I Almost Don’t Believe It Myself

No stash enhancement this week.

Nothing new on the needles this week.

I even sold some yarn so the stash shrunk.

I promise I’m not “accidentally” forgetting anything. It really happened. Of course Wollmeise is back from summer break early next Friday morning, so no guarantee what next week will bring.

I realized I’m really really close to having the Devil’s Lake done, so that’s had the bulk of the knitting the last couple of days. The blue I’m on now is the last of the color blocks before the final Latte edging.

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I have made some good progress on the Stranded Surprise too. I’m 7 rows from putting the neck stitches on their holders.

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Next week is Phantom of the Opera at the Civic Center in OKC. I’ve seen it at the Fox in STL, at the Civic Center, and at the Venetian in Vegas. Every time I see it I sing along, and every time I cry at the end. I never care which performance I see, only where I sit. Jim did an excellent job of getting tickets exactly where I wanted them, so we’re attending the Thursday afternoon matinee. And since the next Monday is a holiday, of course I had to take Friday off too. So I’ll be able to hit that middle of the night WM update. AND the grab bags Friday morning. Better dust off the credit card… :)

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It All Ties Together In The End

On Friday I finally went and got allergy tested again to get back on my shots. I’ve had a year’s break since my Doctor’s office got demolished in last year’s tornado, and I finally asked them to refer me to the Oklahoma Allergy Clinic instead of continuing to wait for them to rebuild. First they did the referral to some other doctor instead of the clinic I asked for, and when I called for an appointment they said they don’t even do the testing any more.

Anyway, while I was waiting – and there’s lots of waiting during allergy testing between scratches and needle sticks – I knit a little on the second of the test socks.

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I also read on the last of the All Souls Trilogy. It came out mid July and I’ve been on the waiting list for a month or so. I wanted to get through it so the next person in the hold queue can have it. I finished it a little while ago, and also popped over to the library to pick up the second book of the Outlander series. I read it years ago but want to read all of them so I started at the beginning a few weeks ago.

I knit on the Devil’s Lake this week. I’m in the next to last color section. Luckily the short rows get shorter (don’t laugh, sometimes they get longer) which helps keep you going on it. The overall row length is up over 500 stitches now, and the few full rows of main color between the contrasts seem to take forever.

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Yes, both boys wanted to help with picture taking. And since there are cats there must be dog too.

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There was a bit of stash acquisition this week. This was a trade for the Pure in the Sultan colorway I got a few weeks ago. Once I had the Sultan in hand I decided there was too much orange to it so I put it up for trade. I also sold a couple of colors I’m not too crazy about, and am thinking about putting a couple of others up for sale. Anyway, the trade was for this gorgeous Emil in LaceGarn.

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On the spinning front I worked on the camel/Merino/silk for a couple of hours one evening this week. I’ve really been focusing on reading and while I can knit on the Devil’s Lake while I read, I can’t spin.

Now, cast your mind back about a year to when I was working on my Stranded Surprise jacket. Remember how the wool actually triggers my allergies for some reason? It’s strange because the only other yarns that do that are some of the cottons that release little fuzzies during knitting, but are fine once I’ve finished and washed them. With the allergy triggering in mind, I present you with the fact that one of the things that happens before allergy testing is you can’t have antihistamines for a week ahead of time. You know what that means, right?

I’ve been DYING to work on the Stranded Surprise all week. So Friday when I got home I dug it out of the yarn room and went to work. Well, before I could go to work I needed to figure out where I had left off. I knew something didn’t feel right about how my increases were looking. So I read and re-read the pattern and looked at the chart and figured out that I had read it slightly wrong before. So I ripped all of the color work I had done and started it over. I was almost this far along before I pulled the stuff out.

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I’m much happier with my increases now. And the pattern seems easier than it did before too for some reason. Yes, I’m taking antihistamines and I can still feel the effects, but I don’t care. I’m enjoying working on it. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do as soon as I post this and we eat.

