finishing up

The spring is in the air. Not really and not even close actually but in my head it’s already spring. The sun in shining out there and the skies are blue. The roofs are white of snow, but I’m willing to unsee that for the time being. I’m working on the last bits of my graduation project and I’m slowly but surely starting to feel like I’m actually beginning to settle in Utrecht. I wasn’t ready to move when we moved.. but I feel like I’m really happy now and I also feel like this spring is the beginning of a new era. A time where I can venture into the world of creativity and awesomeness! In this light it’s the most logical thing in the world that I feel like ‘cleaning out’ my wip list. There’s projects on there that really should’ve been finished a long time ago. So before I continue working on the other things I have in my (mental) queue list I’m going to finish the older projects one by one, starting with my unnamed first design.. O guess what, I’m already there! It’s done and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! I washed it so I’m waiting for it to dry before I make some nice FO pictures (now you know the next post is going to contain an overload of pictures..), but I still like to show you what it looks like already. I started out with these four design ideas and let my mom and BF choose which one they thought was the prettiest. They both chose the second (from the left) and I went with it. I liked the first one enough to base the design of Jailbird on it. I still don’t know what kind of buttons I’m going to use but I don’t want them to be visible from the outside because I’m afraid it’ll be too much. The handspun and the ‘lacey’ pattern give it feel already and I’m afraid to overdo it. This is the amount of yarn I had left after casting off. I’m happy I didn’t take any risks because you never know when you’ll need a little bit of yarn.. I don’t know for what, but things might happen.. it’s knitting after all. I’ve also been spinning the last few days. Somewhere in December I decided that I should blend and card some rolags for me to spin, but I never got to it. The fleece is still difficult to work with sometimes and me being impatient isn’t much of a help. So I made a rather larg amount of rolags and then I forgot about it. A few days ago I decided to spin the rolags and to finish the yarn. By this time I had completely forgotten about the way I had started spinning (last year, on the golding), and it makes me feel like I’ve been spinning this yarn for at least some years instead of months. Working on the wheel is much faster in this case because it’s a true 4-ply. I love my spindles but it really sucks that I’ve already spun 2720m but have only 680m of yarn to knit with… 😛 (it’s still quite a lot tho, so I’m not complaining). I plied the sucker and it turned out like this.. what the what..?! it’s eating my wheel… Thankfully, a little skeining later and the mad yarn is tamed and ready to go. I’m not sure if I should wash the yarn first or just go ahead and knit with it. I’ve washed the other hanks before knitting but I’m not sure if it really matters or not. If I wash the yarn I can’t knit with it until tomorrow, but if I don’t wash it I can start knitting right now.. choices choices… I don’t want to sound too happy with myself, but I’m really happy with the way this yarn is turning out and the way it makes the fabric look. The rough and rugged feel of it.. the nice soft bfl.. the ‘tweedy’ feel of the nepps.. *drool*. This is what makes spinning worth it imho. I love having this much control over how my knitting looks, and I know I can tell I’ll probably never stop doing this. This is what I have left in singles. I’ll use these when I start spinning for more, but until then I’m saving them like this and I’ll store them in my knitting/ spinning basket. As a little something in between I’d like to show you what I have to deal with on a daily basis.. This is my kitteh Noodles. She wants to go outside and hang out with in the neighbors balcony. He doesn’t mind, and neither do I. The only thing I have a problem with is the subzero temperatures we’ve been having the last week. I keep my thermostat between 19-20C and it’s not really helpfull to open the door when it’s -15/-10 outside. I tried to explain but the kitteh doesn’t take a no for an answer, after which lots of meowing ensues. I open the door for her and this is what happens: But the meowing stops! So she’ll go and sit in between the door. Not outside but not inside either. As soon as I close the door (and she’s outside), she’ll  run towards the door to be let in. I know silleh kitteh.. it’s cold out.. 😛 *sign* So.. back to the  knitting. The tomten for the BF isn’t the only thing I’m spinning/ knitting at the moment. There’s also the case of the huge wensleydale 2ply handspun girasole I was knitting (and spinning). So I’ve already spun 833m of 2ply, which I’ve completely knit up already. I have 16 rolags and a little bit of fleece (32 grams of rolags and about 4 grams of fleece). I started out with about 500grams (of unwashed) fleece. I’m going to need more because there’s absolutely no way that this cute little pile of rolags is going to become 400m of plied yarn. This is about where the yarn ran out. I still have to do two repeats of the last chart and then I still have to do the edging. I’m really not going to have enough yarn, but on the other hand I’m really really not willing to make less repeats. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what comes out of these 16 rolags before I can get me some more fleece. Thankfully the fleece is from De Weidonk, which is a (somewhat) local hobby farm, and they usually do have some brown wensleydal (or so it sais on their website). So I should be in the clear. Either way, it’s handspun so it’s not going to end up like it did last time… (no link because I’m trying to forget what happened last time…)

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