Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Undecided Handspun

If you've been keeping track of my mileage on the side bar, you'll notice a big jump recently.  I've finally gotten around to adding in the totals of everything I finished in the black hole that was September.  Now to share it with you, my lovely readers!

Some handspun whose fate has yet to be decided:

Chocolate cherry Superwash BFL sample.  24 yards, 16 g chain plied.  It's somewhere between a dk and a light worsted weight.  At this small yardage, it's probably only going to be good combined in colorwork with another handspun.  Any thoughts on a color range that would look good with these pinks and browns?  I feel another fiber order coming on...

Forest Glade.  562 yards, 81g. Spun from Corgi Hill Farm batts of Merino and Tussah silk, probably in a light fingering weight.  This is slippery and still a little over spun, but I like it!  Still no idea what to do with it.  Any suggestions

The pictures are strangely moodlit, what with the trees casting their long autumnal shadows on my yard these days.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

To cowl or not to cowl?

Last week, as I was waiting for the train and trying to arrange my scarf tightly enough to keep my neck warm but not so tight as to choke me, I had a revelation.

I want a cowl.

I figure, as a knitter, I could make this happen.  Then the following conversation occured:

Doubting self: "A cowl.  Really?  But we hate turtlenecks, tight scarves, and anything that rubs on our neck."

Excited self: "But totally!  A cowl!  We won't have to fuss with tucking in ends.  And we've never, ever knit one!"

Doubting self:  "We've never knit a tea cozy either.  Or a doily."

Excited self:  "Doilies are crochet.  And our neck is coooooold!  C'mon.  It would count for 10 Shawls in 2010.  We just wound a ball of Sea Silk...."

Doubting self: "Oh, the Sea Silk is nice.  And I never thought we'd make it through 10 shawls..."

Excited self: "We can do it!  I know we can!"

Doubting self:  "Don't push it.  You sound like a cheerleader.  We are not a cheerleader."

Excited self:  "Let's just check ravelry for a good idea tonight."

And there I discovered wisp (along with 2963 other people).  A shawl, with buttons to convert to a long cowl.  Or hooded scarf (see obsession from my last entry).  With an easy stitch pattern!

Several days later...


It's practically knitting itself! Take that, Doubting Self!