I'm learning a lesson about my spinning. I'm not quite good enough at this point to be able to make too definite plans about what I am going to do with a yarn before it is spun. Once again I've had to change plans for my silk/merino yarn. I started the Beech Leaf Vest, got gauge and merrily knit away. However, it quickly became apparent that my yarn was way too "rustic" for the delicate lace. Hmmm - what to do? I checked out my Elsebeth Lavold books and found a pretty vest - Ylva. I didn't quite get gauge, but I did some calculations and figured if I made the smallest size, it would come out about right. So far so good:
I am taking a chance on the size. I keep reading that negative ease is flattering in shaped garments, so I am making this with 0 ease. I really hope it fits! I do find that I love knitting with my handspun, even if it is a little less smooth than commercial yarns. I also started an attempt at spinning a 3-ply sock weight yarn and I think I'm coming close!
It's a little hard to see since the single is almost the same color as the dime. I'm not sure if this was the best choice for my first attempt at a fingering 3-ply. Don't get me wrong - the fiber is wonderful, a merino/tencel blend from BJS Fiber Creations:
But because of the color gradations, I can't split the pieces vertically to thin them down, so I'm having to draft across the full width of each piece. It's challenging my skills, but I think I'm being at least semi-successful. We'll see what happens when I ply it together. However, this may have to wait since I am very, very slow at it. I have to finish spinning up the yarn for my vest and then I have to leave my bobbins free for the big 3-day workshop I'm taking next week. The topic is "Spinning Beyond the Basics" and is taught by Anne Field from New Zealand. I signed up for this workshop in January, when I was still a very, very new spinner. There was a caution that this was not a beginning class, but my spinning group assured me I would be up to speed by the time it rolled around. I think perhaps I am, but I'm still just a wee bit nervous!
I have plenty other projects to keep me busy, though. The 6th clue just came out for Evenstar. Here's a photo through clue 5:
As you can see, the straight ribs I wasn't sure about have morphed into some beautiful arches. I also found beads for the edging. The picture really doesn't do them justice - they are so pretty and irridescent. I should finish clue 6 in a few nights of knitting and then a two week wait for the next clue. That's what I don't like about these mystery knits. I have a feeling that with 2900 beads to knit in, the edging will take several weeks and then it will be time to start thinking about a new lace project! I'm debating about starting the Wedding Ring Shawl. I've had the pattern and yarn for a while, but just haven't felt the courage to jump in. Maybe the time is ripe. But perhaps I should make myself work on Whistler first. I've gotten a little bogged down in the three color rows. They are an absolute bear, but I think I only have 5 more of them and if I just forced myself to do them, they would be over!
But I have other distractions to keep me busy.
A Knit Picks order arrived in the mail! I ordered 4 skeins of Cotlin to make shrugs for the girls, a book, a knit shaver, some needles and connectors and a funky little Norwegian yarn carrier that was on closeout. I'm not sure it's going to work, but I thought I would give it a try. I was a little disappointed to discover that I goofed and ordered 3 skeins of Cotlin instead of 4! Now I have to order one more and pay shipping for a single skein. Rats!
Busy week coming up - two birthday celebrations. Hubby continues to march through his 60's and Isobel turns 5! Ben & Abby have her signed up for kindergarten and she's is SO excited. Where has the time gone??