It has been almost a month since my last post on my crafty goings-on. Since then I have gone to Finland (click for pictures) and Charlotte, North Carolina, to speak at conferences. I bought yarn in both places, and have done a lot of knitting and spinning while on planes, in airports, and generally in the cities themselves.
Tony’s Crooked Little Scarf has gotten bigger, and while it’s not quite finished yet, it is over 32 inches long and you can see that the ball of yarn is getting smaller and smaller:
The scarf is done when I run out of yarn. Next week I fly to Buenos Aires, so I think I will be able to finish the scarf on the plane.
While in North Carolina, I went to some yarn stores, and picked up some Universal Yarn’s Cotton Supreme Batik yarn. I was very excited to find this yarn again, I had found it a few years ago when I was in the Raleigh-Durham area and visited Shuttles Needles and Hooks. It’s very very soft, feels more like a microfiber acrylic than 100% cotton, and was perfect to make a baby sweater out of. So I bought some more for some more baby sweaters….
I bought the cotton batik at YarnHouse, where I bought a skein of ribbon yarn, that made this scarf:
The yarn was difficult to work with, and I’m not in love with the final product, but I am sure there is someone I know who will love it, that I can gift this scarf to.
At Charlotte Yarn I helped my (new) friend Carrie Stokes pick out some yarn for a Mobius shrug, and helped her with the pattern for it – specifically I helped start it. I also got out of my comfort zone and bought some ribbon yarns.
I bought some leopard-print ribbon yarn, to make a scarf for my friend Victoria:
If you look in the middle of the scarf you can see the ribbon itself (there was some left over at the end) and you can see the holes cut into it. I feel like I could re-create this yarn, with 30 meters of wide yarn and a hole punch. This yarn cost $20, and for 30 meters I find that somewhat expensive (although for a whole scarf, it’s totally reasonable). The yarn itself is called “tecido trico”.
Also for $20 I picked up some purple ribbon yarn, which I am making a scarf out of (but it is not done yet):
While in Finland, I bought some amazingly colored sock yarn, from Novita, a Finnish yarn company. I have already made a pair of socks from half of one skein, and I have several more skeins which I think I want to make a Color Affection with. Here are the socks I have made (well, I am *almost* done making):
In this picture I really played with the settings of my camera, and I love how it came out:
Here is the other, completed sock:
I went back and played with the settings, lowering the F-stop as I did for the in-progress sock. I love how this came out:
Compare and contrast the two photos….I think I’m learning how to take some great photos! If you are curious about the pattern, it’s just a regular stockinette sock, with a Sweet Tomato heel, and 2×2 ribbing with an i-cord cast-off for the leg of the sock.
I also finished the Monkey Socks. Here is the 2nd sock:
You probably don’t remember what the first sock looks like, which is OK, here’s the picture I took a while ago of it:
As you can tell, they do not match….but they are from the same yarn! (Superwash Correidale….)
I have been on a bit of a sock kick – I started and completed a pair of socks from Mind’s Eye Yarns, hand-dyed by Lucy. It’s 75% merino, 25% tencel, and they are extremely comfortable socks…again, the pattern is just simple stockinette, with ribbing at the leg, and the Sweet Tomato heel. At $20 for 100g, I can get 2 pairs of socks out of one skein, so it makes me happy:
I have been spinning a fair bit, too. I got some BFL from Spunky Eclectic in the “More Coffee” colorway a while back, and decided a few nights ago to spin on my wheel while I was home. I have spun up about a bobbin and a half, and probably am about halfway done with it:
Also from Spunky is the May 2012 fiber club – also BFL, in the “Big Bang” colorway. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to spin it, so even though I still have not spun the clubs from December through April, I went to work on the May colorway right away. I’m still in love:
While in Finland I started to get back in touch with my spindles, spinning some of the Falkland mini-braids I bought at the Wild and Wooly Festival in April in Vermont, from The Spun Monkey Fiber Shoppe. I have spun just about half of one package – which is 2.5 mini-braids:
I also spun some of the fluff I received in a Phat Fiber sampler box I bought in February (a mixed box):
There was a spindle in the box that I spun on, but I have to say that the Bosworth spindles and my Golding mini ringspindles I have are so perfectly balanced, that everything else feels like spinning with a boat anchor (including the bigger Golding ringspindles, sadly).
The Monkey socks were knit using handspun, and I still have a lot of it. Rather than make tons more socks from the same yarn, which would probably result in 8 more unmatched socks, I decided to make a Cecilia. I have not gotten very far yet, I’m about 33 rows in:
And that’s it! For now. I look forward to making more socks, finishing Tony’s scarf, working more on the Cecilia, and spinning more, on my trip to Buenos Aires and various locations in Central and South America in the next month or so.