Inara Wrap

My friend Marja and I have a pretty decent system going. A system of her giving me handspun, and me giving her knitted items in return. Recently she handed over some yarn, as well as a handspun of hers that she made out of 2 loop bumps plied together. The colorway was Clematis and Clematis coordinate.

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Really pretty stuff, with great sparkle! She decided on the pattern Inara Wrap as her knitted item, since she had 1200 yards of it!

Once I got started on the wrap, it was really tough for me to put it down. It was a fun and easy knit, the lace was enjoyable and also broken up by nice amounts of regular garter stitch knitting. I finished and blocked on Sunday, and by yesterday evening, it was dry!

It’s so pretty! And so large!!! I think she’ll get a ton of use out of it!

And now, I have to decide on my next project. Currently I am spinning up a storm. But, I’ve also got a lot of things on the needles, so I am hoping that I can manage to settle down and NOT start new knitting projects. Finishing up a bunch of projects would be awesome.

Basket of Fluff

Last weekend I decided it was time to finish hand carding the remainder of my Delaine wool. It took longer than I imagined, because there was a lot more of it than I imagined. I also just continued to spin it in moments here and there. I did that all week, and now I have a basket of fluff and a couple lovely spindles of wool.

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It, oddly, reminds me of spinning cotton. It’s fairly short stapled, and desperately needs to fast spin of a spindle made for thin spinning. I’d like to have it all on spindles by the time I am finished with my next 4 ounces of Gasoline Rainbow, as then I can ply both gasoline rainbow and this wool.

That’s about all I’ve got to report today, though I can also show you that my monster has found a nice spot to show off in our house.

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He seems happy there, and I get to look over at him and giggle!

Busy Saturday

I prefer not to have a busy Saturday, but that’s what I’ve got over here. We are in full on girlscout cookie mode, and I have to go pick up the first 76 boxes ordered on the first day of cookie sales. Miss Bug is planning to sell during the game tomorrow, at her grandparents home, where there will be a party and quite a few family members. I suspect that she’ll sell another 75 boxes or so at that.

Have I mentioned how much I dislike fundraisers? Mostly because it always means the parent is doing the schlepping about. It’s a huge time investment, and nowadays, it’s also a money investment since most sales don’t take place in the neighborhood, and require the parents to drive about.

Last night Mr. Ink and I just chilled though, and that gave me time for knitting and spinning. Not much new to report there, but I do have a finished skein of inglenook batt singles. 620 gorgeous yards, and it’s a gradient!

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I am so so into thin singles right now, I am knitting with them and spinning them and I just cannot stop. I am sure, like most spinning obsessions, this one too will end soon enough. But right now, I am ALL ABOUT the singles. And these singles in particular! I have no idea what they’ll become but I kinda want to cast them on.

 

Spinning Update

I decided to break up the 8 ounces of gasoline rainbow with a quick other project. I grabbed the last Inglenook batt from my stash, and decided to spin it up as singles.

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This is a quick photo of the batt which I had in stash. it’s got a lot of blue tones in there you cannot see from this photograph. I got started on it Sunday evening, snapped a photo Monday afternoon, and finished spinning the singles Monday night. Quick spin! It’s hanging to dry now, and I am eager to get a photograph of the final product.

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Luckily, I got a nice shot of some of the lighter blue tones that you cannot see in the batt photo!

Snow Day #2

I am not entirely sure why, but we have a second snow day. I suppose, considering last evening, it makes sense. But the sun shines bright today with little evidence of yesterday’s mess beyond the fresh covering of snow.

Mr. Ink went to work yesterday only to be sent back home. He ventured to the grocery store first, and then surprised us by being home nice and early. We enjoyed movies and snacks together in the afternoon. And I knit. It was just lovely. I got through to the dark olive green section of yarn on the Inara wrap. I am photographing this upside down so you can see the new color.

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It’s looking great! I just love it.

