Ahhh....my last bobbin of singles! Done! Feels good!
When I started spinning this sweater's worth of fiber back on Feb 19th, I had no idea how long it would take me to finish the task. I'm happy with one month's time.
I still need to ply the second half of the bobbins, but that won't take long, and it's just so darn much fun! This particular fiber (Ashland Bay Colonial multi - Rainforest colorway) makes for a beautiful heathered yarn, reminiscent of a Cascade 220 heather. Yardage is very similar also. The color is a deep green/blue, dependent on the lighting. I have the first 6 skeins totally finished, a nice worsted weight 3-ply.
It appears as though they are coming out very consistent with one another. By dividing the length by the weight, I get a figure for each skein. The variance is very small. Hopefully the remaining skeins will hold true to this also. Being a relatively new spinner, I feared that over the time, my spinning would vary. To even out this issue, I decided that I would spin all my singles and then ply them together, NOT in the order in which they were spun. I think it was a wise decision. So far my experience has been that knitting with one's handpsun is very rewarding, so I am looking forward to getting started with this......I think it will be quite fun!
If my swatching is successful, I think I will knit Flyingdales (ravelry link), from the book "A Fine Fleece". I believe I will change the collar and front band treatment however. I should have plenty of yardage for whatever sweater I choose. I really like the book, my only complaint being inadequate photographs of the finished sweaters (IMO). I was thrilled when I discovered that Ravelry had a group for the book, complete with knitter's FO photos. Again...Ravelry to the rescue!
We had our LAST snow storm of the season yesterday. I'm not sure what the official amount is, but I would estimate at least 4" of the lovely white covering all over our back yard! At least it's clean and pretty. BG, Sofee and I had great fun exploring outside on warmer days last week. Nearly two years of age now, BG has outgrown the need to put everything in his mouth. It makes exploring the great outdoors so much easier! I think Sofee is hoping I will let him wander off this year.... she continues to tolerate him - and totally enjoys the weekends when he is at home! He is growing up so quickly......he really is a sweet little guy, no matter what Sofee says! :)