FO: Annis, and some other stuff to report

I finished my Annis shawl, which I think has come out quite nicely, although not the same size as the pattern – no silk in the yarn, I think:

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I did a seed stitch border at the neckline, which I like for appearances and practicality’s sake.

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I’ve also finished spinning up the Falkland fiber, see?

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This went quickly, so quickly that I was thinking back to the fall with the other Falkland fiber, then I realized that I spun this to a different weight. The green is a laceweight, and the blue-yellow is more of a sport weight. No wonder it went so much faster!

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I’m planning to knit a Milkweed shawl out of this – I’ve been eyeing the pattern for months, and finally have a yarn that will be a good match.

Finally, I’m sending off some youth socks for the Afghans for Afghans summer campaign. Socks are a great campaign for this warm weather, and I’m working through a ton of worsted and fingering yarn that’s hanging around. This is the first installment, and Izzie did her usual inspection.

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First 3-ply

I did finish up the plying of the merino-silk fiber in Azure from A Verb for Keeping Warm. I love the balance and roundness that a 3-ply gives you:

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I’ll have to figure out what to make out of this – not much yardage, but really lovely.

But I was bashful about entering this yarn into the fair.  At the last minute, I pulled out some of the Abstract Targhee that I spun for some socks and entered it.  Not holding my breath on winning anything, just taking the plunge.

The Poplar and Elm sweater is proceeding in fits and starts – I’m finishing up the second front of the cardigan, and then it’s on to the sleeves.  I like the pattern so far, although keeping track of the decreases and increases along the front edge can be challenging.

I’m also finishing up an Annis shawl from the Spring/Summer Knitty 2010 – the breakout knit from that issue, if Ravelry is any indication.  I love the lace pattern, made it through the nupps, and began to realized that the shawl is mostly stockinette with no edging on the inside, which is lovely aesthetically, but not very functional (it rolls), so I’m doing a 3-stitch seed stitch edging as a I cast-off – it looks good, and we’ll see if this is enough to reduce the rolling.

Oh, and the Falkland fiber is spun into singles, awaiting plying.  I’m trying to figure out what I’ll knit with it – probably a shawl, any suggestions out there?

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New Mojo

I’m getting the spinning mojo back.  In part, a visit to A Verb for Keeping Warm and the 15% off sale helped a lot.  I got some more amazing dyed fiber there from Pigeonroof Studios:

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The fiber on the right is some stuff I got off Ravelry from the Fiber Club, it’s the Falkland fiber that I made my handspun Ishbel from. The stuff on the left is very yummy, see the content?
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I’ve also gotten the spindle out: I’m plying my very first 3-ply yarn – so far so good. It’s good that I’m doing this, because when I went back to my entry form for the Marin Co Fair, and I had put in an entry for this fiber – we’ll see if it is good enough to actually enter!

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The other projects are getting their blocking and shaving so they present themselves well:

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I’m also using a cool knitting bag that my friend Lesley is making up: it’s very cute, and a perfect size for socks!
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And finally, I’m starting on the Annis shawl from Spring/Summer 2010 Knitty – an easy knit (with a little excitement of nupps to keep me on my toes). I’m using two related colorways, one for the edge, and the other for the shawl:

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The Power of Blocking

I’m always amazed that blocking makes such a difference.  Take this Ishbel:

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Not so pretty in the pre-blocking state.  But in the after blocking state, it is quite lovely:

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And then there is my Poplar and Elm sweater.  I finished the back, and it looked like it might fit a 10-year-old, pre-blocking.  See?
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Rather than find out that the sweater was completely the wrong size after knitting the entire sweater, I decided to block the back to make sure that it can go to the right size.  It’s not dry, but without a very aggressive block, the results are looking pretty good:

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Whew!

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