this is linda. linda is very happy (i know, you can’t tell from the photo, but . . .). she’s been spinning seacell that she purchase from creatively dyed at the fiber fair a couple of weeks ago and she is pretty happy with herself (and it).
you may also have deduced that linda is completely smitten with spinning; a mere few months after starting our class, she is fully immersed in it. we all look forward to sundays just to see how happy she is to be there. i’m not kidding—we’ve seen her cry from joy right in my own so-called dining room.
she can’t keep her hands off anyone else’s fiber either
this is some fiber from three bags full, purchased by anne marie at the trading post booth (we see them at a lot of fiber fairs and they are always patient and good to us as we paw through everything in their booth, exclaiming loudly and blocking anyone else from getting near the good stuff.)
here’s what it looks like spun up
mmm, tweedy. we likee.
we had a very silly but productive day in class yesterday, even though we weren’t actually at the seashore and susan wasn’t here (susan, you missed a good one). everyone has begun experimenting with knitting up their first handspun and things get fairly exciting when that happens. linda knit up some hot waffles with yarn from the corriedale batt she spun up during august.
here we have some of the singles, some 2-ply yarn, and then the finished mmitts. nice, right?
linda mentioned that she used the unicorn fibre wash and rinse samples that anna sent her and is very pleased with the result—nice and soft.
not to be outdone by any measure, anne marie brought her “dog walking” sweater that she’s knitting from her first batch of handspun ( i love that—a dog walking sweater—it sounds sooo romantic. why don’t i have a dog?? uh, on second thought, don’t answer that. we all know why).
anyhow . . . she’s knitting the flyingdales sweater (ravelink) from a fine fleece by lisa lloyd in a 2-ply yarn she spun from romney/alpaca blend produced locally by per ardua farm (no website, but click to contact them).
how excellent is that?? it’s really, really good, i can tell you; much better in person that in the photo. here’s a shot of the cables and yarn up close (why is handspun yarn to hard to photograph . . . anybody?)
i trudged away on my dark brown lincoln/corriedale/nylon blend sock yarn; it’s almost done, though. i had hopes of spinning more this past week now that the garden is pretty much spent, but i worked on my sweater too much to accomplish that.
on their way out at noon, they were distracted by a couple of small FOs which got blocked the other day and an impromptu modeling session ensued
it is nice to see the neckwarmers on something other than an inanimate dress form.
after class i spent the afternoon blocking my sweater body, which i finished up on saturday night.
i have a nice big pressing bench in my workroom for projects like this
i got used to using a bench like this when i worked in the garment business and an ironing board just feels foreign to me now. mine is big enough to pin out a whole sweater at once, for which i am very grateful. we cobbled it together from a discarded cabinet, some MDF and a layer of homasote (which accepts pins and reacts to moisture quite nicely, and wow, do they have an informative website . . .), all covered over with wool batting and muslin.
i pinned the whole body piece out to the finished size, then covered it with a wet towel and made steam by touching the towel with a hot iron and no pressure.
the difference in the fabric is unbelievable
not just the way it looks since we saw it last, but the way it feels and drapes . . . it’s incredible. blocking is magic, eh?
that’s the full frontal view pre-collar and button bands. if i wore vests, i would make one of these without the sleeves (hmm, maybe my mom would like one?). and when we produce the pattern, i’ll add instructions for doing just that.
i wanted to start the sleeves real bad right away, but then thought i should get the most fiddly parts finished before my week gets out of hand. so last night i added the collar and button bands
i used the same rib as i used at the bottom hem, and put in one-row buttonholes—i like these the best if i need a hole bigger than one stitch (for which i then use an eyelet).
these last few photos show the color of the yarn really well—it has very deep, nearly-black tones of blues, greens, and plums which have been difficult to photograph accurately most of the time. several people have witten to ask how much yarn they would need to make a sweater with this glory days yarn, and while i can’t speak for every pattern or size, two skeins should be enough for almost anyone—the skeins are large at 1000 yards each (i’ll use about 1200-1300 total yards for my sweater).
i’m going to use these horn (antler?) buttons that i purchased at our local fiber festival a couple of years ago. we have a vendor (i can’t remember her name and i have no label) who offers them each year; i think someone in her family makes them
they have a wonderfully rustic natural gray color and irregular shape that contrasts well with the formality of the tartan fabric (and maybe they add a hint of wild scottish highland-ness to the whole thing? or, maybe that’s just my romantic side speaking again.).
i started my sleeves in class this morning and plan to knit as much as i can this week to finish them and complete the sweater—hopefully by the end of the week.
and if i’m going to meet that goal, i better go work on it.