Two finishes

I realize I never shared the completed Deere Season spin here.

I am not a fan of yellowy greens, and yet… I think this is awfully pretty. It was intended to be socks, but now I am not so sure. It’s about 300 yards, in just over 3 ounces.

Then there is this, finished at last. I held off on the kitchener joining until I had some clear and quiet time. It paid off as my best kitchener yet. In fact, after I wove in the ends and blocked it, I couldn’t find the join! I may never love kitchener but I no longer fear dread it.

That’s it from here for finishes last week!

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Spinning while I think

For those of you wondering what my last post was about, start with the blog post at the Fringe Supply blog about Karen’s plans to travel to India. Read the comments and follow the threads over to Instagram. Prepare to be educated, and prepare to be offered an opportunity to learn more.

Meanwhile, I did some quiet thinking and spinning this morning.

This is Aegean on wensleydale from the Purple Fleece. I started it this week and have enjoyed how it flys onto the bobbin.

Guilty

I blithely popped onto WordPress to read posts last night.

And had my mind blown up.

I awoke early this morning and followed up by going to instagram to see what more I could learn.

The fragments of my mind are swamped.

I am a white American woman.

I know I was raised to be biased against anyone not a WASP.

I know I have NO idea what it is like to not be raised as this person this way.

I try very hard to overcome this, and I am sure I often fail. I am more sure of this than ever.

I will try harder.

Odds and ends

Nothing much exciting happening here. This week is tax training, so the days are long and the off hours are short. But no chance of being bored! So many changes! Yikes. Plenty of jokes about the “postcard” which has a bzillion new pages attached to it.

I have been keeping up with spinning 15 minutes a day, which is good for that spin I started in October and only half finished by the end of the year!! It’s being plied now, should be done this week.

Knitting has been slower. Finished a sock in class Monday, started the second sock, but nothing else has budged much this week. I finished the knitting on the cowl for my sister, but haven’t grafted it together yet.

And nothing else has moved enough to warrant a photo.

That’s all the news from here – hoping that tomorrow’s storm closes Bangor Public Schools, our training follows the school closures… my brain needs a break!

Spinning in 2018

Ravelry isn’t as good about tracking spinning projects by year as they are knitting, but I will try to find them all for you.

My goal for the year was to spin more fiber than came in. Let’s see how I did! These are all 4 ounces unless otherwise noted.

I started this spin in July of 2017, but finished it in January of 2018. I think it is fair to say I spun at least 4 ounces in 2018.

I used this to knit the sweater I have no easily accessible photo of, but you can check out my ravelry project page to see it in all its glory.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/fine-sand

I immediately started this spin, with fiber I got in Wisconsin in September of 2017. It flew by, finished in just 10 days.

Haven’t knit with this one yet!

Nor this one, designated for some mittens for A.

Then some combo spins:

Neither of which have been knit yet. The top one is 6 ounces of yak merino, and I haven’t decided what it will be. But mom loves it, so it will be something for her eventually.

The bottom one (8 ounces) will be a shawl. Also someday.

Next up I played with color drafting on natural fiber. And knit a hat with it. I had fun with it, but naturally the only photos are on Ravelry!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/color-theory

And

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/handspun-hat

I went stash diving and dug out this luscious blend that a friend gave me. All my favorite colors!

It’s in the too pretty to knit with category. But I might weave with it someday. Meanwhile I pet it.

Then this came in as the Roving of the Month and I dropped everything to spin it.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/mandala

I also pet it regularly.

This yarn I had a plan for, it always was going to be a shawl. I got amazing yardage, definitely lace weight two ply here.

In September I cast on Down the Road and Back Again with some of the ladies in the Friends of Knitting Sarah group on Ravelry. Yet the whole time I was knitting it, I knew it would wind up with a coworker of mine, and I was right. It looks gorgeous on her.

The next spin was bfl silk blend, another combo spin of 7 ounces. I happened to have two very similar color ways and needed to knit a special scarf for my stepbrother.

I was on a blue kick, and next up spun this blue and tan braid, trying a new thing, traditional 4 ply. What a nice round yarn it made!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/flutterbies

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/wood-nymph-herdwick was another quick spin, bulky weight. It’s herdwick, and full of guard hairs. It sheds! Had to get spun outside. I plan to spin some nice soft finn, and knit a herdwick hat with a finn lining. Someday!

Then I did an 8 ounce combo spin to make a baby sweater for the new grandson of a friend.

You can see more of this spin on Ravelry, of course.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/bespoke-monkey

And another 8 ounce combo spin, wasn’t sure what it would be, but it turned out to be a shawl that went to the baby’s mama.

Then another spin of fiber I spun nearly as fast as I got it home!

https://www.ravelry.com/people/salpal1/handspun/handspun-wings

And that’s where it seems to have stalled. In October, I started this spin, and just Friday I finally finished the first half, so this is two ounces spun.

That’s 83 ounces spun! Wow! I had no idea until I just totaled it up. I definitely spun more than came in.

And this year for fun, I saved all the scraps from all these traditionally plied yarns. I just wound them into one bobbin until it was full, then started another. This weekend I wound all those ends into a cake and plied it with itself into a 2 ply yarn. It’s a crazy skein! Actually 2, as I ran into technical difficulties. But I am going to knit something – a shawl or cowl – that can handle the crazy colors and different weights. And I am going to do this again this year because it was so fun to see the colors all go together. It’s still damp after it’s bath, but you get the idea!

It was a good spinning year… or 3/4 of a year, as I seem to have taken the fall off!

Knitting year in review

Thankfully Ravelry does all the bookkeeping for me!

I thought I would complete 18 projects this year. I remember thinking that would be 6 pairs of sox, three sweaters and an assortment of hats and shawls.

I actually finished 27 knit projects!

The sweaters

Really did three! Of course, I thought it would be three for me, but babies need sweaters, too.

(I am sure I have a photo of the last one somewhere, but can’t find it now!)

Socks:

Socks were not flying off the needles as they have in the past.

Again with the baby booties. 😉

Then shawls – there some epic ones finished!

And an amazing one a year in progress… maybe I will finish it in 2019!

Lots of scarves. I dislike knitting scarves, they go on forever! But I did several this year.

And cowls… lots of them! Don’t have photos of them all, even!

Hats are another category that I did lots of but didn’t get photos of them all:

And what do I dislike making even more than scarves? Mittens! So you know these were a work of love!

And a pair of mitts – not so disliked, but only made one pair this year.

Then there were a few special projects:

A group project, a blanket for a dear woman going through a rough time. I knit a few squares, but was especially proud of this one.

It’s sideways, don’t know why!

And some ornaments for Christmas this year:

That pretty well covers the projects.

Now, for the part that surprises me. Of these, only ten remain in my possession. So many knits have gone out into the world, finding new homes with people I love.

Next year’s challenge is set at 25, but I might up it to 30 to give myself a stretch. I still want to do three sweaters… one is on the needles, another is in my head. And socks are always on the needles, but who knows what else will happen?

I’ll do a spinning update in another post. I think it will surprise you!