Vacation has flown by and tomorrow is the first day of school. Today is Labour day in Canada and the US which means at least school didn’t have to start on a Monday this week. I haven’t even packed my school bag yet, but I already made sure I have a knitting project for my bus ride. I prioritize well…
It will be interesting to see how much fibre crafting I get done with school starting. So what’s up to be worked on this week?
I casted Merlot (with Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Socks in Ireland, and Julie Asselin Piccolo in Cailloux) on the 15th of August and it has been the one piece of knitting that has had the most work on! I really want to finish this and start casting on future Christmas gifts (because I am the queen of procrastination and know that I can’t knit multiple things the week before Christmas like I did 2 years ago). Plus I am determined to finish a KAL, especially after the recent Tour de Fleece fail.
Below the shawl is a plying ball full of my Spun Right Round Olivia singles, and I am spinning it on an Enid Ashcroft Maxi spindle. This spindle is big and slow, characteristics I am not used to so it is definitely taking a while to ply. Don’t even look at the wrapping skills, for some reason plied yarn does not wish to pack on neatly for me!
I know two weeks ago I posted about starting a new project with the Pigeonroof Studios BFL in the Hallows colourway, but I really wanted to clear off my oldest spinning WIP. This fibre, Sea Glass colourway in merino/nylon from The Fiber Imp, is what I used to learn supported long draw on, and this project started me on my love of support spindling! I spun half the braid on an Enid Ashcroft Tibetan spindle, and now I am working the second half on a Spanish Peacock Tibetan spindle. It’s definitely a tall guy and requires more frequent breaks since my shoulders aren’t used to the height of the SP’s spindle shaft.
To the right, I have three 1 ounce batts from Nunoco that were part of a Ravelry group spin a long for September, in which two batts were chosen (one from you and one from a secret partner, in my case it was Cool Beans and Aurora Bore Da) and the ladies of Nunoco would create a third batt as part of the order. The goal of the SAL is to spin a 3 ply yarn (I think I almost forgot what it is like to spin anything but 3 ply recently). I am not sure if I want to keep the three batts separate and then ply together, or to combine spin the batts but so far I love the colours I got.
I am working my way to getting all my little cousins to own at least one pair of hand knitted socks. After tracing Anbu’s (I figure it’s time I start referring to my cousins by name versus just ‘cousin’ :D) foot, I decided to do a vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss heel. To make sure it will fit better, I am doing a 3×1 rib (knit 3, purl 1) which will allow for some stretch since I started the sock toe up and it looks a bit big. He’s 10 years old yet I had to increase the toe up to 64 stitches to fit his foot template! I usually do 64 stitches for my feet which is a women’s US 9.5. I am hoping that by doing a rib pattern I can err on the side of more stitches that will grow as his foot grows. The yarn is Le Petit Prince in the 7763 colourway which Anbu chose from the stash of sock yarn I showed him. I am terrible at deciding things for other people so this is a solution that benefits both the knitter and the recipient. It’s been a while since I casted on a pair of socks so it’s nice to use my tiny needles again!
Anyone else have big dreams for their September plans? Had anyone considered starting their Christmas knitting early, or is that just a fantasy?