Lost

With Lizard Ridge done, I feel a little bit lost. I knit a bit on the sock I have on the needles for April, and then predominately spun because I am just not sure what to do next. I can’t start another sweater until I finish the two that are currently on the needles. I don’t want to start another sock. I could really use a quick palette cleanser, but I have packed up almost all my yarn.

I did, however, spend 3 days of my weekend crafting time plying my Smaug batt and braid. I was absolutely under the impression that I’d have a lot of the braid left over since the batt was a lighter weight. But, that really wasn’t the case.

750 yards of 2 ply fingering weight yarn. It turned out absolutely beautiful, and I am really digging the bright and interesting color combinations, as well as the shine of silk, and the contrast of the smooth yarn paired with the batt.

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This one is a winner! And I just may start on the Canyonette shawl I’ve got this yarn pegged for.

A Completion

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Lizard Ridge is done. All knit and finished. I feel fortunate that I worked on weaving in the ends before I finished the border. It would have been tough to keep at it after the border was complete.

What it needs now is a really good steam blocking to loosen up the border yarn and make it lay flatter. There’s no way I am going to try to soak and block a queen size blanket, so a good steam blocking will have to do.

Unfortunately, the iron is packed. And I am not going to go try to find it at this point. So, it’ll have to wait for the unpacking in the new house. I’ll show a final picture then.

It is, however, a great relief to have it complete, and now I can work on other fun projects! Most notably the Smaug batt and braid plying project.

Two different bobbins.

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Hopefully the yarn will dry quickly so I can show you a final handspun picture tomorrow!

Almost

It was so close!

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With only 30 stitches left on the needle to bind off, I ran out of yarn for the border of my Lizard Ridge. So frustrating!

Thankfully, I’d already spun two spindles of singles. Each spindle had 16 grams of yarn on them, so I flick carded 16 more grams of yarn, spun it, and plied it late last evening.

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I then made a mini skein. 75 more yards of the border yarn. And with that, I can officially be done with Lizard Ridge.

I’ve been oddly lacking in angst at the end of this project. Typically, at the end of such an epic project I’d be so eager for it to be done that I’d become frustrated and start calling in the project of doom or some such nonsense, just to carry me through. With this one? I just never had that feeling. All I had was a zen contentment with it, despite numerous setbacks. I do hope that means I’ll have a finished object with no negative memories attached to it!

The light

Yesterday I finished the border knitting of the Lizard Ridge, and began the long task of the applied icord bind off. I snapped this shot after turning the first corner.

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It made me so happy to see it all coming together like that, and it also confirmed the icord bind off choice. It really looks so lovely and finished!

I worked on it all evening, and a little this morning, and then I snapped this shot:

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It doesn’t look much different than the last shot, but that’s corner #3, which means I only have one more side left! The end is in sight, I’ve seen the light at the end of this tunnel, and, quite frankly, I am a little confused as to what I’ll knit after it’s done!

(As a side note, I also think I am going to run out of yarn one last time. But, it’ll be so close to the finish that I can probably just finish up with the singles already on the spindles currently.)

Tenacity

I believe that would now be the word to describe me and my lizard ridge project.

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That right there is another 170 yards of 3 ply yarn. As well as more singles on the spindle. I really am not sure how fast the icord bind off I am planning will eat yarn, and the border will eat half of the skein I just spun. So, I am spinning more right off the bat.

Speaking of tenacity, my daughter’s fever and cough are holding steady as well. They just aren’t ready to quit. I packed most of the cough drops, unfortunately, a week ago. Thankfully between my purse and sad cough drops that fell into my dresser drawers during some sickness awhile back, I am able to get her through today. Poor kid!

Meanwhile, today I am alternating my time between packing and Lizard Ridge.

This Week

Yesterday I was fortunate to have a mandatory training session in which I could get away with knitting. This was wonderful, because while in that session I was able to get a good portion down the leg of the second of my April socks.

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Then at lunch, I placed the scrap yarn for the heel. Now just the remainder of the foot, another toe, and both afterthought heels. These April socks will get done in the month of April!

Meanwhile, my life looks like this:

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That’s one of the packed stacks of boxes. Behind it, Miss Bug has made herself a nest. She woke up with a fever and a cough, and she seems to enjoy going in that nest to sleep. So for me? I am flick carding and spinning for the Lizard Ridge. Again.

What I’ve Been Up To Day 2

I finished that entire fleece!

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It’s all sitting there drying nicely, and then I’ll box it up and probably not touch it until we get to the new house.

I also finished spinning the singles of the Smaug batt. The batt and the braid are ready to be plied together now.

