If you live in Utah this has been a short work week (except poor Susan who had to work everyday). The week went by quickly and there is only today to share the details you've been waiting for with baited breath.
Finally one Trekking sock is finished. The color, #133, was so different than many of the tweedy Trekking XXL colorways. It should be easy to make a truly matching pair. The pattern is the Chevron from Sensational Socks and it works up well in a self striping yarn. The end of the KAL is Labor Day Weekend, so I had better get more Trekking done. The second Vintage Victorian Sock has just passed the heel and is heading down the home stretch to the toe. Maybe, just maybe, there will be time to finish them up this weekend. Sock knitting has been more enjoyable than just about any other knitting while the heat has been 'on'. We're hoping for a little cooling trend this weekend as well as a wild and fun weekend, too.
Poor little (as in she hasn't grown much) Langsjal Jóhönnu hasn't had any love this week and only had about an hour of love in the last month! My mojo for Jóhö has worn thin because of the heat (and other things that have my attention). Besides the heat, I must blame my enjoyment of spinning for this neglect. Claudia said my knitting would suffer if I took up spinning and she has been proved right (again). And then there is Mim's lace, which is calling loudly from the stash. It's all I can do not to cast on Icarus or Seraphim. I am an amazingly lazy lace (but not yet fickle) knitter.
Several years ago our knitters guild handed out simple handmade spindles to anyone who wanted to learn to spin. A friend gave me one and said 'Try it'. My response was to decline, as I knew that if I tried it and liked it I would never be able to stop. Well, that is exactly what has happened. Everyday, since I 'got it', has been a spinning day. I've been practicing in the morning, in the evening and even at supper time....spinning all the time. Anne said this white roving would be good for practice spinning and I've been using it all week. I've learned more about drafting and fiber prep as its fairly rough texture is different from the red merino (which is still my favorite to spin). Last night I plied it, and while there are places that are a bit too thin or not spun quite enough, it turned out to be well balanced. Improvement! (Click to see.)
There may be a few orders of roving coming my way next week...just sayin' (as Claudia likes to say). The new spindle is very handsome, very light (.7oz) and spins so nicely. Susan thought the first skein of yarn I spun on her was pretty good!
If you're in the Salt Lake area you should check out the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair. I've signed up for the Advanced Spindle class because Susan said I'd be just fine. Don't you love encouraging friends?
Kim arrives tomorrow and we have plans to spin, knit, chat, hike and dine a bit, too. Details later.
Enjoy a wild weekend and stay cool!