i hardly know where to start. at the beginning of today i didn’t think i had much to talk about, but then as the day wore on and i thought as i worked, a lot of blog fodder came together for me. i even have pictures to show for it.
the first thing i have to show you is something i am way too proud of. i don’t have a right to be proud of it because i did NONE of the work in achieving its excellence. this was made by susie (blogless), who has been taking classes with me for about a year and a half
it is her opus magnum—it represents many milestones. we kidded her a lot about struggling with it, but truly, she met each challenge with determination and showed us a little bit about perseverance. it is the wing-’o-the-moth shawl, knit with suri alpaca on size 5 needles, begun sometime in september and completed the third week of november. (really susie—not that much time; you did good!!)
she’s going to bring it to class tomorrow and i can’t wait—believe me, it’s gossamer. it almost makes me want to knit something with yarn that thin. almost.
as it happens, i have been knitting with some pretty thin yarn. i finally jumped into a couple of christmas gift projects—mitts for my friends mo and kellie, who sent me some be-yoo-tiful vintage yarns from mother’s stash. when i got the box, i discoverd some cashmere in there, even, and resolved to make kellie some mitts with it.
i had to pull out the size 2 needles to get a nice fabric (i was hoping for maybe a 3 or 4 needle . . .). but actually, i’m making pretty quick time on them. i knit all that at the shop yesterday while i was teaching (granted, it was an easy day—no meltdowns, no surgery, and no trauma).
these feel so good that i wish i had a pair too. and believe me, i’m gonna get some. yes m’am. i like the snug fit and the thin fabric a lot. i use mitts often when it’s cold—i just have to.
i also got going on the man version of the mitt gift, though i opted not to put manlace in them. the yarn is too heavy and i don’t think mo would like it. they match a hat i made him last year, which he adores.
i used my ragamuffin mitt pattern with a heavier (it’s handspun—sort of aran weight) yarn and larger needles (size 7). i replaced the fluffy edging with ribbing and made the cuff longer. they fit david perfectly, so the stitch count was just right.
i had to work on sunday, but since there was no one else around to ask questions or interrupt, i was able to use some spare moments to knit some rounds on these
but what i’m really thinking about in the back of my mind is what my next big project will be. i think i’m gonna take out this sweater and have another crack at it. the yarn is too beautiful to allow it to languish any more, and i can use another sweater.
it’s a top-down raglan that i started last winter with a nasty-cool, way-sick cable that i’ve had my eye on for years (BW3). it’s a tough cable to design around because it is so dense, that it can be way too tight for the fabric surrounding it. but i finally found the perfect marriage of yarn and cable.
this is some handspun coopworth (copper moose) cut with about 40% cotton, which i carded in roughly, and then spun into two-ply, letting the yarn be whateverr it wanted to be. it was something i spun when i first learned, but had finally gotten the hang of not overtwisting. it was my first attempt at using cotton for texture and making something purposely rustic, without any unwanted “rustic-ness”.
i. love. it.
this yarn is dear to me. in fact, it was in danger of being too precious to use; i just love sitting and looking at it, touching it softly once in a while . . . ahem, sorry.
this yarn is as soft, airy, and lightweight as malabrigo—i kid you not. when i was spinning it, i thought the coopworth would be rough, but NOT.
i’m so glad i thought to use it with that cable—two of my favorite elements, and knitting it now means that there is a strong possibility it will last the rest of my life. (er, i DO have sweaters that old in my drawer, so i know it could happen . . .).
here’s a closeup of the cable
isn’t that shwee-e-e-et?
as soon as i finish those mitts, AND the obstacles shawl (sooo close, so close) i’m gonna dive in.
(sidenote: i swear that obstacles shawl has stayed the same length for the last week, even though i work on it every night . . . but i AM on the last hank of yarn, so it will have to be done soon.)
BTW, there is now a pattern for the waterfall sox available as well as a few other new smalls in the catalog.