It is nearly time for my personal realization that Christmas is coming and I have gifts to make. Not quite yet because Thanksgiving is the panic button day.
So I am doing general knitting and spinning.
I started a shawl (Blue Jeans Lace Leaf Shawl) with my own handspun, a single ply, and it is not going well. I don’t spin well enough yet to skip the all-important plying step to help hide some of my way too thin parts. Grey wool on silver knit picks needles? Not so easy for my eyes on the cobweb weight parts. I will persevere! The parts that are done look nice, so that is encouraging. At the rate it is going I will still be working on it 2 years from now.
Since I wrote this draft, the above shawl is no more. We made it to row 30 and I was spending more time tediously tinking back than I was knitting forward. Some yellow baby yarn was in my stash and I began knitting with it to see if it was the pattern or the yarn giving me problems. It was the yarn. The lovely gray has been ripped out and wound carefully back into it’s ball to await further inspiration. Even though the yellow is kind of bright and squeaky acrylic it is fun knitting. The pattern finally MAKES SENSE!
The sock yarn blankie is going well and will have a lot of blue. I had never noticed how many of my knitterly friends liked to make blue socks. He (the blankie is a He. For some reason I have begun to refer to IT as a HE) has been a traveling companion and dr’s office calming device. Quite a few people commented on how serene I looked knitting while waiting for my eye surgery. Knitting makes a great socially acceptable pacifier for a medical procedure wienie.
Socks are on another pair of needles and actually got about an inch or so done on them today.
The all important heel is coming up and the anticipation is daunting. I need an easy to engineer heel that can be readily altered for large ankles. Very large ankles. I’m trying to decide between Widdershins (a kind blogger even broke it down farther for some of us) or Fleegle heel (Fleegle fine tuned the method in another blog post).
Spinning is chocolate cherry wool from my VA shepherd(ess?) friend and I am TRYING to make a thicker singles. I would love something I could ply 2 together and get a sport weight. Or even go whole hog and 3 ply! wow!