Thursday, June 2, 2016
All the fiber things.
There has been a lot of making going on, and amazingly, even some completed projects! I finished my sweater and my shawl within a few days of each other, and both of those had been on the needles for months. I've also sewn a couple of dresses recently...I think I've finally figured out my ideal dress pattern. (You can see my post about the handspun shawl here. Still have to get photos of the other things. It's hard to be motivated when it's so hot outside!)
Right now I'm knitting on a pair of socks, as always. (Rule: there should always be socks in progress.) The first one is close to being done. There's also an Elder Tree shawl. I've wanted to knit this shawl for a long time, but it always looked so intimidating. I've made shawls with lace borders or accents, but never one knit entirely in lace. Thankfully, the chart for this one is incredibly easy! I love seeing the little leaf designs appear. And since it's knitted in worsted weight yarn, it's coming along quickly. I only have 3 skeins of the yarn in matching dye lots, and then I have a couple of other random dye lot skeins...I might have to use a different one for the border, but hopefully it won't matter. (If this yarn looks familiar, it's because my favorite sweater is made from it.)
I need to finish spinning the other half of that dyed Merino fiber. Because I've taken on a new spinning/fiber prep project: some raw fleece from a couple of local Gulf Coast Native lambs. I've nearly finished washing it all, and I've started hand carding it. Theoretically I love the idea of carding, but in reality it's frustrating to me. I'm not good at it, and no matter how many videos I watch or pictures I see, I feel like I'm doing something wrong. But I'll plow through it because I can't wait to see how the fiber spins up!
Speaking of lambs, a couple of them might just be finding their way to our farm soon. I won't say too much until it actually happens, but fingers crossed! :)