Knitting and spinning furiously

22 Jul

Coming up for air!  My current indexing project has schedule slippage and I'm making effective use of the time to knit and spin like a crazy woman.  I actually had to dust off Eleanor yesterday to spin on her.  I thought I might be rusty, but it's just like knitting and felt totally familiar.

I finished my first pair of Wollmeise socks.  It's the Cookie A mystery sock from the Sock Knitters Anonymous group.  I've never done a mystery sock, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Cookie A pattern.  They fit perfectly. 

Cookie A mystery sock

Cookie A mystery sock

I'm FINALLY knitting a project with handspun.  And it's a lace shawl.  Both firsts for me!  The fiber was an inexpensive wool that I bought when I took my spinning class last year.  It's a bit scratchy but I think it will work for a shawl.  It's about a sport or dk weight and the pattern is Traveling Woman.  I hope I have enough yarn.  You'll hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth if I don't. 

Traveling Woman

This is what the singles looked like.  They seemed so thin when I spun them but I ended up with a heavier yarn than I expected.   I can't image ever getting a 3-ply fingering weight.  Must practice more!

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Kiki has been a sick kitty, but she seems to be on the mend.  She had been losing weight for no apparent reason so she's just finishing a round of antibiotics and steroids.  She's been ravenously scarfing down whatever we feed her and she's definitely gaining weight.  We'll take her to the vet for another round of blood tests next week, but she seems better.  Although that may not seem obvious from her facial expression here.

Kiki

Despite our complete neglect of the garden, we will have bumper crop of tomatoes and zucchini.  Well, not complete neglect.  We managed to get the tomatoes staked up last week.  (Yes, I am aware that it is the middle of July.) The green beans and broccoli have been decimated by the bunnies though.  This alters how I feel about the bunnies and the bunnies would be smart to keep that in mind. 

6 Responses to “Knitting and spinning furiously”

  1. Rebekah July 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    I think you’ll have enough. Congrats on your first homespun project. I really should get my wheel out. Maybe when I finish my shawl.
    Hope Kiki continues to improve.
    My mother’s tips to keep the rabbits away and its eco-friendly. Spray your plants with a tobasaco and water solution. Hot bunny mouth….bunny remembers and stays away.

  2. Carrie K July 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Aw, she’s adorable. She can have some of my weight,if that would help. No? It does sound like she’s getting better.
    Pretty handspun! It’ll be perfect. Crossing fingers on the amount!
    Those socks are fab!

  3. Miyamojo July 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Those socks are so cool! Looks like a fun knit. Wait, I don’t knit socks.
    Hooray for knitting lace! Fingers crossed you don’t run out of yarn.
    Hope Kiki is getting better. She’s so cute. :)

  4. Mia July 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    It takes practice to spin really thin. Now that I spin really thin, I have problems spinning a thicker yarn. And for some reason handspun seems to bloom and you end up with something a different weight than you thought you would. And handspun still has the energy in it that commercial yarns are missing.
    One thing I have discovered about knitting with handspun, besides being addictive, is that you may have to adjust your needle size a fair bit. And I try to spin for at least 5 minutes a day. Your wheel doesn’t feel lonely. And it gets you in the habit and builds your muscle memory.

  5. Lorraine August 1, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    Sonya- Wow, you have been busy. Those socks are awesome (coming from a non sock knitter here) and your spinning looks really even. I like the Traveling Woman pattern.
    I hope KiKi feels better soon.

  6. Brigitte August 4, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Oh, those are cool socks! I love them, and they don’t look too complicated either. For me, that is.
    Kiki! Aw, I sure hope you’re doing better! We certainly don’t see enough of you.

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