Months! Unavoidably so but I have missed posting so much.
The circumstances of moving my studio away from this window, bringing down the guest room, painting for light, and generally growing into long-term plans have been very happy. It has been a long process with challenges and a ton of joy.
Naturally, knitting went into high gear as well. I bossed the Peace Fleece into living up to its worsted name for this Muddy Duck Pond Cardigan designed by Kristen TenDyke.
Even on 4.0 mm needles my gauge led me to knit the 6 month-size instructions for a special preschooler. The ‘Kalinka Malinka blue’ colourway just pops knit this tightly. It also brought the yarn’s vegetable matter & guard hairs out for the plucking.
T’s handknits now also include 2 pairs of socks, and a set of mittens. He also has a kelly green hoodie on the needles that I am almost finished knitting: Kerrera for Kids by another favourite designer, Gudrun Johnston. The very first finished object was a handspun Mario the Artistic Rabbit in Targhee wool that is seeing its fair share of love.
As I knew it would, spindle spinning has been my chief creative outlet. The surprise was how strongly my sock knitting mojo returned. There is nothing like slaying a second-sock syndrome, and I am also learning from Lara Neel’s “Sock Architecture“. T, your toes have a Grecian shape & it was new to me.
While projects take longer to create & document they are more important than ever before. It’s all good, and with luck I will be able to weave in this guest-room-no-more space… eventually.
This spindle is 1 of 2 captive ring Pushkas that brightened up some hard days. A friend’s daughter brought a good many back from her trip to Cusco’s market in Peru earlier this summer. I was harder to reach than usual, and am so thankful that she kept a few for me plus told me to also snag an extra-large plying spindle. Even more thankful because we now also have a small turned Pushka for T.
The fibre is Corriedale wool top, and I am spinning along with the Spindlers Ravelry group’s September challenge. The theme this month is Peru, and I am trying to spin 50 g of the top for a 2-ply yarn. Prepping my own would be more authentic but far less achievable for me now.
It’s a pleasure to touch base again. There have been quiet laughs about how my diary notes in the last post really took-off since March. For readers who have been patient, thank you.