Mmm, handspun goodness!
I’m really not sure why I don’t spin singles for laceweight more often—I like the look, I hate having to ply, and I have a bunch of small bumps of fiber that do well when spun like this. I think maybe a part of me is always worried about the strength of my singles, nevermind that a well spun and well finished single will probably hold up just fine in handknitting. I hope.
Fiber is 1.5oz of 70/15/15 merino/cashmere/silk from Redstone Yarns, spun on a 1oz spindle. 720 yards.
It is becoming clear that I’ll need to step up my game to compete with Team Suck Less, though, since it took me most of the week to finish this. Fortunately we have new kittens who have offered to, um, “help.” We’ll see how that goes.
The Tour de Fleece is rapidly approaching and I’m totally playing this year. Not entirely sure what my challenge will be, other than spinning every day, although I seem to have gotten sucked in (pun totally intended) to Team Suck Less, in which a bunch of spinners more awesome than I will attempt to spin a mile of yarn in one day. I’ll be lucky if I manage half that.
So, of course, just like the cyclists, I need to train.
This is a 70/15/15 merino/silk/cashmere blend that’s an absolute dream to spin, but unfortunately with it I’ve discovered that I spin very slowly. Right now I can manage about 75 yards in an hour, which, for those of you reaching for your calculators, would mean 23.5 hours of spinning to reach a mile—so technically I *could* do it in one calendar day, but spinning for nearly 24 hours straight sounds rather unhappy-making.
Pillaiyar: Tamil for Ganesh; (literally) little or noble child
I have to say I think I’m really going to like knitting for this kid. Already I’m thinking of vests and sweaters and hats and socks and wondering if he’ll look good in green or if blue would be a better choice or maybe red will be his favorite color and maybe I should just knit everything in every color so he doesn’t have to choose.
Sheesh. He’s got me wrapped around his little finger from 3000 miles away.
Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish DK in Mist, a little more than one skein
Needles: US2.5/3mm Addi Turbos
Notes: Mine came out tiny! Instead of the recommended 6.5 sts/inch I got 8.5 sts/inch which made for a teeny elephant—he sits in my palm quite comfortably. Still, I think he’s a good size for a newborn to hold onto/play with/chew on, and I can make a bigger one as Kyan gets older. It’s a fairly quick knit, as well; I could’ve finished it in two days if not for the Great Elephant Yarn Shortage of ’09, which slowed me up for a week.
On Ravelry here.
No, not the yarn for the elephant. But fortunately the baby decided not to wait for his toys to be finished…
Kyan Andrew was born yesterday at 5:35am, ten fingers, ten toes, all cute. Good job, kid. Keep it up and you may just earn yourself an elephant.
In honor of both of these events, there is free shipping in the shop from now until Thursday! Anywhere in the world. I’ll even ship to the moon, although I bet it’s hard to spin with low gravity. Go shop!
I think I’ve mentioned before that if I could have any superpower in the world, it would be speed knitting.
I think I got it. The only thing slowing me up now is that I’ve run out of yarn, but once my knitpicks order comes in I’ll get some legs on this guy and send him off to California where there will hopefully be a baby to greet him.
My sister-in-law is now more than a week past her due date, which must clearly be my fault because
I still have gifts unfinished. Oops. Must knit fast.
And I didn’t even manage to get any pictures. (That’s not entirely true—I took two pictures. But both of them were blurry.) I’m fairly certain some other people got some shots of me at the show itself, so I can at least prove that I was there, and I picked this up from tsock.
And now that I’m home, the shop is getting updated, slowly but surely.
I kind of knew what I was getting myself into with this show, but at the same time I had no idea whatsoever. This week has been a mess of non-stop spindle building, fiber carding, sample finding, display planning, constant panicking. Presumably it gets easier once you’ve done a few, but… yeesh.
So here’s the pathetically small amount I have to show for all of my work:
This is only about 2/3rds of what I actually have finished, since several more got made after this was taken. Also, they will no longer fit in just the one coffee can—I’ve had to expand to two. This is strange and unusual territory for me!
From the left: merino/silk, a tsock blend that I don’t recall the makeup of, corriedale, rambouillet, angora/cormo, and merino. I tried to pick a good balance of different fibers, different colors, and different techniques. Okay, not really, this is all I had on hand. But the group does run the spectrum quite nicely, I think.
And a buncha fibery goodness. All handcarded from various scraps I have lying around. I’m hoping to just about double the size of this pile by Saturday… but we’ll see how that goes. There’s still a million things to do and only about 48 hours left to do them.
Wish me luck! I’m sure I’ll need it!