stalking the UPS.com website.)

Here’s my box, complete with glowing-eyed canine guardians:

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I love first peek into a box — almost regardless of what’s inside:

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I took out the box of goodies and got my first good look at the wheel, then carefully pulled out the treadles and body:

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Very important: find the ladybug! (Every Ladybug wheel has it’s own little ladybug, in a place unique to that wheel.)

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Here’s all the stuff … time to IKEA this wheel!

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Treadles, check!

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Flyer, check!

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Lazy Kate, check!

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I also took some nicer natural-light photos today:

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