Monday, November 24, 2008

Lest you think there has been no work since last post. Finally finished big socks, for Moose. Regia, Addi 1's.

Smaller socks for Dad. Webs Valley sock yarn, Addi 0's.

Outside picture of roving, yarn and mittens. Picture under pseudo-Ott light. None of these truly captures the virulent yellow-green. 3ply, Addi 1's. Merino from Allspunup. This made a perfect mitten fabric, sturdy but not stiff. 13 st = 2". A 4oz bump, about 250 yards.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This is the roving on the right in the previous post. Milk protein/silk/wool 20/40/40. 4 oz, 314 yards, 2ply. I separated the top into 3 chunks to keep the colors. The 3 skeins are different. The yarn is similar to the bamboo blend by this dyer but was easier to spin. The bamboo shed white fibers all over the area, this one didn't. It's a little sturdier too because of the silk. Please enlarge the pictures.

The colors on my monitor are pretty good despite being indoors. We're having a very dark day today, cold and damp.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Stitches 2008

Door to door, 10 minutes, courtesy of the Moose. Had to go. Next year they are moving away. Great day, overcast, 72. It wasn't even too hot in the Market. Big line to get in but it moved fast. First stop CreativelyDyed. Finally met Dianne, such a sweet person. And her husband who seems very supportive. Mine gave me a ride but he wouldn't have hung around. Anyhow: Wool/seacell and Milk Protein/silk/wool. 2 new fibers for me.

After that came the aimless wandering. Jojoland SW Melody that I could've gotten cheaper later on. The orange is sw wool/bamboo sock yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon. Unpictured is a skein of the beige color Noro Sock, my ostensible goal for the trip. That was the only large line, at WEBS, but they had 2 checkers and it moved. They also had Kauni which I resisted since it felt like string, even the samples which one would hope had been washed. Also resisted sweater quantities at Ellen's Half-Pint and Brooks. Cause I'm never going to use it but they were gorgeous.

Green is SW merino, yellow Bombyx/merino. From Lisa Souza. her husband was also there being charming to old ladies.

More harvest colors, BFL, from River's Edge Weaving Studio in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Going to try for a 3 ply. Did a sample skein once and didn't like it but things may have changed. The most awesome part of this is posting before losing the ID tags. Despite the pain in my knee. Which cannot be allowed to interfere with shopping.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

On Sunday, went to knitting group at LYS, Cloverhill. They had a wonderful display of rovings from FatCatKnits. Someone might have bought 4. Wasn't going to spin till Monday (weekend rest for the hands) but somehow had done 3 oz by bedtime. Finished up on Monday and it took 3 days to dry. When it was plied I thought it looked just like turquoise with matrix. Then found the tag and it's name was "Taos". Although the roving was dissimilar, this yarn is very similar to that of my Swallowtail.

Falkland, 4 oz, 2ply, 280 yards. Shown hanging on our only leaf changer, a deciduous azalea. There was more of this color but since I already have a shawl, will probably not get it. This might be socks. Very lofty so it would knit down to gauge ok. The colors are good for a change.