Don't most of us leave for a trip with more knitting than we can ever accomplish? However, a good knitter never wants to run short of opportunities or projects. My first finished item on the trip was the pair of socks for my Toasty Toes pal. The socks were finished in a record 4 days (5 hour plane and car trips do help enormously!).
As soon as the TT socks were finished (on our drive to VT) I started another pair (it's that 'be prepared' bit), as not having a sock in the works is just bad luck. This crappy picture shows the sock, knit with Sockotta Colori, in Mim's Simple Trekking Sock pattern.
Ariann is growing nicely and is just past the first buttonhole at the waist. I am more in love with the Beaverslide yarn, and the Wood Rose Heather color, than ever! Already I can tell this will be a great jacket for the office (or anywhere, for that matter) during the cold months of winter. It's an 'easy to wear style' without too much warmth or bulk.
The spindle spun scarf (Estonian Scarf by Nancy Bush- Piecework July/Aug 2005) has been growing slowly, too. Knitting with this luscious fiber is a joy, and it still amazes me that I was able to make this yarn. Of the few fibers, rovings and tops that I've spun, this Ashland Bay is surely the finest, and has to be the very easiest to spin. It was purchased from Lazy PJ Ranch at the GBFF in September, (scroll mid-way down the page - the color is Amethyst). The fiber flowed through my fingers and it was very easy to make a consistent twist and grist. The skein was well balanced when washed and, in knitting, it makes a very soft fabric.
Cutaway is patiently awaiting her 'fancy work'. Since returning home several small flowers have been crocheted and are now ready to be embellish with beads and sewn in place. The plan this weekend is to spend some time placing beads and flowers just so and then Cutaway can make her debut. It's not going to be a quick job that may take several days to complete.
The Twisted Knitters seem to be having a good time dyeing, spinning and knitting up a storm. A few months ago I bought superwash rovings from Teyani and Amy so that dyeing could be skipped right over if I so desired. Last night while Smith was grilling dinner I started spinning Teyani's Satisfaction on a Monique spindle (not pictured on web site as it's too new). Anne and Teyani both suggested this fiber be spun slowly and with extra twist and it seems to be working. The spindle is enjoyable to use and I can walk around and converse without being tied to the wheel. There is plenty of time to sign up for TK if you want to dye and/or spin and knit your own yarn. Socks are not manditory knitting and if dyeing isn't your thing, that's fine too, but you do need to spin your own yarn. Let's play!