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Told You I Didn’t Need One

Schedule that is. Although this time it was much more planned. Friday was Jim’s 68th birthday, so we went to Bella Vista for a nice long weekend. He golfed 3 days straight, including shooting a 74 one day. Pretty great score for a course he plays maybe once every two years. I spent 3 days out by the pool (in the shade) knitting and spinning. I left the Inn twice, both times to go out to eat. It was really relaxing and I’m really glad we went.

Friday I finished my Nuvem. As promised, it’s quite eye-searing and I can’t wait for weather that’s appropriate to wear it.

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Forgive the photo, the camera battery ran out mid photo shoot, so some of these are taken with the phone. Unblocked the thing is 5 feet long.

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It’s in the sink now, I’m curious how much bigger it will be once it’s been soaked and stretched a bit.

Speaking of eye searing, TLE had a Wollmeise update last week on Twin. I got three of my dream colors in Twin. L-R they’re Klapperstorch which is what the Nuvem above is knit from, Skandal um Rossi, and Xaverl. I don’t know what they’re going to be, but whatever it is will be lovely. I also got another of my must haves from a destash, a single skein of LaGitane in twin. It’s just like the Klappersortch or Skandal, except the color part is a dark purple. Since there’s only one skein it will probably become a pair of socks.

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I did finish the Lintilla and here’s a (crappy) finished photo.

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I had this much yarn left over.

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I did quite a bit of spinning this weekend, and made good progress on the Spring Dreaming colorway of the BMFA fiber club from December. There’s not quite 3 ounces on this bobbin so far. It’s taking a long time because it really wants to spin up fine.

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This is the camel/Merino/silk blend and I adore the sheen of the yarn. It’s going to make some sort of very special lace project.

I finished the first sock of the test knit and it turned out quite nicely. Since it’s a test, you still don’t get to see it. The other thing I’ve worked on this weekend is the Devil’s Lake. I’m into the final set of color, and I love how this yarn feels.

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I’m pretty sure I’ll have plenty left to knit a pair of mittens.

And finally the July RSC shipment arrived. Holy crap there are two full hanks of yarn in this one! The patterns aren’t really me, but I might find something to knit with the two yarns just because. Or I might split them. Or I might just admire them. Only time will tell.

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Until next week – maybe even on the normal Sunday! – happy life!

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Schedule!

Oh wait, it’s my blog so any schedule is self imposed and subject to my whims anyway.

Pretty pretty pictures of the spinning you saw last week. It looks much better this way.

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Years ago I posted pictures of Murphy in her little faux sheepskin bed. We did some cleaning in the closet a few weeks ago, and Crackhead showed some interest. So I put it in the front room where he likes to hang out during the day. He says thank you.

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My knitting this week has been on the Lintilla. I’ve been working my way across the ruffle that serves as the bind off. I swear my yarn ball never freaking shrunk – I started the ending with almost 10 grams more than the 25% the pattern called for because I just couldn’t believe how many more repeats I was getting compared to most projects. Of course I haven’t checked my gauge either, so there may be a very simple explanation.

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And I’ve started another spinning project. I keep taking spinning classes learning techniques, then keep making the same skinny worsted-spun singles and just finishing them differently. So after I finished the Wicked I promised myself my next spin would be woolen. And it is.

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That’s a batt from Dawning Dreams that I bought at DFW this last spring. I’m trying to do long draw (American supported for anyone who really cares) and it’s going pretty well. Dawn’s batt is nicely prepared and I’m enjoying spinning it. As you can see from my very uneven bobbin filling, I’m also concentrating pretty hard on the technique instead of paying attention to changing hooks.

So why the early post? My favorite (and last surviving) great uncle died last week. Mom is flying in this evening to go to the funeral on Monday. She goes back home Tuesday morning. My uncle Howard was a very special man who touched many, many lives. He’s the person I’d point to if you asked me which human I respected most. Those who know me well know respect isn’t something I give very often. He more than deserved it. And at 97 years old, it was time. I sincerely hope the service is a celebration for him, because that’s what he deserves.

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It Was Only One Bag

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.

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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.

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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.

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On the spinning front, I finished the purple and blue Romney that’s been on my spindle for a while.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These are from Dawning Dreams. I also have a couple of other batts from her in my stash.

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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.

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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.

 

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