Tuesday, March 6, 2007
I have already eaten all the cookies (well, Ruby helped...) so it is clearly overdue for me to post about my second Secret Spinner package. I got a skein of natural wool spun as a thick and thin single, and a package of the best chocolate cookies I've ever tasted! Plus a nice card from Jessica Riley, who has now revealed her true identity.
Thanks Jessica! I love the yarn, especially since I spin mostly fine, fine yarn. I gave it a wash in Fibremaster and it's lovely. And the cookies were so good.
I haven't decided what to knit with the yarn, but I think I'll use these two skeins together. I'll be sure to post when it turns into something!
On another note - I had a third try at the Rib Warmer vest. There isn't enough yardage in the one skein to make the vest on a #9 or a #10.5. I tried a #13 but the resulting fabric is too sleazy for my taste, so I give up. I'm going to order two skeins of the Scotian Silk in the new periodot color just to knit this vest, and knit up this skein of autumn as a scarf or wrap.
I'm considering just garter stitch, as I really liked the way to color was zig-zagging on the vest front. I'm also considering a narrower Calpotis or the Flying V Scarf from Iris Schreier's Exquisite Little Knits. Here is a link to the Flying V Shawl - rather wider, but you get the idea.
Thanks, CarolineF for pointing me to the Yarn Harlot's Rib Warmer! I was inspired to knit this pattern after seeing one on a friend - she knit her's in Kureyon. I think it's a great pattern, I just need more yarn!
Friday, March 2, 2007
I've also been working away at a Rib Warmer Vest from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop - the pattern is great, but it didn't specify a quantity of yarn and I'm trying to squeeze it out of one 250 gram skein of Fleece Artist Scotian Silk. I started on US#9 needles and got about 3/4 through the first vest half when the remaining yarn started looking lean. I weighed the knitting and the remaining yarn and it was much too close to the same weight, with many a row to go. So I ripped it out and started again with a US#10.5 and adjusted the pattern for the new gauge. I'm almost to the end of the frogged yarn and I'm not close enough to the end of the first half... again.
I do have 50 grams of silk & wool sliver that was dyed in the same run. I could never match the yarn that was dyed as yarn, but I could maybe come up with something that was a similar weight and the colors would match generally. The odd yarn would be on the shoulder, at the back... I dunno. I may go ahead and finish this piece and then weigh everything again and think about it. It's just a sample, but in such a pretty color. This photo is the first draft, now frogged and reknit.
Wiley is on the left, and we got her through a free ad a few years ago. We got Rupert from the local pound when he was less than a year old. Someone had dropped him off, or rather pushed him under the fence and driven away. We have had 5 corgis so far, and he looks as pure bred as any of them, so it's hard to imagine someone paying that much for a dog and then abandoning him.
He gets upset when we have too many boxes around the house or when we pack to go somewhere, so I think his family was moving and/or in divorce. He's a great dog. They both are, but Rupert is my special buddha dog. I bring them to work with me most days, and they laze about while we work.
I am attempting to knit a corgi, through the inspiratation of seeing the Florian Fox pattern in Lucinda Guy's And So to Bed book and a new color of Peace Fleece. Here is the side section, for your viewing pleasure. I moved the color pattern around and added a head shape at the top. I'm hoping it will look seriously cute when it's all made up.