Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yarn Talk

Remember that yarn I was talking about spinning a while back? It's done! Probably... And it's insane. Technicolor rainbow yarn and tons of it. The whole ball is as big as.. like... a really big grapefruit... or something like that.

Norel was over a few days ago and saw the mostly-completed stuff and got very concerned that I was going to make some sort of rainbow article of clothing that I would wear around. It took a couple minutes to assure her that the product of this silly yarn (slipper socks) will not be leaving my apartment.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Miles and Miles

A while back I made some yarn. It was blue wool that I Navajo-plied and I thought it was pretty and I posted about it here.
But this yarn just sat and sat and I tried knitting some mitts but they were kind of itchy and looked weird... So I sent the yarn to Pluckyfluff to be a part of the giant skein of handspun yarn in her Handspun Revolution show in Norway. Videos are being posted to show the progress of the project and it's crazy! So many people donated yarn. An estimated 10.5 miles of yarn. All of it hand-spun. So neat!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


All I can think about these days is warmer weather, dresses, sandals, sunglasses, ice cream cones... and uh... wool.
I've been spending a lot of time in Central Park, especially by the Harlem Meer and in the Conservatory Garden. It's all really incredible right now.

I've also been working on turning this big box of fluffy stuff (the Phatfiber March box) into sock yarn. I almost can't believe I'm spinning sock yarn. I used to tell myself that I would never knit socks. I just thought they were too silly, too expensive, too time consuming. But I felt like I had to try it just once.... And they didn't turn out quite right so I had to try again. And I love wearing my hand-knit socks (they are really are comfy).
So, I guess I've come to terms with liking to knit socks.... But taking hours to spin wool into a ton of yarn and then hours and hours to knit the yarn and then in the end all you've got is a pair of silly looking socks? Yes. That's exactly what I'm doing. And for some reason... I really like it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My Estelle

I'm knitting my first sweater! Well, it's my first adult sweater. The first one that I really really intend to finish...
It's the Estelle by Linden Heflin and it's available on Ravelry here. The cardigan is knit in one piece from the top down. I feel like it has just the right amount of lace at the neckline and then the body is all mindless stockinette stitch. Also, the yarn (Araucania Nature Wool) was on sale for half-off so I only spent about $30 for the materials!
I know it's silly to be working on a wool sweater that I'll finish when it's hot outside but well... that's just how it worked out.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Knit Amazingness

This video has been on quite a few blogs already but if you haven't seen it yet... well, you really should watch it.