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It’s so fun to see such a smooth and even single right next to a funky textured single. I can’t wait to see what they’ll look like together.

Then there’s this little project I’ve been working on in spare moments. It’s a braid of merino from The Dyeing Arts. Mint green and brown, which is one of my favorite combinations. On a Bosworth, a KCL Woods, and a Trindle.

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And finally, I finished plying the CVM Romeldale for the Lizard Ridge border yesterday. 190 yards of 3 ply yarn.

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This is absolutely my favorite fleece ever, the resulting yarn is so entirely gorgeous!

What I’ve Been Up To

So here’s the deal. Even though we aren’t moving until next month, moving is EXHAUSTING! I’ve got this huge list of stuff that has got to get done, and below that a list of things that I’d really like to get done.

Many of the things that are on the must do list are things that I cannot do right now, which causes me quite a bit of anxiety. To ease that, I do things on the list of wants.

First up, that Lizard Ridge blanket. As you well know, I want to get it done, though I am not sure I’ll be able to. I am close to running out of yarn, so I needed to spin more for the border.

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Done. I need to ply. This is all of the CVM Romeldale that I have flick carded. I am really hoping it’s enough to finish the blanket, but I am not sure. I do have more, but I’ll have to card and then spin, so it ends up being a lot more time intensive.

In order to ply, I want to get the current singles project off the wheel.

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That’s my Inglenook Smaug batt. I am fairly close to being done now, and hope to finish today so I can begin plying.

And finally, in the crafty wants list, I want to move to a new house with no unwashed fleece.

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I’ve got this corriedale fleece, it’s been around forever. I washed a bit of it awhile back but didn’t get any further than that. It’s boxed up somewhere and I haven’t looked at it since. I began washing it in small batches last evening.

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I’ll be honest, there was a moment last evening where I was ready to toss the entire thing. It’s not one of my better purchases, it’s not well skirted, and while it could be more full of veggie matter, it’s certainly tippy and I was not that impressed. But, before I tossed it, I decided to wait for one batch to dry.

I am glad I did. I flicked a lock this morning, and the result was very pretty.

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It’s a keeper!

I know this is spinning heavy, maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to have a chance to post some knitting tomorrow.

When I am home

When I am home, I am packing and sorting. When I am not packing and sorting, I am knitting this border:

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When I am bored of the border, I weave in some ends. It all seems very overwhelming right now, and it feels unlikely that this blanket will get done before the move. Especially since it’s now clear that I will also need to spin more yarn for it. I did finish one border side last evening, so that felt momentous.

However, I did spread it out on my bed, and it will make a sizeable, serviceable, queen size blanket. Which is exactly what I wanted, as I want my new home to be absolutely full of color!

When I am out of the house, the blanket really isn’t an option, so I am knitting on a sock, or spinning on a spindle.

Give a Gal a Bosworth

And a little bit of time.

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Yesterday  my new Bosworth spindle showed up in the mail. Right on time to take it to the airport to wait for Bug to return from her spring break. Her plane was delayed, and I had more than an hour of spinning time at the airport. I found myself a pillar to lean against and got down to business.

After that, she went to her dad’s, and Mr. Ink and I had some errands to do in his truck. So, I spun in the truck too. I would say I am about a quarter of the way through this particular 4 oz. bump of fiber. And the Bosworth spins like a dream.

I Could Show You…

A fully seamed Lizard Ridge. But, I am not going to. I think I am now going to save it for after the borders are complete. But, here’s what this morning looked like:

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That’s me, under the Lizard Ridge, working on the last seam. It’s done now, and I have picked up stitches for the first border piece.

What I am ready to show you is my current spinning project. I’ve been working on my Inglenook Smaug batt. It’s on my wheel at the moment.

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As per usual, the yarn is just beautiful. I divided the batt into two width wise, and will spin it in one long color change. It will go to one side of the batt and then back again.

Most of this was spun on evenings I was hanging out with Miss Bug watching Buffy and Angel. The weather is warmer now, and I seriously doubt she’s going to want to do that anymore unless there’s an outstanding circumstance like sickness, rainstorm, or she’s grounded for some reason or another.

The Drama

Sometimes knitting creates drama. Most of the time it’s a lovely and relaxing thing to do, but sometimes it’s drama.

I finished my lizard ridge strips, and it was time to seam them together. Now, it took me a total of 4 years to finish each of these strips, so I’ve had ample time to think over the seaming. And, the idea of that much mattress stitch didn’t please me at all. I also felt that perhaps the blanket would do better having a seriously stable seam.

