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I'm calling 2015 the year of 3's... a theme is nice, right? We're going back to Tucson for New Years, and I'll be bringing crafting that is aimed at some of those threes.
I finished spinning the singles on my drop spindle this week, and I'll get to chain-plying them when we get back. In the meantime, I've been finishing up the Woolgatherings Polwarth/Polwarth-Silk combo spin on my QueenBee so I can sell her when we get back, and in my suitcase I'll have a gradient-dyed Falkland braid from North Bound Knitting on tibetan-style supported spindles from TexasJeans.
I'm stuck on sleeve island with my pullover, and I'm not sure I'll take it to Tucson. On one hand, the plane ride might be just the thing for the sleeves, but on the other, there's a little yarn chicken going on and I don't really want to be messing with it over vacation. So, I'll definitely throw the handspan socks that are almost half-done in my bag, and maybe some puff supplies... and maybe the cardigan I swatched for last week.
I've got a weaving plan for January, and a pile of pieces that might actually become a skirt sometime soon... but not in the next week.
Happy New Year, everyone!
I know nothing counts for you unless there's photographic evidence, but that's just not going to happen today. It's pretty dark and gloomy, and not just by California standards, I've had a headache for a week, and I'm just not feeling up to the contortions of getting knitting pictures at the moment. Your right, this means other people love you more than I do, and you know what? That's just fine.
You'll have to take my word for it that I finished my tricolor shawl, even in the absence of a picture, and that it's big and snuggly, although I hate the little picot things and I'm still undecided about how pink it really is. You're also going to have to take on faith that I have a CustomFit vest-- meaning my sweater is done but for sleeves and the finishing details, and that it fits very well for a sweatshirt. I think this is because I'm built like a squat rectangle with large breasts, but I'm also having a hard time loving my physical self at the moment, so you'll have to take that particular statement with a grain of salt. In any case, the yarn was a bit of a disappointment, behaving differently in a garment than a hat or swatch, and I'll be very happy with a sweatshirt-sweater when I finish it.
The last time I posted a list, I had eleven spins in progress... That's increased by one, and I don't have any spinning pictures, either. But I am considering selling my QueenBee because we're just not clicking, so I suppose at a certain point I'll at least take pictures of the wheel, and maybe then there will be finished spinning, and pictures of finished spinning. Other than the shawl, all the knitting WiPs are still WiPs, and the kitten, while gigantic, still climbs the loom in an alarming way... so I haven't warped anything. My skirt-- A-line, not pencil-- is in pieces, and I'm thinking of getting to them later today.
It's the end of the year, and we've got some traveling coming up, so the likelihood of me getting to a list after today but before the first of the year is low, so even without pictures I've gone back and taken a look at my 2014 goals. I had fifteen listed goals, and a couple more that were wiggle-room, loop holes, or foggy. Of the fifteen, I feel pretty good about ten of them, and even though that's an unimpressive C, it's the kind of C that I feel like I worked for, so I'll take it and happily.
I'm declaring 2015 to be the year of guilt-free crafting, as well as the year of 3's. More on that later, although I did set up my goals page already, so technically, Internet, you already know.
My 2013 WiP Round-Up, and 2014 Check-off
In the middle of the year I checked-in on my WiPs, and made the statement that I thought things were going well. Here's the original 2013 WiP round-up, and my analysis of the pile now, at the end of 2014:
Spun 4 ounces of very ugly singles. But they were spun woolen!
I have a new wheel obsession, which is directly related to not having an accessible Majacraft dealer near me.
I knit on my handspun socks, and I cast on a little something yesterday after my spinning class.
This coming week I have to spin cotton, which I both love and hate, and I'm thinking of sewing up the skirt pieces I cut out last weekend. And, of course, there's lots of cooking for Thanksgiving... even with the gluten restrictions, my favorite part is baking.
What was your week like? What are you anticipating for the one coming up?
Today knocked me on my tush. But, before the day happened, around 6 am, I took WIP pictures.
I also took a quick selfie, because I wore my sweater from January, and a cowl I knit for Devin this summer. I thought it was a bad picture, but considering the bedraggled end-of-day look I've got going on now, twelve hours later, it's not really so horrid.
I'm mustering strength for tomorrow.
I've been meaning to blog for a month.
I like blogging.
I just... get distracted, overwhelmed, or otherwise occupied, and then exhausted.
For instance, it took me three days to get this post up, and all my pictures are from before the sun came up/after the sun went down, in nasty artificial light. The formatting is still funky, and there aren't any links. Yet.
I'll assume this is something everyone experiences at one time or another and leave it at that... at least I got something up and out, right?
In the meantime... Fiber!
