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Fibery Friday

Word Lily knits

I’m so behind on posting yarny reports that I don’t know where to start.

Let’s see …


I knit a pair of socks:

Monkey socks


Monkey socks

Pattern: Cookie A.’s Monkey
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox; it was a huge headache, until I settled on this pattern. It was pooling horribly no matter what I did, otherwise.
Ravelry project page

Monkey socks close-up


I was glad for a pattern that combated the pooling, but the pattern got repetitive and boring very quickly. I had to force myself to make the second sock.

Alas, most of my knitting since the Monkey socks must remain secret for awhile. I think I’ll leave it at that for today.

Handknit socks make me happy!

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Fiber Arts Friday

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Yarn for socks

Word Lily spins

I thought this fiber added up to 6 ounces, but apparently I recalled incorrectly.

My latest yarn (which I *think* I actually finished spinning before the 15th of November):

Two-ply merino handspun, from three different 1-ounce samples I dyed at the fiber festival in Iowa this summer. Stats: 111 grams (3.94 ounces), 328 yards, pre-bath. I think it's nearly dry now, so I can start knitting my socks when I'm done with Christmas making.

Want a close-up? OK.

I was hoping for sport-weight, and I think I came close to that. I’m not sure it’s quite enough yardage, since it’s less than 4 ounces instead of 6 ounces, but I’ll just knit the socks toe-up, I guess. Or maybe plan to add coordinating cuffs and/or heels.

Aside from the consternation about the amount of fiber, I’m head-over-heels for this yarn. I really love it.

The three bits I combined for this yarn:

Sorry for the crummy no-light cell-phone capture.

I’ve been knitting and crocheting quite a bit in the last month or so, too, but so much of it must remain a secret for now, so that’ll have to wait.

I’d really like to get back to my wheel, too, but we’ll see when that happens. I haven’t figured out what exactly I want to spin next, so it’s a bit easier to put off for the moment.

Fiber Arts Friday: Spinning

Word Lily spins

I’ve been spinning, and it’s lovely! I had been almost aching to get back to the spinning wheel.

I spun this singles yarn from a mini batt I carded at Yarn School earlier this year. It's so soft and squooshy! Not sure what I'll make with this yet, I've got about 100 yards.

This is merino, from roving that I dyed at the fiber festival in Iowa this summer. It's about 2 ounces, and almost 100 yards of 2-ply. So lofty! I think this wants to be fingerless mitts, I just need to find the right pattern.

I’m working on a larger spinning project now, about 6 ounces of merino. I’m into my last ounce, and then I’ll 2-ply it, hopefully for sport-weight socks. It’s not ideal sock yarn (only two ply, not superwash, no nylon), but it’s what this yarn needs to be.

I really love spinning, can you tell?

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Fiber Arts Friday

Last week I talked about possibly knitting Iced. I knew I would modify it, though. Well, after I posted last week, I started unraveling the old sweater for the yarn I wanted to use, I realized that this yarn was not close to that used in the pattern. I knew it was thinner yarn, but it’s actually drastically thinner. I forged ahead, but several things eventually brought me to a halt.

The gauge math was just too complicated for me with this much-lighter yarn. And when you add in modifications that wouldn’t be all that simple, well. I went back to the rabbit hole that is Pattern Search on Ravelry.

And after my second search, I found a sweater that seems a bit more simple to modify: DROPS 126-15 (Ravelry link). The sweater I eventually cast on for — after actually going through the painful photo-taking and measurements motions of the extremely useful Fit to Flatter (I’d read through the series as it was released earlier this year, but I’d delayed actual action until now) — will be sort of a hybrid between the Iced and the DROPS “jacket.”

Now I’m deep in the land of side-seam shaping vs. darts. And deciding how much ease I want at various points. The pockets I had thought I would add might be a bit more complicated if I use vertical darts.

In the meantime, I cast on (again) for my first toe-up sock, Rivulets (Ravelry link). It is Soctoberfest, after all. The again part? Well, I cast on for these earlier this month, but after getting through the foot I ripped it out, since my gauge wasn’t working. Now, using my 3rd needle size, I’m hoping it works out.

To see what other people have been working on, visit Wisdom Begins in Wonder‘s roundup of Fiber Arts Friday posts.

What projects have you been working on this week?

Tour de Fleece, day 15

I know it hasn’t been too long since I last posted about the Tour, but I’d initially planned to post on Saturdays anyway. In any event, the proximity just makes this post shorter.

What I’ve made since last time

Only one finished yarn since my last report, so I thought I’d give you a few photos of its progress:

Spunky Eclectic Norwegian Long Wool, Kentucky Derby, all ready to ply

All plyed up!

And skeined. Stats: 313 yards, fingering weight 3-ply.

Just a close-up of the finished skein. I really like how it turned out!

This is my first true 3-ply yarn, as well as my first experience with Norwegian Long Wool. I’m hoping to make socks from this yarn.


I finished most of what I pulled out to spin during the Tour. I was being conservative intentionally, partly because I really had no idea how long it takes me to spin x amount of yarn, but also because I didn’t want to be disappointed in how much (little) I accomplished. As a result of this, though, I spent a bit of time this week adrift, not really knowing what to pick up next or how I wanted to spin this fiber or this other fiber.


