First off, a quick WIP tour. I did indeed fall for blue, and have my alpaca/silk batts on the wheel:
These are from the midwinter installment of the Yarnscape Wheel of the Year club - which is now accepting sign-ups for the next six months! I kept two batts back for myself, and I am enjoying the spin. They are 50% alpaca/50% silk, and I'm spinning worsted for a high-twist thickish lace weight. One batt is all spun up, and I'm about half done with the second one. Since my local spinning group meets this Saturday (not *last* Saturday, as I found out when I turned up with a car full of kit and a packed lunch!), I expect to have this one done and possibly even on the needles very soon - I have an Idea for it! I also got a weaving project up and going! This is on the rigid heddle loom, and I will admit to mixed feelings about it. I loved the warp as I was winding it:
but couldn't find a weft I really, really liked and which didn't alter the original warp colours. It would be easier if I was using my Klik loom, or hadn't accepted a one-heddle-only constraint for this project, but... well. I *do* like the way it's turning out - it's just different to how I envisaged it when warping! (both warp and weft are Yarnscape Footsie - warp is an experimental colourway, weft is Velvet)
As for knitting - I've been working on the same swatch for weeks now. Weeks.
Really, this is all variations on the same stitch pattern, which I want to use for a moebius cowl. It's amazing how different it can look, just by changing the scale (and one other teensy factor, which I would never have expected to be so significant). More on this later as I think it deserves a blog post all of its own. This yarn is my handspun from this post. I'm enjoying knitting it - which is just as well, as I've actually knit 65g out of 100 as a swatch, and will get to knit it all again! Right, onto the announcements!
- Firstly, I did mention that the Wheel of the Year club is open again, right? Sign-ups for the next six months are open until May 1, or until spaces run out! A six month subscription includes four shipments, spaced about 6 weeks apart, and you can choose to sign up for sock yarn, lace yarn or spinning fibre. You can choose to pay for everything up front (which gets you a nice little discount), or you can pay by installments through PayPal.
- There's an awesome project up on Kickstarter (and Kickstarter is pretty awesome in its own right). These guys are looking to make spindles by 3D printing! They're concentrating on Turkish style spindles right now, with a few very cool design elements. For instance, their base model is actually just the arms of the spindle - because it's designed to work with a standard chopstick as the shaft! Their reasoning is that the shaft is the part most likely to get broken - so why not make it easy to replace? Another model uses holes in the arms of the spindle to take stacks of US nickels, allowing you to change the weight of your spindle as desired. (They're producing adapter inserts for other currency options, too). They've actually reached their funding goal, but there's a few more hours to go - a great opportunity to be in at the beginning and to get one of the very first off the print bed.
- Thirdly, today marks the start of the Sweet Shawlettes blog tour. This awesome book by Jean Moss is officially released today (though those on Amazon may have been able to buy it already - lucky you, bad amazon!) and Jean and Philip have put together a really fun looking line-up of bloggers running interviews, previews and giveaways to promote the book. I'm there, on the roster, but we start today with Jen! The full lineup is as follows - do have fun following along, and be sure to come here on the 12th for my contribution to the tour...
Wed 7 Mar Jen_Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Jen Arnall-Culliford
Thurs 8 Mar Needled Kate Davies
Fri 9 Mar Rock and Purl Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Sat 10 Mar Woolly Wormhead Woolly Wormhead
Mon 12 Mar Yarnscape Alison Barker
Tues 13 Mar Confessions of a Yarn Addict Anniken Allis
Wed 14 Mar Joli House Amanda France
Thurs 15 Mar This Is Knit Lisa & Siobhan
Fri 16 Mar The Knitting Institute Knitting Magazine
Sat 17 Mar Life’n Knitting Carla Meijsen
Sun 18 Mar ConnieLene Connie
Wed 21 Mar Ulla-Bella Anita Tørmoen
Thurs 22 Mar Heike Knits Heike Gittins