Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Project Awkward

In an ideal world, every knitter would have multiple sets of needles in all the right sizes with the perfect cable lengths easily to hand.

In an ideal world.

This one is very often not ideal, so we make do with what we've got or can easily get.

Along with my other myriad projects (some of which are actually nearing Significant Progress status), I have taken the plunge and started a Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. I suppose I shouldn't say "started" at this point, since I'm about 75% finished. I added one to my project rotation since I had the yarn from another project and wanted to use it for something.

But it has grown far too large to be easily displayed in pictures on the needles, as evidenced below.

To be completely honest, I probably should have just kept it on the pair of needles it was on for the original project. I might have been able to spread it out better. It's even a little unwieldy just to work on it, much less show it off. But it is what it is, and it's far too late to add another needle now. (Too late for me, anyway. It'd take too much effort for my lazy butt. Someone else probably wouldn't blink. You go, whoever you are!)

I usually take this to knitting night to work on, because it's just garter stitch and short rows, so I can talk and work on it at the same time, but I may not next time I go, because ...well. Awkward.

Still, it's nearly finished, so I'll keep plugging away.

My spinning wheel remains broken. I'm suffering withdrawals but I'm hoping the part is here in the next day or two. I've got a lot of spinning catch-up to do.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Making Lemonade

When life gives you lemons...

So this happened yesterday:

That is the cracked casing of my footpedal connector on my Vespera, As it is the wheel I use most (my Wee Peggy is not in great condition), this means there will be no e-spinning until I replace it. Sad.

Fortunately, Jan from Heavenly Handspinning says this is very easy, so I should be back up and running shortly.

Until then, I have my spindles.

I don't know what sort of fiber that is (though I suspect it might be Into The Whirled). The spindle is a Zebisis Designs stone spindle.

I continue to knit on my multitude of projects. Up this week?

This is an imperfect shot of the halfway point on my Lightning Thief shawl by Lily Go. It was a MKAL, but since the mystery part is over, I'm not shy about showing pictures. I'm making the large size so have another hank of yarn to work through. The yarn is my own handdyed merino/silk fingering weight. It's soooo soft and smooshy.

Lily's doing another MKAL in May, based on Interview With A Vampire. Go sign up!

I will be at the San Jose Fantasy Faire this weekend, getting my sea-fairy on. If you're local, bring the kids and come play! I suspect there will be very little spinning or knitting  as a result, but who knows? I am not the stay out and party type anymore.