So, my idea was to pick up stitches on the side of each strip, and then 3 needle bind off those stitches to keep a stable seam. I knew that this could mean that I’d have some of my grey yarn showing in between the strips, but since I’ll also use the same grey for the border, that didn’t seem problematic.

So, I started on the first two strips. I identified that I needed to pick up 52 stitches per block, and I picked up stitches using a stitch marker in between the blocks just to make sure I stayed on track. I picked up all 624 stitches, then did a 3 needle bind off of 312 stitches. I took a moment after it was done, held it up, and realized I’d oriented one of the strips incorrectly. This meant that the stripes didn’t line up. Wide stripes were paired with narrow stripes.

I had this moment where I thought “Can I live with this and just do the rest correctly?” But the answer was absolutely not. So, I ripped the entire thing out and put it down for a day or so.

Then, I got back to it, being more careful than before. I now have 3 connected strips, and they look amazing!

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Here’s the deal. I took up the lizard ridge blanket with intent to finish for a very specific reason. I knew that we’d be moving fairly soon, and it seemed that moving a finished blanket would be a good deal easier than moving a bunch of unblocked partially finished strips and all the extra yarn still needing to be knit into additional strips.

I thought I’d have plenty of time for this endeavor, and while I was completing knitting quickly, and spinning yarn for the border, I wasn’t feeling rushed. I’d anticipated moving sometime in June perhaps? Maybe over the summer? I really wasn’t entirely sure, but it was still sometime in the future and I had plenty of time.

So, we worked on our house projects, Mr. Ink and I, separately and together, and I knit on Lizard Ridge in my spare time. And then, we made the decision to start looking at houses, since we knew we’d be on the market for one soon. We looked, and we saw some houses that would work for our lifestyle, but weren’t in an area we adored. And we saw a whole BUNCH of houses that were disasters. And we saw houses that we adored, but got snatched right out from under us because the market is really tough on buyers right now. And then…..we found a home that fit our needs perfectly in an area we didn’t expect to be living in, but we also weren’t opposed to. This moving thing? Is going to happen far sooner than we anticipated, because I purchased that house, because I just couldn’t live with someone else owning it.

But now? Not only is Lizard Ridge not complete, I have so little time to work on it because my time needs to be spent packing instead!

My new goal is simply to get all the strips attached together. If I get some border work done, that’s great, but getting those strips connected will still be the best way to move the blanket. I REALLY wanted it finished to put on our bed in our new home, but I just don’t think that’s going to happen at this time.

April Sock

Yesterday we had a day long meeting for work. While I didn’t get quite as much knitting time as I’d hoped, I did get some knitting time.

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This is right before I added a place holder for the afterthought heel. Thankfully I made it a little further down the foot of the sock after this photo.

The conference went well, and I get to leave work early today to make up for all the time I was working yesterday. I’ve got errands to run and things to do, and it’s an absolutely beautiful day so I might spend some of it sitting on my porch and spinning if I can find the time.

What you get

It’s been so busy that I can’t really even get to taking pictures to post here. I started a sock over the weekend, but haven’t had much of an opportunity to post about it. So, today, while I had a little extra waiting time, instead of ┬ájust knitting, I took a quick picture.

It’s just a car shot. But, at least I get to post!

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This is another Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock for my mom. I figured I’d start them as my April socks, and then they’ll be ready to send to my mom before summer.

I had a major disaster with Lizard Ridge last night, but I was so disgusted with it that I couldn’t be bothered to even post about it. I just ripped it back out and figured I’d tell you about it later. So, once the first two strips are seamed, I’ll post the mistake as well as the fixed one.

That’s all I’ve got for today, which is a lot more than yesterday!

The Good News and The Bad News

The good news:

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My “last” lizard ridge strip is done.

The bad news. It’s not my last. If i want a queen sized topper, I need another strip.

I want to say I am desperately disappointed about this, but I am so far into this blanket now that it doesn’t bother me a bit to knit another strip. My obsession runs deep.

Repeating Myself

It seems like readers may begin to think I am repeating myself. After all, I just plied up two more skeins of the grey CVM/Romeldale, and it looks exactly like the last skein.

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See? It’s just a bigger skein, 280 yards instead of 130. But that’s good, because I am going to stop with this for now and finish the last Lizard Ridge strip so I can see if these skeins are enough for seaming and the border.

It’s just pleasant to be spinning again, and it’s pleasant that spinning is easy to pick up and put down in between working on my house and Mr. Ink’s house. So calming, so relaxing. Spinning can really keep hold of sanity when I am stressed.