Not Sock Yarn — Again

Readers of this blog will be familiar with my efforts to spin sock yarn.  I previously made some very not sock yarn, although it turned out well.

Since then, I decided to give it one more try – at least this time the yarn is fingering-ish weight, and the beautiful hand-dyed indigo BFL is showing its heritage here.

BFL Handspun, fingering
But I think that my efforts to make woolen sock yarn are over. Having a copy of Clara Parkes sock book, it’s clear that I need to spin worsted.  Not sure what I’ll do with this experiment, but eventually the right project will come forward.

Also, I’m doing some projects for other people – I know, the selfish-knitting thing is going badly.  But look at the pretty yarn I got!

RiosforMatrix
Ah, Malabrigo, your colors are amazing!

Tomorrow, I’m off on a trip for a couple of days, likely to rain, so I’ll be stopping by the lovely yarn & fiber store!

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I got the blues

Blue socks:

Lady Tryamour1d

The Lady Tryamour socks are fully knitted – I just need two charms to attach to the leaves.  My cousin Marie has told me where the bead store is in the town I’m now working in, so this should be accomplished this week.  I am in denial that  one of these socks is larger than the other — I think for the first sock, I managed to make a pointier toe, so even though they are technically the same length, one has a looser fit.  I may put them in the dryer for a bit for a little shrinkage…

And there is indigo blue – in two forms:

Indigo Blues

The top is the indigo dyed yarn from the A Day of Color at A Verb for Keeping Warm.  I’m very happy that the yarn is a pretty deep blue (I know it will lighten with drying).

The bottom yarn is my handspun, BFL fiber dyed with indigo by the amazing Kristine of AVFKW.  This is my latest attempt at spinning sock yarn.  I think it will be my last attempt spinning long draw for sock yarn.  The good news is that I need some fingerless mittens, so this yarn should work for those…

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Light

Today is Epiphany, which is the day after the 12th day of Christmas.   The symbols associated with this holiday are water and light, which relate to the two major stories in the Bible associated with this day – the baptism of Jesus and the three magi who travel to bring gifts to the baby Jesus.  The word epiphany is greek, and means to uncover or reveal — in this case, it’s about Jesus’ true identity in the stories.

Really most traditions have a season of light in the Northern Hemisphere, since it is the time of year when the days are the shortest, and we are about to head into the really cold part of the year.  (Irony alert:  it isn’t that cold here.)  It  totally makes sense to have light, when it seems to be in shorter supply.

But the metaphor of light and revelation of God come in many forms.  Today it was one of my aquatics students who had her baby last Friday – a big baby boy named Gavin, weighing in at 9 lbs 14 oz.  I should say that his mom was in class as of last Tuesday, so she was working it until the very last.  We got to meet Gavin at the end of class today, and she told me that she was in labor as our class met a week ago, and she thought of us, wishing that she was in class and not in labor. I jokingly took a wee bit of credit for Gavin turning out so well, and his mom looked at me and reminded me that Gavin had been taking classes too, so yes, I do get some of the credit.

Sometimes light just dumps itself right out – instead of going off on a journey of finding a baby, there was a special one growing right before my eyes, and his presence was a gift of light today – an epiphany indeed.  Thanks, God!

Got socks?  So do I! Photos coming soon…

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Colorful

My “other” LYS A Verb for Keeping Warm (it’s across a bridge) had a lovely event on New Year’s Eve Day – Kristine called it “A Day of Color” and folks were invited to reserve a spot ahead and come to knit, sew, spin, weave, or dye with the indigo pots.  My friend Judy and I thought this was a lovely way to spend the day, so we drove over after a lovely breakfast (eggs Benedict and bacon were involved – yum!).

I got out my sadly underused spindles and made some yarn out of the “pity fiber” that my friend Sue bought me at Sock Summit after the great pox event of 2011.  It’s pencil roving that is hand dyed, and it makes lovely yarn with navajo plying:

Sample Spin1b

Then I played with some of the other fibers that Kristine had pulled out:

handspun fun1c

Kristine also fired up the indigo pots, and gave a small tutorial about the process of dying with indigo.  Folks brought yarn, fiber and fabric to be dyed, and here’s mine:

Verb Indigo Dye Project

Apparently it needs to sit a whole week, wet in a bag, and then I am supposed to set it and wash.  It’s already looking good!

In other news, I finished a hat and mittens for a friend who was complaining that his hands were cold at work. I knit up Maine morning mittens (free) – I thought they might be small, so I made them ginormous, and then did felting to get them down to human size, and knit a hat because there was a lot of yarn leftover. I love the Blackstone Tweed yarn — it is lovely, and quite reasonable in price.  Eric’s blog is kinda fun, and he totally respects the knitter too~

Eric's Hat & Mittes

I’ve also been paying attention to my feet – I pulled out my book The Knitter’s Book of Socks, and am tackling the Lady Tryamour socks – a bit fiddly with the toes, but after that’ it’s a pretty easy knit. There was a moment of panic after I had left a comment on the Ravelry page for the yarn, Staccato by Shibui Knits, and the company then noted that the yarn blooms a bit. I had 3/4 of a sock done, so I decided to block that much of the sock (it’s toe-up) to see if it would still fit, and luckily, it’s fine. This pattern is fun – leafs at the toe and the base of the heel, a turnover cuff and more leafs, including one that hangs beyond the edge of the cuff. There will be a small charm attached at the tip of that leaf when I get a chance to buy one. The hand of this yarn is really lovely – wool, silk, and a bit of nylon!

Lady try amour socks

Then I had a yearning for a new hat.  I find that I wear one of two hats, and I was yearning for something more.  I haunted the patterns of Woolly Wormhead, and then went back to a Knitty pattern that I’ve used before, the Brambles Beret, and comes in a variety of sizes (I have a huge head, it turns out, even for a normal size person, and I’m short).  And I had leftover yarn from Mom’s sweater, so this was a totally free hat that I had to knit all last night while watching the Downton Abbey Season 1 marathon on PBS – you do have your DVD recorder set for next Sunday’s premiere for Season 2, right?  So I have a hat:

Brambles3a

And the weather has decided to mock me by being relatively warm, so I may not get to test it out for a few days.  Such is the fate of my first FO for 2012!

Happy New Year to All!

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