Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Not going to be any swatches soon so here's the sample skeins of BFL from FatCatKnits, Part of a sizeable holiday shipment. Left is 3ply fingering, right sport. Even allowing for the sun/not sun settings, the cream has vanished. The brick is also gone. The colors are true in both pictures. The fingering was spun from an 18" length divided in half and then in thirds. The 2ply is from the other half divided in half again. Probably it will look way different when spun from longer and more random lengths. I do plan to make enough 3ply to try socks and see how they wear. This fiber is amazingly soft. The color would be acceptable for a Man-scarf. Would also make good boy-babywear.
Have had issues with the Wooleewinder making the wheel wobble so went back to the regular flyer for these. Tried "oiling the travel screw through the slit". Hoping to avoid the total taking apart of the device.

Finally got around to ordering the Knitpicks sock needle set. So slippery, so pointy. Very happy. The Pony Pearls have developed snaggy tips just like the bamboos. So annoying. If I don't lose these they should last forever.

This sock project was meant to use up 8oz spindle spun probably 3 year old merino/tussah. Hopefully the silk will make up for the loose spinning. Anyhow: ran out of yarn at the heel of the 4th sock. Looking around for a close substitute and found another skein: 150 yds. How could this be from 8oz? Addi 1's, 8st = 1". 1st pair Monkeys (gift) 2nd pair 3/1 rib.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Spinning Content: This is a small part of my CMF stash. Autumn, Ocean (maybe Azure Skies), Forgetmenot, Emerald Coast. 300 - 500 yds per 8oz. All spindled Corriedale. 1 lb of each of the greens remains unspun, grabbed when they were sadly discontinued. This was an easy fiber for a beginner, very smooth drafting. I was making 500 - 1000yds a month then which could be why the hand difficulties occurred. Then they introduced the Sock Hop rovings, also amply represented in my stash.

Beautiful rovings posted on etsy this weekend. I hadn't ordered any for 3 weeks. So after the stress of taking the Learner's Permit out for a ride.... Also put up a project on Ravelry. Took about an hour 'cause they kept filling in the wrong pattern name but the next one should be easier. It also said they weren't reading the blog but the link is up and works. Probably I just can't enter it correctly.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where did 10 days go? Zapped by the Busy Fairy again. Work, laundry, ever-expanding errands. We had a Grand Opening of Super Walmart last week and I was sucked in yesterday. First thing at the door is a deli area and 4 employees having a very loud altercation over serving one of them the wrong combination of fried chicken pieces. No one in the area interested in actual customers. No manager in sight to rein them in. The rest of the store was clean and stocked but very few staff in sight. The prices were mostly better than the local supermarket but I'd rather spend an extra $5 for less walking, less traffic and nicer staff. But I had to go look.

Just spent 1 1/2 hours taking pictures and trying to get them to an uploadable location. But now I know 2 ways to move from Photoshop. Had to do a few calming rows on the sock prior to starting this. I hate to feel pressured to blog which is why I'm not looking for readers. Not much spinning, plied up another 4 oz of the olive/turquoise and started on some blue for a change. 3", a heel and a toe left on a sock. Luckily Mikey is willing to do photo duty.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The color is truthful in the slightly fuzzy sock picture. Very olive and reddish browns. 4 oz BFL from FlawfulFibers. 2ply knit on Addi 1 12 in circs. Cast on 72 stitches. This is my first BFL finished project, amazingly soft and almost slippery.
What could this be? Did someone send me a box of snakes? Look! They are trying to escape and come into my house.

Etsy is a great thing for me. There aren't any nearby sources of fiber. The choices. The convenience. Only once has something not really been the color represented but the fiber was nice even so. I am happy to be supporting indie fiber producers. So when I have a VERY BAD DAY which occurs at least every 2 weeks (or less), I reward myself with etsy. Rationalization: Cheaper than drinking and better for you and you have something afterwards. Fiber takes up less space and is cheaper than shoes. As bad habits go it could be lots worse.