Thursday, May 11, 2006

Current Works

I am almost to the toe on the second of the Birthday socks.
I was just a tad concerned about whether or not I'd have enough yarn -- I did make the cuff a bit longer than usual on these socks. But I estimated I'd have to knit 10 stripes of the yellow color, and the last stripe was number 9. I still see some yellow in the skein, so I know I'm golden now.

And here's the current spinning project.
It's actually an old project revisited. I started it about 8 years ago before I even had my wheel. The skein was made then. It was before I made my first niddy-noddy too. The skein was made by wrapping the yarn from my hand down around my elbow. That's why it's so small. The spindle on the left represents my work this week. I spun one of the singles making up the yarn, and did the plying. Looking at it compared to the old yarn, I see I plied quite a bit tighter. Well, I have to admit I am a bit more twisted now than I used to be. The spindle is a Mondial spindle bought way back then (it was a major investment for me then) and not used since. It's been sitting away with all the fiber for this project waiting for me to get back to it. I'm struggling with putting it away again. I don't like the spindle (it's wobbly) or the yarn (plying, bleah). But I'm going to try to persevere to the finish.

In non-fiber news, Younger Son has been off on a school sponsered camping trip. Wouldn't you know it, we've had drought conditions here for a month and now it's been raining steadily all day. He's going to be one big mudball when he gets home. I'm a bit nervous about him being away. He's been on camping trips before with scouts, but I don't trust the supervision from the school. I keep checking the phone all day (hoping?) for a phone call telling me to come and pick him up.


Heather said...

oooh, I am loving that yarn! I cannot wait until you show me how to do that!

Yvonne said...

Great yarn! You did an awesome job!

psst...would you like to join another Pittsburgh SP?