After spinning gray colors for what seemed like an eternity I decided to give the merino silk blend a go on the Russian spindle. Though at first I had some doubts, these doubts soon melted away when I noticed I can actually spin longdraw on my Russian spindle. To be honest I was a little shocked. The fibre, because of the silk, has a stickiness to it that turns out to be really helpful with longdraw spinning.
During the summer’s TdF I ended up not spinning but handcarding I think 25 grams of the 350 gram total of the merino and silk I dyed. I had used 4 of the 5 batts to make this yarn, and so with the one batt I had left I decided to do some spinning on the Russian. It was a little awkward at first, I had been spinning gotland, which is a much coarser fiber than merino and/ or silk. I was gripping the yarn and spindle too hard at first, but when I decided to relax some more and let go it all went really well. The fleece wants to be spun on a Russian spindle.. it told me so.
I love spinning this stuff because the blend made the colors really rich and deep. For thos of you who are interested, the AWESOME tutorial can be found here. Go check it out!
So, on to different stuff. Now that I’m finally getting used to writing down 2012 instead of 2011 I feel it’s time to clean up some of the old projects. We moved in June of 2011, but I still don’t really feel like it’s all over. This is the aftershock. While going through my blog I had to shockingly admit to myself that it was in January that I started to think of this project. Obviously, back then I couldn’t have foreseen the moving and the other events, but it did make me feel really guilty. Last year I had decided that I wanted to try my hand at designing my own sweaters. I’m still not done with the first one.
Hey no one said it had to be a quick process right? 😛
So two days ago I decided it was about time to finish up the old wip’s and free some cables and needles. I knit most of the sweater in the round with steeks, and slowly but surely I was approaching the ‘cutting the steeks moment’. Unfortunately it was done in the evening and I wasn’t able to take any good pictures, so I’ll just show you this.
Now I’d like to take a moment and think about what happened to me yesterday evening. I grabbed a ball of drops alpaca because it’s about the same weight and the color was contrasting enough for me to see what I was doing. I figured it would be the inside and who’d see it right? Turns out it’s not just a little contrasting. I had already thought of this while I was doing some crocheting and thought to myself: ‘this might be a bad idea’. Then I shrugged it off thinking: ‘nahh.. it’ll be ok, nobody is going to see the insides of this vest anyway’.
Then this happened:
As if on cue Murphy decided to show his annoying face and there it is… you can see the red through the holes… see..
Anwyays, it wouldn’t be a project of mine if it all went smoothly right? So I’m planning to ignore it for the time being and redo the crochet bit with the leftover yarn once I’m done. If I don’t end up with any leftover yarn I’ll just find some other yarn that manages to blend in 😛