Monday, January 19, 2015

In Which I Finally Finish a Few Things

I had a rather productive weekend, despite something in the way of a low-level migraine (I don't get them often thank goodness, but it's even rarer for it to keep threatening to return off and on). I finished swatching for a submission, wrote it up, and sent it in. I spent time visiting with fellow knitters and spinners while knitting and spinning. I finished and delivered baby gifts:

Gather by Tin Can Knits, knit in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, accompanied by my usual baby mittens, and a pair of books for an adorable pair of babies. Gotta keep heads and hands warm, and gotta start filling up a bookshelf with lovely reads. This time, I went with Sandra Boynton's Going to Bed Book, and Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo. These are both favourites at our house, but I'm always looking for more great books for little ones, so I'd love to hear from readers what some of your favourite baby/kid books are to read or give as gifts!

I also finished my modified Slable by Woolly Wormhead. Now, I wouldn't have modified it if I'd had enough yarn, but as I was using my handspun, it would have been very difficult to spin up some more as I would have had to order in more roving first, and also because it's a cabled yarn that took a lot of time and work to make in the first place, and my spindles are all otherwise occupied anyhow.

If I'd known I was going to run out of yarn, I would have continued with size 23", but would have started the charts and such based on size 21" for where the repeats would fall. As it was, I had to back up and start the decreases earlier (I just plain didn't want to go all the way back to the brim), which worked fine, and pretty much just left out one repeat.

I couldn't resist sneaking in one last cabled section as I worked the last several decrease rounds, but worked them in single twists to make up for how few stitches were left at this point. It was a bit taxing on the hands, but it worked neatly enough, and I'm satisfied with the result. I was too eager to wear Slable to block it just yet, but will do so soon.

I'm certainly developing an appreciation for just how little yarn I do have once I'm finished spinning 100g, and hopefully will be able to estimate a bit better. Even better, will work on measuring more accurately, helping that by measuring AFTER washing the yarn instead of before.


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  2. Jessie, my comment appeared twice, so I deleted one, and they both disappeared. sorry.

  3. I think it only shows twice on your browser, because I only saw one comment before you deleted. No worries of course! :) I'll be sending you an e-mail; I have a German Translation question (or several).