Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Seeing Red

Even though 2008 has been the year of green in my knitting, the past week has seen a lot of fiber in the red/pink end of the spectrum. Case in point: my latest spinning.

A little less than 4 oz. of Maine Woods merino/corriedale roving, spun into a two ply. Approximately 610 yards.

Although the ply isn't as tight as I'd like, I'm very proud that this yarn is extremely well balanced. I guess my spinning sense must've known that more twist would have unbalanced the yarn. You know what else? I finally seem to have achieved a true fingering weight yarn.

The yardage is certainly enough for a pair of socks, but I think I might want to wait a bit until I have some more durable sock yarn spun up and use this for a shawl or scarf instead. For now I'm just admiring it.

I had some singles left on one bobbin after I finished plying, so I used them to try Navajo plying. I was so excited about this little skein that I took it to work in my purse yesterday and pulled it out squeeze it once or twice when things were stressful.

This is definitely over twisted, mostly because I was getting the hang of working both hands and didn't always coordinate them well. Still, I love the effect, and I'm planning on Navajo plying the next batch of fiber:

This is some of the Sakina Needles roving that came in my Loopy Ewe order. It's much more orange in real life; the name of the colorway is Watermelon, but it looks much more like a carrot to me.

Meanwhile, the sock knitting continues (and sorry for the crappy photo -- my photographer is away again):

Pattern: Baudelaire by Cookie A. (summer '06 Knitty)
Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight (100% superwash merino), colorway Ruby Slippers, one skein
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: April 18/April 28
Mods: completed only 13 cable crosses on leg; shortened cuff

I used some MacGyver problem solving to finish the first sock. I finished it during my lunch break at work, where I didn't have a larger needle to use to bind off. But I did have my cable needle, which is about the width of a size 3 needle, so I used that. And, of course, I had to do the same to get the second sock to match.

Tomorrow is an unusual fifth Wednesday of the month, so the Hurricane Knitters are having a special bonus knit night. We'll be meeting to have dinner and knit at the Panera at Waterworks starting at about 6:30. Come and join us if you're in the area!


Jenn said...

I love that pink handspun! Fingering weight! Go you!

Jess said...

Pretty, pretty! I love red! :)

Yvonne said...

your spinning is really going well! I'm so proud. :)

weezalana said...

Nice spin job! So even! Whee!

Great job on the Baudlai.. Baudelar... socks!

guiltypleasures said...

Nice spinning!! How you manage to get so much spun and knit is beyond me. Absolutely amazing!

Love the socks. I also have a pair of socks in the same colorway. Nice MacGyver move by the way.

Jamie Fritz said...

I learned the hard way about handspun and socks. Had some beautiful variegated green merino (also from Sakina, imagine that) that I spun into fingering weight, made a lovely pair of quill lace socks, and am currently afraid to wear them as they're wearing out in the heels. In retrospect I should have carried a reinforcing thread, but we live and learn. Now they're just very special socks.

Your spinning is lovely!