Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Back to the Status Quo

Now that the shawl is off the needles (and thank you all for your very nice comments!), I am back to working on the usual: a pair of socks, which I hope to have finished up by this weekend, and the mystery shawl, which is not very much different from the last time you saw it. I am anxious to finish it up in the next few days, too, in part because I'm more than ready to be done, but also because I need the needles for another project.

I pulled my spinning wheel out again on Monday (it'd gone into hiding in my fiber room for a bit to stay safe and clean while we had a new sliding glass door installed right next to where I usually spin). I'm trying to spin at least half an hour every day, and it's definitely helping that I using some dreamy fiber.

This is some of the Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino I scored in their summer sale. It's incredibly soft and so well prepped that I didn't need to predraft at all. I'm doing a traditional three ply, aiming for fingering weight, with this fiber. I can't wait to see how this turns out when it's plied.

I don't have much else in the way of fibery stuff, but perhaps you'd like to see the visitor I had in my garden today. Notice how carefully he's checking me out to make sure I photograph him from his good side.


Jenn said...

Ooh, praying mantises give me the willies. How big was it?

bockstark.knits said...

ooooh, that is some pretty fiber! san francisco, yes?

Yvonne said...

I love praying mantises!! Good shot of it. Bill was driving down the road and had one in his hair once. It was apparently pretty entertaining.

guiltypleasures said...

I'm looking forward to watching your Crown Mtn Fiber develop into yarn. I bet your spinning wheel missed you.

Julie said...

What beautiful fiber; I can't wait to see the yarn!