Fibrous Forays

Friday, September 01, 2006

general update!

Okay, wow, I'm bad at updating this! Sorry!

So, I'm at home for the last few weeks before school starts, working at The Studio (a yarn shop here in Kansas City), knitting, watching Firefly/Battlestar Galactica, and spending time with my family. My mom and I have started going through all of our yarn -- it's amazing! I've found some yarns I'd never pay money for anymore...yarn I bought before I became a yarn snob. ;) But I've also found some decent yarn I'd forgotten about or don't even remember buying. Among this is a huge, gorgeous dark blue skein of what's probably fingering-weight wool - there's no tag on it! Anyway, we're not even done getting everything out into the open. When we are, we'll do some swaps and see what we end up with.

I did end up making the Ballet Camisole from Magknits!

I've been toying with the idea of adding sleeves, but I'm not sure I want to take the time to figure out how, and I also do like it as is...though it's a bit odd that it's wool and sleeveless.

I have about a billion projects going on right now - including gifts for people that are long overdue, a crocheted afghan from yarn I bought a long time ago and failed to make an afghan from then, and yarn I've spun and am dyeing on commission for a friend. But the one that I'm actually working on right now - as in, today and yesterday - is my hat for this winter.

It's out of...oh, I don't know where the tag is, and I'm too lazy to go find it. But it's a worsted weight yarn called Waterlily and it's slightly variegated. (I realize in the picture it just looks like the sheen of chenille - but it's not.) It's 100% merino and soooo soft! The pattern is this one from, which is super-easy and, in my opinion, really pretty.

To my frustration, the purple yarn is running out much more quickly than I expected...there are 100 yards per ball, so I figured I'd be fine! I should have made the brim a little shorter. I want to be able to fold it up to cover my ears in the Minnesota winter, but I didn't think about how that would use up a lot of the yarn I wanted to use in the slip-stitch pattern. I might have to get another ball, which is frustrating cause it isn't the cheapest yarn, but I think it'd be worth it. I really like how this is turning out.

In addition to all the projects I've got going, I have about a billion I want to start. I dyed some roving the other day, using these new instant-set dyes my mom got - meant for silk, but in larger quantities, they also work on other protein fibers. So there might be enough roving there for a pair of fingerless gloves, but of course, I have to spin it first. I also got 4 oz of roving at a shop in Columbia, MO (where I went to meet a friend on Wednesday) that's merino/nylon - obviously meant for socks! I also want to buy some sock yarn, probably from Knitpicks, for some knee-high lacy socks...something like the ones in Rowan magazine #40 (shown in black, with a ribbon at the top). I've also got a hankering to make a lot of fingerless quick, and so handy! As it were. I've put some yarn on layaway at the Studio for this purpose. Now, I just need to find the gift card Aunt Marie gave me for my birthday so I can put that towards my purchases...


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