August 1, 2010

TdF, UFOs, etc

Spinning: TdF is over and my spinning UFOs are no more. I managed to get all three of my UFOs spun, if not plied, by the end of the TdF, so I’m considering my goals met. I finished plying the Intentions roving a couple of days later (Wednesday, I think):

Intentions 2ply

But I ran out of oomph to finish skeining after plying both spindles worth, so I took pic while I had some light and there you go. Um, still not skeined.

Next up for spinning will be new fibers to try: a recently purchased Polwarth (which as I understand it is an Australian breed, a cross of Merino and Lincoln sheep), some alpaca I got from Queenknit, a merino/bamboo/silk blend, and some BFL (Blue Face Leicester).

The Polwarth is up first and will be a 2ply. It looked so pretty all braided up I almost hated to disturb it. The colorway is called Fading Into Neutral and is by Perchance to Spin.


I’m finding it not as easy to draft as the superwash merino I’ve been spinning, but it’s nice and I like it.

On the Needles: way too much, as usual. Socks, of course: Monkey and Glynis (from Cookie A), toe up in Dusk colorway (Cat Bordhi patt), Tucson Nights (my fair isle patt), my standard basic sock in Risk colorway, and footing BBS for SFS; a couple of caps; a sweater or two (that I haven’t touched in ages); pillow cover (in knitted Ohio Star patt, mine), and about another half dozen out of sight/out of mind projects. And I’m getting ready to cast on a couple of shawls for Mom (and maybe one for me). Problem is, I’m just not feeling the love for too many of any of these projects right now. I know it’s blasphemy, but I think I’d rather be spinning. For now, I will concentrate on finishing the BBS, Risk & Dusk socks while I contemplate frogging the Monkey and Glynis socks and what pattern (mine or someone else’s) to cast on for the first shawl.

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