Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Busy Spring

The last two weeks have been heavenly, and largely found me out in the garden. Chris and I finally landscaped the yard last fall with bushes and trees, and this spring I have been adding lots of perennials: shasta daisies, valerian, brown-eyed susans, and sedum. The list goes on.

 singles in Sweet Georgia

singles in Sweet Georgia

I also have had a bit of a spinning kick. A couple weeks ago I finished a lovely three ply of some Blue-faced Leicester. Then, I dove in my roving stash and nabbed up 100g of a Sweet Georgia brand 75% bfl / 25% tussah silk. I spun and I spun and I spun. Overall, I was pleased with the singles I am able to produce. I filled two spools half way and then double plied a very pleasing light fingering weight yarn. If I calculated correctly, I have 512 yards of this. Now, I have to find the perfect shawlette pattern.

 finished, washed yarn. Unfortunately, the color bled quite a bit!

finished, washed yarn. Unfortunately, the color bled quite a bit!

I have been working on a pair of Sámi mittens for the Nov/Dec edition of PieceWork. I am almost done, and they are lovely! Other self-publications have gotten bogged down at the various stages. Maybe I can finish those up before the kids are home for summer.