I was fairly restrained in my purchases at Rhinebeck this year and I spent a lot of the time hanging out with friends and admiring the lovely views. I was lucky enough to spend time on Saturday afternoon with Danielle Chalson of Makewise Designs and her mom. She’s wearing her Syringa Shawl here:
The weather was picture perfect:
And the fish were still swimming around in the pond:
One last purchase was some lovely green BFL from Fiber Optic Yarns. It didn’t have a colour name of its own, and Sarah C. promptly dubbed it, “Leprechaun, but in a good way”.
She also bought some fiber from Kimber and I’ve committed to spinning it up for her. With beautiful blues like this it won’t be a hardship!
It was a beautiful day today at Rhinebeck. I had one of my Goldings with me and some purple Fleece Artist merino. I got a little bit done.
I also picked up some things that will help me spin in the future. First is the TravelKate. I was impressed when I saw this product come out, but shuddered at the thought of getting it mailed to Canada. Then I read that they would be available at the Holiday Yarns booth. I was dithering between the cherry and a darker wood, but the cherry won.
Now I have a compact Kate for doing a 4 ply. I can’t wait to give it a try.
Next came a batt from Into the Whirled. I got Aurora Borealis. I suspect it’ll eventually go to someone else, but I really enjoy spinning these up.
And then this ball of Polwarth at Briar Rose called my name:
That’s about it for today. The weather was stunning and my feet are telling me that I did a fair bit of walking. Tomorrow we will take another look around to make sure we didn’t miss anything critical before heading home.
I did have something in mind when I started spinning last week’s yarn. My beautiful Sweet Wine yarn got wound up as soon as it was dry on Saturday:
I turned it into another Meander Shawl. I just thought the colours were perfect for a trip to Rhinebeck in the fall. It came off the needles fairly small:
But then I blocked the heck out of it:
Perfect! And I’ve got a shawl pin to make sure it stays put if it’s windy out. It’s packed for Rhinebeck. Everything’s all ready and we’re heading out in the morning as soon as the kids are in school. Road trip!
I try to come up with a new worsted weight scarf pattern each year. I work to come up with something that’s interesting to me, something new, but hopefully something not overly complex. This year’s pattern is Furrowed.
It’s a completely reversible scarf worked on the bias. The stockinette and reverse stockinette ridges pull in like an accordion to give a thick cushy fabric. I love this scarf, and I made mine long enough to loop around twice. I used about 2.5 skeins of Cascade 220 – about 72″. You could make a 64″ scarf with 200g of worsted weight yarn.
Furrowed is $3 USD.
Thanks go as usual to my lovely model Francine, and to my testers Valerie, Shannon, Toni, and Riki.
I had a pretty good spinning week. It helped that I was able to spin quite a bit on Friday, which was a PD day. The kids had a quiet hour or so and I managed to finish filling the bobbin with the singles:
And then I chain-plied to get this:
I spun this skein straight from the long rope of Corriedale without splitting it. I wanted the longest possible colour runs. I ended up with about 380 yards of wonderful yarn. I’m loving these fall colours.
Here’s a shot of my little sweeties before swimming lessons:
This was Parents’ Week, which meant that if I’d remembered ahead of time I could have donned my swimsuit and joined in the classes. Zoé had a good class and her teacher said she’s on track to pass her level. Sam had a major breakthrough during class. He found that he could do a back float and glide on his own with only a pool noodle to help him. He’s still scared of getting his head wet, but his teacher said that if he got comfortable putting his face in, Sam could actually pass. Sam did not think that this was a positive development. I don’t think there’s another swimming teacher as forceful as this one. He’s the only one who’s been able to get this kind of a performance out of Sam and it’s because he doesn’t accept no for an answer. I just want to know how to book this teacher every time!
I’m knitting on a few things I can’t really give you details on yet, but here’s something I can show. I’m working on a Roosimine sock as a demo object for the Roositud class I’m teaching at an upcoming retreat:
This is a free pattern on Ravelry, so it’s have at it, if you’re interested. So far so good. The problem is that I’ve done what I consider to be the fun bits and now I’ve got to turn the heel and knit the foot. I’m mulling over the idea of turning it into a fingerless glove just to be done a little more quickly!
