Tuesday, October 21, 2014

spinzilla results

so i succeeded in spinning only 725.25 yards of yarn for spinzilla week. but, that is still more yarn than i have spun in months and certainly more than i've ever done in one week. so i think i can still declare spinzilla 2014 somewhat of a success.

handspun spunky eclectic

first off was spunky eclectic's panda top in road trip. was lovely to spin, and her colorways are always tasty. (it looks a bit warmer in the photo here than in real life.) i got this braid at the massachusetts sheep & woolcraft festival in 2010, and it had been sadly languishing until now. soon to be socks!

random handspun yarn

second was another random yarn generator thing, which i always have fun with. i was not too excited about the colors it came up with (black, white, and purple), but when it was done it reminded me of a dress that's been on my modcloth wishlist...

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lastly (and unfinished-ly), is some traveling rhinos merino top. so soft and squishy. only got about 177 yards of it in before the time ran out. it's a sort-of light fingering weight single that will probably be a real actual shawl. i am not a shawl-wearer typically, but i've been won over by some patterns i've seen lately. this has also been hanging out since my birthday, 2010. it's like there's a four-year waiting list for my fiber stash.

so i guess i did not realize how much purple i had. purple knitting in 2015!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


so, i did it.. i signed up for spinzilla this year. i've been away from the wheel for far too long, and this is a pretty good impetus. i figure i should have some spin goals to aim for.

* definitely planning on another random yarn generator-type project.

as for possible project goals...

* 11oz bulky for the body of cathode
* 7oz dk/sport weight for tappan zee
* 3.5oz sport weight for arlen

i think this, however, may be destined to be yet another pair of socks. why do i get keep getting sucked in to handspun sock yarn?

handspun for spinzilla
pre- and post-drafting, and a single on the bobbin

go team happy fuzzy yarn!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

sweater weather

so it looks like i need to admit that it's going to be fall pretty damn soon. (i don't have to like it..) i am need of a cozy sweater. not a pullover, but something with buttons. maybe i can start doing that knitting thing again, remember that? i do have a ravelry queue a mile and a half long, after all...

i do like the levenwick (and have been wanting to make something with shelter for ages!), but it's not quite the warm & cozy thing i'm looking for.. especially with the three-quarter sleeves.

funky grandpa
a funky grandpacardigan is definitely something i need in my life. not so sure about the big open v-neck at this point though. a coordinating scarf would be in order...

but a simultane! would have to lengthen the sleeves, probably the body too, for my purposes. getting warmer though (har).

i think the one i have finally decided on is sesame, which has been in my queue since it was published in magknits in 2005. yay for stripes! now the real question is, can i finish a dk-weight sweater before spring?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the owlish sweater

hey peeps. sorry for the radio silence. it's been a rough couple of months, shall we say? moving on.

i've started knitting again. i had some purple 2-ply handspun waiting to be a sweater for some time, so i got started on a little something inspired by the lovely owls pullover. my yarn was of a thinner gauge, so much math has been going on (ugh).

purple knitting

the body went as planned, but after finishing the first sleeve discovered that the fit was just.. off. slightly too-fitted cuff, slightly too-loose upper arm. frogging and math (more math!) are not amongst my favorite parts of knitting, but here we are. it'll be a while yet before this thing is done. it's okay, seems like it's going to be winter forever in new england.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014