We’ve had unseasonable snowfall over the past week. It’s been somewhat crazy…about 18 inches in the past five days. Seems like it may be melting but I thought I’d post about how we’ve been spending our time.
I finished a sweater that I started last year from a 2ply yarn called “Blackheart.” I’ll post photos of it after I get it blocked. It is somewhat terrible. First, I decided that I didn’t want to follow a pattern (error #1), then I didn’t write anything down or count stitches (error #2), I decided halfway through that I wanted to make raglan sleeves (error#3), I ran out of yarn because the raglan sleeves took up a lot more than I was planning for (error #4), I didn’t have any more handpainted roving so I had to try a few times to get a good dyelot match (error #5) , after making the front and back I realized that the top parts were too narrow (error #6) even if the raglan sleeves were wide enough to actually be raglan (error #7) so I had to remake both top sections, I made the front sections a year ago when I was a size 14 instead of a size 7 as I am now so the bottom of the sweater is super roomy and looks a bit like I have weird wings on my hips (error #8). I’m sure there are many more errors along the way but as I’m getting depressed just thinking of this dragging project I am just going to sum by saying that I am SO FREAKING GLAD IT’S OVER. I’ll fix a few things and wear it around the farm. The yarn is pretty at least, and I certainly learned a lot. Like–I can easily crochet a sweater without a pattern but I am just not that type of knitter yet.
I also finished with the first fingerless glove for my daughter Willow. She wanted a fancy pair, lacy and delicate. I actually bought yarn for this project, some really lovely bamboo/silk in a gunpowder gray. Knit on size 1’s, they are certainly fine and delicate. Here’s the first one.
At some point I hope to be the sort of knitter who could create this, but for now I rely on free patterns from Ravelry. Thank you oh master knitter and pattern maker, where ever you are! I wish I’d been taught to knit as a child rather than crochet. Being an accomplished crochet-er isn’t as helpful as an accomplished knitter. It even has better alliteration.
I’ve also been spinning up some new colorways. I spun up some grocery sacks of roving that had been sitting around forever because I have become bored of spinning those particular colorways–the novelty of those colors had worn off a bit. Here’s a photo of Thuja Plicata (Western Red Cedar):
And finally, our magnum opus…Violet’s scarf! Violet is a 9 year old fiber junkie and genius (at least for a kid). She’s also my youngest daughter so I’m probably a little biased. She’s been spinning a lot during the snow but yesteday we took our her loom, a four harness Schacht table loom we bought in May last year. I kept meaning to drag it out and set it up for her but there never seemed to be enough time. I finally did it yesterday, loaded the warp with commercially spun but handpainted wool worsted weight yarn and gave her a skein of handspun (“Nereids” is the colorway). A couple of hours later, she was totally done with a 70+ inch scarf. She works so quickly! She weaves often, sometimes every day for a few weeks in a row but always on a more rudimentary peg loom. She seemed to really love the much improved system and the scarf turned out grand.
And here are a few photos of our woodland cottage, deep in the snow: