Rocking Circle P

Rocking Circle P is my small farm in Northeastern rural Utah. We're a small fruit, nut and fiber farm.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Winter Begins

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December Days





I am so excited that I was able to get this shawl done. Remember this is one of the very few knit for someone else projects, that I have ever done. I also like how it turned out. 









Also working on a pair of socks for Tyleigh and Misty for Christmas, that will be late. Now that the shawl is done, I can get those done faster.

Started a new rag rug on the rug loom and I am warping my rigid heddle loom for another rug. I have not warped the rigid heddle in a long time, Kind of excited to do so. Have some new rug ideas that I want to try in the New Year.

Merry Christmas to All, and Happy New Year! 

Peace on Earth and Good Will to All!

Friday, November 01, 2019

October - November  The Colorful Days of Fall


This is my favorite time of the year. The brisk air in the mornings, the cool breezes, oh and I love the crunchy leaves, all make me want to curl up in my chair and knit, with a football game on TV. Happy Fall Everyone! 

Working on:

I continue to work on my Tree of Life afghan. Just about to finish the second section of trees.


Started another pair of socks. Not sure who they are for yet. Taking my time with them, so working on sock one and about to turn the heel.  Oh and yet another pair of socks. The ones on the lower right are for my Great Great Niece.  And her favorite color is rainbow. Of course!
























The Dilemma!!!!

As a crafter, or maker, as they are starting to refer to crazy people like myself, there is a fine line between making items for you to gift and being hired to make for someone else. Most of the people that I know are not necessarily excited to do the later because of the expectation of the finished item. Sometimes those expectations are from the maker themself, not just the customer. Therefore we avoid that circumstance, or I do anyway. I would rather teach you to knit, than to knit for you. I'll even buy the yarn and needles to do so.

Well......dang it.......it happened again. I didn't run fast enough I guess. But this person is so nice and kind and deserving of my help. It's a beautiful shawl. I guess I kind of did it to myself, because she loved the colors of the sock yarn above. Of course it's needed as a Christmas gift. The beginnings of my Reyna Shawl.

My shawl and colors



Original Shawl and Pattern on Ravelry.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Cooler Days of September

The days will cool this month and I look forward to the end of our abnormally long hot Summer.
I have been working on a Baby Blanket for one of my closest friend's daughter. I was a 4-H leader for this young lady when she was young. Now she is a Momma of two sons.



I bought two skeins of Bernat Baby Blanket. I wanted to try it, cause it is so fat and fluffy and soft. I hoped it would make a nice baby blanket. The pattern of the first skein was crochet and I prefer knitting, so I made my own pattern. I did not realize the second skein pattern was knit.....oops!
I designed a simple cable pattern, blocked edges with garter stitch, with a few bold lines to border the cable pattern. Started August 8th, I believe, and finished on September 5, 2019. The baby arrived on August 28th.





















Going to try and complete some UFO's this month. I have couple in mind. 

* Blanket for Ronnie Jewel started 16 years ago
* Start spinning for my Icelandic Top down sweater
* Ply the peach fiber for Christmas mitts
* Continue on the Tree of Life Afghan

I have finally finished shearing my sheep and goats for the year. I am later than I should be, but my hand still gives me problems when I overuse it. And shearing overuses it alot!  Now I need to get busy cleaning and carding fiber. I will post pictures as I get the fleeces completed.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

August - The Dog Days of Summer




Hooray! I finished the twined denim rug. 

What did I learn:
  • Twinning takes longer than you think it should.
  • Twinning at the last few rows makes my hand really hurt. 
  • I have read that the first row can be tricky to keep the rug edges together. I am not sure I understand how to fix that, but I definitely know what they are talking about now. This poor rug has that problem in the upper left corner. I still have to weave in a few ends, but it is basically completed.










What to work on next?




My fall back project is the "Tree of Life Afghan"  I have been working on it since the rug was completed. Just attached my third skein of yarn.








I think it is time that I finish my
Icelandic Top Down Sweater. 

Here is the skinny on it.

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I joined this class on Craftsy.com about a year ago. I have been spinning the yarn for it since. The yarn is from my animals, Shetland/Mohair blend (Blackie/Rose). I have plied with a Navajo 3 ply. The white is BlueFace and Mohair (Blue/Rose). The Purple is something I received from the Winter 2014 Spinning Guild Retreat. It’s a wool, and I did not blend it. It is not from my animals.
So the knitting journey begins in May 2014. I have never done this kind of color work, so I’m excited to have a new experience and challenge.
May 25, 2014 finished the yoke and doing the ten rows following. I have been watching the videos to see how the short rows are done in the back. So far, it’s been a blast!
June 2, 2014 Moving along on sweater. I have divided out between the front, sleeves, and back. Did the additional cast on for the sleeves. Now it’s time to knit, knit, knit. I only have 1 more skein of my yarn, so I going to start carding,
blending, and spinning more fiber.

August 7, 2014

I have 2 more inches to knit on the body of the sweater, before I start the bottom band of ribbing. I ran out of yarn, yet again, and had to card, spin and ply more. I’m going to continue to spin more yarn for the sleeves.


August 7, 2019

Amazing that it is exactly 5 years ago that I last worked on this sweater. Actually I see that I must have continued to work on it, because I have examined it today, and I have about 7 inches on the first sleeve done. And there is the problem and why I put the project down. When I spun the yarn for the sleeves, it was not at the same guage as the body of the sweater. I am going to have to frog the sleeve and either respin that yarn or spin new yarn with a closer guage to the first yarn used for the body.  Here we go! Wish me Luck!

Monday, July 08, 2019

JULY DAYS - GREAT DAYS FOR A ROAD TRIP!





Made a quick trip back East to visit family. This young man is my youngest Grandson Tegan. He is quite a musician for his young years. He found a new part of himself when he discovered Uncle Joe's hat collection. Uncle Joe called him young Elton.




Still working on my twined denim rug for the Two Ewes (K)not Along. Getting closer, but I really thought I would have it done by now. I guess I don't work as quickly as I think I do.  Drats! 
Do you know how many times I have taken out the twined row or two to fix a mistake......more than I care to mention.

Sure can tell I'm a country girl, with the dirt, weeds and bucket.






I have finally spun all the peach fiber. Hooray! 
Now I get to ply it. I plan to do it on my spinning wheel. I have better rhythm on the wheel when plying yarn. The plan is to do a Navajo 3 ply. 







Friday, June 07, 2019

June Days - We hope the beginning of Summer Days

I decided to participate in the Two Ewes (K)not a long. It runs from May 31st to August 31st. My projects are going to be a twined rug using denim and a locker hooked rug using t-shirt yarn. If you are interested in joining us you can locate the information at  this blogspot.
http://twoewesdyeing.blogspot.com/  They are also on Ravelry.








So I have warped up the twining rug frame I borrowed from a friend and preparing my 1 1/4 inch denim strips.  Also reading my book from "Twined Rag Rugs" from author Bobbie Irwin, and watching YouTube videos about twinning.













I will continue to work on spinning the peach fiber. I hope it is done in June so I can ply it and prepare to knit some fingerless mitts for a granddaughter.



Also I will continue to work on my Tree of Life Afghan.










Friday, May 31, 2019

Apparently I forgot May.......Here's to May!


Utah has had sooo much rain that I feel like I need to start my ark! Must be why I forgot to post for May.




I decided to work on the Tree of Life afghan that I purchased a while back. It has been a bit
challenging. Crazy new stitches to learn. You can see that I am on the first row of flowers in the flower garden section.



I really don't like blogging on my IPhone. I cannot see what I write half the time. I cannot manipulate the page between where I write and the top of the page.

I continue to spin the peach fiber posted in April.. I now have two small balls of it, on my handy toilet paper spools.




My Granddaughters bestie wanted to learn to knit. (I am so excited) I taught her to make a dish cloth as her first project.  Her next project is Grandma Slippers.