Because of the lack of knitting and spinning adventures on this blog lately, you may be about ready to give up on me. I have, however, been busily working away in the background and now I'm ready to give you an Ultra Post, LOADED with fiber content!!
First up, a project I have been working on (and off and on) for about a year. I used the Ann Budd pattern in her sweater book and knit millions and millions of stitches on a size 3 needle. It's Koigu, which makes a perfect light weight sweater.
It's a little big. It used to be very big and I threw it in the washer on hot and then in the dryer along with some prayers and it shrunk down a couple inches. It could stand another inch or two, so I might risk it one more time.
Some friends in my yahoo group have been bribing me with gifts to get it done! I have some substantial rewards coming!
My head has been cut off in these pictures because the "feels like" temp today is 104' with hellish humidity and I just wasn't looking all that fresh.
This was a fun and quick knit - the pattern called for more repeats but I wanted a smaller shawl for summer.
And let me just say, sea silk is dreamy.
And some socks...
And then there's the handspun. I know there's not much less interesting than looking at a bunch of gray yarn, but these have been really fun fibers to work with and they represent LOTS of time!
On the left is from a Gulf Coast fleece from Running Moon Farm. It's one that has a bit of Romney in its lineage, and it's wonderful to spin. I plan to spin enough for a cabled sweater. Next is some merino/bamboo from Blue Moon in the colorway Lunasea, I believe it will become a Flower Basket shawl. Next is a skein of a romney/merino/silk blend in a fingering weight that is slated for some cabled mittens. And the last two are some shetland x lincoln that is puffing up nicely into a soft and lofty yarn for... who knows.
There was another shawl, Tuscany from No Sheep for You out of Silky Wool, but that became a birthday present. I'm working on getting a picture, though.
So now it's time to start a new project and I have no idea what it will be. I've got about half a dozen things on the short list, but I think it depends on what yarn I pass on the way to my knitting chair!