Monday, March 28, 2011

Knitting like mad and a spot of spinning

I forgot to post that I finished the cabled capelet -
 I actually like this photo too!
Its delightfully warm too. I'm looking forward to using it for spring/fall camping events. Yes, I know its not terribly period, but I'm still going to use it. Unless the garb police crawl out of the woodworks. ;-)

I'm planning to knit the Aeolian Shawl with some Malabrigo Lace in Azul Profundo (for some reason its just fun to say the name - try it). Beads, I think beads should happen with this shawl. I don't have any with beads yet this year. I have some nice clear ones I picked up from the Gem Faire earlier this month.  Pattern's all printed along with the alternative edging, yarn is all caked and both in a ziplock bag.

We haven't been meeting at the Grange because William had to be taken to the pool at 5am for work on Wednesdays and just couldn't get an alternative day going. This last Wednesday was the first one that we managed to get a few people together. I think we'll have a few more this week.

I had bought an ounce of merino-alpaca-silk from Urban Fiber Arts (Cindy's shop). It was only $2.75 for the ounce. I divided up into three equal sections and then Kool-Aid dyed them - Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Grape and Black Cherry -
So I spun up the single last Wednesday -
 Friday I chain plied it up and on Saturday gave it a soak and let it hang dry -
Trying to photograph the colors was difficult, so I decided to go ahead and just wind it up into a ball. I ended up with 145 yards of light fingering. I think it will be a Barn Raising Quilt block but with Easter coming up, I might see if I can do an egg or two.  So for $3.05 I've had a lots of fun and I'm not done yet!

Next month's spinning is all for Fairs - County and State. Haven't decided if I'll try entering any of them at Black Sheep Gathering or Oregon Flock and Fiber, those I have to pay to enter them. ;-)

I knitted up Leeloo a little sweater to wear while SCA camping. I had her try it on before doing the ribbing and it looked like it was good to start the ribbing. Of course after getting it all done and finally getting a good picture/look at her, I find that I needed more decreasing and a little more length. Sigh. I'm not looking forward to frogging out the ribbing and doing that though. So its sitting on the table waiting to have that done. I might have to wait to re-do until next month though.  This is what it looks like now - 

What has kept me very busy this month is Brandon's kilt hose. Oh boy! 35-1/2 inches in length per sock. Right now I'm having the dickens of a time trying to get them to dry so I can have him take photos with them. So here's one pre-blocked - 
Here they are both off the needles and before I gave them a good soak with his other pair that needed to be washed (trying to get them to dry too) - 
I have next month's sock pattern all ready to go and the sock yarn all caked up and needles in a ziplock bag. It's my Kool-Aid dyed Lion Brand *pink* Sock Ease yarn. 
I have a shrug to do for Christmas giving before the end of the month. I'm also trying to do a couple shrugs for the nieces, also for Christmas. The one I thought I'd do just is acting too small. They are 10 average and 11 petite, so if you have a suggestion for a pattern that I don't have to buy, that would be great!  Help please!

Hopefully without a sock project like the kilt hose, I should be able to get the Spiderman Blanket that's another Christmas gift done.  There's also a teddy bear that needs to get done next month if I'm going to stay on track with projects. Trying to stay organized and on top of things. This month has me a bit stressed with the end of the month rush.


  1. You've been so busy! I love it all! The capelet will be fabulous for camping and that fiber you dyed - you need to make more of that!

  2. Wow!!! I love the cabled capelet... it looks so warm and yummy. I didn't think I'd wear one, but after seeing yours, I've changed my mind!