Monday, May 21, 2012

Still knitting!

Hey, gang.

Yes, I know, I missed my weekly post again. I've been having trouble with the whole blogging thing, lately. I clearly need to be more interesting. :) Still, I have made a little bit of progress, so why not share, right?

My spinning has slowed down. I don't know. Too many other things to get done, I guess. I am still spinning, and still faster than with the Wee Peggy, but not at blazing speed. It'll even out, I'm sure. Until then:

Still plying the Fiber Fancy romney in the Sea Beginnings colorway. I do all of my plying on my heavy duty Ashford Student spindle, like so:

The FLUFF Rambouillet in Ripe Eggplant is still on the bobbin, but I'm winding that off into a plying ball, like this:

And I'm currently spinning some Fat Cat Knits variegated BFL in the Old Rose colorway:

As far as knitting goes, both my Spectra:

and my Boneyard are coming along. With the Boneyard, you can see how my gradient/striped yarn transitioned. Pretty, no?

And that's what's in the works at the moment. What's on your needles and/or wheel? :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

All the news that's fit...

Another week, another update, just at the far end.

So how have you all been doing? What are you all up to? Have you given up knitting for spinning, if you spin? Do your craft moods change with the seasons? Do you even have seasons anymore? :)  Here in NorCal, the weather can't seem to decide between winter and summer. Me, I'm ready for it to make up its mind.

Here's what's happened since the last time I posted:

The Into The Whirled polwarth/silk is finished. 270 yards of heavy fingering/sport weight chain-plied yarn. I loved the fiber. The colors don't make me do backflips, but they're pretty. I haven't decided whether to keep or sell this skein yet.

The Fiber Fancy Romney is all spun up and waiting to be plied. The single has broken on me more than once due to not enough twist. Grr. I have fixed/can fix it, but it's frustrating.

And the next thing on the wheel was some FLUFF Rambouillet in the "Ripe Eggplant" colorway.

Spinning rambouillet is kind of like spinning a fleece blanket. It's lovely, squooshy stuff. We'll see how the spinning finishes up on that.

I also cast on a couple new knitting projects, both by Stephen West. Apparently I really wanted to work on my simple stitch/pretty results work.

The first is a Spectra done with some bare KnitPicks and a superwash wool from the now-defunct Fall Creek Fibers.

And then, a Boneyard Shawl out of some glitter sock yarn that I gradient dyed in my Katherina colorway. So proud of this one. If you like gradient yarns, look out. I think I'm going to start offering my Shakespeare colorways in this format too, on sock and lace.

Isn't this pretty?

See you next week!