Wednesday, February 06, 2013
On the Binge
There's all sorts of bingeing -- food, alcohol, and on and on. I'm not much of a binger but I did hear a new term the other day: "binge watching". OMG! I am guilty of binge watching. When I heard that "Downton Abbey" was going to begin its third season, I had a spate of binge watching of the first two seasons to get up to speed. Then I binge watched "Foyle's War", another Masterpiece Theater series. I'm now binge watching "The West Wing" which I never saw when it originally aired. Well, during all this tv watching, I have to keep myself busy, so I have been binge spinning and binge knitting -- quite a satisfying binge if I don't say so myself.
One of my knit projects involved an attempt to make a dent in all of the little balls of handspun that I have left over from projects. I decided to just knit a long piece, which I then grafted together to make a cowl. This project is about 40 inches long and 9 inches wide.
I started by just grabbing a small ball and knitting until it was gone. Then I picked up another ball and finished that one and kept going. I made a little bit of a dent in my stash and everything seems to go so well together. As you might have guessed, this is actually only one of many bins of small balls of left over handspun.
I just finished handpainting all of the undyed merino/cashmere that I had in my cubbies. I am going to make my way through all of the undyed fibers I have and see if I can exhaust what I have before I order more. (Oh, yeah, really . . . . ? ) I haven't decided what is next. But anyways, I wanted to spin some of the merino/cashmere I had just dyed because I always like to spin fiber that I put up for sale to make sure it's up to snuff. I spun two different colorways and plied them together: "Wild Sweet Peas" and "Antique Rose". I couldn't be more happy.
444 yards, 4.6 oz., in a light fingering weight.
And tonight, I'm bingeing on "The West Wing" and two of Inglenook Fibers' batts in the "Wild Turkey" colorway. I was looking at these batts in the sun this afternoon and the colors are absolutely magical -- the camera can't do them justice. Macrina of Inglenook has such a way with colors -- her batts are my favorites on Etsy.
I'm thinking I'm on a good binge and don't think I'll need an intervention.