I’ve been trying to post something for about a month now and I just haven’t been able to. With what kittle time I have, I have not had the energy to write a post take pictures, and be witty. I have been knitting, with the little time that I do have. I did buy some yarn, we will get to that as well. First let’s just start with knitting, there has been some. Since I finished my Slide socks those needles wanted to knit more, so I pulled out some sock yarn and flipped through Knit Sock Love. I found a pattern I thought would be interesting and fun to knit on, a perfect gift for my mom. I had her look through the book and she liked most of the patterns. The Thelonious socks are whay I ended up knitting and I am thrilled with how they turned out. Took me a little longer because I still can’t follow directions, no surprise there. Sometimes I miss the, “at the same time” and sometimes I just assume I know the pattern. Which both of those things occurred on both socks. But they are to pattern, are blocked, and ready to be given as gifts. These are out of Sweet Georgia Tough Love sock in a beautiful teal, but they did bleed a lot during the initial wash. So I’ll just have to warn the recipient, but I think they should be warm and long lasting. With those done I needed to have a second project, one more interesting then the Viajante.
Lets talk about that one, the big rounds and rounds of knitting are still going and I’m barely making a dent in the second ball. I keep knitting and knitting, no matter how much or little I knit on it, progress has crawled to a standstill. I will be so happy to have it completely done, but it’s going to take a while to get to that point. Hopefully I will be able to get this done soon, but I bet it will be next year when it is done. For the new project, when I received yarn for a reward, I looked at the skein and knew the pattern, but not the recipient. My mom saw the color and she wanted it and asked what I could make of it. I told her a scarf, then she asked if it could be done for Christmas, I told her probably not. I lied, I started it this week and am about halfway through at this point. The pattern that was chosen is the Brickless pattern out of Blue Moon Targhee Worsted. It is quite nice to knit on worsted yarn for a change, it goes by so much quicker then what I have been knitting with for a bit. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few days and then I can either start socks or maybe a sweater for myself. I have not decided what I want to knit on next, but I will figure it out soon. I’m still thinking a sweater for me, socks for me, or maybe a shawl. Maybe I’ll just pick up a design I put down right before I switched jobs. I really am not sure. But what I am sure of is that I will be working through stash as fast as I can.
Speaking of stash I did buy some more yarn, even though my stash does not need to get any bigger. One skein is from Sundara, which I keep getting her emails and sometimes I resist very well, this time I did not. There was a color I was going to buy, because it had Paris in the name, but I waited to long. It was a gorgeous rusty orange but what I bought is an beautiful deep red with flecks of grey in it, it’s stunning. The color way is called, well on the tag it’s called odds and ends #104, but the real name is unknown. Whatever it’s name is, I’m very happy with it. I’m already imagining warm cozy things with it.
Then there is Biscotte Yarns, which I was introduced to just by chance. They’re a Canadian yarn company that does some really nice self stripping yarns. When I first found out about them, when I got home from work I was getting ready to buy a bunch of skeins. I settled on just two for now and they arrived very quickly. On top of that, the owner of the company is so nice and so is the yarn. I think I’m going to need to knit these up quickly and buy more. The two colors I picked up were Sorcerer’s Uniform, and Constantinople. Both are gorgeous in person and I don’t know where she gets her base yarn, but for a 75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon, these are so soft and have a great ply.
Then that brings us right around to the last purchase I made. This one was something that I have wanted for years, something quite luxurious and I have enabled others into buying them. I have never bought or used one until recently. This is a spinning tool, something I realized I don’t do a lot of because of my wheel. Not that my Lendrum is a bad wheel, it’s just kind of inconvenient to have to pull it out everytime I want to spin. Especially in such a small space that I currently have at home (hopefully next year I will move out and get more space). I bought myself a Hansen Electric Mini Spinner with the standard jumbo flyer and the woolee winder. I wanted to get a woolee winder for the Lendrum but I tried a friend’s and I did not like it. I knew on the Hansen it would make a big difference and I was right. I’m currently trying to get used to not moving my feet when spinning and I’m using some included sample fiber, from Abstract no less. I think I’m doing just fine so far, but when I am comfortable I’m going to offload the little bit of singles on the Lendrum onto this. I need way more time and days off to get anything done. Back to knitting and enjoying some quiet time at home before the week begins. I’ll try to post more often then I have been. We will have to see what happens, this should be enough to catch you all up to what I have been doing in my textile time.