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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Big Update

Bless me, reader, for I have sinned. It's been more than 3 months since my last update.

Here's what I've been up to:
I finished the Prairie Tunic (I think that's what it was called) from this year's Spring Interweave.

Yeah, the camera in these pics is annoying, but if I waited until my husband and I both had some free time, it would be another 3 months.

Note that the pattern as printed has several major errors. I called this to the attention of the editors (after I ripped out half the front and figured it out myself). They've printed corrections on the Interweave site.

I finished the rectangular Birch (or Kiri) shawl, and wore it to my cousin's wedding (though this pic is obviously from today). It's made from Artfibers Tsuki:

I swear to God I had boobs before I had a baby. What the hell?

I received these amazing red socks from my Swedish Sockapaloooza pal (along with a beaded knit bracelet and some yummy candy):

Thanks, again, Anna-Karin! I love them!

I am nearly finished with some socks for me, made from the same color yarn I used for my sock pal:

I did a lot of spinning. First, I took a weekend workshop and learned to skirt, scour, card, and comb. I also had lots of practice spinning on all sorts of fibers. Here's the crazy skein I made:

I made a wonderful hat out of this. I'll take a picture after I recharge my camera batteries. But the fibers include wool, mohair, silk, soy silk, cotton, Great Pyranees, Angelina sparkle, cashmere, alpaca, and angora.

I also got a takhli, and I'm spinning cotton to make a hat for a friend:

I'm trying to spin relatively thick yarn, but the cotton always wants to be thinner. So I won't be able to use all of these skeins -- some are simply too fine.

Finally, I've been turning this hand-dyed merino/silk top from Three Waters Farms from this:

into this:
It's around 2.4 ounces, and nearly 300 yards. I'm definitely improving my control, and I'm very proud of this skein. I have another 2.5 ounces to go, so I'll have to think of something nice to make with it.

And that about does it. My head is mostly occupied with this little man: