January 2007


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My January photo for the Shoot a Dozen Days thingy is from the biopond (this afternoon).  Just a little wintery without being completely frozen, the way this month has been. 

I managed a bit of spinning this weekend–I plied up some of the "copper" corriedale I bought as backup yarn for my diamond fantasy shawl (spun a couple of months ago, I think, although two weeks ago feels like months ago, so it’s hard to tell), and I spun a sample of my new Shetland wool.

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Just over sixty yards of corriedale and nine yards of shetland.

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I’m really happy with the evenness and grist of the corriedale, although I wish it were a bit softer.  The shetland, well….  I’m not sure I’ll be able to make myself not spin it as laceweight.  It was soooooo nice.  I need to spin the singles more so I can get the tight plying I want without having it overplied, but I don’t foresee major problems.  (I do, however, foresee my purchases at Maryland being fiber like this.  I don’t think two ounces will be enough for a shawl, but maybe I can get coordinating fibers.)

I wound up spending a good chunk of this afternoon with Rachel and Mac, at the fiber arts demo for the 100-mile suit project.  Aside from all of the joys of knitting while surrounded by spinners and of talking with friends, I got the opportunity to buy this:

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Two ounces of beautiful grey Shetland (I think she said it was Shetland, but it’s really soft, and I don’t care) from a local farm, run by one of the spinners I met this afternoon.  I think it’ll be one of the colors in the Anemoi mittens I plan to knit. 

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Today’s eye candy is a picture of Mel from quite a while ago.  It’s a decent representation of how I’m feeling right now…  Work is crazy, and though it’s good to be busy, I could use a bit more sleep. 

Fiberly activity this week has been limited to a couple of rows on the Diamond Fantasy Shawl, which is nearly at the end of the seventh repeat.  The directions say to use six repeats for the scarf and ten for the shawl; has anyone tried using seven, eight, or nine?  I’m not sure I really want it to be as big as the full shawl…

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This was the view out my front window this morning.  Snow!  Enough to stick!  The best part was that there was just barely enough to crunch under my sneakers, but not enough to make it tricky to walk to work.

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I played around with kool-aid dyeing again last week.  This is about 3oz of Amy Boogie’s wool blend, with several packets of various flavors of kool-aid.  Lesson for next time: grape is really powerful. 

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I’ve also been knitting away on the second fire sock.  Most of the ribbing was knit during the Värttinä (Finnish folk-rock) concert I saw last Thursday–they were excellent, and I’d highly recommend seeing them if you get the chance. 

And that’s it for me for today.  Work is really busy, and I haven’t had the energy for a lot of fiber stuff, but there’ll be fiber night this week, at least. 

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sunset over West Philadelphia (on Tuesday)

I’ve been doing a lot of spinning lately.  Almost no knitting (just…half a row of my diamond fantasy shawl, plus the sock-knitting from Friday), but a good deal of spinning.  Some of it I’ll show you today; some of it will wait for later.

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This is the purpley-grey stuff I carded on New Year’s Eve, plus some of the purple bfl–I made a striped single and plied it back on itself.  It’s about sport-weight, about 40 yards.

The other skein of which I have a picture is for my handspinning-swap pal, so don’t look at the extended entry if you’re in the Spin to Knit swap thingy.

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