Monday, 5 September 2011

Fibre love

I've had a few squidgy blobs of goodness arrive at my place over the last several weeks, and I haven't featured any here lately, so I thought I'd better catch y'all up ;-)

I spied some loveliness being spun by a certain someone with a talent for colour during the Tour de Fleece, and declared 'I must have some'. She kindly obliged:

gypsy kids on 100% polwarth from Miss Tracee of maude & me. Isn't it just delightful? I thoroughly enjoy just looking at it peeking out of my (slightly overflowing, ahem) fibre basket next to my Lovely. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but we're perfectly happy with the status quo for the time being.

Now, keeping in mind my 'yarn diet' (I've never been good at sticking to diets, that's why I never go on them, just sayin') this is technically the only fibre I've purchased recently. I have bought a few other bits and pieces, but they're for swaps, and totally don't count ;-) Moving on...

I won me some yummy m&m fibre during the Tour de Fleece (although I'm pretty sure Tracee just likes giving her stuff away, and finds any reason possible to do so) - this one is called arms aloft:

Also 100% polwarth. Again, I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet, but I don't think that's really the point now, is it?

I won some more fibre in the HPKCHC for some other handspun I turned in for a class (its a vicious cycle I tell you!!!):

Two batts of punta wool, tencel and bamboo in the colourway Resurrection Stone from linuxchic of Nerd Girl Yarns. I'm seriously looking forward to spinning these up! No, I don't know what I'm going to do with them! Refer to my previous comment ;-)

Now that you've seen some of the goodies coming in to my hot little hands, I must show you what I'm actually doing with some of the previously acquired fibre that has been languishing in the fibre basket for a while. I started spinning my sock pencil roving from Vintage Purls:

Although I stopped, because I was fairly certain it wasn't coming out thin or twisty enough to become durable sock yarn. I'm undecided as to whether I should attempt to fix it, or just spin it as it is and knit it into something non-sockish. I think I'll leave it a bit longer. You never know, I may have an epiphany...

I also started spinning some BFL/silk fibre on my snazzy new spindle, Eric. He is dreamy!!! He spins beautifully, and I love him. I haven't spun much, but I'm in no hurry for this fibre (you guessed it, I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet), so just pick it up and put it down as and when:

And just because, here's an extreme close-up!!

See how thin that single is??? Jeez, I'm such a show-off...

Also absent from the blog of late is some knitting pics!! Yes, I have actually been knitting, but mostly on one project. My Simplicity cardigan:

As you can see, I have (finally) finished the body of the cardigan, and just have the sleeves to go. It is in need of a seriously good blocking (because it looks really bizarre right now) but I can be patient, and wait for it to be finished before I do that. I'm really hoping it comes out looking like the pretty cardigan in the pictures, and not some weirdly misshapen short, wide, semi-transparent... wrap-type-thing... (is quietly cursing self for not knitting and blocking a swatch before starting the project)

I finished my Crazy Knitting Lady mitts:

Totally non-matchy, but that's all part of the crazy!

And since the endless rows of stockinette stitch in laceweight was driving me a little crazy (ie: weirdly misshapen cardigan, as seen above), I cast on some Rick socks (love that Cookie A!):

These are being knit in the Kelly yarn from Knitsch that I was originally using for the doomed Pisqu socks I frogged a couple of weeks ago.

I appear to be suffering a bout of start-itis, as I have also knit a square for the latest round of the Ron Weasley blanket swap, and will be knitting another nine in the next few weeks. I would show you a picture, but the square needs to be blocked, and I can't be arsed right now.

And this morning, I cast on for a pair of Earl Grey socks for my dad, whose birthday is coming up in less than two weeks (gotta love a deadline!). I sent him a bunch of Lotto tickets for Father's Day, and the envelope they came in said something like 'I know you really wanted socks but...' Of course this made something in my brain go 'tweak', and an idea was born! I wrote 'hand knit' into the wee sentence on the envelope, and will (with any luck) be sending him those hand knit socks that he really would have preferred for Father's Day, and would have been all disappointed (I'm sure) that he didn't receive. You see what I did there? Clever, aye! ;-P btw mum? If he really doesn't want any more hand-knit socks, let me know, K? Thanks :-)

I was a good girl and went stash-diving for the yarn for these socks, even though I was actually going to go to the LYS and buy some. I am attempting to stick to the diet, sort of... (using stash yarn for the blanket squares too!)

Well, I have me a lot of knitting to get done, and some dinner to cook for a couple of hungry boys (who will start squawking 'I'm hungry, what is there to eat?' in about two minutes) so I must dash. The sooner they're fed and watered, the sooner I can ship them off to bed, and sit down in front of Buffy with my yarn and sticks ;-) Have a good week!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! You've been busy posting! Loved your description of KAN. Maybe one day I'll be able to get to it. Your new socks look intriguing - you're a sock-knitting queen!