What is a knitter to do when surrounded by
The only sensible thing a knitter could do - I went home with 11 wheels or cheeses of beautiful pale grey soft vintage Cowichan yarn, enough for another EZ blanket. A large single bed sized one - the kind that is so large that the yarn physically won't fit into any of my stash storage. Look, that is the yarn stacked beside A4 foolscap arch lever folders. I have a few options, leave it out to admire, knit it right away (which is what I did last time), or find a new stash storage space. All of those options are feasible -- I'll keep you posted about where I'm headed on that one - I'm not sure I'm up for knitting this one right now -- but I want one for each cub.
My current sock Taimi grows, slower now that I am working the closed lace repeats around the leg. Working pattern rounds every second round is a little slower than plain old stocking stitch. I was thinking that I would be done by now .. so much so I've sorted the next sock project from my queue [Ravelry link], and selected the yarn, and divvied it up into 2x50g cakes. I'm all set to go - its a top down sock and I'm dithering about reworking it as toe up (looks like a lot of work) or just knitting it as is. As I knit Taimi I've been playing with different right and left leaning increases, ones that are structurally the same but executed differently. Taimi is written to use yarn overs as increases, in the toe and in the closed lace. The yarn overs are the regular and a reverse yarn over and both are twisted closed on the following round to give right and left leaning increases. I knit continental, with my yarn tensioned over my left hand ... and I find the yarn overs fiddly so have substituted e-loops and backwards e-loops instead. Once knit - yarn over increases and e-loop increases are identical, and both can be right or left leaning, .. try both, you might find one easier than the other as I do.
I've also been playing with my new toy, my hackle. Before now I've been using it as a comb, to tease out and align the fibers and remove VM (vegetable matter) and neps and noils. Yesterday I used it as a blending hackle and I'm very impressed I took some scraps that were all sorts of colours, tangled up .. and looked like this ...
and after processing it thru the hackle twice - it looked like this. My only regret is that it is only 7.9 g ... and its beautiful. What can one knit with 7.9g? I will take it to the open day as a 'teaching example', and after I post I'm off to hackle some other blends - just for practice, really.
What is left after drawing off the roving is this, all the short tangled bits of fiber. Part of me wants to keep these .. but I know this is the tangled knotted bitzy stuff that we spinners toss onto the floor as we spin. With the hackle all that is removed before you even sit at the spinning wheel.
Ratio's have been invading my kitchen. This is the chalkboard, we use it for noting down important kitchen stuff, shopping list, and the cubs draw on it. Right now its covered in ratio's, for bread, for cookies and this morning for Popovers. Oh there is a little skein of yarn calculation in the top right hand corner, wraps around the ninny noddy, and weight - to give skein length, but for now its a Ratio board. The popovers were go-o-o-o-od, light, slightly crunchy, and yummy. Unlike our 'other' recipe these were placed into hot pans, and had a knob of butter in the base of each pan - as Bear says 'whats not to like?' (hello - cardio vascular disease?). So good were these popovers in fact they probably will replace our standard Mile High Popovers recipe from Lois Daish (the coconut bread in the same article is pretty cool as well, make it with cocoa and its a chocolate rough loaf, and with soymilk its a vegan recipe). These were less eggie and lighter and crisper and just as easy to make, Michael Ruhlman looks like he just might know a bit about cooking.
So I'll leave you will yarn over and e-loop increases, both left and right leaning .. whilst I play more with the hackle and blending.