A few weeks ago, I gave a spinner that I respect & have much love for a few words. I told her that being perfect isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. We can feel the right path and keep going. Slips and all.
My own advice is what I am taking for the current projects.
All as I start getting ready for Spring String Thing in Lebanon, Ohio. I can’t believe that it’s next week!
The Boxing Day Order
Wonderful & terrifying at the same time – on Boxing Day, I got a firm order for a lace stole. The splendid terms include: a) in amethyst; and (b) blank slate.
What I will be delivering is an approximately 950-yard Victorian-inspired stole with a lightly beaded edge. It’s a custom design knit in 17 days for a deserving client!
Materials: Helen’s Lace (silk/wool) in berry by Lorna’s Laces. Ewe Knit had enough colours of this & other indie lace yarns that I had great choices locally. The beads are Tojo 8/0 from Beaddazzled in Burlington.
This project was a challenge and a real joy. I will post more on the design after it is blocked, and off to Jamaica.
Hand-spun Progress Reports
While the commission was underway, I gave my Tibetan Clouds shawl a light wet blocking to show you the pattern.
Please, ignore the blue blotch – it’s temporary. Apart from that aren’t the colours wonderful? It’s the effect of spinning within each band of the Yarn Hollow hand-dyed fibre. I was able to create long runs where there were none!
The first 4-ply ball of CVM wool sweetness. It weighs 62g. I may not in fact have enough fibre for the intended sweater. That’s fine, I am just going to carry on under the sweater banner anyway.
Incredibly, both of those opposing ply skeins were made on the same niddy-noddy. As Sarah Anderson says in ‘The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs‘:
These yarns are fascinating to experiment with, because it isn’t always clear what you’ll get or how the twist in the different plies will respond…
No kidding! The more energized skein on the left there was 2-ends of the left-spun single plied with the right-spun [L-L-R; plied right]. That 62 yds will be split for the feet of my sock experiment. The other skein is 276 yds of less excited yarn in the opposite track [R-R-L; plied left].
Explaining how the difference ends with a distinction is above my pay grade! They are next in the sock queue.
Making my Day
Also amusing is what’s on my needles now – my Ampersand Happies.
Keeping the foot in plain stockinette was a good move, I think. Love, love, love this colourway as much as I did on the day that I bought the yarn.
I can just see them brightening up my shoes now. It’s going to be great! Seriously, go get some for yourself!
One bright project leads to another. This is a braid of BFL top that was a door prize from Musewings last Stringtopia. Thank you, Nicole!
I started this, yesterday. The braid is split down the middle. I am using my Bosworth Mini (21 g) purpleheart spindle.
My thoughts are with you Boston. Each & every person affected by the Marathon bombing has my prayers.