Thursday, December 18, 2008
LOTS OF SPINNING AND KNITTING
We've been having a lot of rainy weather, lots of cold and wind. It snowed in the hills above Malibu - can you believe it! And piles of snow in the high desert and our local mountains. This is just the time to be inside knitting and spinning cozied up to a fire in the fireplace. I've been getting lots of yarn spun and much knitting. I just finished knitting the most beautiful scarf from one of Lynne Vogel's patterns. This is the "Starry Night Scarf" and it is way cool not to mention that it is a wonderful project for using up all of those very precious little balls of handspun yarn that we all have left over from other projects. I sat down with a basket of my handspuns and just drew from the basket as I finished one ball after another. And miracle of miracles -- they just all seem to flow together -- one of the amazing things about handspun yarn. Here are some photos. As usual, the pictures just don't do justice to the beauty of this scarf. It is AWESOME! (www.LynneVogel.Etsy.com)
And I have been spinning many of my handpainted fibers. Here's a skein of merino/bombyx silk (50-50) in my "Tiger Lily Marl" colorway. This skein has 670 yards and is a light fingering weight. This pretty skein has already found a home and should make a beautiful project.
Here's the beginnings of another skein of merino/bombyx silk (50-50). This one is "fandango" and I am spinning it into an almost laceweight. This yarn may end up as a pair of fingerless lace gauntlets.
And finally, I'm still messing around with this handspun conglomeration. I am having such fun! I must knit something with this and soon. I will probably use these as embellishment and combine it with some other yarns, because there's not enough yardage to make a whole scarf.
In case I don't have time to blog before the holidays, I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and New Years. Drive careful, don't overeat and definitely don't drink and drive.