So, I am not very good at this blogging thing. I promised I'd talk about yarn, knitting, spinning, weaving and all that jazz. Well, I have about 16 WIP's ( works in progress) and I'll mention a few. I have 3 1/2 active knitting projects. The semi-inactive project is almost finished, but hit a snag when the Boy was home. He is what we cowgirls call a long drink o' water. I'm not really much of a cowgirl, but I once lived in Colorado and simultaneously owned both a horse and cowboy boots. That's enough to qualify in my mind. Anyhooo, I am knitting an Alpaca light, maroon, V neck pullover for The Kid. He chose the pattern and the yarn. He is 6'3" and weighs 143, and therein lies the problem. This is NOT a standard size. I am using a very basic V neck pattern, 38" chest,with orangutan arms. I got it almost all done and he came home, tried it on, and it became obvious I had to add almost 3" to the armpit- shoulder length, and therefore alter the sleeve cap accordingly. He won't be home again til Christmas so I shoved it in a bag and forgot about it. I have three active projects, all kind of fun but nothing to brag about. One is socks, I always have a pair of socks going. This pair is for my Dearly Beloved. They are cotton, Opal, I think in a drab grey- blue stripe, 68 stitches on a size zero. They are endless and are taking for friggin' ever. But I only knit on them when I am away from home. They are travel, waiting room knittin' socks. Then I have a wonderful silk merino scarf in a basketweave pattern, Luscious colors, totally untaxing knitting. I only knit on that when I need total relaxation, de-stress knitting. I need another scarf like a hole in the head and The Girl needs one even less. Don't even think of my mother-in -law. This is seriously lovely yarn. Maybe I will send it to the Queen with a picture of my new corgi. Last active project. It is a beautiful yellow, silk cashmere cowl in a fairly simple lace pattern, Poinsettia by Anne Hanson. The gauge is a bit funky, but I know it fits as I took it apart at one time when I screwed up the lace, and tried it on. I got the yarn at School Products in NYC when we went to visit Pratt last spring. I think it will be a luxurious little thing to wear this winter. It also shows some prospect of being completed fairly soon.
I need to weave. As I only have two looms I only have two projects. One is a friggin' Scottish Tartan scarf. It is a dismal yellow/brown/green thing that I hauled back from John C. Campbell in September. I took the left over warp from a loom we refused to weave on because the treadles were funky. I only need to finish it because I need to sell that loom. The other project, on my 36" Harrisville, is dish cloths, 6 of them in 2 patterns using the same warp. One set of three is plaid, the other 3 are striped. They should be fun but moderately tedious, but then I wouldn't know because I haven't even put my warping board together yet, so , like so many projects I haven't actually started this one yet. Next week, really.
The only really successful thing I have going is spinning. I am spinning 11 3/4 oz. of merino silk, mosly light blue roving that I got at NH Sheep and Wool. It is luscious, a joy to spin and is really a quick spin. Of course it helps that my wheel is in front of the TV, and I am actually apt to sit and spin, like in a few minutes when Project Runway starts. Gotta run.
Pictures, you say, maybe tomorrow.