Monthly Archives: August 2009

My goal this past weekend was to finish spinning the yarn for my friend Amanda for her birthday. It isn’t a surprise, but I do hope she likes it regardless. Amanda does reenactments with the SCA, and is a fibre enthusiast as well, and I told her I’d spin her some yarn for a shawl. It’s generally nasty, humid, and hot where she is, but last winter it got genuinely cold.

This wool is just wool, though I’m not sure from what kind of sheep. I got it last summer as part of a thank you for a spinning demonstration at Star Gazing Farm in Montgomery County, Maryland.

It’s winging it’s way to her now! Happy Birthday, Amanda!

Spun: 10:1 Ratio | Plyed: 5.5:1 Ratio |10  WPI | Yards: 800| Weight: Heavy DK


I’m back from my summer travels! I did quite a bit of flying, and I wanted something I could knit that would be easy to put down if needed. Enter Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel. This particular scarf/shawl pattern has made its way through the knitting scene like white on rice, and I’m glad that I joined in.

This was a great knit for traveling, on and off the plane. I was able to work on this on my way to Seattle, and finish it while staying with my friend Elle during the week before her wedding. It made use of the yarn I picked up in Colorado last year, and I have another warm, colorful something to add to my handknits when it starts to cool.

Yarn: Lonesome Stone %100 Alpaca| Needles: US 6 [4mm]| Blocked Size: 45″ X 19″

Mods: I knit the scarf size as written, but instead of binding off in purl, I knit the bind off. I find that my shawls tend to lay better when that last row is a purl row on the right side.

The other bit of knitting I took with me was my Pomatomus socks. I’m using Plymouth’s Happy Feet. This is the third time I’ve tried knitting this pattern, and I’ve finally had a successful run. The first sock is done, and I’ve knit the cuff of the second. No time for knitting this past week, I’ve been spinning up a storm.

With what kind of knitting do you travel?

We have gone from this:

To this:

I’ve finished body on my shawl, and have moved on to the edging.  Even though I’m knitting fewer stitches, I cannot seem to knit as long on the edging as I did on the body. I think it’s because of the short repeats; it gets boring faster.

I feel all right not having finished this before leaving on my trip for a few reasons. I didn’t want to burn out on knitting it, and upon finishing, loathing it’s existence. I also feel that I knitted so much of it, and have mostly memorized the chart, that it can become knit night knitting.

The colors are lovely, and the Malabrigo lace is soft. So soft, in fact, that it is felting on the left needle where I am turning the piece back and forth to attach the edging. I don’t think I’ll be using this again for a lace project, though, I am going to reserve judgment until after the shawl has been blocked and worn a few times.

And, verily, I say unto you, let there be socks.

Not just any socks, but Birthday Socks.

Matt received his socks with great aplomb, then wore them for 48 hours straight before they were sacrificed succumbed to soap.

I’m really pleased with how they turned out, and can’t wait to start a pair for myself.

Pattern: Gentleman’s Fancy Socks for everything but the toes, which were glomped from Sake Socks.

Needles: [2] US 1 | 2.25 mm Addi Turbo Lace

Yarn: Elann Esprit solid, about 2 1/2 balls

Time: 26 March – 19 July 2009

Happy Birthday, Love.