Thinking Pink…and Purple

Look who’s been knitting!

Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink

Despite the fact that one striped and one pooled, I’m really happy with these. The fit is fantastic, they’re so comfortable and the cables are super sweet.  And I think they’re going to wear really well since I knit them at a tighter gauge than I usually knit socks on.

Man, it takes a while to knit a pair of socks this high on US 0 needles, but it’s totally worth it when you gets results like this.

Sweet soysilk socks
Sweet soysilk socks

I’ve been spinning, too, and even finished another skein of 2 ply!

Purple Haze
“Purple Haze”

It’s a merino tencel blend, spun from 2 oz of top from Ellen’s 1/2 Pint Farm that I picked up at Rhinebeck. I spun it on my Greensleeves Tom Foolery 1.5 oz  pink ivory and bird’s eye maple drop spindle that I picked up from Spunky Eclectic, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

It’s a little uneven, somewhere between a heavy lace and a light fingering weight. I wound up with 186 yards.

All skeined up
All skeined up

So pretty.

I’ve also been working on 4 oz of merino and tussah silk blend that I picked up at Rhinebeck.

Skinny singles from this Pewter top
Spinning “Pewter” on my Butterfly Girl spindle

I had to have this braid of top, and the spindle…that was a total love-at-first-sight moment. I’d been eyeing a Butterfly Girl  millefiori clay whorl spindle for a long time, and when she posted this one, I just had to have it.

This little beautyis .8 oz and spins a beautiful fine single.

A fine, silver single
A fine, silver single

This is destined to be my first 3 ply, and I’m thinking it’ll be two plys of the pewter merino/silk and one ply of a lovely solid burgandy merino that got from W.C. Mercantile (a fabulous shop, BTW).

So yeah, I’ve got a lot of spinning to do.

But, don’t worry. I’m totally supervised…

Madori loves her papisan chair!
Madori loves her papisan chair!

What a good little supervisor! I swear, this dog just gets cuter and cuter!

Feeling Breezy?

Well, are you?

Feeling Breezy
“Feeling Breezy”

How about now?

So, it’s underplied.

And possibly overspun.

But it’s lovely nonetheless.

Up close and personal
Up close and personal

The colors are much more muted when plied, a good lesson in color for all my future spinning, and it reminds me of a breezy summer sky.

Three breezy skeins
Three breezy skeins

I wound up with three skeins, for a total of 769.5 yards–a fantastic amount of yardage–at 36 WPI, making this a nice 2-ply lace weight. I’m thinking its going to end up as a Waves of Grain scarf; I have some seed beads that will match really nicely.

I decided to skein and wash my first spinning, the Mocha Latte merino from Fiber Monster, and boy what a difference that made! It looks so much better!

My First Handspun
My First Handspun

The SnBers, in their ever infinite wisdom, said that I should do something with this. So I did. Behold my fiber art!

My touchable, smooshable, squishable new art
My touchable, smooshable, squishable new art

It looks so amazing on my living room wall! Fits right in with cozy chair and my vase of knitting needles!

Such a homey touch!
Such a homey touch!

Could an installation be in my future? Only time will tell!

My First Yarn…an almost FO

I took this….

A pile of silk from Shadyside Fibers in the Breeze colorway
A pile of silk from Shadyside Fibers in the “Breeze” colorway

….and turned it into this…. 

A niddy full of 2 ply
A niddy full of 2 ply

….and I’m deleriously happy with it. I totally had an “oh, crap!” moment, as in  “oh, crap, this looks so awesome now that it’s off the spindle I can’t even believe it!” And it isn’t even washed yet! It’s going to get even better!

And check this out:

The classic quarter comparison
The classic quarter comparison

How awesome is that?

I know…so awesome. It’s 36 wpi, I have 315 yards on the niddy noddy and I still have two partial bobbins and one full bobbin to ply.

BTW, I got my awesome walnut, 1.5 yard niddy noddy from The Spinners Emporium on Etsy. The shipping was so fast, and the quality is really great. I’d highly recommend them, and I’m thinking a mini niddy might be somewhere in my future as well…