I did manage to squeeze in one final project for 2008. The previously mentionedHabitat Hat. This marks the first time that I have spun yarn with a specific project in mind and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. A perfect way to finish off 2008. J was even so kind as to go down to the lake with me and pose for photos reminiscent of my Koolhaas hat from 2007. We missed our annual Christmas Eve walk due to weather, so New Year's Eve it was.
The yarn was spun from CVM roving into a three ply. Four ounces yielded approximately 190 yards of yarn at 12 wpi. CVM is a new favorite for me- very bouncy and springy and while not as soft as merino, definitely soft enough for next to skin wear.
I also finished up my 'Hive' yarn. It's super sunshiney, just like I imagined.
I hope everyone has a lovely start their New Year!
New boots- an early Christmas gift from J that I needed due to the incredible amount of snow we got in the last two days. It ended up being right around 30" in twenty-four hours. Ridiculous. My house seems practically buried.
So, needless to say, I'm staying inside (except for the three hours I spent shoveling yesterday) and spinning up my own dose of sunshine.
This is 'Hive', dyed by Hello Yarn. I'm spinning it into a traditional three ply that I hope will be around worsted weight, because I find myself in desperate need of some sun-shiny mittens.
I've really been enjoying the thought of Christmas this year. I put lights on my house and my little Charlie Brown Tree up (it really is a Charlie Brown Tree... I had to tape the stand to the floor with duct tape to keep it from tipping over because all the branches are on one side). I don't really have any plans for Christmas because I'm working, but I am enjoying the season. I wouldn't even mind if it snowed. Oh, and this Christmas Cactus, I've had it since I was seven. I bought it at the hardware store for twenty-five cents. I am definitely a saver.
In the past few weeks I've started knitting on no less than three new scarves. Each one is with fingering or finer weight yarn and only one is big needles. I am loving all of them, and I'm not much of a scarf knitter. However, since I keep on switching between the three not one is finished.
The first one is the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty. I'm using my own handspun yarn, spun from some optim fiber dyed by The YoYo. Optim is seriously soft and drapey. It was loverly to spin, although if you don't like superwash merino, it might not become a favorite for you.
Here is a photo of the scarf the way it looked on the first day of knitting... when I was still addicted.
When I was about halfway through the Lace Ribbon Scarf, I was sorely tempted by some Cashmere. Specifically, some Plymouth Earth Ecco Cashmere that I got at the new LYS in town- CDA Yarn and Fiber. Fairly close to the day that I picked up the cashmere, I just happened to get Nancy Bush's new book, Knitted Lace of Estonia. It's fabulous. I was forced to start knitting the Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf (Ravelry Link).
It is so, so soft. I have now reached the point on this where I'm deciding how long I want it to be, so I put it on the back burner and started yet another scarfy project. However, since there is no pictorial evidence of the third scarf, I'll save it for another day.
I should probably post my Soctober Socks before the month of October is over. I am actually pretty happy with the amount of sock finishing that I did this month considering how much I've been working. I finished my Achillea in the Mama Blue Sea Merino in Sterling.
I used size 1 needles and knit the smaller size.
I also finished my handspun socks from the superfine merino dyed by Selah Shop. I love, love, love these. They are so soft and squishy and comfortable and were just a joy to knit over the course of this month. I was actually quite sad to be done.
As a side note, I'm very proud of myself for managing the last photo by myself, I just hope my neighbors were not watching me.
Last year I started a pair of socks during Socktoberfest. This year, I'm hoping to start and finish several (socks are perfect knitting for me when I'm busy- I can always squeeze in a few rows on the walk to work or lunch break). And, I am well on my way.
Plain stockinette socks with a french heel and grafted toe, knit from my own handspun yarn. I love knitting socks with handspun, it just feels so spectacularly good, and this one even more so as it's superfine merino. Soft, squishy and unbelievable bouncy... mmmm. This yarn is interesting because I absolutely loved it in the skein, but knit up I'm not enjoying the colours as much. I still like it, but not as much as I expected to like it.
I'm also joining in on the Mama Blue Yarn Love KAL over on the Ravelry boards. Now that Mama Blue has gotten so popular that it's almost impossible to buy, I'm really glad that I went on a Mama Blue splurge last winter. I started Achillea (from Through the Loops) in Sterling Sea Merino. So far I love it! This pattern is very striking and I really like the texture of the lacy ridged leaves and the seed stitch together.
A note on the sizing of this- The pattern seems stretchy enough to me, but I started knitting on size 1 (2.25mm) needles because I know from past experience that I usually get a larger gauge out of sea merino. However, I think I would have been happier with how the pattern looks on the foot if I would have used size 1 1/2 (2.5mm) needles. I think the lace pattern gets a little stretched out for my tastes, but 1) I am too lazy to rip and reknit and 2)it's my own fault for not swatching so I'll just live with it.