April 21, 2020
Hi there! I'm fine, how are you? Healthy, I hope!
While others have been busily sewing masks
Image by Christo Anestev from Pixabay
and doing other heroic things, I have been spinning and knitting and just staying home. In other words, my usual life.
On the spinning front, I finished the turquoise fiber and am halfway through spinning a braid of yarn that I hand dyed pre-stroke:
Here are a bobbin of each side by side:
I am going to ply them together and make a fingering weight yarn that will look like a summer day on the coast of Maine. I can almost feel the wind in my face and hear the water slooshing by! I'll knit the Crest O' the Wave stole by Wendy Johnson:
On the knitting front, I have knit three pairs of socks:
These socks were started pre-stroke, so over ten years ago.
The red fluffy ones on top are a mohair blend that I lost the band from, and I ran out of yarn to finish them, so I completed the foot on the second sock with bright red worsted weight wool. I neglected to photograph them when they were finished.
The pink socks are a worsted weight from a yarn called Wick (now discontinued) from Knit One, Crochet Too, a 53% soy, 47% polypropylene yarn that wicks moisture away from you.
These socks are fingering weight from Heavenly Yarns in Belfast. (They have lots of yarn, buttons, and needles! Free shipping on orders $30 and over! You should go!) The yarn is Sox by Berroco and is so pretty!
What is on my needles?
I have a sweater, a hat, and a shawl/scarf/thing going.
The sweater is Kinsale by Alice Starmore (in Fishermen's Sweaters):
I am using two 1-lb. cones of Jagger Ragg in blue that was gifted to me by Nancy Howard in 2015 or 2016.
The hat is Raineach by Juliet Bernard that was in The Knitter magazine, issue 148.
I am knitting Raineach out of scraps: gray yarn from my KittyCat Socks, and a ball of pre-stroke handspun that I don't even remember spinning at all, or what I originally knit from it. Perhaps I was drunk.
Anyway, it is really pretty. Here are the sweater and hat together:
Finally, I have another Linus shawl/scarf/thing on my needles for my evening TV knitting, using scraps of blue and green:
Here it is so far:
I have a ways to go!
Happy knitting and spinning, stay healthy both mentally and physically, and learn something today that you didn't know yesterday. I think I will learn how to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.