Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Done, all done,

I've been spinning, the same fiber for months, and now its done, spun, plied, washed and dried and off the wheel and ready to knit!. Three fat skeins, 678m (sorry not weighed yet). I think this might be the most consistent yet - I really tried for consistency. Then there is a near break-thru in the Green Sweater, where I'm so close to the end of skein number one (of 5) that I just have to keep knitting. Honestly this week has been a little up there on the busy at work front, so knitting round and round and plying seems to be all I was able to function on. I've totally avoided my Skew issue (more latter).

So spun fibre,look all done, soft, silky and dark. I aimed at sport-weight but it is more of a UK/NZ DK - double knit weight, Aran I think to those who use other terms to describe yarn. My initial aim was to spin enough for a shawl for me, a Danish Working Shawl that tied, but now I'm not so sure. Perhaps I have enough for a skinny shrunken cardigan ...... I will do some wrap counts and see. My other thought was a cardigan or sweater for a cub .... the weight seems to heavy for a shawl (although it would be warm - and our winters are cold and local houses under-insulated ...).

And look! This is so close to the end of the Green sweaters first skein that I am quite excited. So far its just round and round, I'm keeping it classic, just as EZ herself shaped it (perhaps a tad longer as I'm taller than the average bear), so round and round, no waist shaping, no decreasing, just round and round. I can do that, and do that well right now.

And Skew .. well I appreciate the suggestion to use larger needles, and I have done that before (Brother Amos I think - from 2.25mm up to 3.25mm), and it works, but I really feel decreasing to 50 stitches is just a tad to many to loose, and I want to play with that solution first. Skew has an anatomically correct shaped toe, first one shapes the toe, and then the foot, and its not as auto-pilot as a standard sock toe is, right now I need to blob on the sofa after a day of first day classes for students and just knit - round and round. Right now Skew isn't quite as auto-pilot as I need .... perhaps after Friday I'll be ready to take on Skew Sock II.

Take care
And if you are olympic knitting, I'm here, in the stands clapping and cheering and Mexican waving - and knitting - really I am. I've even jumped up and dropped a center pull ball of yarn in my excitement at some of the work on show. Honest I have.


Knitting Linguist said...

Heehee -- don't drop your yarn for me! I'll take the cheering as read :) I'm glad you're surviving your first classes, I know how that goes, and you're right, stockinette round and round is certainly what's called for after a week like that!

elizabeth said...

I can't wait to see your green sweater! It's on my list, I need to buy the pattern and/or kit!

KathyR said...

The Green Sweater is making great progress! Skew can wait until you are less stressed - a few days (or more) won't matter.

I do like your spinning - well done, you've made a lovely job of it! When I read of your metreage (doesn't sound right - yardage sounds much better!) I thought surely you wouldn't get a cardigan from that? I had time on my hands so I rearched Ravelry (as you do) here are just a few choices (in no particular order:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/old-fashioned-knitted-cape - would keep the drafts off your shoulders
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sway-3 - a similar shape to the shawl you were thinking of
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/field-and-forest - interesting, but might look a bit like a blanket in your particular yarn, though
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-faroese-shawl-pattern - small, you could borrow my Faroese book if you would like a larger version
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/17-lace-wrap-cardigan - a strange leap between the two smaller sizes, though
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/modell-5420-damenjacke - might be difficult to get the pattern plus the yarn amount would be stretching it but nice, anyway
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/115-16-bolero-in-classic-alpaca-with-3-4-sleeves - cute!
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/asymetrical-cropped-cabled-cardigan--karis- - nice but yarn amount could be short

Did I say there were a few?