I’ve actually got a completed knitting project to show off! I’m excited cuz those are pretty rare for me, especially with handspun 😉
This was a basic 2×2 rib hat from David’s gorgeous “Fields of Gold” in Merino. This thing is SO soft and warm and I am in absolute love with the colors and striping. I split the top vertically into I think 5 strips so I knew the color repeats would be pretty short.
One of my favorite spindles, Greensleeves Lady Barbara, is currently being used to spin up another gorgeous creation from David. We recently did a batt swap and he sent me these amazing batts of 50% Polwarth wool / 25% Silk / 25% New Zealand Possum. Those of you that aren’t aware, the New Zealand Possum is a totally different create than the US Opossum. Their fur is unbelievably soft. This blend is SO nice to spin!
This year has been one of the first years I’ve actually appreciated, and even enjoyed, autumn. I think Rhinebeck and my complete and total obsession with all things wool has played a large part in this. This time of year means getting to wear all of my favorite handknit stuff…curling up in bed at night with the window open, all wrapped up in blankets…being able to spin and knit without sweatily sticking to whatever it is I’m working on…drinking hard cider…and so many other wonderful things.
This past Saturday I had some time to kill while visiting a friend of mine who lives in Charlestown, right on Bunker Hill, so I got to walk around for a bit and took some pictures. It was an absolutely beautiful New England fall day and the area is so pretty.
I’ve also cast on my very first sweater! Rhinebeck, and all of the beautiful handknit items I witnessed while there, inspired me to venture something bigger. I’ve never
knit finished a sweater, I have an awful case of knitting A.D.D. There’s several beginnings of sweaters lying around on my needles but none have made in very far. This time, I’m determined! And I’ve made pretty good progress so far. I’m knitting the Cobblestone Pullover ( ). I managed to get a good 8″ of the body done on Saturday before I gave in to the realization that it was going to be HUGE! And yes, I’m a bad knitter, I did not knit a gauge swatch, so it serves me right. I ripped and cast on again on Sunday with some smaller needles and am now back to about where I had left off.
I know I’ll finish this sucker because I’m already really excited about wearing it out. The yarn is Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed and is gorgeous! It will be the perfect autumn sweater.
I also got a wonderful gift (from myself) Friday. I came home from work to find my new Golding Tsunami spindle waiting for me. I immediately pulled out some Hello Yarn fiber I had been saving for just such a special occasion, “Frosted Forest” in 50/50 Soy Silk/wool. One flick of this spindle and I knew I was in for a real treat! Words really can’t even describe how amazing this spindle is. It is the most perfectly weighted and balanced spindle I’ve ever had the joy to use…and it spins forfreakingever! Seriously, I have had to actually stop the spinning on several occasions because it was still going and I had no more room to spin. It’s truly incredible and the Tsunami, at only $39, is a STEAL!!! There are a lot of spindles out there that don’t even compare to this one for a quite a bit more money. If you’ve never tried a Golding, I guarantee it will change the way you feel about spindle spinning!
The leaves are starting to turn, the air is getting crisp, and all around are images of autumn and Halloween. In all honesty, fall is not one of my favorite seasons. It always signals the end of summer, which I love, and the beginning of a very cold, gray, snowy/wet winter here in New England. But there are a lot of things I do love about fall…Sam Adams Oktoberfest is out, I get to pull out all my knitted stuff to wear/wrap up in, trips to Salem for a nice cup of hot cider, apple picking and the pies that follow, and this year as a first for me, the New York Sheep & Wool festival in Rhinebeck! A week from Friday I’ll be hopping in the car and driving out to Rhinebeck with my favorite traveling companion, Erin, for a weekend of camping, meeting my online fiber friends, and lots of woolly fun! I’m pretty darn excited…so much so that Autumn is turning into a season I may become fond of going foward 🙂
This fall also bestowed upon me an AMAZING batt, in a colorway appropriately named “Pumpkin Juice”, from Josette of Enchanted Knoll Farm. It is a blend of superwash Merino in wonderful golds, oranges, and purple with lots of sari silk strands and glitz. Each draft of this stuff uncovers heaps of little treasures and I am honestly in fiber heaven. If you ever get the chance, grab this fast, cuz it won’t stay in her shop long, especially not with me around!!
I also got a mad dash of knitting done this past Friday night/Saturday a.m. to get a birthday present completed for my friend Beth. I made Porom by Jared Flood, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a pretty fast and easy knit, and the finished product was wonderully woolly and slouchy and chic. Due to the rush I was in (I finished this thing with seconds to spare) I didn’t get a picture of it before gifting it so you’ll have to settle for a poorly lit picture of the hat in use by it’s recipient, who absolutely loved it, by the way 😉
The Spunky Club June 2008 fiber arrived Friday afternoon and is (as always) beeeeyoooootiful! It’s a Merino/Mohair blend, one of my favorites in the colorway “Flowering Weeds”.
Because it’s a blend, there are only 3 ounces so I’m kicking myself for not getting the double dose. I have a bunch of undyed Merino/Mohair (same blend) at home so I could try to recreate the colorway and get more yardage. Or I may try spinning it with the undyed fiber as is. Or I may try spinning it with some other fiber I’ve got (I’m thinking the Corriedale/Alpaca mix I have in Spunky’s Monkey Farts colorway. Many options, lots to think about…
In the meantime, last night I began spinning the “Blowjob Shot” Merino/Mohair I had dyed up a week or so ago. All I have to say is YUMMMM! The blend is amazing and the colors are just SO ME. I am absolutely, positively in love. So much so that I took the one I had put up for sale in my Etsy shop off so I could have all 8oz to myself. I’m so selfish!
Took a little longer than normal, mostly because I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with it, but my Spunky Club May ’08 fiber is all spun up. I loved the colors and the fiber (Corriedale), I just couldn’t think of anyone that would enjoy something knit up with these colors. I ended up deciding on worsted weight singles, spun in a Malabrigo-esque style, something that I feel always suits Corriedale well. And once done, I ended up donating this to my mom’s yarn stash…I’m sure she can come up with something to make out of it.
I am in spindle heaven! My new dalmation jasper spindle from Butterfly Girl Designs came today! It matches the one I bought from Spunky Eclectic a couple weeks ago but is heavier so it’s a fantastic pair. I thought the Canyon 100% superwash Corriedale from Spunky would be the perfect thing to inaugurate this one and so far it’s wonderful!
I’m also working on the very cool batt I got from Batt Out of Hell, spinning it on my heavy weight Schacht spindle as worsted weight singles.
I’m really enjoying the portability of the spindle and I guess the simplicity of it. I still love my wheel but right now it’s all about the spindles!