September 2006


I’ve been busy lately, and a bunch of it is even stuff that’s relevant to this blog.

While I was doing laundry last Sunday, washing things that were near the moths, I finished spinning my first three-ply yarn:

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This is my ounce of Boogie merino in salvia, about 60 yards. (That’s getting to be an awfully common skein size for me…) Anyway, I’m really happy with the way it looks, especially in the bits where the three plies are all different shades.

I’ve also been working on my sock (the toe-up one I cast on at the Harry & the Potters show), both at the Satellite (coffee shop) craft night on Wednesday and at the Sufjan Stevens concert last night. (In addition to bits and pieces of standing on lines and sitting in trolleys.)

It’s grown a lot–the black line is approximately how far along it was at noon on Wednesday.

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So that’s about 3h of knitting on Wednesday, plus about 3h of knitting last night…stockinette socks are fast, even on small needles.

But one of the reasons I like stockinette like that is so I can look at other things while I knit. Like the Sufjan Stevens concert, which was (as I expected) fun to watch as well as to hear.

I took this during “Jacksonville”; I think the projected images were supposed to have something to do with either Jacksonville or just small towns…(?) But the sorta movie-ish bits for all of the songs were fun, as was the concert over all. Yay, live music.

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Taken this morning, on my walk to work. It’s especially nice ’cause it’s almost at eye-level–the houses on my block are raised from street-level, so the flowerbed is maybe three and a half feet up from the sidewalk.

I found moths in my apartment, and not the mealmoths I’ve been fighting away from my grain products. Wool-eating moths.

It took some hunting to find their nest of evil, hidden under lots of plant-fiber clothing, but it was in a sweater that I’d’ve sworn was 100% acrylic. Turns out that the sweater was 30% wool. I would be distraught right now, rather than merely upset, but the infestation seems (*knocking on wood*) to have been confined to the part of my bedroom by the back windows (incidentally, the only part of my apartment of which I’ve posted pictures), and the only yarn I’ve thrown out has been some ecowool. But my freezer is now stuffed full of yarn, fiber, my highland triangle shawl, and a (woven) wool stole I bought a while ago. And my mountain peaks shawl, which is the only really sad bit–I saw a moth in the project bag and shoved it into the freezer without looking any further. The final determination can be made when I’m not worried about spreading moths. My Sunday afternoon also took on a lot more laundry than it was supposed to have included, as I washed everything that might’ve been hiding moths. (Including a wool sweater I’d gotten for free a few years ago, which is now actually close to the right size.)

I haven’t done an exhaustive search of my yarn and fiber stashes this afternoon, but I’m reasonably confident that there’s no major infestation in either, what with the number of times lately that I’ve poked through them, and the nasty little caterpillars were at the opposite end of my apartment. The thorough stash inspections are going to come after the exposed clothing is back out of the way.

I am now cautiously optimistic. But someone should tell me immediately if the freeze-thaw-freeze system is insufficient.

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In happier news, I have started three new knitting projects since I finished the autumn sunset shawl. Two scarves and a blanket. Because I am crazy. But one of the scarves is a really simple cable pattern in the fuzziest mohair ever, and the other is the neuron-illusion scarf I’ve been meaning to start for the last year. And the blanket is a freeform thing combining all of the green yarn I could pull out of my stash: mostly single skeins that were gifts, all small enough quantities that I couldn’t do much with them by themselves. It’s coming along nicely, and I’m weaving in ends as I go…so it seems a little less insane than it could be.

And here are a couple of pictures of the mohair scarf, since it both 1)looks like something and 2)fits in the sunny corner of my windowsill.

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The first skein (of probably two or three) of the wool-mohair locks from MDSW. It’s about 100 yards of sport-weight. And it’s really soft.

Spindle-spun, wheel-plied. (And now I know better than to try to ply from just a center-pull ball (without my wrist in the middle) when there’s that much mohair in the yarn.)

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This is another pic from the wildlife refuge last week. It’s also the largest spider I’ve ever seen. And beautiful.

It’s blocked! I finished it on Sunday night, and had to block it immediately. So I wound up just putting my blocking boards on the living room floor in hopes that Mel wouldn’t destroy anything. As it turned out, I didn’t see him sleeping on it at all, probably because there are so many more comfortable places to sleep right nearby.

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I’m thinking I’ll reblock it sometime soon to try to get rid of the side scallops, but I really like the overall drape and look of the shawl now that it’s not all puffy from the garter stitch bits. I like the colors better now, too.

Specs: one skein of miscellaneous fingering wool (about 700yds) from MDSW 2005, first photographed September 25, 2005, knit on size 7 inox grey circular. Stitch pattern taken from the North Sea Shawl from Folk Shawls.

Well, most of my trip wasn’t precisely photographable (and the abstract book and my notebook were heavy enough that I didn’t want to also carry my camera), but I took some pictures at the wildlife refuge we went to last Wednesday. (It’s right near the meeting we went to.)

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I was exhausted enough when we got back to the hotel every night to knit more than a couple of rounds on my flame sock (over the course of five days), but I did do some knitting in the car on the way there and back. Pictures tomorrow or Wednesday.

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