Spinning has been on the quiet side lately. The cat has far too much interest in freshly drafted fiber.
I did finish the first bobbin for the 3-ply SW BFL.
I have a Rose spindle from Gripping Yarn that I hadn’t tried out yet, so I grabbed one of the experiment batts off my wall.
I drafted it down the length and starting spinning singles.
Supported spinning is a wonderful tactile experience and I am not yet very good at it. It does make for some neat thick & thin yarn while I get used to it though!
I recently sent a survey to family members asking what they’d like for sock colors for the holidays this year. I had a few that put no restrictions at all on me, or very few (“anything but pink!”) However, to my great disappointment, the majority of responses requested gray, black, tan, or blue. I don’t think these people understand how hand knit socks work…
I love the wheat motif in these!
I one survey responder wanted jewel tones, so I combined a bunch of leftovers to make a jewel tone mash-up. I am utterly in love with the leg on these socks. Less so with the heel.
The socks are mostly just made up as I go using helical stripes, though I tried out Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato heel. I keep having to fight with myself because it looks so odd. You can see I used a different scrap color for each wedge of the heel and I’m trying to decide if I’d like it better if they were all the same yarn, or a 5th contrasting color entirely. I’m also not convinced that I like how it fits. The socks are kind of in time out for the moment while I debate.
In the knitting realm where I have a bunch of pregnant friends, look! A Baby Surprise Jacket!
I knit the whole thing ~5 years ago in grad school and all I had to do this week was sew one arm seam and attach buttons. Win.
In the topic of knitting with other people’s handspun, this mitten has been in hibernation for awhile because I screwed up the kitchener and it needed a thumb. I finished it up this week. No word on when the second mitten will be started.
I am brewing a handspun sweater plan. I’ve actually been dreaming it up since last year. My stash of Moonrover batts looks like this:
The blue-brown cluster in the top right has been classified as “sweater” and the rest as “not sweater”.
I know that I need to spin it no thicker than fingering weight (the weather here at its coldest is really only “chilly”.) I have not been able to move past the first decision of 2 ply with mixing up the colors vs n-ply for more bold stripes.
For the moment, I just get to sit in the yarn room and smile at the colors all over the floor.