Patterns Spinning Vacation

Holiday weekend

I’ve been enjoying this weekend in the local sense. The Bay Bridge in the SF Bay Area has been closed all weekend, and lot’s of the traffic is coming through my neck of the woods. I thought the traffic would be bad this afternoon, as returning SF folks came through, but I visited someone in the hospital and traffic was actually ok.

So, there has been spinning and knitting on the agenda. Something Blue is coming along. I ended up charting a part of the pattern (using a very helpful Knitty article from a few years back). The first attempt at following the chart did not go well – I was at Bluebird hanging out, and it didn’t work. Stuffed it back in the bag, and brought it home to rip back to the lifeline (see, I was smart for a change actually used one!). Second attempt didn’t go well. Second rip. Third time was the charm. Then I decided to use a new-to-me short row technique. I made it up as I went along and it worked!

Here’s what I’ve been spinning – some merino roving that I bought at Monarch Knitting. It’s from South Africa:


I need to use the other yarn already, and it now strikes me, as it must many other knitters, that there is a stash problem with spinning. It goes like this:

1. When I spin I am not knitting.

2. When I spin, I am making yarn.


3. More yarn is created and enters the stash, making the stash bigger

4. Less yarn is used up by knitting, and the stash doesn’t get cut down.

My conclusion: I need to knit my handspun before spinning more.

And I needed a break from Something Blue, so I bought a lovely skein of hand-dyed Prism sock yarn, which is becoming this:


I’m calling it a prayer shawl, but I don’t know what I’ll do with it. I started it the way that the Kiri shawl starts, and then just did garter stitch for a while, and am now doing a bit of garter rib for a different texture and some lovely lines. Not sure when I’ll switch to another stitch pattern.


Trip Knitting

I’ve been traveling a lot in the last six weeks. Sometimes a trip will provide major opportunities to knit (while I was in Tahoe, I almost finished my tomato, and worked on socks), but on others, it is simply not knitting aura.

I was at Montreat Presbyterian Conference Center, in Montreat, NC, more famously known as the home of Billy Graham (trivia alert: Ruth Graham was a Presbyterian, and this is a very Presbyterian kind of place, an odd place for one of the most famous Baptists, I’d say). The photo to the right is one that I took while there last October for another event.

Anyway, this was a NOT-knitting kind of trip. I was with people all day, and my brain was thinking all the time, and there was a brief few hours where I felt that I literally should be in three separate states of the union for various reasons. It was stressful.

The complicated sock patterns I brought along were wwaaayyy beyond my mental capacities, so fortunately I brought along this scarf of my own design — knit purl diagonal ribbing, baby!

Finally, yesterday I went back to my basic sock recipe and began with this Regia self-striping yarn — Isadora clearly approves.

But there were, of course, some yarn acquisitions, some on eBay, others in Asheville. I’ll review them tomorrow!