Monday, December 31, 2007

New computer appeared for Christmas, ostensibly as a present for me, although I hadn't expressed a need. Very fancy SONY with a huge monitor screen, beautiful 3-D pictures. I am totally unable to figure out how to import and find the pictures. Took me 5 months with the old set up but I was getting there. Wah. The week before Christmas I was incapable of thought so cast on a scarf from a bag of spindled Corriedale that jumped out of a drawer.

6 oz heavy worsted weight, about 270 yds
merino/tussah roving from Winderwood
30 st, k1 p1, size 8
5 1/2 " by 68", unblocked
Gave away the scarf, Calorimetry and 2 pair of socks. Spun up 6 oz and acquired 20 oz roving. Although I have been inspired to up the knitting by all the Ravelry stuff, I'm obviously not keeping up. Better luck in the new year.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Best yarn to date. From "Handful of Dust" by FCK. Can't find a pic of the roving but it's in her etsy archive. Brown and red. 3ply merino, used almost all of 3.5 oz. Near fingering weight, used Pony Pearl #1's, 72 stitches, 8 st = 1". The insert pattern is on page 77 of Bauerliches Stricken 2. I wanted something that would split in the middle to carry a little down the foot. The twisted stitches wrecked the points of the needles even though the fabric wasn't super tight. Friends hated the roving, didn't like the yarn. I made it for practice on 3ply sock thinking oh well, practice. EVERYONE whined about receiving the socks. NONONO. MINE. They also happen to be the most comfortable socks in the drawer.
Possibly there are other people in the world worth the production of 3ply fingering but I haven't met them yet.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Tale of Two Calorimetries

Yarn is 2ply handspun from CMF SW Merino "Love Me Tender". Spindle spun 2? years ago. This stuff failed its' sock test: fabric too stiff . Failed its' garter mitred square test: not enough definition. It wanted to be 2/2 ribbing. Mindful of all the problems reported, I went down to #7 for the bottom one, otherwise did as written. 16" x 6"" unstretched. The top one is on #6, 5 3/4" x 15 1/2". Each one took about 75 yds. I like the fabric better on #6 and it fits the average head well. The colors are like polished jasper. It would have made an awesome scarf but I only have 8 oz. Still might frog these and do that.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

More of the current 3ply-hopefully -for-socks. Superwash merino from Flawfulfibers. This does not have the body of regular merino, it's softer. Would probably wear out fast as socks. I don't like overspun, overplied yarn so sacrifice wear. If there were more it would make a lovely baby sweater. As time goes by, a coordinating colorway will likely appear. 4 oz, 320 yds. Spun on Wooleewinder Lendrum.

Mike says he hopes no one is making him a sweater out of this girly color. "Floral Embrace" merino by FatCatKnits. 4oz, 320 yds, 3ply. Spun on regular Lendrum flyer, biggest whorl.