I cannot believe 2007 is over. I will spend the next month and a half trying to turn a seven into an eight when I write it wrong on scripts and charts.
The last weekend of the year was a good one. On Saturday, it was all about the fiber.
First, I Kool-aid dyed some of the cream roving from Beaverslide.
I braided this roving myself cuz I am cool like that.
The redder part is strawberry and the purple is grape + black cherry. I'm hoping it will spin up pretty. This roving is not very soft and I found a lot of vegetable matter when I washed it, but it sure did take up the dye well.
My husband stumbled upon my dyeing adventures in the laundry room and was seriously confused. "What does it smell like in here?" "Don't they sell real yarn dye somewhere?" My explanation that Kool-aid is cheap and easy seemed to satisfy him, but he eyed the plastic-wrapped counter with concern. Not to worry, no mess was made.
After the dyeing was done, my spinning wheel and I settled down in front of the TV to watch the Giants' vain yet valiant effort to defeat the Patriots. (Boo!) I spun up two of my four ounces of The Unique Sheep
"Paradise" merino roving.
Post-game analysis and interviews:
There is more purple in this than my little camera captured. Unlike the Beaverslide wool, this is really soft. I am hoping to make another skein out of the remaining two ounces and then knit myself some toe-up sleeping socks. This is about 12 WPI, which is DK weight, so they would be thick but not ridiculous.
On Sunday, it was time to start a new knitting project. Fresh from the last-minute frenzy of my Dad's Christmas sweater, I decided to start his birthday sweater now.
I plan on this being a close-enough replica of a sweater I knitted him several years ago. He has dieted himself down from a 48 to a 44, so he swims in that old sweater these days. My mom was mourning it when I was home in October - she says it is her favorite. So, without the sweater in front of me and only my spotty memory to guide me, I'm trying to make him a new one.
I ordered the yarn from Canada, so it was expensive to ship, but it has been years since I saw this yarn in a shop anywhere. It is Paton's Shetland Ragg chunky. The gray is "stone ragg", the blue is "denim ragg", and I have a little "storm ragg" for some accent stripes. Luckily for me, the original sweater was just a bottom-up seamless raglan using EPS, so there is no fancy shaping to reproduce. I haven't knit on such a big needle (US10) for ages, so it feels like the inches are flying by. When next you see it, it will look a lot more like a sweater.
Just got a call from my office saying they are closing at lunchtime again, so I don't need to come in. Woot, woot! I'm off to the couch to curl up and knit. Happy New Year to all my knitting peeps!!