My partner and I raise and show Shetland Sheepdogs. They generate a LOT of shed hair, generally the soft, downy undercoat.
I saved the (cleaner) combout hair with the intent to spin and knit with the hair. The resources I found recommended carding in some wool to allow for a slightly looser twist upon spinning (wool has scales that interlock and allow the fibers to hold together under looser tention, apparently).
Well, I could never figure out the damn spinning wheel and gave up. If anyone knows where I can send a big bag of clean dog hair for spinning, please let me know.
After a bit of a hiatus and since winter has finally returned, I started back up again on the mittens I'd started for myself. This is a two layer mitten, with an inner layer of baby alpaca and an outer layer in a border leicester cross handspun that I picked up at Rhinebeck in October. I did the inner layer first using a provisional cast on, then went back and picked up the stitches for the outer layer. The basic idea came from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, with short-row shaping for the end of the mitten, and I took the palm gusset from an issue of Interweave Knits. The decision to do it as two layers was mine, as I figured the baby alpaca yarn would be more comfortable and the double layer would make it a lot warmer. I got through all the gusset increases last night and hope to get through the rest of the hand (or at least to where I separate the stitches for the short rows) tonight. Then I'll have to make another one of these so I can actually use them.
I just received this wonderful wee hardcover book called "Knitticisms...and Other Purls of Wisdom". From the inside dust jacket: "As anyone who's ever picked up yarn and needles with the intent of learning to knit will tell you, the most important attributes that all new knitters should have in their knitting basket is a sense of humor. Knitticisms is a fun, light look at the world of knitting featuring purls of knit wit and wisdom. Along with brilliant color photographs, historical black-and-white images, artwork, vintage pattern booklets and advertising, these words of wisdom make this an amusing presentation of the craft that promises a little something for every knitting enthusiast."
Pattern: from Better Homes & Gardens "Knit It!" magazine from April 2005 (on the cover) "In A Jiffy Poncho"
Needles: Addi Turbo circs size 17 [12mm]
Yarn: Katia "Nepal" 400yds (4 skeins)
Time: About 6 hours
This is bad... It's like when I got my first computer; I stayed up late every night surfing the internet, only to realize a couple of hours before I had to leave for work that I had to sleep. This time it's an Artisan 70D.
OH MAN, am I a knitting fool. Just for a test drive, I made a scarf for a friend at work. She thought it was way cool. My inbox is now an order taking center. Eight down, 5 to go. Not to mention the 4 my partner wants for people at work, the five my mother asked for and the ones my cousin wants to "sell" for me.
Pass the Starbucks...this is going to be a long week.
On my way to my grandmother's yesterday, I stopped off at Shirley's Yarn & Gifts (Rte. 1 in Hancock, Maine, if you ever find yourself in the neighborhood) to see what they had on hand. They've got some really nice yarns and the staff are all very friendly, so I always enjoy visiting there. Anyway, just before I could ask, one of the staff pointed out to me that they had just gotten in some Malabrigo yarn, which I've been dreaming about for a while now and really obsessing on recently. If you haven't seen/touched it before, it's a wonderfully soft merino singles yarn, all handpainted. It's kind of like a yarn version of heroin - one touch and you're addicted. It's the kind of yarn that makes you want to strip down and jump naked into a giant vat of it...really! It's...well, you get the picture.
Location, location, location...one of our knitting groups folded after a few month, the other is still going strong. I think there were several factors involved, but location was the biggest.
One was held in a well-lit cafe (there are extra lights that get turned on when the knitters are there) with two comfy couches and plenty of room to pull up additional chairs (different kinds of seating is a plus). The cafe has a good menu with lots of choices (food and beverages, sandwiches, salads, coffee, wine, beer, etc). Music, but not so loud that it makes conversation difficult.
Baby blanket I made for my sister and her partner for the little bundle of joy they are expecting next month. I used Mission Falls 1824 superwash and size 8 needles. The pattern is called "Tilting Ladder Pattern" and I found it in Barbara Walker's "Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns." Don't you love Barbara's books? I have worn out my copy of "Treasury of Knitting Patterns." The pages are coming out and the binding is broken but it's still the first place I go when looking for something new to do.
This scarf is make out og some yarn call " Shake yarn" and when it knittet in "rib" its is magic in that way that you can use it as a scarf a stola almost anything .