A Few More Details

So I went to Camp, and it turns out I really, really needed it. I’ve still got a terribly short fuse, but feel better than I did before I went.

Finished the fifth stage of Tour de Sock on the plane coming home.

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They’ve got a shaped arch and feel nice on my foot. The sixth stage is a double knit sock, and I’m just not up for that much work on something I won’t be able to wear except around the house. So I’m done touring for the year, but will be cheering for any of my teamies who will be finishing it.

The tease picture from earlier in the week

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was what Penny knit with the hand spun yarn I gave her last year at camp. She had been admiring it the whole time I was spinning, so I just handed it over after show and tell. I think her pattern selection is perfect, and I may even steal her idea. I do know she really inspired me to try to knit more of my hand spun yarn.

Speaking of camp and spinning, I did take along my spindle and the purple and blue fiber. Worked on it some, and only have a little bit to go before I’m ready to ply it. But I also got a new spindle. It’s very light, only 1.1 ounces. Made by a guy fairly close to Marshfield and I think sold in his and his wife’s yarn shop. It spins FOREVER. I did some reading and that’s because there’s more weight around the outside of the whorl. Heavier weighted closer to the shaft gets a faster spin. I wasn’t going to buy it, but Beth grabbed it and was playing with it and made me try it out. Dammit.

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The boyz are very happy I’m home. Crackhead was my shadow for the first few days, but both of them have been sticking pretty close.

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Loopy Ewe had a Wollmeise update on Thursday, and I (of course) couldn’t resist. A couple are twin and a couple are pure and I love them all. The darkest one will probably be socks for Jim. It looks like man colors.

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I started the camp hat again this year, and I’ll finish it in the next few days. It’s a double strand of the unspun Icelandic, so it should be nice and warm.

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Hats seem to be my thing this year. There’s a newish book of tams from Mary Rowe, and I couldn’t resist yarn for four of them. And a kit from Kimmet Croft for one of the hats out of the Poems Of Color book, which I’ve had forever but never knit out of. Yes, five hats. Six counting the one I’ve already started. Shut up.

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The post today is so late because I really wanted to get the baby blanket done for my niece. She’s been on bed rest for a few weeks and the little one could arrive any time. I know the current weather means she won’t need it for warmth, but it might be good for laying the baby on.

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Proof I was at camp (besides the yarn, which of course I didn’t show you all of), and part of the reason I’m feeling better.

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Of course there were far more friends than just Denise there, and as always it was wonderful to spend time with them. It doesn’t seem like four days a year could be such an important part of life, but they are.

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Just Teasing

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Bored Yet?

Because I’m kind of surprised I’m not. At least with my Nuvem.

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I’m about 40 grams from starting the edging.

Tour de Fleece started yesterday. I hadn’t spun all week because of Tour de Sock (yeah, I know) but I did get the wheel out and do more work on the Wicked. I’m just a color or two from finishing the singles.

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The June shipment of the Blue Moon Rockin’ Fiber Club arrived Thursday. It was supposed to be 100% yak, but the supplier couldn’t come through. What we got instead is 50% yak, 50% cultivated silk. 8 ounces of it. And it is glorious.

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The color is Metalocalypse, which is fitting. It looks almost metallic. It also feels really slippery, but Tina’s notes that came with it said that while it felt like it would be, the actual spinning wasn’t so bad. I’m kind of thinking I’d like to try to make a fluffier yarn out of it. My default is lace-ish, and that’s nice but I’d kind of like to make this sport/DK-ish and make a sublime feeling scarf or something out of it.

For Tour de Sock, I finished the fourth stage yesterday morning. I expected to finish them Friday night, but it’s impossible to knit with a terrified dog climbing all over you. Since I had about 2 hours of that before bed time, they didn’t get done. Thankfully the fireworks didn’t give the poor dog a heart attack. The guy in the cul-de-sac behind us doesn’t give a fuck that he lives in a neighborhood in a city where fireworks are illegal, and he sets off a bunch of those huge booming things every year.

So anyway, the pattern is Dazzle Them From Behind, and my version is Cherry Dazzle. I really like the sock, but I kind of wonder how that little cable down the middle of the heel flap will hold up to wear. We’ll see.

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Yes, that’s a Brandi hair hanging off the bottom part of the right sock. Her guard hairs are quite wiry and when they grab something they tend to hang on.

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The View Isn’t Changing

You know the saying about all but the lead sled dog and all the other dog’s view, right? Well that’s me with the Tour this year. So far I’ve finished every stage but so far back there’s nothing but butts ahead of me for miles. Oh well.

Sock three is called Roll the Bones and I really like it. I do need to look into my stranded technique though, because they took me a ridiculously long time to knit.

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The purple is from Sweet Georgia and I really like it. I may have to try more of her stuff. The white (cream really) is something that was in my stash partially used. I think it might be Cascade Heritage. Either way, they’re nice socks and fit well.

Since I didn’t finish them until Friday evening I haven’t knit much on other things. There have been a few more Nuvem rounds when we went to eat and such. I’ve done a little more on the Devil’s Lake. I’m still terribly enamoured of this Foothills Fingering from Lost City Knits.

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Finally got the wheel back out today. I’ve decided I’m close enough to half way through the Bullseye Bumps to go ahead and start on a second bobbin. The only difference between the two bumps is one has sparkle and the other doesn’t. I’m just holding them together, and when the colors start getting away from each other I drop one until the other catches up. No clue what I’ll knit with it, but then again I think I’ve only spun with a knitting project in mind one time.

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Enjoying The Scenery

That’s what I’m doing with Tour this year. I can’t possibly compete against people who don’t have jobs, so I’m trying to just enjoy the knitting going by and not get too worked up about it. That’s not to say I won’t try to win a stage if the timing works out, but for now I’m just getting to know my new team and making myself some new socks.

The first one was called Wye, and it’s a nice design. I made the mistake of using STR, which is kind of a heavy fingering. So this is what they looked like (with a terrible tablet picture, but that’s what I have).

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And this is what they looked like earlier today just before I tossed it into the sink to soak and hang to dry.

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They were just too big around and too tall, so I chose to reclaim the yarn. I might consider reknitting the socks in a smaller yarn some time down the road, but right now I have no shortage of hand knit socks.

The second one is called Kam Chu. It’s also considerably more stitches than I use for a sock that fits me, so I dug through stash to find a light fingering yarn.

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I ran them through the wash today with a regular load of clothes, and they should have shrunk enough to fit just right.

I’ve spun a bit more on my Loop batts, but it just looks like a bunch of purple on the bobbin. I did get my new Trindle, and the little I’ve spun on it I really like it. Here it is with a quick bit of sample fiber I had.

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I’ve knit more on my Nuvem, as you can see from what’s beyond the marker. I kind of hate to keep showing it because it’s always the same looking here. But I know it’s growing.

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I started yet another project. I’m having trouble focusing on anything.

It’s Devil’s Lake, by Jennette Cross. She’s the teacher I took the class from at DFW. I’m using Foothills Fingering from Lost City Knits, and it seems like it’s even softer than I remember it from the first project I did with it.

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So about that trouble focusing. And about last week. We lost our sweet Rhett boy very early last Saturday morning. It was cardiac, and it was totally out of the blue. He was such a sweet, loving dog and we’re devastated. We gave him a great life, and he knew every day how much we loved him. We were lucky to be able to share in his life, but he’s left a huge ragged hole that’s still very raw. Take a few extra minutes to snuggle your furry family members, because you never know.

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