Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finishing FOs and Spinning Woes

I'm trying to finish all my FOs before the end of the year. I have the tank top from the beginning of the summer, a sock from two different patterns, and a lace scarf in alpaca all demanding my attention at the same time. I plan to finish the socks first because they are Christmas gifts. The scarf is next because it may be a birthday gift next month. The tank is mine, so that can be finished last.

After all these, I need to make the white socks for work. I also have decided to be brave and make the sleeves of my first sweater smaller. When I knit the sweater, I was afraid the sleeves would be too tight, so I made them a size bigger than the body. The pattern has a lacy loose cuff/edging on the sleeves and around the bottom of the body. I found the pattern in a plus sized pattern book. If I sew the sleeve partially up the arm, I can cut the part off that is too loose. I guess this would be a form of steeking. I have never cut my knitting intentionally and am very nervous to do it now, but I would like to wear the garment. It's been in the sweater drawer for over 2 years now, where I take it out, look at it and put it back.

I had my spinning lesson this past Saturday and found out I am doing almost everything wrong. Now I have learned the correct way to spin, I have homework before I can go back for the plying lesson. The way I think of it is: If I'm going to spin, I want to do it properly. Also need to send in my membership for the local spinning guild.

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