I had intended to just keep knitting on it. But during dinner the winds picked right up, and our lights started flickering. We were settling into our evening movie choice, had watched about 5 minutes of it, and the power went out in a spectacular fashion. In addition to the power going off, there was a huge green flash leading me to believe that a transformer had blown nearby. I suspect that the rain, then slush, then layer of snow, then layer of sleet over that, was quite heavy and when the winds picked up it suddenly made a surprising mess of things.

The power went out about 7:30 pm. Miss Butterfly decided to spend time on her kindle, as she hadn’t used it at all during the day and it was fully charged. Mr. Ink headed back outside for more shoveling despite the windy blizzard conditions. And I spun by candlelight. Which was surprisingly satisfying. I couldn’t see the colors at all, in fact I was truly surprised to be in dark blue when I looked this morning, but I could see and feel well enough to know I was doing just fine and making nice progress.

This entire layer and some of the one under it was done by candlelight.

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I am now more than halfway through this 4 oz. braid.

We went to bed without power, after I pulled out extra blankets in the anticipation of being quite cold with the furnace unable to work. The power came back on about 11:30 for an hour, then it was back off at 12:30. We finally regained power for the rest of the night at 2 am. But, I was relieved for the short warm up and charged phone hour in between.

I will have to venture out and take Mr. Ink’s mom to the dentist today, but with the way the cars are flying by on our street, I feel the roads must be relatively safe. I am not too worried. Then we’ll be back to the grindstone tomorrow!

Snow Day Updates

We are having a weather event! Nice big storm, with thundersnow. A ton of rain and sleet and slush before the snow began. Wet heavy snow has knocked out power for many people and the internet for us for awhile. We just spent a couple hours trying to dig ourselves out of the driveway so Mr. Ink could go to work. Not quite the day of crafting expected, but the exercise was welcome, and it’s not very cold so being outside wasn’t as unpleasant as most snow days are.

Now that Mr. Ink is headed to work, Miss Butterfly is warming up with a bath, and I am settled in on the couch for a bit, I can give you some updates.

First of all, the Inara wrap is going strong, I am through another lace section and well into the green.

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I think it looks great, and I can’t wait to see it completed and blocked! It’s an easy pattern, and the garter breaks up the lace knitting beautifully.

A housewarming/christmas gift from my cousin came in yesterday. It’s a yarn bowl, the most awesome one I could imagine, and honestly? Something I’ve been hoping to own for ages.

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Isn’t he just an amazing snotty monster? I love him. I might also add that the craftmanship is so good! He does actually have a traditional yarn bowl cut out at the back, so he can be used with yarn through his nose, or the back cut out leaving his nose out of it. He makes me giggle every time I look at him, and he’s perfect in our weird and artsy house. I’ll get an even better photo of where he lives now when it’s a brighter day.

And finally, I’ve abandoned my wheel spinning for some support spindle spinning and fiber prep. Ages and ages ago I belonged to a fiber club where we’d get bags of washed locks from different breeds of sheep. I can’t remember what breed it is that I am currently working on but I want to say delaine. It’s super soft, and delicate. I ran it through my drum carder, just some locks, and it totally ruined them so delicate are those locks. So I took the drum carded batt and hand carded it and spun those rolags. Now I am hand carding the washed locks, which is making rolags far easier and nicer to spin than the rolags I’d been making out of the drum carded batts. That being said, it seems that this fleece maybe wasn’t the nicest, as I am still getting all sorts of lumpy bits and I can see second cuts and delicate tips in there. On the other hand, it’ll be very soft yarn, so I am not complaining too much.

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Seems fitting for a snowy day, doesn’t it?

Into the Green

Marja’s Inara wrap is moving along. I took this to work this week so that I could make progress, as the entrelac lace isn’t very portable.

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I finished the third lace repeat, the rest of the purple, and am now starting on a dark green. It’s really a lovely shawl in lovely yarn, which is honestly one of the reasons I am having trouble working on my spinning and my lace wall hanging. I just have too much trouble not working on this project.

We are scheduled to have a nice big storm this week. One I am really hoping allows Miss Butterfly and me to have a day at home. I actually did more cleaning than usual this weekend simply so that when it’s time for the storm, if we get to stay home, I get to use that entire day to just craft. That’ll be a lovely day.