WIPs on a Wednesday

I just finished racing to mow the lawn and as I quickly filled up the bird feeders, I glanced West and I could see a bank of clouds, my friends. And do you know what those clouds have in store for me and my little family?

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That’s right, SNOW. We’ve had flurries and little mini-squalls that have melted right away for the last few days, but today we should see an inch on the ground. Hence all the running around to get the yard tidied up. With things zipped up outside, I can in good conscience steal a moment to share my current WIPs and goings-on here.

Having finished a quick test knit over weekend after getting out of the whole birthday rush, I opted to go ahead and clean up my notions. I’m usually pretty deliberate in always promptly getting my notions back to their homes when I finish using them. I’m not someone who will just buy another needle or pair of scissors or whatever if I can’t find the one for which I’m looking. (For the record, this is not a diss if you are one of those people — I’m a true believer in ‘to each his/her own’ in this regard and that there are pros and cons either way.) No, I’m the kind of person who will tear apart the house to find the item I’m missing and it will eat away at me if I can’t find it. So yeah… I cleaned up my notions and needles and things that I was too rushed to take care of over the last couple of weeks.

In the process, I found a WIP. To be more specific, I found a WIP that is embarrassing that it is still a WIP. You see, all I need to do is attach the pom.

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Literally. It’s washed and blocked and just needs the pom secured and photos taken. So that is on my desk so I can’t forget to make it happen.

I’ve also been plugging away at my lovely Brillig

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It won’t lay flat to show you the upper edge, but I think right now the colors are the most exciting part. I think it is just so pretty and such a fun potato chip knit once you get rolling. I’m watching a number of friends shawl their FOs of this pattern in the NimbleNim SAL+KAL in the Three Waters Farm Ravelry Group and it’s kind of making me anxious, but I have to remind myself that mine is a lighter weight and higher yardage version so it’s bound to take longer. Regardless, it’s a super fun knit.

I also treated myself to a new spinning project.

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I’m happy to report that as promised I remembered to not only take photos of the prepped fiber, but I weighed and noted how I split up the braid so when it comes time to show you the skein, I’ll actually be able to tell you how I made it. Yay!Β This is Granite on the Three Waters Farm 60/40 Polwarth+Silk base and is is glorious — color and base alike. If all goes according to plan, it’ll wind up the warp of a new weaving project. I’m long overdue for one of those!

With this spin, I also finally discovered a good way for me to use a little spinning wheel basket I got from a booth at the WI Sheep & Wool Festival.

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It’s billed as being a basket to hang from your wheel and be used to collect vegetable matter. That is why I bought it; to discard slubs and what-not as I went and maybe contain my mess. Well, it turns out that because of my positional limitations, that function did not work at all for me as intended and I tried sitting it next to me instead, but with the handle it was more in the way than anything else.

Then I realized that it would actually be marvelous to tuck my in-progress fiber into. So when I finish up a spinning session, rather than try to stuff my attach fiber somewhere on the wheel where it inevitably gets knocked off, I can tuck the fiber into my little basket.

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Nice and tidy! Now, clearly if I was spinning directly from a braid of a bigger chunk of fiber, I would have to break off a smaller piece because the basket is small, but I usually do that anyway. I really appreciate that this helps to keep my fiber secure and because I have a length of fiber ready to go, it’s really easy to grab and start spinning again any time. And, of course, I’m delighted to put this purchase to good use.

Aside from the sock WIP I still need to positively track down (I think I know where it is, but I haven’t actually gone and checked yet) and a spindle spin that I think it hanging out with said sock WIP, I have one other project currently in the works.

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Or nearly in the works, I should say. This is a skein of Bijou Basin Ranch‘s new base, Himalayan Summit and they were kind enough to send me this skein in the Crab Nebula colorway to try out and review. I’ve got a the general plan for this yarn set in my head, but I’m still deciding between a couple wonderfully classic patterns. I’m sure I’ll be casting on shortly though. Probably as soon as I can that pom attached to my other hat.

It’s the first of November, as well, so I’m starting to think about some holiday knitting and spinning plans, too. I have one lofty, dreamy plan in my head, but I’m not entirely sure it’s feasible or wise. We all know that’s never stopped me though, right?!

What are you working on this Wednesday? And are you starting to think about holiday knitting? Feel free to chime in and share in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group!

 

 

19 responses to “WIPs on a Wednesday

  1. You are one busy girl, TKS! I have to first say, and you know me well enough I think to realize I’d post this, that I too am anal about my tools – they all get put away and I’ll go crazy until I find them! I’m right there with ya on that one. So, I’m a little nerdy. OH WELL.

    The new spin is divine. A little grey in with your blue – shocker! It’s really pretty, seriously, and your discovery of a use for that cute basket is perfect.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the Bijou Basin Ranch yarn – I love it AND them. Now, go attach that pompom!

  2. Holiday knitting has been on my mind for a couple months. Trying to find just the right things to knit or crochet for my kids is always fun. Gauging what I can actually get done can be tricky, though!

  3. I understand the need to put tools away. The only thing I buy more of is cables for interchangeable needles, because the one I want is on another project. So far I haven’t lost any of those. πŸ™‚ And I have multiples of some things, like scissors that are tucked away here and there. But the things I use most are kept in a little ditty bag near my knitting chair, where I Can grab it to go to knitting group if I think I will need it.

    I love all the yarny projects you are sharing today! The hat is still so pretty – get that pom onto it, you will need to be wearing it! The shawl and yarn look great, and of course I love the spinning, too. Great use for your small basket.

    That pretty yarn would look great in a rainbow warrior. Just saying! πŸ˜‰

    Holiday knitting – ugh! I haven’t thought about it, been too busy knitting for the craft fair IN TWO WEEKS! But I do have bright pretty yarn to knit something for my niece – maybe leg warmers? She grows too fast for socks, plus she likes knee socks. πŸ™‚

  4. Have you checked out an Etsy shop called LadyInStitches? It has a thread catcher for sale that might solve your problem for discarding vegetable matter. It has a weighted piece that just sits on the edge of a table or any level surface. Maybe check it out.

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