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ugh, i have been horrible about updating!  and its not like i havent’ been getting stuff done, i just haven’t been posting!

so, what have i been working on?

i finished my Meret and a pair of Fetching mitts out of the Marisol yarn my friend brought me back as a thank you for taking care of her kitty.  They both came out cute (if slightly obscured by the fuzziness of the yarn) and i just need it to get a bit cooler before I can wear them.  but its fall in the northeast, so that should be any day now.

here are pictures of the FOs

My Meret

My Meret

and

Fetching, aren't they?

Fetching, aren't they?

the original plan for a rhinebeck sweater has been put on hold.  As much as i lovelovelove the yarn, an entire cardigan in DK weight yarn was just killing me, so on hiatus it went.

but i know i need SOMETHING for rhinebeck, and when looking for inspiration, discovered the Heather Hoodie Vest which is knit in bulky weight yarn.  perfect!  and my LYS even had the yarn in a color i’m in love with.  i’m on track to finishing it (just barely) in time for Rhinebeck.  Now I just need mother nature to play nice and not make it wet, freezing cold, or blazing hot.  i’m putting in a request for 61F (16C) now, you hear me!  please?  pretty please?  with a cherry on top?

here’s a picture of the back of the vest.  still finding that i get the best shots at my desk here at work.

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

1/2 of a Hoodie vest

and i just started a new pattern for another set of fingerless mitts.  these were designed by my friend Abbie and they are just lovely!  they are her October Leaves Fingerless Mitts and i jumped on them as soon as the pattern was up.  i decided to do them in one of the sock yarns purchased at Sock Summit- my Wool Candy BFL in Ice Cream.  i really love it and as soon as i finish the vest (hopefully this weekend), i will speed knit through the rest of the mitts.  they are really nice for knitting up quickly, which helps with the knitting ennui i’ve been feeling on and off.

WIP

WIP

There have also been further attempts made with the spinning wheel.  I was so happy with my first skein (sadly, i can’t find the picture i took), that i immediately pulled out a recent purchase of Pollworth/Silk blend roving that i got at Sock Summit from Ms. Gusset.  she is still getting her site up, but her stuff was delicious and i brought back TONS (ok, maybe not tons, but a lot) of it when i came back from Portland. the pollworth/silk blend was a dream to spin up and i got about 100yrds of a thick/thin yarn in approximately a DK weight.  i’m going to dye it and knit it into probably some sort of hat thing.

Plied, on Bobbin

Plied, on Bobbin

and

Plied on Niddynoddy

Plied on Niddynoddy

sadly, while plying the yarn, the brake band broke (say that 3 times fast) and put my spinning wheel out of commission for a week.  I’ve made the necessary repairs and will hopefully be able to jump back on this weekend.  in the meantime, i’ve been using the drop spindle to spin up some baby camel/silk.  its coming out really even, but its pretty much cobweb weight, so it will need to be plied or i will lose my mind if i try and knit it.  sadly, i don’t have any pictures of that, but trust me, its cute.

fingers crossed that i will be able to get my vest done in time for Rhinebeck!

and hopefully, another post this weekend with an (almost) FO!

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4, 3, 2, 1…

countdown to escape has commenced.  yep, my company is closed tomorrow, so everyone is pretty much just watching the clock for the last 20 minutes.  i predict a stampede to the elevators at 5pm.

i have decided to be be productive and update the blog.  tons of updates since the last post!!

4) Damson Shawl by Ysolda-

loved making this pattern.  made a few mistakes b/c i got caught up in the monotony of the garter stitch, but easily rectified and it came out beautifully in the end.  made in  Malabrigo sock, since i have plenty of it in the stash.  now, i just need a bit more of a nip in the air and i can wear it!  isn’t it pretty?damson 1

damson 2

3) a new WIP- the Meret

a non-knitting friend very generously gifted me with 3 skeins of   Marisol Yarn Miski, just for taking care of her kitty while she was on vacation (granted, this was a bit traumatic since kitty got sick).  the yarn is STUNNING and soft (100% baby llama!) and i think i made it all of 24 hours before i had to wind it and start knitting.  the yarn is worsted weight, so this beret is going to be a very quick knit as long as i stop getting too distracted while i’m working on it.  last night, it feel victim to the pilot of “Glee” (OMG!GEEKSQUEE!) and i had to tink back one row 3 times.  there was cursing.

but this morning, the Meret and i got in some quality time together on the subway and now its going quite well.  if i continue at this pace, i should be done by the weekend! wanna see? btw, i don’t usually use that many markers, but with all the screwups i made the night before, better safe than sorry.

meret

2) My 2009 Rhinebeck Sweater

since i’m not using anyone’s pattern, but rather a combination of math and the genius of EZ, it has no other name.  but its going (slowly).  i forget how much longer it takes to knit a sweater in DK rather than in worsted weight.  its a bit of slow going, but it will be worth it.  well, as long as i can get it done by Rhinebeck.

sweater 1

1) and this is the biggest news!

2 years ago at Rhinebeck, in a fit of “sure, i know how to spin!”, i purchased a spinning wheel.  i got a very cute Ashford Kiwi that had been modified to fold the treadle up, therefore allowing it to take up less space in my teeny NYC apartment.  it got home fine, looked lovely.

and then i started spinning.  and what had worked so nicely for me up in the wilds of upstate NY refused to cooperate in the big city.  after a few fits and starts, i finally gave up before i broke the thing and there it sat, “like a gym sock on a shower rod” (10 points if you can name the show and episode of that quote).

until 2 weeks ago, when i went to my friend Julie’s house.  you see, Julie is a spinner.  a REALLY good spinner.  and she sat me down on a machine that is similar to mine and we worked out some of my issues with my lovely little wheel.  and i was determined to go home and spin.

and so i did.  and look what i got out of it!

spinning 1

spinning 2

i can’t remember the yarn content, but i suspect it is a nice and slightly slick merino.  all that i have is on that one bobbin, so i’m taking it to knitting tonight in the hopes that Julie can help me figure out how to arrange that beautiful single ply in order to make it something even better.

needless to say, since that was successful, i have pulled out a shit ton of all the fiber i have accumulated and will be playing with it over my 4 day weekend.  its supposed to rain one or 2 days, and that really works for me because there is a lot to get done and i want it all!!!!!

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