Yesterday we went to the only fiber festival I know of in Oklahoma, the Fiber Christmas in July. It was a nice easy 90 minute car ride, and I was pretty well behaved. I only got one bag of stuff.
What? It’s just one bag.
I knit a couple of rows on the Lintilla while we were waiting on breakfast. I also worked on it some during travel to Camp and when I couldn’t concentrate well enough on the cabled sock to work on it during that trip.
You’re supposed to start on the edging when you’ve got about 25% of your yarn left, which would be about 37-38 grams. I’ve still got 97. Which seems insane because I’ve got about 20 pattern repeats and most people say they’re getting about 22 out of a hank of Wollmeise. I’ll re-weigh it later, maybe I was too tired to read right last night when I checked.
Been working on a test knit for Six Sox this week. Obviously you don’t get to see it, but it’s also a Wollmeise project.
On the spinning front, I finished the purple and blue Romney that’s been on my spindle for a while.
As planned I plied it on the wheel. I soaked it once this week and was a little disappointed in how it feels. I was hoping it would be softer because I got quite a bit in a different color with the intention of spinning for a sweater. I know I need to sample some and treat it differently (vinegar rinses, hair conditioner, etc) to see if I can soften it up some. I was hoping to knit this batch up into some mittens and a hat, but I’m not sure I could stand it against the skin on the inside of my wrist. I’m kind of a special snowflake that way sometimes.
I did finish the knitting on the camp hat, and blocked it over a coffee can. Well, a coffee plastic but I’m not that picky.
It’s a little tall but I can live with that. The doubled unspun yarn plus the stranding makes it a nice warm thing to wear.
Also on the spinning front, I finished the Wicked and Wicked with Sparkle! Got 1,150+ yards of chain plied goodness. This would be an ideal yarn for the pattern Penny used with the hand spun I gave her, but we’ll see what I wind up knitting with it. This picture is pre-soak.
I’ve done some more work on the Devil’s Lake. I absolutely LOVE knitting with this Foothills Fingering, and am having to hold myself back from starting something new out of it. Believe it or not I’m a little bothered by how much I have OTN right now so want to finish some things.
So what was in my itty bitty bag when I got home yesterday? Almost exclusively batts this time. These are from Diamond B Sheep Farm. I have a little bit of roving in my stash from them, and also spun some lovely little hand carded nests of fiber from one of their rams that I keep holding off knitting because I love petting it so much.
These are from Dawning Dreams. I also have a couple of other batts from her in my stash.
And – of course – I had to hit the Lost City Knits booth. The Foothills is for a stranded sweater. I have ideas, but that’s all they are at this point. I don’t plan on using a full pattern from anyone, rather do my own design. Using EPS of course.
That lovely bit of purple goodness on the left is some Oak Barn Merino in a new colorway – Berry Jumble. Denise has strict instructions to let me know as soon as she has a chance to do up some Foothills in it because I MUST. HAVE. IT.
Because really – I don’t have anything else to knit or spin.