February 20, 2014 · 9:05 AM
I finished up my second Hitchhiker scarf out of my handspun “Dragon Days” mixed BFL from Pigeonroof Studios.
You might think it’s just like my other one.
And they are close, but the new one is more green, more intensely hued, and I spun it a little too thin, so the gauge is half the size of the other – or is it twice the size?
I made it for a gift, but I was reeeaaaaally tempted to swap it out for my old one.
The colors are iridescent and change depending on the light, though sunlight is my favorite because it is at its greenest best then.
I love the striping from the spun singles.
And the size is good too – bigger than my other one.
I’ve got a few more gift knits to complete in the next month or two, so I’m going to continue to be busy with unselfish knitting for a bit (I’m not counting the selfish spinning) but there just might be a startitis explosion soon after though…
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October 15, 2013 · 5:13 AM
I just unpacked my woolen winter things.
I’ve gotten rid of, or ripped out, a few of my early knitting projects, but I kept my first scarf.
It was also my very first actual project after practicing with a few useless squares of nasty acrylic yarn in a pleasing shade of grey.
I bought the yarn for this scarf in a long since closed LYS in the Midwest. It is 100% alpaca, in probably a light worsted or sport weight, yet I’m positive I used size US7 needles since they were all I had. After knitting a few decadently smooth rows, I convinced myself that my life had to become that of an alpaca farmer. I joined mailing lists for breeders associations and farms, I read up on the fleece colors and textures, I learned that they don’t need as much land as sheep and could even be transported in a minivan, and I may have even looked at acreage for sale. However, at that time I was in graduate school and living in a squirrel-infested apartment and eating from bulk bags of dried beans and rice (I cooked them first, of course). But I thought that perhaps the fiber-bearing-animal-farmer would be a possible life for me in at least five years or so.
(It’s now fifteen and even less possible).
The color of the yarn is bit of a dated 1990s sage green, but the drape and softness are lovely, and I still wear it. It has a couple of mistakes, but nothing that overtly advertises it as rookie work. And despite alpaca being less elastic than wool, it has not become misshapen, nor has it become full of pills.
It’s strange to think in person terms, this scarf could now be licensed to drive. After its journey from the back of a warm animal in Peru, it has lived in a few apartments and houses, been seen and touched by many people – yet only been worn by me, survived the devastating moth attack of 2002, been crumpled into plastic bags at the end of every season since, traveled around the country yet not left it again, worn willingly on odorous public buses and dim slushy streets, accepted accidental nasal drips, held ice crystals on its finest fibers from my breath, blown and flapped against several coats – some puffy and some wooly cousins, and has remained loyal and comforting to the slowly loosening neck underneath it.
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June 27, 2013 · 3:13 PM
I’m slowly and only very occasionally working on my latest Lacy Batkus. I still love the pattern as always, but I’m not falling in love with this version yet. My handspun is a bit stiff and though I embrace all yarns thick and thin, it appears that the skein is getting increasingly thicker overall and thus the needle size may end up a bit small.
But my old favorite pattern may start to feel the pressure of a new pattern in town…
I’ve started a Hitchhiker by Martina Behm out of my handspun Pigeonroof Studios BFL “Mimsy.”
I wasn’t crazy about garter stitch and handspun before, but this single yarn is perfect for it.
And damn near downright ethereal with incredible lightness and drape.
I’ve had problems in the past determining what to do with fuzzy yarn and this pattern is perfect in its simplicity – it was also perfect for some recent airport knitting time. I do fear that I may run out of yarn before I make it the perfect size, but I should have just enough for an acceptable length, and I’m sure I’ll be able to block out a little more.
Other projects still in the works? The cotton blanket is currently taking its last laps and I still need to decide how to do the border. I’ve started a quilt with applique letters that is kicking my ass at the moment. And my spinning queue is bigger than ever. My goals for the Tour de Fleece are spinning my recent PRS purchases:
It’s all superwash merino in colorways from left: Jadeite, Storm, and Lettuce. Rather subdued and monochromatic for PRS, but I love them, and I love them combined. I have plans for a shawl and I was initially thinking it might be something feather and fan-ish, but I’m on a garter binge now so it might be one of the trendy stripey patterns, or one of my own if I get my act together. You may have noticed how “perfect” I’m feeling with my new handspun and Hitchhiker above, so now I wish I could make fulled/felted singles out of this, but it will have to be two-ply. I have another braid of SW merino in a brownish colorway, but I don’t want to commit to finishing it in the near future and I’m determined to perfect my chain-plying skills on it, so it will be for another time.
And I need to finish spinning the zucchini blossom I put aside earlier. I still want to turn it into socks, but I’m still on the fence about making a two or three-ply. I found some complimentary commercial sock and other superwash yarn in my stash that could be used for stronger toes and heels, and possibly soles. I thought these would be lighter summery socks, but if I make a three-ply they will be thicker… either way I’m happy I can eek out some more yardage with the commercial stuff.
Hmm, I will need to decide soon.
Decisions aren’t easy for me these days.
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