I’ve been a bad blogger. I blame it on being busy with school, work, spinning, and knitting.
A new friend came to live with me! She is a Bosworth Spindle made from purpleheart. She weighs about 34 grams and spins like a tornado.
We are getting along together pretty well. She is even helping me spin this month’s spindler challenge. The theme is time travel. I have appropriately decided to spin a yarn inspired by the Back to the Future trilogy. The fiber is BFL in the Pulsar colorway from CorgiHillFarm.
I’ve been enjoying my spring break! I’ve been spinning and crocheting. I’ve been working on several spinning projects. I’m also crocheting a baby blanket for a friend, which I haven’t taken pictures of yet.
Targhee fiber on my wheel. The colors remind me of the Joker from the Batman comics
FO- Corridale fiber N-ply on the fly on my turkish
BFL/Tussah Silk being spun on my russian spindle.
I’ve even done a little shopping after taxes.
6.2 oz of Polwarth Fiber from CorgiHillFarm called Leviathan
Red line Agate square whorl spindle from butterflygirldesigns.
And that is pretty much what I’ve been up to lately. Cheers!
I have a spinning WIP to share. I’ve been navajo plying on the fly on my Threads Thru Time Turkish Spindle. Nothin’ like instant gratification =)
I’ve always wondered, “Can you Navajo ply-on-the-fly on a Turkish spindle?” After pondering a way to do this, I have done exactly that. I came home from work today and after watching a video on this technique, I figured it out! I incorporated some of the basic steps, but altered some to work with a half hitch instead of a hook. I had asked around on ravelry to see if anyone else knew how to do this, and I couldn’t get a straight answer anywhere. If anyone is interested I could post pictures of how to do it or make a video maybe. I’m still new at it, but I think it could be really helpful.
Spinning Blue Moon Fiber Arts Corriedale that I got from Stitches West 2011
Yesterday, I ran into some problems with knitting socks on my addis. The only cure to my sock fever was to go back to my double pointed needles. I am working on some vanilla cuff down socks using the basic sock recipe (rav link) from Knitting Rules! by the Yarn Harlot. I using knitpicks Stroll Tonal sock yarn in the Canopy colorway. Cheers!
Good News: I figured out my gauge for the Opal yarn. That would be 6 stitches per inch.
Bad News: One of my addi size #3 circs has tarnished. Yes tarnished.
Why is it that whenever I get the inspiration to start a new project I am faced with hiccups such as this? I tried to clean the needles with toothpaste (recommended by a fellow raveler), but that did not really work. I’m really considering buying a new set tomorrow at my LYS, but I am strapped for cash.
Other good news: I stood up for myself today at work. My kindness and eagerness to help had been misconstrued as weakness. Today I set the record straight(in the most respectful and tactful way) with my boss. It felt really good.
Like most knitters I usually just jump into a new pattern and I don’t give the gauge swatch any consideration. One of my biggest pet peeves, in general, is wasting my time.
I’m trying to change my ways. I’ve noticed that every time I’ve knit a pair of socks, they never came out the way I expected. Guess what? My gauge was off. I couldn’t wear the socks and ended up giving them away. I have one pair, out of 6 that I have been able to keep for myself. I’m sure no one else sees a problem with this.
I’ve been thumbing through the Yarn Harlot’s Knitting Rules book and I’m going to try her basic sock recipe with some sport weight yarn. I’m also doing two at a time from the toe up. So there are some conversions that will happen with that, but the biggest thing is getting to know my gauge. With the help of the Yarn Harlot’s book and this article from knitty I am going to give it a shot.