A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

February 1, 2005

The Home Stretch

Wes should be home in 4 hours and 17 minutes. Not that I'm counting or anything.

I took some pictures over the last few days but, since I had my holiday computer "upgrade," my camera and computer are not on speaking terms. Wes's computer and the camera will speak, on occasion but it's a stormy relationship. It's takes a lot of coaxing and facilitating. After a few days and a whole lot of cursing I managed to download three photos. Sad, but true.

Here's my Sockapalooza sock as of, oh...let's say Saturday night.

Click to see the back

Since I took the picture I've made it past the heel turn and am now just beginning the foot. The end is sort of in sight...for the first sock. Luckily I have over a month left to finish the pair.

I took this picture of my Flower Basket Shawl...last night? Man, it's all a blur. Okay, sure, last night. Here it is with about six repeats done. Even though the pattern only calls for seven repeats mine will take many, many more for two reasons. 1) I believe my yarn is incorrectly labeled. 2) I am a dumbass. The yarn I'm using is labeled as 400 yards of sport weight yarn. To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, "Red Barn Yarn, I sell sport weight yarn. I've knit sport weight yarn. Sport weight yarn was a friend of mine. Red Barn Yarn, you’re no sport weight yarn.” Honestly this stuff (lovely though it may be) is thinner than
the Nature's Palette yarn I'm using for my sock. The patterns calls for lace weight yarn held doubled. I knew that sport weight would be thinner and would need to do more knitting. But I didn't swatch or stop to think at all and just jumped in and started knitting. So, long story short, I have a long way to go on this still.

In spinning news, I finished spinning and plying 2.8 ounces of the Coopworth last night. It looks very nice and is definitely the most consistent yarn I've spun so far--which isn't saying a lot. Today I got 6 ounces of Corriedale to play with. I keep looking at fiber online and realizing that I can drive 5 minutes to Weaving Works and get a better price on roving. Plus I can touch everything first and I don't have to wait for it to be shipped to me. They have quite a lot of spinning fiber. Corriedale, merino (and superwash), Faukland, finn, coopworth, lincoln, blue face leicester, silk, corn silk, soy silk, alpaca, mohair, llama, camel, baby camel, quivet, icelandic, shetland...on and on. Plus raw locks of rambouillet and other breeds that I can't recall. I don't really need eBay, now do I?