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Just A Few Yarns

Here is a lovely photo list of the dyeing results from the last week or so. And this isn’t even all of them.

Indigo and Turquoise

I’ve been spinning and spinning away on the indigo-dyed merino, and I have three nice skeins done already. Hooray! I think once the whole batch is finished I shall have to get some “big pile of smooshy blue yarn” type photos.

I tell you, though, spinning this is really eating up the audiobooks. I’ve already done most of The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Books (part one), and now The Hobbit. Thankfully I was able to get to the library the other day, so now I have The Children of Hurin and one of the Mitford series ready in reserve.

On the knitting front, I have plunged into another stash-busting project. This one is of the “knit until project measures x length” variety, and therefore works for movies and such. It’s called The Floopy Hat and is really just for kicks. And to use up the amazingly large stash of this amazingly turquoise and textured yarn.

Another Shawl? Really?

Okay, yes, so I haven’t gone back to the Emily Dickinson shawl yet, but I’ve started another one. And hopefully this one will go much faster.

I’ve already had my signature gauge snafoo and had to unravel a full sixteen repeats of the lace edging so I could start over. I was very careful to start over right after unraveling — sort of a “get back on the horse after you fall off” idea.

I’m knitting the shawl pattern called The Crow Waltz Shawl (the triangular version) and using a variety of yarns from my stash. The idea is to actually use some of those one-skein yarns I’ve been hoarding for over a year.

The yarn combination is rather amusing. Of the eight colors, two are completely store bought. One is commercial, but hand dyed. Four are hand spun and hand dyed. And the last one is someone else’s dye work, but I spun it. They also range in weight from fingering to heavy worsted, so this will be an adventure.

More Samples

So my sister got some absolutely fabulous pictures of the many kinds of samples I sent, and I thought I’d share them.

A Bit Of An Experiment

I took some time out the other day to dye up a few more rovings for Maiden Yarn. Unfortunately, I didn’t think ahead enough, and I found myself with pre-soaked four ounce bundles of roving, and no foil pans big enough to hold them.

I did have one non-disposable tray left, so I used it for one of the batches: this lovely repeat colorway. (You may recognize the color pattern from way back when. I dyed it first on some of the silver-gray Romney roving I bought at the Yellow Daisy Festival.) The fun thing about the repeats was that it braided up with colors to colors, as you can see. I’m really happy with the way that one turned out.


Okay, so that has a double meaning. I’ve made good progress on the fifty gram skein of sport weight. In fact, it’s done. HandspunBlankYarn

And I’ve made really good progress on the tam. Just an inch and a half of ribbing to do. Someone remind me when I get around to trying socks to pick a pattern that’s more interesting than “knit until piece measures six inches.” Call me picky, but when you’re not good enough to knit without looking, it gets rather boring.


Alright. So the question is, “Are you officially a knitter when you get a wee bit giggly, adrenalin rushy, and over-the-top over whether the gauge with turn out right?” If the answer is yes, I’m officially a knitter. So I really like the yarn and the pattern. I tell you, this tam might be the death of me. If I got that excited over the swatch? This doesn’t bode well.

Not to mention I’m suffering from a little beginning knitter’s naivety. On being told that my gauge was seven and a half stitches per inch instead of eight, I promptly thought I would have to knit more loosely. Because, as everyone knows, if you want seven and half to become eight, you have to add.

I’ll just leave that one alone for awhile.

One Wasn't Enough

Okay, so not only am I working on the merino/silk scarf, but I went ahead and started another knitted scarf. I really must be a glutton for punishment. But I have a logical reason for starting it! (More or less.)

Scatter Stitch Scarf

Scatter Stitch Scarf

It’s a gift, and it’s getting to be overdue. I had a long car ride ahead of me, and a simple stitch pattern, so I went for it.

Here is what I got done in three hours of drive time. Well, not all three hours were spent knitting, doncha know, but I gave it a pretty good effort. It is currently fourteen inches long and still crocking. But not badly. Another soak or two once it’s all knit should fix it up just fine.

Novelty Yarn

I decided to spin the “Heather” roving that I dyed (see Thistles and Heather) into a thick single, then ply it with some thread. While I was trying spin it on the drop spindle I discovered that it’s really hard to spin an even, thick yarn. I ended up with a sort of “thick and thin” novelty yarn, which is rather pretty. I have no idea what I’ll do with it, though.

Heather Yarn

"Heather" Yarn

The colors turned out grayer than I’d thought they’d be, which is nice because that’s what I was originally hoping for.

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