Friday, October 07, 2011

Whirring Bobbins, Flying Needles, Fiber Prizes

It's been a few weeks since I posted.  My wheels have been busy, as have my needles. I finished the August and September Stash Buster fibers as well as a couple others.  My latest one was from Fibernymph Dye Works on Etsy.  The BFL/Silk blend spun and plied like butter. It arrived at my house on the last Thursday of September and just begged to be spun immediately.  Usually I try to put the new stuff away and work with some of the older stash stuff first.  Not this time.  Since that Saturday was the monthly spin in at my friend Sue's shop, that's the fiber I took with me.  The entire braid was spun and plied by late Saturday night.  I just couldn't wait to see how the yarn came out.  I forgot to take a picture of the braid before starting it, but here is a picture of the last part and the yarn before it's bath. 


The Mystic Midsummer Wreath Shawl has had some issues.  It was definitely knitter error, not pattern.  I did a decrease stitch wrong over and over through sixty rows of lace. I used an extra stitch every time.  This made me short several stitches for the last section.  Obviously, this resulted in a major tinking event.  Of course, I hadn't bothered to put a lifeline in which would have made ripping back sooooo much easier.  The shawl has survived, and all sixty plus rows are now back in place.  I'm two rows away from starting the last part before the edging.  My goal is to finish it before October 13th so I can bring it to my knitting guild meeting.

In August, I took a break after casting on the above mentioned shawl to participate in a sock mystery KAL, hosted by Jen Hansen who is "Knitting Like Crazy" on Ravelry.  I want to thank podcaster Sarah of "Rainlover Knits" for introducing me Jen's patterns. The sock pattern was a fun knit.  I hadn't planned to enter for the contest part of it since I'm a slow poke knitter.  You only had to have one sock done by the end date of September 2.  Since I had finished the first sock, I took a picture, and posted it.  I have finished the second sock since. They are knit from some Merino/Silk yarn I dyed last year.


To my surprise I won one of the prizes!  And what a terrific prize it is ~ a project bag, pattern and skein of Socks That Rock yarn!  The yarn is a Rare Gems skein and I don't know the colorway, but I love it.

Now, October is here with it's own KALs.  I want to knit a shawl called "Dancing Batty", a pair of Halloween socks in a skein of my DkKnits yarn "Salem Spirits" and weave a scarf to match the socks with the second skein of that yarn.  I don't know if I'll get the last item done. This is a picture of the socks and scarf yarn.