December Baby

So many new babies surrounding me! I just finished up another cardigan for a little boy due to arrive in December. It’s double breasted, and has silk in the yarn for extra warmth.

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I ended up using orange buttons, which don’t show up properly in the picture. However, they are awfully cute. I’d thought about other cutesy buttons like crayons or tractors. But, it just felt like it was cheapening the spirit of the sweater. So, orange was bright and fun, but still classic.

I know there are more babies on their way, so I know there will be quite a bit more baby knitting in my future. However, I also don’t know the gender of those upcoming babies, so I am willing to wait.

I feel like I have so little to say about the sweater I finished that I need to post another picture. We’ve had this wonderful, unseasonable weather lately. Or rather, the entire spring and summer has resembled Seattle rather than the midwest, but now all of a sudden we have this pleasant 78-80F weather to enjoy. So, I sat outside yesterday on the porch and got some more spinning done. I’ve now moved into the darker orange on this loop bump. Only one color left to work through once the dark orange is done, and then massive amounts of plying.

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Not sure the picture is fabulous, it was getting dark!

Stay tuned for side by side handspun shawls, and a handspun scarf I’ve been working on….all to be discussed in the next few days.

Off the Needles

For now. Just to be put back on the needles this evening.

I’ve been working on the boxy and buttony sweater since the end of April. That’s an exceedingly long time for me to have something on the needles. However, it’s also an exceedingly boring knit in the round with fingering weight yarn. So, It has gotten set aside for more interesting projects over and over.

But, last evening, I finally was able to complete the body of the sweater, and I couldn’t be happier with it! It fits nicely, and the yarn is amazing. So, now I just have the collar and the sleeves to knit. And buttons to order.

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It seems almost odd to have this one so near completion. Especially since I’ve got a bunch of other projects going and quickly being completed.

Tonight, it goes back on the needles.

Time

Weekends are such an odd thing. Maybe that’s just as an introvert. You must so carefully balance what you decide to do in order to gain enough downtime to survive the week. This weekend has been absolutely lovely, but it’s also been on the busy side. Both Friday and Saturday night Mr. Ink and I made lovely dinners together. Saturday morning was spent running various errands, because Saturday afternoon Mr. Ink wanted to take advantage of free museum day to take Bug to the museum she’s been hankering to go to, as well as a few others.

This all left such precious little time for downtime, that downtime was spent on errands. Cleaning the house, doing dishes, laundry, mowing lawn, yard work.

This morning, Bug’s dad picked her up for a running event. I decided that the best thing for me to do would be not going on the bike ride I’d planned to try. (I’ve been sick for more than 2 weeks, and wanted to try a gentle ride to see how my lungs handled it.) Instead, I got chores started, and then sat outside on the porch with some spinning and a podcast. I just desperately needed some gentle, quiet, alone time.

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This is the loop bump I am working on, and I’ve made it into the lighter orange. This one is spinning up so very nicely, it’s quite a pleasure to work on it regularly.

I also managed to start a few things, but I think I’ll save that for tomorrow when there’s a bit more to show for it.

 

Spinny News

I’ve done quite a bit of spinning over the past couple days, compared to what I’ve accomplished in these past few weeks. So, I think today is a great day to show some of that off. I started my second loop bump, the first one being done and set aside last week. This one seems to be spinning up very quickly, and very comfortably. I am pleased with the singles I am getting out of this one, though I have no idea why they would be any different than the singles I managed on the last bump. Tension? Who can say.

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I’ve also been doing a bit of support spinning, I am still working on my Themyscira superwash woool from Dyeabolical. I pick this one up, and then put it back down for long periods of time. However, at this point, it looks like I am actually making tangible progress. In part, the colors are so beautiful that I am not sure what I am going to do with the singles once they are complete, and, I am not sure I want to finish it, because then it will be over. Anyone else ever have this issue?

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And, in spinning news, I was a very lucky gal to snag a large destash of Wild Hare fiber. Big destash, extremely low price, completely irresistible. I’ve got braids of superwash wool, some of polwarth wool, and 3 of a very interesting combo, wool/flax. Some of this will head to the box for drum carding into batts with interesting additions. Some will be spun as is. I am very pleased with this purchase, and am excited over the stash infusion.

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And finally, I’ve got more of Marja’s yarn, and I am prepared to use it!

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This is a gradient yarn made out of inglenook batts that she made. She loves it, AS SHE SHOULD! and so I am knitting it into a shawlette. As is always the case, I am so excited to see how it looks. Also exciting? For once I didn’t forget to take a photo of it in the skein.

A Very Braidy Cowl

Yeah so, this was a fast and satisfying knit! This is, again, Marja’s fabulous yarn, knit into a Very Braidy Cowl, and it will be given as a gift to someone by Marja.

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This is a project that thrilled me from start to finish. The yarn is wonderful and soft and bouncy and round. The cables are fun, the colors are simply amazing, and the end product is beautiful and unusual and unique. I am thrilled with it. I do hope the recipient likes it too. And, the pattern is certainly one I’ll be knitting again at some point!

What Next?

I finished two projects yesterday. This leaves me with two rather active projects on the needles at the moment, and both of those are nearing their conclusion as well. This leaves me wondering what is next. And, quite honestly, it’s too busy right now to figure it out. So, I guess that question will be answered another day.

I finished the Trillian shawl last evening, and I love it! This is the same 3 ply handspun I used for my stripes gone crazy sweater. I had such an exceedingly large amount left over, and I loved the yarn so much, that I decided to knit with the remaining yarn immediately.

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The yarn thrilled me as stripes on my sweater, and it thrills me equally as a shawlette. It is beautiful and rich, it contains so many colors, and I’ve always loved a mustard yellow, which it is, predominately. I am so sorry to have now officially knit all my crown mountain farms superwash merino. It really was the dreamiest stuff to work with, and I am sorry there is no more available.

Cabled Cape

This weekend has turned out to be a bit more busy than anticipated. It’s tough to find a slow weekend right now! But, I did finish and block the cape I made out of Marja’s cabled yarn. I struggled with this one toward the end. First, it seemed very uneven over the shoulders, so I knit a little collar on it. Then, I blocked it, and it was no longer so uneven. So, I ripped back the collar. I then had live stitches I had to cast off. Despite using a larger needle, the cast off was too tight, so I ripped back again, and used a lace cast off. Thankfully, that did work.

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It turned out that the cabling of the two ply yarn really did make it a fabulous yarn, and I am quite pleased with the color and the subtlety of the yarn.