Charlotte is my 30" Schacht-Reeves, and I love her. We're still getting to know each other, so our output isn't technical or even particularly consistent, but I can see that in the many years ahead we'll find our groove (wheel pun!). Charlotte was my birthday present to myself, with some help from my parents, and now that I'm getting the hand of double-drive spinning, I think I might glow when I spin on her.
My QueenBee is my travel wheel, and supposedly the replacement for my Ladybug. I went looking for a wheel that (a) was portable, so I can easily take it to a class, and maybe even on a plane, (b) that didn't hurt to spin on, and (c) that I could get from my local yarn and spinning store, because I wanted to be absolutely sure of (a) and (b). The QB fits all three criteria, but frankly isn't as good a wheel as my Ladybug was, and I don't love spinning on it. That being said, it is completely convenient, and I have Charlotte, so I'm not too unhappy about the situation. I'm still hoping Majacraft will let Sandy (my spinning teacher) carry their wheels, and then I'll trade the QB in for a Little Gem at which point I will once again love all the spinning all the time.
I'm trying to spin a little everyday, so I also have a small project on my spindle for those mornings when I only have fifteen minutes to spin and drink my tea simultaneously. The rolags were a gift from Tour de Fleece this year-- the captain asked what my favorite color palette was and I said something about autumn and leaves.
In other crafting, my loom is empty because the kitten thinks it's the Best Perch Ever! and I'm hoping he gets big enough that we can stop having that argument. I've been pretty monogamous this month on my boring stockinette v-neck... it's almost at vest status, so in the last week or so I've reverted to hexipuffs for my commute. And, I decided to take up sewing... which has so far resulted in something that looks like a hackey sack and a slightly crooked eye pillow. I'm going to tackle a pencil skirt next.
So, how about some lists to round out this round up?
SiP (Spins in Progress)
Charlotte: Spunky Eclectic July 2014 Club, second bump (4 oz, started 11/9)
QB: Woolgatherings combo drafting (8 0z, started 10/9)
QB: Romney x Coopworth from BSG 2104 (9 oz, started 11/4)
spindle: TdF autumn rolags (2 oz, started 10/3)
partial LB spin: Sporfarm Shetland, 5 oz (started 5/7)
partial LB spin: Abstract Fibers BFL, 4 oz (started 5/20)
partial LB spin: Purl Up & Dye Merino/Nylon, 4 oz (started 7/5- TdF)
partial LB spin: tussah silk, 3 oz (started 7/12- TdF)
spinning queue: Abstract Fibers/Two if By Hand combo spin, 8 oz
spinning queue: Crabtree Farm Baby Merino, 16 oz (sample started 6/21- Poundathon!)
spinning queue: Two Sisters Stringworks Wensleydale, 3.6 oz
YoP - OtNs (Year of Projects - On the Needles)
i. finish TWO more handspun projects
Dusk into Twilight (finish bind-off and block)
Custom Fit v-neck pullover
comfort handspun socks
Straboy for Dad
Alpaca Hap (long-term project)
hexipuffs (long-term project)
queued: Firth o' Forth
queued: mitts for Devin
queued: mitts for Dad
queued: socks for Devin
queued: socks for Dad
queued: socks for Mom
I've got a million things to knit, and I don't want to work on any of them.
There's an endless picot bindoff, cotton that hurts my hands, two different pairs of fiddly socks, and a complicated cabled sweater that actually hurts my head when I try to knit on it after work.
You know what's nice about knitting, though?
There are no knitting police.
I'm totally casting on something new.
This week marks the beginning of a new year, 5775. If that's not something that makes sense in your world, I wouldn't worry about it-- but for me, it's a new year, and even though this one is being ushered in by the mother of all head colds, and it's coming at the end of a summer filled with those particular mundane hardships that made Devin say, "Sometimes being an adult is really hard," I'm going to take this opportunity to be inspired. Inspired to think of the ways I would like this coming year to come and go-- full of quiet joy and stability, please.
I'll return to my list in the coming week-- the new year is nested in the procession of days, after all, and my to-do lists span many days-- but for now I'm happy to focus on one moment after the next, and little opportunities to enjoy the first crisp breaths of fall air.
To a sweet new year, everyone, and a quiet autumn!
Here's the thing about August: it kicked my tush. Between work starting back up in earnest, Devin starting a new semester, and saying goodbye to my sweet, long-time feline companion, August just flew by... although there have definitely been weeks in there that felt like years in and of themselves.
We spent this weekend at the beach, watching the waves and spotting the occasional whale. It was a nice, quiet, and soothing end to the month, and I hope next month will be a little less intense, and a lot less sad.
