I’ve been a bit busy the past week. First, I had to deal with Mt. Laundry from our vacation. Then there was the unfortunate fact that I desperately needed to clean out our gutters as they were totally full of maple leaves and helicopters. And the outdoors planters needed to be cleaned and tucked away for the winter. And the pumpkins we accidentally grew from the compost needed to be picked. And the lawn needed to be mowed. And then there was the tiny fact that this little lady had a birthday.
You get my drift though — lots to do these past few days. I’m happy to report though that the gutters were cleaned, the pumpkins picked, the lawn mowed, the laundry cleaned and folded, and my girl had a wonderful birthday.
And while not doing all these non-craft related things I, monogamist that I am, have been a bit twitchy about having multiple projects in the works. While it’s true that I finished a sweater (it’s drying…) and two skeins of handspun yarn this week, I’m feeling a bit anxious with three active knitting projects as well as two spinning projects.
First, there’s this singles yarn I whipped up while I was waiting for it to warm enough to deal with the gutters Saturday morning.
It’s from Three Waters Farm & is a 4oz braid of Finn Wool in the Spotted Purple Admiral colorway. It spun beautifully and honestly I didn’t realize that I’d managed a fairly even singles yarn until I was taking this photo. I’m planning to lightly felt it when I set the twist and I just haven’t quite found the time (or the kitchen clean enough) to do so yet. I’m hoping to get to that today or tomorrow.
Then I started a new double marl. It’s been a couple years since I did a double marl and I’ve had two Cloudlover Fiber Club braids earmarked for it for a good long while.
I had some doubts early on, but I’m feeling pretty good about how this will look finished as a 2-ply. I couldn’t remember if I had the barber poling like this the first time around with this technique so I hopped back to July 2013 on my blog and had a look…
I do spy barber poling so that concern was relieved. I was also pretty chuffed to see both the photo and spinning quality appear to have improved quite a bit in two years. Anyhoo, I have quite a ways to go before the current project is finished. It’s a full 8oz and to maintain a fair bit of control in the spinning, I’m taking it at a slower speed than I usually would for this weight of singles yarn. I think it’ll be a fun journey even if I’m a little anxious along the way.
On my needles, I spent the days that were busier working on my Simple Skyp Socks.
I managed to finish up the first sock and get about one-third of the second sock’s leg finished as of the time of this post. I’m using Spun Right Round‘s Sport Sock in the Holy Crow colorway and I just love how it’s working up. For me, this is a really nice & easy project to work on while I wait for the kiddos during school or if I’m watching the more visual TV program Wallander that my hubby and I have been enjoying lately.
This project and the yarn is exceeding my expectations on all levels. The yarn — Xanadu — is amazing. It’s light and airy and soft and just a dream to work with. The pattern is also really fun. It’s not quite the kind of pattern I can memorize and work on on autopilot, but it is still relaxing enough to kick back with once school is over with the kiddos. Just a reminder that there’s still time to enjoy the KAL and the 15% discount on this yarn + the free Miya Shawl pattern with the coupon code MIYAKAL over on the Bijou Basin Ranch website. After having worked with it now, I’m definitely considering another skein or two.
And then there’s my Miss Grace Shawl.
Sadly, I haven’t touched it since before our mini-vacation last week. Since there’s no progress to share, I thought I’d share the project bag this shawl calls home for now. It’s from The Fawn & The Fox and I just adore it. I’m very anxious to work on it again, but with the twitch to get something finished, I think I’m going to just allow it to remain on pause until I can whip through the socks or the Miya Shawl. Then I’ll be able to just enjoy the knitting and that’s really how it should be.
I won’t tell you about how I’m all set to get started with a new technique and sock pattern or how after knitting a sweater for each of my kids I’m jonesing to get one going for myself. Or how I have another shawl and at least three more spinning projects I can’t wait to get going. Perhaps it’s actually the projects I’m dying to get started that are making me twitchy — not the ones on which I’m already working. Whatever the case, you can count on the fact that my wheel & my needles are flying these days!