Long time, no blog. I just haven't been feeling amusing. That means I am not immune to missing the point of this knitblog thing. I am also missing the FIT/NYC/Yarncrawl/Central Park Extravaganza, so I've had to string together my own amusements.
Saturday spinning was silk. I am suddenly loving silk. Tussah has enough tooth, so it is easy to draft. Some of the colors created by the handdyers are stunning. (There is no other word, and I mean it literally and figuratively.) Thesilkworker.com sent me tussah top, shiny, scintillating, mesmerizing. The picture barely shows you what has transfixed my spinner's eye -
I practiced with GypsyGirl 'FreshLemonade' first. Toni of The Fold is responsible for my initiation here. For those of you who are cheering that this is not about blue, well, relax. The fibery parts of my blog are not about blue as much as they are about interesting, different fiber challenges that make me think and force me to figure things out about what I'm spinning and knitting. When I'm dead and gone (hopefully not soon) I hope to be remembered for the journey, the challenges, and for having provoked thought. It's just not about blue. That's the subtext that keeps me happy, but indeed, it is just a subtext.
Carrie won the Posh cashmere/merino yarn via an auspicious random number. I've just changed her fate in the universe, as she said she never wins things like this. Blogs are wonderful things.
The Ellen's Half-Pint Leapfrog socks are done, with yarn to spare. I don't think I'll leap to buy lots of merino/tencel yarn. I did enjoy the knit, but the lack of elasticity made some of the needle junctions rather unforgiving. When I went to whipstitch some of the laddering into oblivion, I created humps of fabric that looked worse than the ladders. I gave up. Time is on my side, as I will soon forget which side, which sock, and which defect, and enjoy them despite the imperfections.
The skein had 475 yards, my feet are big, and the cuff was 6" high. I had reasonable amounts of yarn left at the end.
I have become obsessed with knee socks, and with unusual fiber blends for sock knitting. Clessidra has me planning and plotting. What yarn is suitable? That much sock needs a stronger yarn so it won't wear out any time soon. The Regia Silk is expensive, so can I substitute Knitpicks Gloss? There is no nylon in Gloss. I found a lush wool/mohair/nylon/silk blend in lovely colors. It will be strong, but not resilient, as the wool component tops out at only 50%. I learned my nonresilient lesson one paragraph back. Some of the Cherry Tree Hill solid colors have waved their ballbands at me, but the pure merino may lack durability.
Then, looking through LoopyEwe's website, I see MORE kneesock patterns. And then I am waylaid by Lisa Souza's wool/angora blend sock yarn. (The wool/angora will not be used for kneesocks.) Such pleasure in deliberation! So many choices beyond merino and superwash.
The timesucking baby blanket is almost done. I'm going to try EZ's sewn cast-off, and then you will have the blocking pictures. Can we hear trumpets? The baby isn't due until June 7th.
The FreshLemonade silk was last Saturday's spin. I'll have some stuff done on the wheel this coming Saturday to show, and some plans to make room for more fleece. Fiber season is approaching. I know my (our?) inability to turn my back on a beautiful fleece. So I'm hatching ways of making sure the Rubbermaid bins don't top out at ceiling level.
Spring is only slowly approaching. The local farmstand had a display of hopeful pansies. The spring vegetables aren't in the local market yet. Snow still covers my garden. I'm impatient.