Wednesday, February 21, 2007

daydream knitting...

Three mornings a week I ride my stationary bike at 6 AM. (I know! how athletic am I?)(answer: not very) Anyway, the point here is this: My bike is in my bedroom and it faces my yarn shelf. I often find myself daydreaming about projects and the yarn I see there. This morning I planned out the colors to attempt a circular yoke fair-isle sweater, and a cardigan I'd like to try. It was while on my bike I thought of the project I am currently working on (the brown cabled cardigan is boring on a temporary hold).

sweater in progress

I'm using my modifications to Knitty's Mesilla and will add long sleeves. I'm about 1" into the ribbing at the bottom of the body. The color is a big change for me. I don't normally wear red, but I kind of like this color. I had initially dyed this yarn to use for a Christmas gift, but that didn't work out, leaving me with RED yarn. I hope to finish this one in the next few days. We're about to get more snow, so I'll definately be glad for another sweater!!

I've been spinning, trying to acheive a slightly thicker yarn. I seem to have a tendency to spin fairly fine, and haven't had much luck in spinning a consistent thicker single. I finally managed to do 2 skeins of a worsted weight, each approximately 3 oz, navajo plied.

I dyed 1/2 pound of BFL roving on the weekend:
dyed roving
I'm really happy with how this turned out. I was a little worried that the colors would just end up muddy. I borrowed from directions I saw on someone's blog (i forgot to bookmark it. oops) and just kind of winged it. I sprinkled the dye powder on the roving rather than mix it up first, which I had never tried before. I really like how this turned out. The colors seem to have saturated well without becoming muddy.

I've started spinning some Fleece Artist Merino I got at Gina Brown's on the weekend. I'm attempting to spin sock yarn.
sock yarn in progress

I am not very good at this whole naming-your-yarn thing. Anyone have any ideas on names for the yarns up there? I kind of like the idea of naming the colorways, but I seem kind of stuck on the ones I come up with.


  1. You're very talented. Everything looks great. All the socks are so pretty! Love the red sweater too.

  2. You can call that lovely blue Arctic Ice.


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