The plan to wheel spin the Burning love fiber has come to naught….I started spinning it but it wouldn’t cooperate so I decided to spindle spin it instead. I’ve been working on it for the last few days and I’m almost done spinning it.
The first half of the fiber; I spun it 7 years ago and plied it a few days ago, is done. I spindle plied it, soaked it and finished it the other night.
I really like this yarn. It’s 254 yards, not sure the weight or wpi yet. I’m thinking that it’s not going to match the yarn I’m spinning now; I think the singles are bigger this time around. Can’t wait to see how it all comes out.
It’s time for a little experiment. Mwahahaha…she says with a sinister laugh…
While looking for fiber to spin (a gorgeous bat of merino/bamboo/firestar that was fluffy and gorgeous; it was baby pink and light green with a lot of sparkle) and found a bag of spun balls that were just waiting to be plied. So I spent the day reacquainting myself with plying on a spindle (just about the easiest spinning I’ve ever done),then I got out my new niddy-noddy and now I have a skein of 254 yards of beautiful fingering wt. in an orange and red colorway called “Burning Love”. I will add pics at the end of my experiment. I’m so damn proud of this little skein that it’s almost a little ridiculous.
Along with the singles I also found the other half of the combed top that I used to make it. All of my spindles are full at the moment and I really want to spin this and hence the experiment. I’m going to spin the other 4.2 oz on my wheel and see what the differences are in the two skeins. I’m guessing they will be similar but they will be two very distinct lots of yarn. I really can’t wait to spin this.
I have fallen in love….with Craftsy!! I signed up for a few free knitting classes, then bought a few spinning classes and I am more than impressed. The format is amazing and the instruction is clear, concise and easy to understand. For the first time in….well, ever…I don’t feel like I have to exclude patterns just because they have short rows in them. Wrapping the stitches has never been a problem, but until the short row mini-class I had no idea how to knit the wrap with the stitch. I do now.
The spinning classes are even better. For the first time I’m using my wheel instead of my spindles and I’m enjoying it. I have some great hand-dyed merino in a color that looks just like Sully from Monsters Inc. and I really want to get it on the wheel and see what I can do with it.
This Hue Shifting Afghan pattern is great. I was nervous about it as I had never made a mitered square before. The pattern when first printed out was daunting looking, but after slowing down and doing a little reading on Ravelry and a video on YouTube I was ready to give it a go. I jumped in and it was a success!!
So I’ve currently got 3 active projects on the needles: The Hue Shift Afghan, The Moderne Log Cabin Blanket and a pair of vanilla ribbed socks that I’m attempting without any real pattern. A bit nervous about the last one, but I’m familiar enough with sock construction to be able to work out a simple sock that way. Everything else is on hold for now.
I’m also back to working with my spinning wheel. I’ve mastered spindling but the wheel has always eluded me. I’ve signed up for two separate Craftsy classes for spinning and drafting. That’s going to take up a lot of my crafting time for awhile. I want to be able to spin the yarn that I want for projects. Lord knows I have more than enough fiber to double my stash. LOL
I just got the biggest box in the mail from Knit Picks…YAY!
The whole kit and kaboodle…
Here are some close ups….
This is going to be a Moderne Log Cabin blanket. I think it’s going to be dark but beautiful.
This bunch is a Hue Shifting Afghan…I’m in love with this pattern!
Sock and lace circs. Galore.
Finally sock yarn and some fingering weight Chroma yarn for a shawl. I’ve still got a new spindle (Turkish this time) a niddy noddy, some roving and a starter kit of Jaquard dyes Togo with the bare yarn I forgot to photograph.
I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of 12 pair of socks in 12 months idea. I’ve been stalking the sock pages in the pattern section of Ravelry. I’ve been fingering all my sock yarn. I’ve gotten out almost every sock book I have.
This obsession brings me to my question. When it comes to swatching for socks, I have been experimenting with the gauge of a stockinette square vs a circular swatch. I find, for me at least, that the difference is so small as to be negligible. I was wondering if that’s true for a lot of people, or am I just deluding myself into thinking it’s true…the measurements don’t lie, though, right?
Another sock knitting question. When you are getting ready to knit a pair of socks do you choose the yarn first and let it lead you to the right pattern or vice versa? I tend to pick the yarn first, but am working on picking the pattern and then the yarn. I’m curious about what others do.
A sick day is a good day to reflect on knitting and organizing and other types of goals. I’ve been in and out of bed all day today, feeling like crap. I’m wheezy, which I hate, and stuffed up, which makes me feel downright panicked at night when I’m trying to sleep.
I think that Socks 2015 is a great idea and I’m going to hold onto it. But I think there also needs to be a big, goal oriented project. I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater desperately, but haven’t found the right one, didn’t have the yarn etc. So I’m going to be getting some yarn soon and I’m thinking that my sweater’s worth of yarn is going to be Knit Picks Shine (not sure what weight yet). I’m thinking something with stripes or colorwork of some sort, bc I love the colorways so much, but am also open to the thought of a one colored sweater. I’d love some ideas from anyone who wants to share. Either worsted or dk are fine for the size.
In order to further facilitate my move to more organized and concise system for projects, I need to purge the WIP basket. It’s name should really be the “Needs to be Frogged” basket if I’m honest. It’s a number of things that I mostly don’t like but haven’t had the heart to admit defeat yet again (if it’s on the needles it’s still a project mentality). Time to let that go, stop feeling like a knitting failure and to finally have a needle reclamation party. I have no clue what needles I have and don’t have b/c of the insane number of WIP’s. Of to rip-it, rip-it, rip-it…good luck to me….LOL