  • Shetland
  • Norwegian Long Wool
  • BFL (started before the Tour, but finished during)
  • my own hand-dyed (ditto)
  • 8 ounces of one colorway
  • Fingering weight
  • Lace or light fingering weight

Still aiming for:
A low-twist single (I plan to work on this on Thursday the 22nd, Challenge Day; I’ve had the Wensleydale — another new-to-me wool — set aside from the beginning.)

Current project

I started another (apparently, I didn’t weigh it yet) 8-ounce project yesterday. I split that into four strips, then split two of those in half again, and I pre-drafted them all yesterday. I got most of the way through the first 2-ounce section.

I dyed this at Yarn School, in a crock pot.

My Tour de Fleece starting line post
My Tour de Fleece day 11 report

Tour de Fleece report, day 11

I’ve been spinning every day, more hours than I’d planned to. Once I sit down at the wheel, it’s hard for me to walk away. Yes, that means I’m having fun. 😀

What I’ve made so far

None of these have been soaked yet, I’m sure they’ll all change once I get that done.

This is a two-ply yarn, made from two batts, one consisting of merino and sari silk and the other of merino and sparkles.

This is the leftovers from the merino/sparkles batt; I decided to leave this bit as singles.

Shetland two-ply, the top was dyed by Spunky Eclectic, in Pomegranate. This is by far the thinnest I've ever spun, it's a light fingering weight now, but we'll see what happens when it takes a bath.

I had a horrible time plying this, but the finished yarn is awesome. I’m interested to see if it (well, all of them, actually) blooms much. Either way, I’m loving this yarn.

My handdyed (at Yarn School) BFL, I'm calling the colorway Pink Wildflowers. This is 446 yards of chain-plied yarn, from 168 grams.

This is the rest of my Pink Wildflowers BFL, also chain-plied. This is worsted weight, 81 yards from 65 grams.

One funny thing about this BFL: I thought I started with 4 ounces, and it seemed to be taking forever. And I had to overfill my bobbin more than I ever have. I planned to two-ply it, but I didn’t want to wind it all off into a center-pull ball, which is why I ended up chain-plying it. And in the end, once I weighed it, I had 8 ounces! 🙂

Observations from the wheel

• spinning fine = slow going (Not necessarily in yards, but in weight, and in bobbin filling.)

• I’m starting to get more comfortable, I think, with my wheel’s ratios. This is a very good thing. Hopefully I’ll see more progress in this area as the Tour continues.

• Fibers I’m spinning for the first time: BFL (but this was already in progress when the Tour commenced) and Shetland. I’m working on Norwegian Long Wool now. There’ll be more new-to-me fibers as we continue on this Tour.

• Revelation: I’m a slow spinner. Hopefully that item above, about my wheel’s ratios, will help this (as will the practice, of course).

• I’m getting so impatient with myself that I’m really having trouble thinking of spinning more than 4 ounces of anything, even though if I had more of a yarn I’d probably be much more likely to find a project for it.

• I’m making fair progress toward meeting all my goals, which is great!

My current project

This is the first ply of a planned 3-ply yarn. The fiber is 4 ounces of Norwegian Long Wool from Spunky Eclectic, Kentucky Derby colorway. I'm loving these colors! Hoping for sock-weight once I'm finished.

Today I’ll work on more of this. According to my calculations, tomorrow is the half-way point of the tour.

How’s your July?

My Tour de Fleece starting line post

Tour de Fleece: At the starting line

I had hoped to have my spinning wheel’s bobbins all cleared before today, so I could start the 2010 Tour de Fleece* fresh, but apparently that was not to be.

I’ve still got a work in progress on the wheel, and I think I might just finish that up before I move on to what I had set aside for the Tour. As sad as that seems, though, on the one hand, I can’t be too distraught because it seems I may have accomplished one of my goals Tour goals in the past couple days. I think what I’m spinning now (not at the beginning of this single, but the last couple days) would make a lace weight two-ply! I plan to ply it with itself, from a center-pull ball, so this will skein will end up thicker than that, but I’m still thrilled. I’ve got some fat cores for empty bobbins so hopefully I can duplicate my thin success again on the next one — but right from the start. 🙂

Here’s what I’m working on now, what’s been holding me up

BFL I dyed at Yarn School, on the wheel now

in progress

what's left, still to spin

This is my first time spinning BFL, and I’m loving it!

I’m still confuzzled at how much longer it takes to spin up 4 ounces at a fingering or lace weight than to spin that same amount thicker. I know it makes sense, but it didn’t occur to me and I’m still trying to adjust my internal timetable.

Wanna see my line up?

Spunky Eclectic Pomegranate, Shetland combed top, club from January 2010

Spunky Eclectic Kentucky Derby, Norwegian wool, March 2010 fiber

Batt with sparkly stuff

Batt with sparklies

Hopefully I’ll get more than this done, but I don’t want to add more stress to my life right now. Sure, I’m challenging myself — hey, spinning every day is new — but I don’t want to kill myself, you know? 😉 All the more reason to be cautious: I somehow can’t manage to grasp (or calculate) how long it’s taking me to get something spun these days.

*Tour de Fleece: a spin-along during the Tour de France. The concept is simple, They spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along.