I was so happy with my silk hankie, I actually spun up all 11g of it in a day.
Then foolishly I andean-plied it.
To anyone thinking of plying silk hankie,
PLEASE DON'T DO THIS!!!!!
rest of it is kind of a blur of tangled over-twisted singles tangling in a tangly-mess. Did I mention tangled? I think I lost some sleep over this. Ridiculous. In the end, I snipped both ends, made an Andean-ply again and then placed the finished ply on a straight knitting needle so the singles didn't get tangled as much.
Lesson of the day:
Silk is sticky.
Silk wants to be spun very fine.
Silk wants to mingle with other silk outside its twist.
Silk is sticky.
Silk is apex of luxury in hand and color.
I think I want to knit a lampshade for this using Nancy Bush's Queen Silvia Motif from Knitted Lace of Estoia.
I didn't realize Maryland was such a fiber-party central. Asher and I drove up the road (after getting lost due to multiple roads with the same names), we finally made it, and enjoyed the yarn fumes in very warm weather.
There were lots of pretty yarn, but none of them really called my name except for this silk hankie: It's a lovely mixture of purple, blue, and cool pink. The hand of it is exquisite. The lovely lady at Misty Hill Farm (I hope that's right, they were out of business cards) showed me how to spin a hankie.
Here's how it's spinning: not as even as I would like it to be, but it's so addictive. While Asher was away playing frisbee, I was busy twirling away on the spindle. And the colors! Usually I'm a sucker for natural colored roving, but these colors! I'm planning on plying it so it will have some interesting mix of colors.
I like knitting and other wintery things, but I also like the warm weather. I like waking up and not having to step on cold tiles of the bathroom.
In the beginning of the month we had some carrots and I saw that one was sort of growing sprouts, so I saved the tops and put them in a bowl with some fish tank water. They are growing, and their small leaves are so cute! I'm really surprised how quickly they grow, and it's really nice having some greenery (for free!) in the kitchen.
Day 1 (3/3): Right out of the refrigerator, straight to the bowl
Day 2: Leaves are already turning green, so I added another friend. Day 3: Really fun watching them grow! Day 4: Leaves are turning green, and new sprouts are coming out from inside the old ones (in layers) <-I should know this term, but oh well. Day 5: Look at all the leaves! I'm surprised to see how different these leaves are. Are they different species of carrots? Day 6: Trivia of the day: Carrots originate from Afghanistan. Who'd thunk it? Added another friend. Day 7 (3/9): They are so much taller then the edges of the bowl now! There's a quiet one...hmmm is that one alive? Asher thinks not, but I'm giving it a few more days.
I'm done with Sister's malabrigo hat: Done. Just like that. I love bulky knits.
Pattern:: Capitan Hat by the Soapy Knitter Yarn:Malabrigo yarn Chunky in Amoroso Needle:US10 circular and DPN Mods:None, LOVE the buttons we picked out. Lovely pattern, lovely hat. sigh.
I didn't run out of yarn like most people on ravelry...it must be that continental uses less yarn than English style knitting. If anyone knows, please let me know.
I casted on for grandma's shawl, and done with the first skein: Funny, notice the difference in color where the ends are on the shawl? I checked the label, and they are the same dye lot. Hemph. I really hope I have enough yarn for this. I'm making the short version.
Pattern:: Carol's Clever Little Shawl by Carol Sanders Yarn:Patons Classic Wool in Royal Purple Needle:US8 straight Mods:None so far. 1 repeat takes 13g of yarn. Hope to not run out!
This blanket is virtually "gratuit" because all these squares are made of leftover yarn from sockweight projects. Some squares are made of just one type of yarn, and others are combinations of different yarn.
My latest square (unblocked) on the bottom right corner is from my newest FO socks blogged here.
I'm liking the way it's turning out. I thought some squares would stick out like a sore thumb, but the squares are all mingling quite well with one another.
I'm done with sister's malabrigo hat, and I casted on for grandmother's stay-put shawl. I'm very lucky to have people in my life who I can knit for. Photos later.
After knitting 3 projects for myself during Knitting Olympics, I felt rather guilty.
Here is my original plan before yarn for my sweater showed up:
What did I make? MY Norwegian mittens (#5 in above photo).
Therefore I declare March to be my selfless knitting month. I'll knit for others before I knit something for myself.
Here's selfless project the first: Grandpa's computer wristwarmers.
Pattern: Susie's Reading Mitts Yarn: Rowan Purewook DK in brown and Cascade 220 in forest green Total yardage: 145 yds Needles: US5 DPN Mods: Although my granddad sleeps on a pink futon, I thought I'd make the pattern more masculine. I CO 40, then knit the first 4 rows as follows: PKKK. No picot edges for him! Then I knit the lace in contrast yarn. Stockinette st for 29 rows gave me the right length, so that's where I began the gusset. After dividing for thumb, K 4 rows then begin lace again. Do one more set of garter stitch, BO. No mods to thumb.
If I were to make this again, I would pick up 3 sts from the hand to avoid holes in the thumb gore. All in all, a fun and quick pattern to knit.
Did I mention I really like the quality of the wool? When I have extra money to spend on yarn, I think Rowan yarn will be worth the extra oomph.
Next up: Sister's cap (#6 in above photo). I wound malabrigo into a cake. mmmm.