But I was knitting, furiously (and furiously). Finished this:
Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style
in Cascade Pastaza
. It is very nice and very, very warm. Too warm for SoCal at this stage of the year, but after (or on!) Halloween, it will come in very handy.
A very straightforward pattern requiring 4 different sizes of needles.
Now. I have an announcement to make. I have indeed signed up for Mystery Stole 3
. Do I expect to finish it in a reasonable time? No. Have I bought the yarn?
Yes. Is this project really allowed to be in the queue?
But I succombed. It was the Yarn Harlot
that did it. I just couldn't stand it any more and it was the evening of the last day to sign up. I tried Mystery Stole 1, but failed rather miserably due to hating the whole process on the needles I was using and that thing still lives on, partly knitted, an eternal UFO most likely. I have ordered Zephyr Wool Silk in Pewter
. My name is Wendy and I'm a Startaholic. Or maybe a joinaholic today.
In other and more frantic news, the Tour de Fleece
starts today and I haven't gotten any spinning in yet so I must stop blogging, feed the children, type for an hour and a half and get myself in gear, so to speak. More laceweight BFL. I finished one lace bobbin on my Lendrum yesterday. I split the first half of the roving into very thin strips. The second half is being spun at the full width, hoping for some nice subtle striping in the yarn. Truth be told, I don't care how the colors come out, they are so lovely, sky blue, grass green, a bit of brown for the earth, just gorgeous. My goal is to have some laceweight for the fair by Thursday.
But here is my week of spinning:
Saturday and Sunday: laceweight BFL
Monday: Textured Tussah Silk from Spinderella, going for a DK 2 ply.
Tuesday: Merino Tencel sock yarn, fingering 2 ply.
Wednesday: Baby Alpaca bulky weight 2 ply (as for Fetching gloves, like the yarn I made for my Spin to Knit pal.
If I can manage all that and wash and dry it, I will have those plus the Navajo plied Dandylion and a skein of crazy sock yarn I made when trying out my new food colorings, which I reskeined yesterday. 6 yarns. 3 wools, 2 blends, 1 exotic.
I shouldn't have waited till the last minute. But the fact is I really didn't. I've been spinning all year and making yarns that I absolutely love. To knit with. For me. But since they changed the judging rules, I feel like I have to be as close to perfect as possible, not just better than the competition (which is talented but small). Also, as my spinning improves, my expectations go up. A yarn that's good enough to knit with may not be good enough for competition. Fun, though!
So I have a busy week ahead. And a trip to Pomona if I don't get it all finished, but that's okay, too. Pray the children don't mind playing at the park! And if you have a spare prayer handy, some friends of the Yarnpirate
could really use them right now. And talk to your kids about not drinking and driving.