absolutely nothing! (when they’re blocking that is…)
Hello again world 🙂 Back from being away with some nice things to show hehe. So this is the first half of my ‘pair’ of socks named “Skew”. I’m still loving the pattern and I actually managed to appreciate the yarns weirdness. After all.. it’s handspun and I can’t really blame anyone but myself 😛
I’ve been rather busy the last few weeks and haven’t been able to really make any progress with the knitting.. It’s not only that either, I feel like I’ve gotten a bit tired of knitting. I know I can knit while reading but that’s pretty much it.. I can’t knit while drawing maps, or typing summaries, or working on my thesis paper…. So basically there’s not much posting because there’s not much knitting going on.
I felt like a quick something. Like starting something and having it finished by the end of the weekend kind of thing, and then it hit me… SEWING! I’ve been following her blog for a while now and she’s awesome! At one point she said: you know what, I want to sew and I want a great deal of my wardrobe to be handmade. And that was a while back, now she’s posting pictures everyday of the month september of outfits she made herself.
I started thinking why I didn’t sew more often… I like sewing in the living room because of the space (I NEED space when sewing). There are also more windows in the living room, which is an added bonus. Then there’s the whole mess I create when sewing. I cannot sew and keep things tidy. There’s a serious need for vacuming like a mad woman once I’m done sewing.. also I hate how the insides start to look after a few washes… 😛 But then I remembered my parents bought me an overlock machine for my birthday and decided it was seriously time to sew me something again!
I needed something for the fall, something that would be warm enough to last untill winter, and it turned out to be this here jacket 🙂 I won’t say too much about it, and sorry you’ll have to wait for the in-action FO post for just a little bit, because I really want to have some nice pictures 🙂 (and not some blurry selfmade picture in front of a dirty mirror that’s too small :P)
I can’t even begin to explain how good it feels to just have something this size finished in two days (two days because I’m slow and wanted to do everything exactly right). This (bad picture) doesn’t show how much better this one turned out compared to all the other ones (not that I blame the poor picture). Obviously it’s also becasue of the added experience. I haven’t even sewn 10 things for myself so how can I expect to be perfect right?
Besides knitting I feel a severe case of startitis kicking in.. or at least queueitis… (LOL). I just started the (small) Aeolian shawl for myself and I’m using this handspun alpaca yarn for it. Now I know the yarns a bit ‘rustic’ and the beads a bit small, and the pattern for the shawl.. but that’s exactly what I’m looking for right now. It’s not cold enough for a really thick shawl, but we’re getting there. So I want to make sure I have something small before it’s really too cold 😛
I’ve really started to appreciate the raw-ness of the yarn, but my only fear is that it won’t work out because of the delicacy of the pattern.. but I guess we’ll have to see once we get there 🙂
The beads you see are from this post. I realized I had too many beads for the edging, and I didn’t want to use both colors anyway, so if I need some more I’ll go and buy some 🙂 The yarn isn’t that great and the fiber prep wasn’t that great either (since it was my first one ever..) and so there’s some vm stuck in there and at some points it’s really really thick.. but overall it’s about the same weight so I guess it’s acceptable (for me anyway).
The pictures make the yarn look reallly dirty but the color is much smoother than this! I think I’ll have to play with the contrast settings some more because seriously this picture looks really bad 😛
Here’s an experimental part of the brown alpaca I have lying around… unfortunately there’s a lot (like a whole bunch) of coarse hairs and overshear… the quality of this fleece is much less than the white alpaca it came with but I guess you can’t have it all right. I spun a bit but got frustrated 😛 I need to knit this up first and see how my skin reacts to rough alpaca.. 😛 I’m not that picky so if it doesn’t really itch I can still knit something nice out of it 🙂
the wensleydale is a whole different story…. the fiber prep takes forever (and even longer than that), and handcarding really sucks.. sorry people I really don’t like handcarding fleece… argh… I love spinning and knitting it up, but the whole washing and combing and carding… not really for me… 😛 It’s a good experience tho… and I really want to be able to make something nice out of this, but the same goes for the wensleydale as for the brown alpaca… it’s not as soft as I thought it’d be…. My guess is that I messed it up somewhere with the wensleydale because the locks are absolutely gorgeous….. 😐
ahh well.. we’ll see what happens 🙂