(whistles as she strolls along) Well, look at that, some things are finished! How did that happen?
First up spinning –
This lovely blue yarn (not exciting, I know) is all done and the perfect yarn for A’s mittens. It is a three ply, traditionally plied, and comes in at a heavy sport weight or light DK weight. I got 180 yards, just over 3 ounces. It is tightly spun, and so should be durable and warm, if the mittens ever get knit. 🙂
There were some leftovers, as always with traditional plying, and so I made a small skein of two ply, which is about 65 yards of fingering weight. There was still more left over, so I added that to my 2018 franken-bobbin.
I finished the first third of the yak/merino spin. My plan is to divide both braids into thirds, spin one third of each and ply them together, then spin the other two thirds and ply them on themselves. Essentially making a gradient set. I have finished the combo part of the spin, and gotten about 100 yards of aran weight yarn that is SO PRETTY! It is a warm chocolate color with lots of pink and gray in it. I am not deciding what to make with it until I see the whole thing together. I had vaguely been thinking shawl, but I doubt I will get the yardage for that, so maybe a cowl and hat? This yarn is so soft, it deserves to be touching skin.
Of course, I already have a cowl knit from this same blend, because one of the knitting group ladies gifted one to me that she knit from the yarn she made, so I don’t need it to be for ME. I am thinking I will pass this forward, but I will decide on that later as well.
Knitting – I have sleeves! Well, one sleeve completely done. Just need to do the three needle bind off for the other one, as soon as I finish picking up 10,000 stitches from the provisional cast on.
I am so thrilled to be moving past this portion of the knit, though it isn’t hard, the rows are long and there is nothing going on during them. Next up is some ribbing, which I hate, but which doesn’t last long, and then there will be some thinking as I work on the skirt.
I have one finished square of Durrow, and need to cast on the next one. Truthfully, this one has been done for a few days, but I decided to focus on finishing up the spinning bits, and get past the sleeves of the Hitofude. But I don’t want to lose the momentum on Durrow, either, so I will get on that ASAP.
Work has been draining, lots of taxes, unexpectedly in some cases, and regular work as well. It was a long week, working all day Saturday really made a very short weekend! I took Sunday completely off from everything, A even gave me control of the remote! WOW! That meant that I got caught up on Victoria – though now of course, I am behind again as it recorded Sunday night. And I found Create TV and went through the whole schedule to record anything remotely fiber oriented on that. Won’t A be surprised when she sees the new shows pop up in the list?
This week feels long, but I am close to getting into my tax season groove, fielding random questions all over the place! And still getting work done that needs to be done. But having this weekend be a long one feels like a GOOD thing! So glad Abe and George had birthdays in February so we get a holiday weekend.
A and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in a very low key way. Cards, and small treats, and she made her special lasagna dinner for me. I made her a coffee cake for breakfast, so we ate well (if not healthily!). It was a bright spot in this long week.
Hope you are all plodding along getting things done and enjoying Valentine’s treats.