Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Dude, I'm sorry...

I've been working on a shawl over the last few days.  One I started back in 2013 - this seems to be a bit of a theme of late, picking up old projects I started too long ago.

Cloud Illusions shawl, knit with Skeinz mink yarn in laceweight

Anyway, I finished the lace section and am now procrastinating about the picot bind off, knowing it will be slow and torturous.  I'm going to wait until I have a few hours to myself, perhaps with a movie and a large pot of tea, to get stuck in.  So with that put aside I picked up the fugly blanket to do a bit of crochet - another project I started a while ago.


With a colour change, I decided to work in some of my handspun scraps.  Now, I'd come to the realisation some time ago that as much as I like spinning, and the finished yarn in a skein, I don't particularly like the finished yarn knit into a fabric.  There are exceptions - namely my most favourite cardigan of all time:

97-18 Swing cardigan by Drops, knit with my handspun merino (about fingering weight-ish)

And may I point out that this cardigan still looks EXACTLY THE SAME four years later...  (Sadly, I recently had to throw out those jeans.  Best jeans ever.  I loved you, man.  We had some good times.)  I digress...

I picked out a bunch of handspun scraps and started working them into my blanket, when I realised just how terrible they were.  I mean seriously, truly awful.  I'm not sure if this was because they were scraps that I quickly navajo-plied to empty a bobbin - I'm sure some of them were - but even the two-ply stuff was pretty naff.  Some of it was actually quite rope-like.  I didn't enjoy crocheting with it AT ALL.  This got me thinking about all the stuff I'd made out of my handspun and given away to my beloved friends and family.  And dude, I am so sorry!  I apologise for the horrendousness that I have bestowed upon you with pride, thinking that it was something truly wonderful that I had made for you out of love.  I will not be offended if you feel the need to burn it, trash it, or otherwise dispose of it (if you haven't already).  All will be forgiven and let us never speak of it again.

I will finish the fibre I am currently spinning - some cormo fleece which is puffy and cloud-like:


The yarn is quite nice too (I checked, believe me!)  Once this is done, I will be selling my spinning wheel and remaining fibre.  This could be some time away, since I still have quite a bit of the cormo left to spin and I'm not in any particular hurry.  I may be persuaded to finish it a little quicker with the idea that I can buy a Garmin FR220 with the proceeds...

I much prefer the finished look of commercial yarn, and not spinning will give me more time to knit ;)  The latest FO was a pair of slippers for my mum - the pattern link had been doing the rounds on Facebook and of course people were putting in requests to their knitter peeps.  Me, being the awesome daughter that I am, obliged:



It certainly made coming up with a Mother's Day gift a lot easier!  These are Little Red Riding Slippers, knit in Panda Jumbo yarn.  Mum has little feet, so I got away with knitting the smallest size.  I'm going to be honest and say I didn't enjoy knitting these much.  Although they were a relatively quick knit due to the chunkiness of the yarn and the large needle size, they were fiddly to finish (and mum, I apologise if they don't hold together all that well).  Or maybe I just got lazy.  Who could say?  Moving on...

I went for a long-ish trail run last Monday.  Since I was by myself, I was restricted to using the Okura Bush Walkway - a single trail, well-used, with no deviations, therefore no chance of getting lost.  I didn't want to get my feet wet so decided not to run along the beach where I'd have to cross over inland streams, and just stuck to the main section.  This meant I had to run 2.5 out-and-backs, and I passed a group of ladies four times.  They probably thought I was a complete loony...

Pretty poison

So many stairs


The beach I didn't run on

More pretty poison

Surprisingly, not poisonous.  But ew...

The slip that's been there for, like, ever...

Um, yeah.  Rocks.

Most people need to duck under this.  I scrape under because I'm short.  There are advantages.

I love this huge kauri tree.

Just a little bit over the stairs now...

I was aiming for 18km but miscalculated the turnaround point on the last out-and-back and ended up running 17.6km.  Close enough.  Haven't run any more since, because I've been working on the final assignments for my two current papers.  Lazy.  Raining.  Procrastinating.  Blah blah.  Only two and a half weeks until the Double Rainbow.  Better get on with it...

Enjoy your week!

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