Saturday, March 27, 2010

Reconciled... Sort of

My knitting and I have reconciled, after a fashion. I've been spinning and cross-stitching more, and doing homework.

But I'm really excited about my spinning. The first picture shows the color accurately, the second shows the texture of my single.

Originally, I started this project as an entry for the March challenge in the Spindlers group on ravelry. The theme is fairy tales, and this fiber made me think of Rumpelstiltskin and the miller's daughter whose father claimed she could spin straw into gold. Look at that color. It looks like antique gilt, it even has a tiny bit of Angelica in it for extra shimmer. It's called Lioness, but I think of it more as Old Gold -- or Fool's Gold. It's the color of pyrite.

It won't get done in time for the challenge, but I'm incredibly excited anyway. It's my first-ever project spun to a specific weight. Once I ply it, it will be fingering weight, and I'm thinking shawl thoughts. This is much too pretty to be hidden in a shoe.

My second intentional weight project is the fiber that came with one of Jesh's spindles. It's not much, but it doesn't have to be -- it's my first ever laceweight, I'm still practicing, and I can't believe how much yarn I'm getting out of that tiny sliver of fiber.

Finally, let me show you the center square of the Bridgewater shawl. It's getting there! Almost time to weave in the ends, then pick up 600 stitches or so. It'll be gorgeous when it's done, though.
There is more knitting. I'll share my hat and sock projects in a bit. Have to do homework first...

11 comments:

Vanessa said...

The color is gorgeous! It reminds me of copper pennies!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I think the comparison to Rumpelstilskin is perfect. I think a hooded cape and a cohort, nay, a phalanx of knights to escort you on your dappled mare through the valley in the morning mists. Do I get any points for using the word "phalanx?"

emileeknits said...

Oooh, great spinning. What pretty fiber!

Bezzie said...

I'm drooling over your spindles too!

Dotty said...

Hi Batty - I'm leaving a reply to your comment because I can't find an email address for you! It's easy to kill a wasp nest without being stung. There's this great stuff in a can. You spray the nest early in the morning or late at night when the wasps are asleep. You can hit a nest from 10 feet away. The spray is very effective. If you're really chicken, you can always call an exterminator.

fleegle said...

What exquisite spinning! And the shawl will be beautiful!

I think the only thing that could beat out Roy's sock yarn is if I can work in some Christmas lights that twinkle. Those might nest comfortably in the bobbles, but I haven't figured out how to house the battery pack.

fleegle said...

Yes, I could do that. But I think the socks will stand on their own. Literally!

adrienne said...

Love the spinning! The yarn will be gorgeous!

rachel said...

Your yarn is looking lovely! I'm hoping that with more time and more practice, I'll be spinning like you soon.

LBorealis said...

Wow, that is some *nice* spinning. It's actually making me want to pick up my spindle again!

Larjmarj said...

Your spinning looks great!!! So wonderfully even.