The fall became a marathon almost as soon as I hit ‘Publish’ on the last post. With adjustments work continued. Writing, and updating the projects fell that far behind.
We are here now, year-end!
As much as I have missed sharing the work it has been a good test in many ways. With less time & energy, I worked on the things that mattered the most. Feeling that strength from the years of learning and practice was its own reward. Really.
The spinning has been lovely as these 3 projects quietly show.
Since taking this picture, I have plied 4 skeins for a total of approximately 790 yards. It is all a conventional 4-ply spun on smaller low-whorl spindles from rolags that I carded.
Some locks are still in the bag but I knew this was getting to a level of angst. It turns out that the plying is no doldrums. I like this stage! There are 2 of the large balls left to be plied.
The cop on my Lark is getting full again. It’s not everyday that I turn to this Chasing Rainbows merino/wool but when I have it has been good spinning.
There is no concrete aim for this yarn but I am going for a 2-ply. The colourway is Pear.
This Forrester spindle supported in the calabash bowl is a master for de-stressing at the end of a long day. It is couch spinning plain & simple.
The 4 singles balls weigh 27 g together. There is another 59 g of fibre, so I am not ploughing through stash with this one!
Leaving the door open for sharing T’s new knits later on, there has also been this Onder shawl by Sarah Jordan. It proves that I too make the cut!
The lace in Sarah’s design was wonderful to work – simple enough to not snag my rough brain, and with enough challenge to make my days melt into something better.
The slip-stitch rolling edge was novel for me, and I love how it keeps the stockinette body honest.
The yarn was extra-special to work with. This skein of Yarn Carnival’s High Wire 3-ply in superwash Merino was a gift from DB & SIL. They chose it for me on a visit to Austin, Texas. Neither knits, and I just loved using it!
This Jacobus is how we know that T has very keen yarn instincts. He chose “River Daughter” from the SheepyTime Knits 2016 Middle Earth Club. This was after I refused his first choice of “The Nine, Merlon.”
T has loved Monkey so hard, and this is just one example of the games that they play!
This has been a year when knitting was the best way I found to say, “Yes, I think of you when you are sleeping. Go, check it out, kiddo!” Sometimes words are not enough.
Best wishes for a very happy 2017!