It's been a fast week - and my reprieve from the insanity of the retail world of mega-sales-events has been spinning. (Bless you Margene and Carole for encouraging this!)
Being a bit technologically challenged (ahem) it took me a little while to figure out how to watch movies on my computer (nope.. don't own a tv right now)......... anyway, the good news is that movies are once again abundant in this fiber household. (yipppeee)
I popped into the local Borders Books and got a copy of the tv series "Firefly" on sale, and have been completely enjoying it while I spin. If you haven't seen this one, it is the tv version of the movie Serenity. Such a fun depiction of strong female warriors. a totally no-brainer-type of entertainment. (which I recommend at the end of long, exhausting days on one's feet - grin)
Finished up 8 ounces of the pound I have :
it's a slubby cormo cross, hand dyed by friends from Oregon (see last post for links)
I have no idea how many yards I finished yet, but that bobbin is about as stuffed as I could get in and still have the wheel turn (heh heh)
I got so engrossed in the movie, that I also began some of the merino tencel blend that was dyed by BMFA. I've finished about 3.5 ounces of the 7.5 that I have. I am spinning this one very very fine (although it is hard to tell from the photos) and I am hoping that it will ply up nicely with the cormo. We shall soon see. Although I won't have enough to ply all of the cormo, it will at least be enough yardage to make something fun I hope.
I did fairly well on the spinning once a day challenge, yet now must rest - I seem to have overdone it a bit, and haven't been able to feel my fingers or thumb for a few days now... tsk tsk. A short rest, some epsom salts soaks and I'll be good as new.
On the knitting front, I have a new FO............... ta dah !Truly, I finished it up last thursday, and washed it then. Yet it has been so rainy and damp around here that it did not dry until this morning - yipes. that's a long time. It the Back to School Vest from Fitted Knits, and I love it. I wore it today to work at CC, but it was too busy to have anyone snap photos for me, so here are my very best "camera-aimed-at-mirror-shots".
size 3 and 5 needles
about 670 yards of handspun mystery wool
Modifications: I decreased the repeats on the neckline and the armholes. I did two instead of three. (those of you who own the pattern will know what I mean) It just felt too chunky with three. Otherwise, it was knit as written.This is a fabulous book and I can't wait to knit more from it.
One of the things I liked best about this pattern was the dart increases on the front. They are very clever the way they slightly increase, all the while maintaining the pattern design with no blips. love it.
hats off to the designer - this type of thing is tough to do (at least for me!)
It results in a great fit with very subtle darts. click on the first picture and enlarge to see what I mean. It's really pure genius