Stupefied kind of sums up how I felt when I woke up this morning. I’ve been doing some contract software testing during the work week and I’m feeling a little more zapped than usual on the weekend. I mean, I didn’t even post a spinning update last week. The days are just whipping by.
Rest assured, though, there has been some spinning in the last 2 weeks. I did finish up the beautiful pink Teeswater. It turned out to be only about fingering weight and just over 400 yards, which was a bit of a surprise to me, but it’s still lovely. It’s not quite this bright in person:
And then there’s this bright yellow skein of merino (~50g) that I think I’m still going to try to turn into a hat. That there’s not much extra time these days, and I have a deadline knitting project that I’m currently working on when I’m out at the park with the kids. Perhaps when it’s done I’ll wind up this sunshine yarn.
In the mean time, the Feb. 2013 Southern Cross Fibre club offering (Sweet Wine on Corriedale) hopped on the wheel. It’s going to be a while because the singles are skinny, but I’m enjoying it.
All is going well with the family. School is proceeding fairly smoothly. My daughter is progressing in her reading and now attacks unfamiliar words without the pain and annoyance of last year. My son is just on the verge of becoming a real reader. He thinks he doesn’t know things, but he does. Meanwhile, Rhinebeck is just a couple of weekends away. I’m going to be there and I’m hoping for some lovely weather.
Back in July I finally finished some spinning that had been in progress for months. I spindle-spun a gradient yarn:
Although I should have been working on something else entirely, the yarn captured my imagination and I had one of those “aha!” moments in the shower for what this yarn needed to be. I wanted to show off the colours with some movement. I wanted it to be about the yarn rather than about lace. And I wanted to use every last yard. Meander is based on feather-and-fan, but without yarnovers. The shawl increases quickly at the edges, so the wingspan grows enough so that even my small amount of handspun can be worn as a shawlette. Then I did the pattern again with a skein of Noro Kureyon Sock (S95, if you’re curious). I just kept going until I was almost out of yarn and it worked! Because wrong side rows are knit, the shawl is reversible – not *exactly* the same on both sides, but close enough to not really matter. It would look great in gradient yarns as well as yarns with long colour repeats: Kauni Effektgarn, Mini Mochi, Twisted Fiber Art Muse, etc. And now it’s up and ready for sale. Enjoy! $4 USD
Thanks as always go to my lovely friend Francine Hebert for being the model – and in this case, the location scout. An underpass with graffiti steps away from fields and a meadow of wildflowers. Fantastic!
My main accomplishment this week has been making it to Saturday. I was working during the week at a job site on a contract for the first time in a while. That meant that I had about 6.5 hours less each day to spin, knit, clean, cook, etc. I only managed a tiny bit of spinning on the wheel, so I’m nowhere near finished the shiny pink Teeswater. It looks just the same as last time.
On the other hand, I do still have to go to school every day to drop off and pick up the kids, so I’m making great progress on spinning my 50 grams of bright yellow merino on my spindle. I’ve only got a tiny tiny bit left, then I’m going to ply it. After that I’m still planning to knit it into a hat at the school at drop off and pick up times. It’ll be top-down knit-until-the-yarn’s-gone and simple.
The colour is so cheery I’ll be happy just to knit with it.
The on-site work contract looks like it’ll be a short term thing, but until then, it looks like I won’t have much time for spinning. My wheel (and my stash) aren’t going anywhere, so I know I’ll get back to it soon enough.
This week I started spinning some Teeswater, which I hadn’t touched before. It’s a longwool with a lot of lustre and it’s got a halo too. Mine is from Southern Cross Fibre and the colour is Festival Fuchsia. I just started spinning it to see what it wanted to do and it seems to want to be fairly skinny singles. I do plan on plying it back on itself, but first I’ve got to finish it up:
In family news, this week it was time for the Meet The Teacher night at school. After visiting both classrooms and hearing what the teachers had to say (so far so good), I came home and chatted with the kids. I asked Sam about his desk mate and he told me that they had played Rock, Paper, Scissors but that the other boy had thrown “Toilet”. Then he started laughing so hard he couldn’t continue. I think it’s kind of like Godwin’s Law for boys. Toilet humour is inevitable in their discussions and whoever starts it first wins.