This might look like I’m at a standstill but really this is a spanking new January Lady Sweater:
Version 1.o was sadly deluded. It was kidding itself into thinking that it could ever fit me. So, to mix metaphors, I bit the bullet & frogged.
Not pointing fingers or calling names but sometimes garter stitch knitting can go to one’s head. Version 2.0 is not only knit according to the yarn’s gauge but also up a size to the 37½ bust. It also boasts a slip-stitch edge and neater buttonholes. Now for the yards of EZ’s gull lace pattern…
I also made good on the promise to sample the fruits of my hand-spinning. Thanks to Amelia Ask the Bellweather‘s post for Beginning Spinners like me, I found 2 free & easy spinner’s control cards: from a guild; & on flicker.
Armed thusly, I backed out the grey Romney/ mystery wool 2-ply for a test drive. A mere slip of a thing at 46′ & 20 wraps per inch (wpi). Meaning that it is a scrap of fingering weight. Perfect for sampling. On my US 2/ 2.75mm needles it became something:
From that wee swatch I am relieved to see that my counter-clockwise hand-spun (z twist) didn’t want to split much on knitting & has no bias. Of course, it’s a wee thing, so we shall see. I’ll be paying closer attention to swatching from here on in. Really.
Why do I have z-twist yarn? Yah. I spin sitting down like a market woman – inner left thigh rolling to be exact. [Mother did shudder]
As for kindness… a week ago First Susan from the Wool Bin’s knitting group gave me her super-bulky alpaca scarf. It’s fantasically warm:
Second Susan originally bought this Misty Alpaca yarn, hated the colourway & destashed it over to First Susan. At the meet-up I was alone in loving the FO’s bright colours. That very week, First Susan presented it to me! Here I am that day in my coat, hat & new scarfy:
How did I ever go this many years without a long, thick scarf of my own? Duh!
This scarf isn’t only warm though. It’s a splash against dreary winter days like this:
Thanks again to the 2 Susans!