A little of this, a little of that..
It seems like lately I can’t really focus on one thing. Now it may surprise you, but I am usually a very monogamous knitter. I don’t like to have too much stuff on the needles, because I don’t have tons of time for knitting and I don’t want to get overwhelmed. I knit for fun and relaxation, and if I have a bunch of things going I start to get stressed out about finishing all of them, and then the fun and relaxation go right out the window. However, right now I’ve got two different knitting projects and two different spinning projects all going on at once. This is very unusual for me. I was working away on the baby set, (which is so close to being done I can smell it) and here is a picture that is a few days old.
As you can see, I’ve got finished booties, a nearly finished bonnet, (I just have to decide whether the ties should be finished with tassels or pom poms. Instagram says pom poms, but I’ll give you guys an equal say. Which should it be?) and the sweater needs only part of a sleeve and some applied i-cord edging and buttonholes. (and buttons, but I’m not thinking about that yet.) I figure that since the plan is for this to be an heirloom, I shouldn’t muck it up with a substandard button band, so I’m going to learn to do applied i-cord in order to match the ties on the bonnet. I hate it sometimes when I get like this. I have so few perfectionist tendencies that they often take me by surprise.
Anyway, that’s nearly done, and I think the lack of color and tiny needles must have been killing my soul a little, because out of the blue I cast on this with big needles for a shawl.
This is some of my favorite handspun, and it is a beautiful gradient from cream to deep purple. (if you need the specs, check here) I had been trying to make a plan for what to knit with it, and I kept coming up blank. Either it was a colorwork shawl that I’d have to convert to be in one color, or the yardage was wrong, or the yarn weight was off, or something. What I really wanted was something that would use up nearly every precious inch of this handspun, be semi-circular, and have lace that didn’t distract from the gradient. Apparently that was too much to ask, because I couldn’t find anything that met my criteria and now I am designing something with it instead. All shall be revealed in the fullness of time.
Additionally, I started spinning some mulberry silk, which was lovely, but a bear to work with. (also cream, and I think the lack of color was getting to me.) See?
Pretty, but lacking color. So I ripped that bobbin off of my spinning wheel and grabbed a roving with some seriously wild colors. Green, pink, purple, and chartreuse. I decided to try to blend the colors with a fractal spin, and it worked beautifully. Pretty soon I had these:
Followed by this little plying ball:
Which became this yarn!
I need to give it a bath before its photo shoot, but it is very soft and nice. It’s from Three Waters Farm (of which I am a big fan) and it’s probably the squishiest merino I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am absolutely wild about the finished yarn, and I will be sending it off to live with a friend whose stash was tragically reduced by some problems with her house. I shudder to think about what I would do if anything happened to my yarn, so I’m mailing a few little bits off to her to take away some of the sting of that loss. Hopefully handspun can do something to ease the pain.
Last but not least, who is doing Tour de Fleece this year? I’m doing it in a fairly relaxed way, not as part of a team but really just trying to spin every day. I’m going to dig through my stash and see what I want to try to spin, because so far I’ve only been working on finishing things. I think I’m going to go back to the mulberry silk, and then try plying it with some seriously sexy snow-white angora. I feel like the resulting yarn could be nothing less than spectacular. We shall see.
As a side note, I went out to dinner with my great aunt and uncle, and they both spontaneously said nice things about stuff I had knitted for them and how often they use it. It’s nice to be appreciated 😁
Okay, seriously the last thing. If you guys have been wondering where I’ve been for the last few weeks, you can blame this virus I picked up. I was completely felled by its nasty little germiness. It strongly resembled the common cold on steroids. The symptoms have finally left me, but I am still so tired all the time that my hair hurts. Anyone else have any experience with a cold that just won’t quit? How do I get my energy back?