Friday, September 29, 2006
Pink Silk is DONE!

Do you remember thsi lot of pink and brown silk caps that I prepeared nearly a year ago?

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Well... it's finally all spun and plied. I even wound it into a centre-pull ball, and it's a BIG ball. The camera case is in the picture for comparison.

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It's prettier than I expected, but I am so so so sick of it. I don't think I can bear to knit it now. It will just have to sit in the stash for a little while. I geuss it's a good thing that I am pregnant and can't knit anything for myself right now anyway since I don't know what my post-delivery size will be.

The plan is to knit it into one of these. I think the gauge will be just right and the pink/white/brown variations in the silk will be nice in the simple mostly stocking stitch pattern.

Here's a close up of the silk:

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As you can see, it's not perfectly even, but that was deliberate. No, really, it was. I wanted a slightly slubby yarn, which is why I used silk caps.Otherwise I would have used silk top and that would have produced a far more even yarn.

What else do I have on the needles?

Oh yes, take a look at this:

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Doesn't it look like a weird alien landscape? It's actually a scarf I have started this evening. Remember how I said the merino slubby yarn I have dyed is too soft and irresistable? Yeah, well, it was definitely irresistable. I decided to knit a scarf out of one of the skeins.It's a beautiful feeling. It's so soft and springy. I haven't decided whether I will keep it for myself yet. It's not exactly scarf-wearing weather here anymore. The days are getting warmer and it will be a while before I get to wear scarves again.
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The picture does not show an accurate depiction of the colours of the yarn. It's a mixture of greens, browns and white and knitted in seed stitch. Just 15 stitches across - knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, etc etc. You get the idea. It's easy!

The baby blanket isn't really happening. I am up to 28 inches in diameter and as the rounds get bigger and bigger, and the yarn gets stinkier and stinkier, I get more sick of it. I just can;t wait to finish the blanket now. I want to finish it before I cometoa complete standstill.

It's a long weekend this weekend. I have Monday off as it's Labour Day here. I am looking forward to a slow leisurely weekend, starting with a yum cha* brunch tomorrow. I am all smiles!

* yum cha is what we call dim sum here in Sydney
Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow! That is so pretty. A tank in that would be gorgeous. I love the look of your scarf, too. I need a spinning lesson. I can't seem to figure out the darn spindle. :(
i want some yum cha!! the baby blanket is so close to done... maybe your DH will finish it. :)
nice job on the silk, i love it. I was tempted to spin some silk caps today, but decided against it when it kept sticking to every little dry bit of skin on my fingers...
I was with you when you dyed those! It seems so long ago. Spun, it looks simply fabulous.

I have done very little spinning since last year - Although I've been knitting a bit (which I faithfully promise to blog, soon), I've found that I haven't wanted to be inside while the summer weather was good. You make the most of the weather while you can here. So now that Autumn has come, I pulled out that suri alpaca I had so much trouble with last night and started carding it. Spinning, very soon. This week I think, now that autumn has come.

I've also got myself a 4-shaft floor weaving loom and will be weaving soon too. But I think that one of the reasons I've been so unmotivated this year is because I really miss having you guys to share with....

Also, congratulations on the baby!
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