November 11, 2005

RECENT ADVENTURES WITH FIBER

My blogging is still behind the times, but here are a few more photos that document my recent adventures with fiber.

The most amazing thing about the trip to San Antonio was that I finished not only the Wrapped in Tradition Poncho, but also the Friday Harbor socks. Scott said, "I've never been on a trip where so much knitting got finished!"

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Friday Harbor Socks, from the book by Nancy Bush, Knitting on the Road. Click here for notes on how I modified the pattern.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport, color Island Blue, slightly more than 1 hank
Needles: Size US 3
Started September 4; completed October 30.

You see that ball of yarn at the right of the photo? That's how much yarn I had left over. Amazing! I had a customer who made two complete pairs of socks from three hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport. (She used different patterns entirely from the Friday Harbor pattern.) So the whole time I was knitting these socks, I was wondering whether I'd manage to squeak out one whole pair from only one hank of yarn. It was very, very close! I fell short of yarn with only about 2 inches left to knit on sock #2. What to do with almost one whole hank of Sport left over? Knit a pair of children's socks to donate to the Dulaan Project, of course.

And last week on Tuesday, Feralite Norma came over to give me a lesson on drop spindle spinning:

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I felt embarrassed that there was no heat in the house (you'll recall that the furnace went out), but Norma was perfectly lovely about it and claimed not to mind at all. She gave me an Ashford top-whorl spindle and a bag of Romney roving to practice with. We spent half the day spinning, and eating, and looking at knitting patterns, and talking about Level II of the Master Knitter Program (Norma being on this level, too), and spinning and eating some more -- we had a great time.

At the end of the day, here's what I'd spun:

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Norma was right in thinking that this top-whorl Ashford spindle was much easier to use than the Schacht bottom-whorl spindle that I bought at Black Sheep Gathering. The Ashford has a nice, sturdy hook, and it is lighter in weight so that it doesn't break off my poor little strand of yarn-in-progress.

I'm learning all of this with an eye to spinning those seven pounds of Corriedale fleece that I bought at Black Sheep Gathering. Today I'm going to go pick up a Louet spinning wheel that a friend is lending me.

Posted by Karen at November 11, 2005 11:15 AM
Comments

I love the socks! So pretty and a very lucky child is going to profit from the nearly whole left over skein :)

Posted by: Rebecca at November 11, 2005 01:36 PM

Love the Island Blue color! Your Friday Harbor socks turned out beautifully. :)

Posted by: Karma at November 11, 2005 06:05 PM

great initial spinning, isn't it fun? and your socks are beautiful.

Posted by: marti at November 14, 2005 07:17 AM

Very pretty socks!

Posted by: Emily at November 14, 2005 08:02 AM