My mom left today after a nice week-long visit. She got to enjoy some of the best weather we’ve had this summer (well, she didn’t mind the heat, though I found it a bit oppressive) and we did some of the touristy things one doesn’t often take the time to do in one’s hometown.
Of course there was lots of sitting around gabbing, and I am incapable of doing such without fiddling my fingers around. So, this being a fiber-blog, I’ll share what I accomplished.
I finished spinning and plying the “Pumpkin Juice” batts from Enchanted Knoll’s Happy Hooves club.
I had a little mishap while sewing in the second sleeve; it went in wonky (translate: apparently I need more practice!) and I decided to rip it out and start again. I snipped a yarn, believing it to be the seaming-yarn. Indeed, it was not. There was about an hour of “Knit Triage” wherein I caught unraveling stitches, kitchnered my little heart out, and generally tried to stay calm. There was lots of deep breathing and tongue-biting.
Garnstudio Silke-Tweed, approx. 1080 yards (just under 5 balls) color 05, “Indigo”
4.5 mm (US 7) needles, circular and dpns
I made the 36.25″ size with some modifications: longer body and sleeves, and I added some waist shaping (inc. 6 st. each side about 7″ up, then dec. the same before beginning cable.) I also knit the neckline trim in the round. I really love how it turned out, it’s a very wearable sweater and I expect it will see a ton of use once the temperatures dip below the 80s and 90s here in Maine.
Since I’m not one to deal well without an abundance of knitting in progress, I cast on for another pair of socks, this time a stranded pattern.
I’ve also got a new project on the spinning wheel. This is some merino bamboo (60/40%) dyed in the colorway “Hidden” by Amy of Spunky Eclectic. I’ve got 8 ounces to spin up, and I’m spinning the thinnest single I ever have, in hopes of a two-ply laceweight yarn in the end.
I’m hoping to knit “Laminaria” (from Knitty Spring 2008) with it when I’m done, which should be awhile at the rate I’m going. Fortuitous the summer days are so long, isn’t it?
All for now.