Monday, January 30, 2006

Better Late Than Never

A few photos, as promised.

Handspun





The brown yarn is an unknown wool top that I bought with the wheel. It is much more chocolate brown in real life; the colors did not show up well on this one. It felt a little old and dry to spin up, but I like the finished product. Part of the top was used to ply with my first handspun (posted below).

The teal yarn is natural-colored Corriedale roving purchased from The Yarn Tree in Brooklyn. I dyed it using Wilton dyes after spinning and plying. I have no idea what I will do with it, but I do like the color.

Saranac



This is the almost finished Saranac. I used nearly 14 skeins of Wool of the Andes, from KnitPicks, in Fern. I knit the smallest size. I really like the way this yarn knit up, especially for the price.

To finish the sweater, I need to find a zipper and sew it into the neck opening, sew down the neckband, and weave in the ends. It will also benefit from a good blocking.

I enjoyed the pattern. The instructions were clear, although I had to make some decisions myself (i.e., how to incorporate the sleeve increases into the pattern). I quite like making those decisions, because it makes me truly understand how the pattern works, but I know some people don't.

I originally wanted to make a nice gansey for my husband, but this is what he wanted. Maybe the next one will be a little more exciting.

Finally, half the pieces of Klaralund



This has been a quick, easy knit so far. I've been a little concerned about whether I have enough yarn, but I should have just enough. (And by "just," I mean seaming with another yarn to finish it up.) I may buy an extra skein anyway, but I'm going to wait and see.

In other knitting news, I frogged Kiri after realizing that I misread the needle size. I was using a 5.5 mm, when the original pattern was written for a 4.5 mm needle. I'm using Madil Kid Seta, which is essentially the same yarn as Kidsilk Haze, and I need to buy a new size 7 needle Crystal Palace circular.

Also, I think I'm one of only a handful of knitbloggers (if, in fact, I can lay claim to that title yet) who is not participating in the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. I have too many projects that need to be started soon (Kiri, the self-designed Aran afghan, one or two baby gifts), and I'm not going to commit to finishing one in 16 days.

There wasn't much spinning this weekend, because I'm fairly caught up in knitting projects. I'm trying to learn Paula Simmons' method (Spinning for Softness and Speed), which is coming along slowly but surely.

Next time, better photos, I hope. I unfortunately have a camera that is smarter than I am.

4 comments:

Laura said...

Wow Klaralund is knitting up quickly! I'm impressed with your speed!

I'm not doing the knitting olympics either. Too much stress in my life, I don't need to add to it voluntarily.

Karen said...

I love the colors for Klaralund!

I'm not doing the olympics. I'm trying hard not to jump on the "join me" bandwagon. I've already succumbed to a mitten swap and sockapaloooza. I don't need anymore pressure. Knitting is supposed to be FUN!

Oh, and zippers...there's a place I go to on 37th (or 38th...) that is a great place for zippers. A kinda hole in the wall, but all sewing related stuff is available there for a decent price. I'm in need of a zipper as well...maybe a field trip?

Areli said...

I like the yarn you posted at the top, so pretty. And your sweaters are coming along great.

Donna said...

I'm a lemming. I'm doing the knitting olympics. It sounded like fun, and it is motivation for me to finally make Clapotis during a time of year when I will likely be able to wear it right away.

Your knitting and spinning are gorgeous! However, I'm really drawn to the lovely woodwork in your home. :)