Thursday, August 21, 2008

Failing to keep to the plan, I went from the grapey to this, bypassing old stuff. That plan made it 2 weeks. 245 yards 2 ply DK weight BFL from AbstractFiber on etsy. The color is good in these pictures. The yarn has a slightly bumpy feel to it, not overspun. There are 2 more bumps in related colors.
Thought looking at the roving that it would be darker red but came out with more of the chartreuse influence. Blazing maple leaves.
On a personal peeve: About once a year I forget the ordeal involved and get the rotisserie out of the basement. It takes 30 min to truss up the chicken enough so it doesn't fall off. Now it's making a nasty squeaking noise. Wash the gloves, cut more string. Wrestle the slimy thing. It tastes very good but looks like crap with all the ties. Couldn't serve it to company. Ron Popeil has a lot to answer for and if I ever get the energy I'll send him a letter. Just what are those 2 rubber bands supposed to accomplish? Maybe they are for Cornish hens. Will try that next year.

If someone had checked the pre-existing stash before spinning, someone could have made this a 3ply instead of a 2ply. 335 yards fingering weight, about 4 oz, Falkland from Pigeonroof on etsy. An exact match to 12 oz of 3ply made earlier this summer. That was spun from 2 different vendors. Oh well. Not as if a pound is more likely to be knit up here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

220 yards 3.75 oz of 3 ply 50/50 merino /bamboo from CreativelyDyed. The singles are closer but the real yarn is less peachy. A little pinker than the yarn image, this is inside, no flash. The yarn is a little shiny and reflects the flash bigtime. This is just as soft as the 2 ply shown previously (7/18), but a little squishier. If money were no object, an adult sweater of this would be your most treasured possession. Even a small baby garment is going to run you $50. Too soft for socks so I guess we're left with hat, mittens etc.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The pink is 245 yards of Merino from FatCatKnits. 3 ply. 4 oz. The green is from some batts that were destined for non-use. But in the spirit of finishing up they turned into 280 yards 2ply, about 4 oz. They were nasty neppy clumpy but will be ok in mittens or a baby sweater. SW Merino. A light blue brother was finished to similar specs but too boring for a picture.
Drying in the breeze on a non-functional wind speed thingy. 2nd day without the AC. Fall is coming. They have raised the rates again or so it seems. Save money for yarn. 4 more balls of Noro Sock. Unable to resist the colors. Fun to look at all the projects on Ravelry. There are some very nice scarves and shawls with it but probably not soft enough to get much use.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More stash than work

First, a little more using up stuff I wasn't enthusiastic about. This was 4 oz of a striped roving. It felt overprocessed, dry. The darker blue was full of clumps of short fibers which were icky to encounter. Tried a thick/thin approach, small skein. Didn't like it. Contemplated chucking the ball but then tried a tiny skein of 2 ply fingering. The swatch grew on me. 2" = 13 sts on #2's. So I finished it up. 240 yards that would be ok for gloves.

Yesterday went to Manning's with a friend to check out wheels for her. She's wavering between the Lendrum and a Kromski. I tried out stuff too and really liked the Ladybug and the Kiwi. But resisted since I should be saving for the Journey. Did acquire 3 Koigu's and a skein of Noro sock. Cause my bins are deficient in orange. Is that a good excuse? The picture is a little dark, they are really more canteloupe. We did have a little trouble on the road. Had to stop while a group of chickens crossed from a perfectly good yard with a barn and corn field to a 12" shoulder of grass giving way to a steep ravine slope covered in brush.
Then came lunch. We asked the waiter if there was soup. "No, everyone asks for it but we don't serve it at lunch." Since we were next to the kitchen we heard him say: " There's more people out there wanting soup." Then he came back and said we could have some. 1 minute later he's back with perfectly cooked, serving temperature red based clam chowder with squid and basil. To follow we had Wild Mushroom Pizza with Goat Cheese and Penne with Roasted Vegetable Sauce. All very nice.