"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

And two weeks later.....

The Canadian Red socks are completed.  Nice socks. although a decent photo totally escapes me...... sorry!  These are knit out of Cascade Heritage sock yarn.  I really like this yarn....it has nice stitch definition (although you'd never know by this photo) and is soft yet durable.  For some strange reason I have been wanting a red pair of socks.  Want no more......

I'll miss the Olympics, as I have really enjoyed watching all the competition.  There have been some wonderful highlights from these games, although moments of great sadness too.



I have just completed a test hat: "Habitat" by Jared Flood.  The test was actually for the yarn I used.  It's my handspun, 3-ply Merino.  I wanted to see how it would behave with cables.  It passed the test beautifully!  The hat is a very nice finished hat, the pattern well written, and a very enjoyable knit.  Can't ask for much more than that!  Do you see the "star" pattern on the crown?  I had not, till looking at this finished hat.  Such a nice design.  Jared Flood is surely one of my favorite designers.  I always like his choice of yarns too.  We share in our love for tweedy, heathered yarns. 

I recently received a large box from CooperMoose.  It held the "Rainforest" fiber for my sweater and this red fiber (along with a few others). This also is an AshlandBay Colonial roving in the "Twisted Ruby" colorway.  (aka multi reds).  It's gorgeous stuff!  I purchased only 8oz - again to play around with. 
I really like the little streaks of colors - giving the finished yarn the heather look that I love so much.  This was spun in a traditional 3-ply.  worsted weight - not sure what it will become, but for now it's just much loved. 

And, like little soldiers waiting in formation......
I now have 9 bobbins full of singles for my (eventual) sweater yarn.  There should be 3 skeins of approx 225 yards each there.  "should be" - lol!  I am on a schedule of spinning one bobbin each day.  So far I have managed.  We'll see......  Pattern choice is still pending, but it will come to me..... 

Regular readers may remember that a couple of years ago, I taught Melissa how to knit.  She is a life-long friend of my daughter.  Well, not surprisingly (if you know Melissa) she just bought a spinning wheel.  So again, I helped a little bit, and she is now on her way......  It's fun seeing her excitement with a new challenge.  She'll do just fine.

There are a couple of other gals in my TNKG showing interest in spinning.  Hmmmm - perhaps it will be a TNK&SG some day.  Could be!! 

Our group did our first KAL (well - those of us that chose to anyway) which was a seaman's scarf.  Mine is completed, but not blocked, so I will save that for another post. 

The Hockey Game for the Gold medal is on, so better run.  Probably unAmerican of me, but, well, I guess I'll just say I hope the "best team" wins.  It's just soooooo important to the Canadians and all......

9 comments:

Marguerite said...

Everybody needs some red socks to get through the winter. very nice. Enjoy.

Also like the hat. I'm going to check out that pattern.

Looks like you're turning into a spinning wiz. I always assumed it was a slow process, but you seem to be creating lots of beautiful yarn. I'm so impressed.

Dorothy said...

You and Pat really are my role models. I'm so excited that you're spinning enough for a whole sweater. I'm just now beginning to think that I may become a passable spinner after all and watching the two of you has greatly encouraged me. Hubby and I were discussing the hockey game and we agree with you. Although we usually root for the Americans, this game means so much more to the Canadians. I think I'm going to go through withdrawal, though. We have been glued to the set for two weeks.

Pat said...

I just finished watching the game - so much fun - certainly one of the best hockey games I've ever watched!

SOOOO since the yarn passes the cable test, does that mean the sweater will have cables??

Oh the fun potential of those PVC cakes!

Monika said...

Hmm, I think I need a pair of red socks too! As always lots of lovely handspun yarn, and fiber here! The hat looks great. Looks very warm, which is the most important thing for me in a hat.
I only watched on event in the beginning. I must say I find watching sports very boring. But I looked at the medal count every day, because I wanted to see how Canada and Austria was doing. Both countries did just fine. :o)

Artseycrafts said...

You know my favorite color is red so I love the socks. I also like the Ruby Twist yarn and hope mine will be half as nice. I may have to knit that hat too - someday.(vbg)

Karen said...

You've been so busy! Everything looks great. I find red the most difficult color to photograph.
Wasn't that the best hockey game. The result was totally satisfying. Canada deserved to win. I'll miss the Olympics too. They really caught my attention this year.

Elaine said...

What is it with red socks? I've been wanting a pair too! I got a skein of Blue Moon for Christmas and I'm thinking of using Holidazed for the pattern! I really like the Cascade Heritage too. It's so soft!

Love the new hat. I'll have to check out the pattern.

I'm a huge Olympic "junkie"! I can't wait for them and then I'm always a little sad when they're over. At least I might be able to get something done now. I heard one of the broadcasters for the hockey game say that that playing against Canada was like playing against your big brother! A silver medal is still pretty impressive!

JakkiMitch said...

Yep, we're having Olympics withdrawal here. Really like your red socks!

Pauline said...

I love the hat!

Pauline