This first one is a result of spinning two 4 oz braids, each individually. Then I plied them. I like 2 ply for several reasons, one is that the 4 oz braid goes farther, I like that I can get a lace-weight or light fingering weight from it and it suits my knitting purposes. So a 2-ply with 8 ounces? Yep, I was able to get some good yardage. The fiber I purchased from The Sweet Sheep. It's a BFL called Rosebush and I ended up with over 850 yards. I've been thinking about what to knit with this yarn and I've about decided on the asymmetrical shawl, Imagine When.
This next one is a 4 oz braid of Polwarth and Silk (85/15). At the time I spun the single I thought I would ply it with something else, but after I saw how beautiful and vibrant the colors were, I decided to ply it on itself. I love the way it turned out. This one hasn't had a bath yet, but it's still pretty. This braid was purchased from Dragonfly Fibers and it's called Admiral Benbow. I ended up with around 700 yards.
On the knitting front, I have been working on a second pair of Shlippers. The first pair looked like they would be too small once I felted them, so I'm doing another pair one size larger. The first slipper is finished and once I finished the 2nd, I will wash all four and felt them. I'm excited to see the end result.
I also started the Love Me Tender cardigan. (not free) It was a little fiddly to start, had to frog it 4 times before I go smart and actually wrote out the pattern, line by line. All good things come to an end though because the fourth time I cast on I decided to use the Chinese Waitress Cast-On which gives a beautiful edge, looks similar to an I-cord edge. This was good because the neck edge is what you cast on so it was a beautiful rounded edge. The cardigan is knit with the I-cord edging built in and I like that. Finally finished the yoke and separated for the sleeves and then started the woven basket pattern for the body. Well 6 rows in to that I realize I've made a mistake 4 rows back. How do you tink back a woven basket pattern as well as an I-cord edge? Not only do I not know how to do that, I don't even know how to frog it back to a plain stockinette row. How do you do that with an I-cord edging? So, it sits there now, untouched. I think I have come to the conclusion that I will have to start all over again, a complete frogging. Maybe I'll do that today. :-(
Here are some pics before I frog it.
The cast-on neck edge
Woven basket pattern
Weaving some Zoom Loom squares have slowed down considerably. I've done maybe 5 over the last two weeks. My Cricket sits there unwarped as well. Where has all my time gone? Well, we've been re-arranging the living room. While we are almost there, we will definitely need to buy some new furniture in the spring. We have a couch that has needed replacement for at least 10 years, we just haven't been ready. So we are making our list of items and starting to look. We're working room-by-room. First it was the bedroom with a new bed and new closets, then the office with new bookcases and a rearrangement of furniture to optimize the space, then the kitchen with a new refrigerator and freezer. Now, it's time for the living room.
The Thanksgiving holiday was nice and relaxing. I didn't even make turkey. It was just DH and I, so I cooked a regular meal. I had to go back to work on Friday and I didn't want to spend my day cooking for just 2 people. I am always thankful for the day off in addition to being thankful for everyone and everything in my life. I am so blessed to have family and friends who love me, to have a job and a wonderful place to live. I have hobbies that I love and some extra funds to support the hobby. Really, I don't want for anything and I have God to thank for all my good fortune.
I'm off to go make a cake........a yarn cake that is, with the Rosebush yarn above. :-)