Raglanify is in the home stretch. I'm already working on the second sleeve. After that, there is the neck, a very few ends to be dealt with and blocking. Despite the weather and knowing that if these warm days continue, I may not wear it until next fall; I am already planning for another.
Last week I began pulling various fibers, dyed and otherwise, out of my stash. The one last color that I wanted, I was lucky to find at the Wayland Market. It isn't a very soft wool, but I wasn't planning on using a lot of it. It works well with all of the other very soft fibers that will be carded with it.
I love blending colors and fibers. My carder does a great job if I keep each batch at about 1.75 oz. That meant a bit of math to keep the color of my sample. Everything had to be weighed and each batch bagged for carding.
I'm not sure what breed the natural is in the top left corner. It is very soft and the color I was looking for. When I checked the tag that was in the bag, it only gave me a weight and the animal's name. Oh well. Pure wool. Then there was a bag of various fibers, floor sweepings, sort of. I know that there is a very, very little bit of silk and some alpaca and probably something else. The darker burgundy red is a Border Leicester.
I've got another 9 or so ounces to card and a lovely big bag of these.
a few things..
Saturday, we headed to Wayland. I've wanted to see the Winter Market there since last winter's big January storm. I wasn't disappointed. We ate good food, saw fiber vendors and friends, gorgeous plants and all sorts of other goodies. So many colors and textures!
I got some car knitting done on the trip there and back. Before I headed up to bed, the body of my Ocean Shetland raglan was finished. I am very impressed with the 'Raglanify' app. It couldn't be easier to knit a sweater that is customized to your own measurements.
Sunday wasn't quite so much fun, The best I can say is that I finally finished emptying the bedroom. Only the bed remains. As soon as we get some strong back help, that'll be gone and we'll start sleeping on an air mattress for a month while Chris renovates and installs a new wood floor.
I'm going to miss Downton Abbey.
Where did the week go? It's hard to believe that one week ago we were in Freeport Maine setting up our booth for the NETA SPA weekend. It was wonderful crazy busy fun. I've been playing catch up all week. Most of my woods time has been backyard close. Look what I found there!
The cats were so anxious to get out, that we headed into the woods just as the rain stopped.
Have you ever noticed that when you see something, like a particular model car, you begin seeing them everywhere? It happens with lots of things, like a song as an earworm. Colors can be like that, too. Yesterday, while I was hanging around in the woods with Willy and Sam, I noticed a beautiful, iridescent feather on a bed of moss and lichen.
My kind of colors. Believe me, this picture can barely do it justice. After a bit more poking around, we walked up the hill and I went back to work. The first batch of yarn on the table waiting for me to tag was this one.
See what I mean?
ps. I'm thinking it'll be this way with Stopover this weekend. Anyone wearing one at the NETA SPA ? Thought so.
I'd no sooner clipped the ends from 'Stopover', which btw, I really enjoyed knitting (what's not to like about big needles and hand spun), then I was off to find yarn for another project. I'd been searching for a simple raglan pattern, preferably top down. Along the way, Raglanify came up in a conversation.
Raglanify, in case you've been living under the same rock I was, is an app that generates a custom raglan sweater pattern. After filling in a simple form with your gauge, needles sizes, desired fit and body dimensions, the app sends an email with the pattern. I changed it to a pdf and loaded it into my Knit Companion app. I love this stuff!
This won't knit up as quickly as Stopover. I chose size 8 needles. My wrists are complaining. 9's may have been a better choice. I have time to change after I get through the yoke increases. I wanted the a bit tighter. So here's my question....
Anyone want to join me?
Interested? It starts tomorrow. February 12 -15. All you need to do is look out your window for 15 minutes each day, any 15 minutes that is most convenient or interesting, count the number of each kind of bird you see and record your observations.
Here's the link: Great Backyard Bird Count
I'll start counting as soon after I feed this bunch as I can warm up.
I was on their minds.. Or at the least catching my attention was.
Two more flew up and watched me from the roof while I poured my coffee.
not snowing.. What a difference a year makes.
Imagine, February 3rd. and the sap is beginning to flow. I'm still checking for ticks and allergy season never ended. Come on Mother Nature, it's not to late. Just a little winter. Ignore the ground hog. What does he know?
Remember, there are only 5 1/2 wks. before daylight savings returns.
Bang Out a Sweater is a great idea and I joined right in but this sweater has been years in the making.
I began spinning the yarn I'm using in November 2014. It is a lovely soft Romedale spun into a squishy 3 ply aran wt.
The dark blue brown blend was carded and spun last summer. Not for this project specially, but with the idea of using it in a sweater as a contrasting color.
The Ocean Shetland blend was carded years ago when most of two pounds was spun as another 3 ply yarn that I apparently have stored in a very much too safe a place. I know it exists, I have pictures. Lucky for me, I had a batt or two left in an unsecured location and was able to spin, ply and wash it over the weekend.
Knitting began this afternoon.
It's going to be fun!