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What a gift card can buy…

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Today I had a chance to go and use my Target gift card. Very very excellent.

I got a scale:

which fits my needs very well. Since I can figure out an ounce easy, that’s what counts.

I also got zip bags, which aren’t worth picturing. And perhaps one of the coolest things ever:

((it has some romney fleece I’m washing in it)) A salad spinner.

I shouldn’t be quite so thrilled, but when I saw it I immediately was amazed. As someone who doesn’t enjoy doing huge batches of wash at once, it’s perfect. Not to mention that since I pay for laundry, all those things for using the washer to clean fleece is out.

This is a Michael Graves salad spinner, and the top has a nice pull handle. You can take the green colander out, which I do to pour out old water and put in new.

The really awesome thing is before laying the fleece out to dry, I can put the lid on, and spin excess water out. At no cost, other than a few pulls on the handle. It’s really quite lovely, and it does a wonderful job.

I cleared up my coffee table and folded out one of the leaves. Now it looks like this:

The hand spun fun is going along well, though there’s no way it’ll be done by Sunday:

There was a Hobby Lobby just down the road, so I asked K if we could go there first. For less than $5 and some random rubber cement I have (no idea why), I now have a bottom whorl drop spindle:

I’m really quite pleased, though my default yarn on this seems a bit thicker than I’d like. But good to know. I’m going to keep spinning up this particular fiber on it.

Today I got my wool combs in, which is wonderful.

I really understand these far more than and sooner than I ever have the hand carders. Also, fewer injuries so far. I used them to fluff and realign the fiber I had dyed, and so it spun much more smoothly than other fiber I’ve dyed.

Here’s a size reference for the tines–my hands are 9 inches from tip of middle to bottom of palm, the tines are 7 inches, curved.

I also have two new desk buddies, much to my delight.

Zidane:

and Iron Man:

I finished off the first of Mroo’s socks, and I’ve started on the second. She can deal with seeing the colour, I’m sure, because I also got my Julip Bag in today and simply have to share.

This is with the project in, all bundled up and cute:

This is with the dpn + project holder that she the lovely Katherine added at my request for my socks (as well as a bonus just dpn holder). It was a little extra, but I think well worth it.

I do believe that’s all I have for sharing tonight. More homework awaits me, as does more work in general. I’m looking forward to some sort of break this weekend, if I can get it.

Take care all!

A Hand-Carded Sock-Date

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My Bex socks are coming along swimmingly. Almost almost done with the first, but I’m in no real hurry–Ravelympics is on the way, and as such I’m trying to keep my fingers busy in the meantime. It’d be great if I finished them before, but I just don’t see that happening.

Instead, this is a hand-carded sock-date.

I do believe I’ve mentioned the Romney fleece, and so now I’m going to talk about what I’m doing with a few ounces of it.

After talking on Ravelry with some other spindlers, I’ve started work on some hand made sock yarn. It’s worsted spun. The singles are so lightly twisted that they almost come undone, but then triple-plied with two others extremely tightly. I’ve made up a sample, and I think I could do to make the singles a mite bit thicker, but I really can’t complain.

The yarn, for how fluffy it looks in spots, actually doesn’t split at all, and is amazingly easy to knit with. I started with my Lantern Moon needles originally, but switched down a size to the pointer KnitPicks when I realized 2.25mm was giving me something too loose. I figured the pointy tips would prove that I had made a horrible yarn, and instead I just was pleasantly surprised. (It actually split less than KnitPicks yarn on KnitPicks needles!)

That’s on 2.00mm needles. I don’t mind working that size, and I’m getting 8st/inch, 12r/inch at that size with a decent thickness when knit.

I know what you’re thinking. “But Brooke,” you say, “isn’t that fleece a grey-brown? How come it looks so red-orange?”

I dyed it. I thought it would look nice, so I did a test dye of some stronger red orange on it. I was totally counting on the fact it would be darkened by the naturally dark colour of the wool. I’m really pleased with it, especially outside.

I knit it from my wrist, with the ‘skein’ looped over, like so:

It was very pleasant, and if I knew a large skein wouldn’t tangle up horribly, I think I’d enjoy knitting that way. Certainly makes those little wrist bags for balls make so much more sense to me now.

All told, it took about 4 hours from carding to dye for about 12 yards of finished product. So don’t expect me to have some of this stuff ready immediately, and I certainly think it puts selling it out.

All this just to avoid staring at code some more. Hup-to, back to work I says.

Lace Sampler Scarf

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Hallo all! Today I want to share with you my obnoxiously long lace sampler scarf I decided to knit up.
I’m 5’9″, and it’s /still/ longer when I hold it over my head.

Long, as I said. But I adore long scarves, and this just means I have plenty to wrap around my head and neck. I was most surprised because prior to blocking it was only about 5 feet long. It obviously grew a bit.

It’s knit out of about 200 yards of Knit Picks bulky weight Suri yarn–a very fuzzy 100% alpaca yarn, so very cozy and warm too. You won’t find that colour though–I had some left over white from the blanket I knit my friend, and so I decided to redye the two skeins in a very pretty colour I accidently made while dyeing. I’m calling it peacock green, and it’s mostly blue green with the ocassional bit of really dark blue-purple.

I did the two skeins differently, as you can see from the edges–the edge was pour dyed in a crock pot, while the main part of the scarf was plopped into a big pot of hot water that had the dye in it already. Huge difference, but truly the same dye baths–even same dye concentration!
Scarf folded over; darker skein used for main part of scarf.

Scarf folded over; darker skein used for main part of scarf. The edge on this side is the Narrow Points edge.

Now it’s a lace sampler, so it has all sorts of bits of lace. I started knitting it on the way to the Neal Smith Pairie Conservation with my environmental class, so the first part was just really simple webbing and faggoting, since I couldn’t remember anything else offhand. (Edges will be discussed seperate, as they were knitted on last).

webbing and faggoting

The next part of note is the Estonian cookie pattern. I’d been wanting an excuse to try it out for ages now, and suddenly found myself with a scarf that I didn’t want to do boring stuff on. So I did that for two repeats or so.

Estonian cookie pattern

While this oriented differently, it’s almost directly after the cookie pattern. It’s a faun’s eye lace–Barbara Walker’s Second Knitting Treasury–that I thought looked very nice. I also did a Milanese lace and few others from that book. However, I didn’t picture everything since I basically would switch lace if I messed up a row too horribly or what have you; this is a stress relieving project and not a gift, so I wasn’t worried about having mistakes in it.

Faun's Eye Lace

Milan Lace

Finally, I got out Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman. I used the Narrow Points lace edge on one side, and the Waves Edge on the other–I’m really very fond of the Waves Edge, and I think the colour of the second skein suits it perfectly. While I was tempted to do something from Heirloom Knitting, but my favourite edge was way too big for just this scarf. I suppose I’ll just have to use the wedding lace edge on a proper shawl!

Wave Edge

In other news, I’ve obviously moved and finally got myself a new companion–the lovely Phalaenopsis orchid. I named her Vera–even though Vera would be a perfect name for an aloe plant looking back on it. In either case, here’s a very good crisp shot of her blooms.

Vera