Observations From the Last Two Minutes

2 03 2010

 

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The blanket for The Captain is coming along slowly. Very slowly. I have until April, or college. It will get done.  Eventually.

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This is the latest spinning project. It’s coming along well.  It actually looks way better than it’s cousin on the left.  The difference?  The diz on the roving before spinning.  I can’t wait to see how it plys.

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Finally, this is paco-vicuna, which I found at an alpaca show this past weekend.  It’s exciting when your friends find fiber / animal shows for you to go with and are just as excited to go as you are.





If You Ever Wondered…

19 01 2010

this is what crazy looks like.

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This is a picture of my un-plied, 2-ply yarn, that I had been working on in the month of December.  The more I plied the more I hated it.  I looked at my options:

  1. Keep plying 2-ply until I filled a bobbin, then cut it off and start Navajo plying the rest.
  2. Suck it up, I have more fiber to spin.
  3. Un-ply.

I opted for #3.  I stuck a crochet hook through the bobbin (the one you can’t see) and attached it with a rubber band, and then let gravity do it’s magic.  Ah, the poster child for OCD and perfectionism, but I did finish it and I am now Navajo plying it.





Brr…

4 12 2009

I finally finished a scarf.  Nope.  Not Henry.  I used two skeins of Noro Silk Garden and I stretched the heck out of it after soaking it in cold water.  I hope it blocks okay this way.

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Pattern: Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer
Yarn: 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden
Needles: US 8
Modifications: Just the suggested one at the end of the pattern to make the ending triangle look like a 90 degree triangle.

What did I learn?
1) I can knit in a week, but that does not include blocking in the true sense.
2) The multidiagonal scarf pattern can make a 4′ scarf from 2 skeins of Noro as long as it is 4″ wide.  Mine was not.
3) I like knitting the scarf, although the endless garter sometimes makes me want to cry.
4) I am basing a lot of faith on the fact that not all people like wearing 6′ scarves.  Right?
5) I’m hoping that Noro Silk Garden will block despite it’s high silk content.

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I hope this is long enough. (edit:  It seemed to block out okay this way.)

I have 20 days to finish the kids projects.  I have the yarn, I have the patterns.  I’m still lacking the motivation because I’m still not sure where the bunny, dinosaur and sharptooth have run off to.  This is a silly reason not to get started, but it’s my excuse for the procrastination.

I finished my other sample spinning projects and now I just have to count the yardage and reskein them.  Perhaps a project for another day. ^.^

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Tuesday…

10 11 2009

This is three 2-ply skeins of  yarn. Go me. (I didn’t get the fourth one done in time for a picture.)  If I take a close up picture you can’t even tell that these skeins are most likely not any longer than 22 yards long. They’re just screaming to be in something Fair Isle or a bookmark. Maybe I’ll be one of those spinner’s that actually plans out a project, but for now I remain to be a process spinner.

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Sometimes…

9 11 2009

 

 

Imbrium told me all about Sock Summit and showed me the new stash acquirements. ^.^ Pictures are great, but when your friends let you pet their purchases… I know sounds a little off, but knitters know…

The best part ever was that Imbrium showed me how to make purls on a long tail cast on. Best.thing.ever. I can’t wait to cast something on. (Socks, it’s just a matter of time.)  There was also this sort of vertical knitting thing, that just fascinated me, but I still don’t think I quite get (just saw the swatch).

Thank you Stringgeek and Imbrium for chatting with me while I continue on my plight to finish the Henry scarf. I know, you can hardly tell.

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This will be my new spinning project. Blue, as determined by my online friend that I asked to pick a color. It’s Louet wool top that I picked up from Purls of Wisdom quite some time ago. The color way just had to come home with me. I have a couple more samples finish up, then I will be ready to start. It will be the first full project since the beginning of this year (if not last year).

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Thing 1 spotted this evening and has decided I can make her a jellyfish out of it.  I told her that’s an awful lot of spinning to do by Christmas.  She said I could make one next year instead so then the purple one could have a boyfriend.  *giggle* Ah… to be 10.





Excited!

3 11 2009

 

This is the latest fiber sample from Lambspun.  I love these tiny little samples.

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Magical

23 09 2009

I think there is something magical about setting a skein of yarn. It goes from this to this.  When you complete your project it some how truly looks like yarn instead of a mess of fur from an animal. How simple a thing, is turned into something quite amazing and useful.

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Taking something twisted and quite a tangled mess, dousing it in hot water and whacking it as hard as you can into the wall to make something quite beautiful.  (Please pardon my crappy picture taking ability.)

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Does anyone out there have any advice on dried skeins? Do you reskein it? I keep having issue with it spinning back on itself because I spin very tightly. Not because it’s right or wrong (I would assume many would think it wrong), but because I like the product produced. I have been procrastinating reskeining anything right now until I get this yarn meter thing made. THEN, I’ll reskein and label even. Heck, if I’m super awesome OCD I will even stick a WPI amount on the label.

I’m even onto the next project.

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I’m telling you, samples, are where it’s at. You feel accomplished and productive. Granted I also have enough yarn to make a stocking. As in mini a stocking (Rav link). I’ll have hundreds of them!  (I swear I have a fairly decent camera, I seem to be fighting with it some.)

I haven’t posted a picture of the scarf in a while.

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I’m done with the second set. (Only 5 more to go.) I’m still on the first skein of yarn.  I doubt I will have this completed before the end of winter, you never know.  It’s still interesting to knit, so that’s a good sign.  I do wish that I had chosen a more solid color so you could see the pattern better.  If it weren’t for my love affair with multicolored skeins, it would have happened.  I’m not looking forward to the tubular cast off (involving sewing in the pattern.  I may have to review other ways, I don’t think I like the idea of sewing, in sections, this thing off.  Despite the hesitation I have about this scarf it is lovely to touch.  That alone has kept me moving forward on the project.