Now that Warm Hats Not Hot Heads has entered a steadier phase with the occasional hat mailed and update posted, rather than an all-consuming-let’s-knit-another-hat-this-week-and-now-one-more phase, I have returned to other symptoms of my fiber addiction with a vengeance.
I spent Saturday at StevenBe’s, knitting and spinning with my work knitting club and of course, enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Steven and his staff. I always fail to take enough photos, but here at least is a shot of Steven and of a fabulous new yarn discovery – Schulana’s Mosco, a rayon, mohair, nylon blend that is so drapey and soft, and the mohair halo burnishes the edges of ribbing and cables so wonderfully – wow, this yarn deserves some real attention. It is about a heavy fingering weight. Doubled, it looks like a nice stand in for dk or worsted.
Some Mosco came home with me, along with some rovings and yarn from a new indy-dyer. Alisha Goes Around is a young woman running her business out of her kitchen, and I sure hope it goes well because I want more of her incredible colors in my stash. She charmed Steven and Jessie, and that is good enough for me. This one is her Marmalade (of Ponies) Fingering weight in colorway Landscape. Did I mention that her names are enchanting?
Home for a quick dinner with Wilson, then off to Lisa’s for a knit night that was a benefit for an industry scholarship program. 4 hours later, and I came home with a completed scarf out of Linie On-line Zico pom pom yarn. It is wonderfully soft and a little girl I know will love it in her holiday package next year. (Wow, done with some holiday knitting this early! Of course, must knit another one of these for her sister…) This yarn is wild – you knit it by knitting the short cords between the pom poms. 66 stitches and 28 rows later, you have a scarf.
Sunday morning I ran over to Deb’s where we spun together for a bit before I headed back to Steven’s for a spinning lesson – linen, hemp, and bamboo (rayon) were on the menu. I did a passable job and am happy with the results so far, but maybe it would have been a good idea to spin some dyed flax fiber so it wouldn’t be so reminiscent of twine. I have enough linen to knit up a scrub cloth, and enough of the hemp (tan fiber in second picture) to edge it. I’m not sure what I’ll do with about 5 yards of bamboo, but it was interesting to spin.
Also on my wheel this weekend, more of Nora, the TargheeXFinnX?X? cross. I have been spinning up one ounce batts and then transferring them to plastic bobbins. I’m not 100% sure why these two are so different in size – I’m hoping it is only because I wound off the top singles into a center pull ball first. Maybe the yarn breathed a bit? The idea behind the plastic bobbins is that they are a cheap way to warehouse the singles until I can ply them all at once. I’m trying to work up another sweater’s-worth and want to get maximum uniformity.
I’m cranking through this project fairly quickly, partly because I can’t wait to spin up the top I purchased from Erica at Designknit. I love her dyeing, partly because of her science background and the chromatographic way she approaches this sport, partly because what’s not to love about her colors? Check out her recent post in which she tries, rather successfully, I think, to emulate the cardinal against a winter landscape in one of my posts a few weeks back.
Yes, you and the kiddens are right, this post is over-long and a bit tedious. My apologies for clearing the pipes out. One more gratuitous photo – my long awaited amaryllis, blooming just in time to nurse me through a couple more weeks of winter and snow-filled yards.
And now it is past-time for me to sign off and get ready for bed and another work week. (But maybe another hour or two of fiber?)