In terms of fiber, I'm getting to know my new travel wheel. I'm less than thrilled about it, although it does fulfill the three requirements I had for a travel wheel: it doesn't cause me pain, it's really easily portable, and it's decently versatile. We're on our second 4 ounces together, and I'm trying to reserve judgment. I've been spinning a lot on my spindles, both drop and supported, but I rushed my fiber prep so the result isn't really anything I'm thrilled about. I'm almost done knitting my tri-colored shawl... and I think I'm going to discard the llama/silk scarf I have on the loom as I believe I've messed up the warp beyond repair. Hopefully as work and home settle into more of a pattern I'll be a more consistent crafter. I think I remember what that's like...
In my world, August is the month I spend making lists. I know I make lists the other eleven months-- possibly more lists than the average person-- but August really amplifies that tendency. August first marks the official end of my summer, and even though I've pretty much worked this particular summer through, there's a difference after August first, an urgency and anticipation that was missing in July (June isn't so much part of summer as I work for two-thirds of it and collapse in exhaustion for the other third).
In my crafting life, August is also often a "break" month. That's not to say there isn't crafting in August, but a number of on-going craft-alongs take the month off; Sock Knitters Anonymous, for instance, takes August to clear their needles, and the House Cup has a break between terms that happens to fall in August. This year, my summer-long spinning class that I've been taking every weekend since May concludes with the first Saturday of August, so I'll be able to work my way slowly through the backlog of spinning that has accumulated, and even get something on the wheel that's completely of my choosing...
So, here we are, in the first week of August, and here's my list.
2014 Works in Progress - On the Needles
i. ONE more handspun project
1. Alpaca Hap (a long-term Unfinished Object, my 2014 goal is the center squares)
2. Celestarium chuppa - FO!
3. Dusk into Twilight (finally a tricolor shawl!)
4. Straboy (in the swatching stage)
5. Bel Air (this may morph into an entirely different blue henley)
+ 7. handspun comfort socks
8. ... handspun...
I started a pair of (mostly) plain socks from handspun when I got back into the commuting life; as simple as my tri-colored shawl is, it's not exactly train-friendly. I've reached the heel of the first sock and stalled; I need to sit down, decide which heel I'm using, knock it out, and then these socks will continue being my go-to on-the-go knitting. I also decided to sample an upcoming handspun project-- not just make a small skein, but knit it up, too! Maybe it's a sudden sign of maturity (I did just have a birthday) but probably it's a reaction to spinning up one of my all-time favorite fibers that I can't get more of.
2014 Works in Progress - On the Loom
i. Four finished objects
1. Alpaca Rectangle - FO!
2. Llama/Silk Scarf
+ 3. Dad's Alpaca Scarf (queued!)
I've been mulling over weaving quite a bit recently-- I checked out a lot of books at the library and realized that my vocabulary is really basic when it comes to this particular craft. But, even though it's slow going, I think I've come up with a plan for Dad's scarf. Now I just have to finish what's on the loom, and maybe take a quick lesson on how to warp more efficiently.
2014 Works in Progress - Spins in Progress
Spindle: yarnscape Shetland, 3.5 oz (started 1/3)
Spindle: Two Sisters Stringworks Shetland, 3.6 oz (started 5/30)
Wheel: Sporfarm Shetland, 5 oz (started 5/7)
Wheel: Abstract Fibers BFL, 4 oz (started 5/20)
Wheel: Purl Up & Dye Merino/Nylon, 4 oz (started 7/5- TdF)
Wheel: tussah silk, 3 oz (started 7/12- TdF)
+ Wheel: Spunky Eclectic July 2014 Club, 4-8 oz (started 7/30)
Wheel (queue): Two Sisters Stringworks Wensleydale, 3.6 oz
+ Wheel (queue): buffalo, 2 0z
+Wheel (queue): yak/merino/silk, 2 oz
+Wheel (queue): Crabtree Farm Baby Merino, 16 oz (sample started 6/21- Poundathon!)
As a birthday treat I started spinning something just for me, not for class, which means most of the homework for this week ended up on this list, instead of getting finished. But I'm enjoying my birthday spinning, so I've decided to embrace my delinquency. Also, the sample I'm knitting up was spun on a spindle this summer, but I think I'm going to spin the rest of the pound on my wheel-- I think I'll get a more consistent yarn, and I kind of want the speed the wheel will give me for this one.
Tour de Fleece 2014 (7/5-7/27; 15 ounces finished on time!)
Poundathon! (3/1/2014 - 9/30/2014)
Year of Projects - Queue
i. Stash down!
ii. Use my pattern library!
1. Socks for Devin
2. Socks for Dad
3. Socks for Mom
4. Socks for me
5. CustomFit something (maybe in lace weight)
6. Acorn Trail (maybe CustomFit)
8. Firth o' Forth