OK, I know it’s positively depressing, the lack of knitting that has been posted on this blog of late. So though it’s not terribly exciting, I have for you: Noro Silk Garden, knit up into a garter-brim hat. I loved working with this yarn, which is a joy, and I enjoyed this simple hat pattern I ‘designed’, especially as I made a couple of modifications the second time.
Secondly, I’ve started on YET another hat, knit from Malabrigo Merino Worsted, which until my employment at Urban Yarns, I had not tried. MMMMmmm it is lovely to knit with (like butter), but I fear it will pill and wear quickly. But I’m withholding judgment for later.
So of course, I’ve also been spinning!
And loving the results – though they are but meagre. Upper left is a single-ply mystery-wool that came in a box from a friend of my mom’s, and which I dyed into intense (offensive?) pink, purples and blue – about DK weight, and 170 yds. To the right is 2-ply, fingering weight merino, spun from tiny balls of roving I bought at a lovely artistan’s shop during my bike trip of the oregon coast (december 08). It’s about 40 grams, and 130 yds. At the bottom is ‘wildflowers’ a single-ply silk which I hand-dyed and spun, also procured from the box of mystery handed down to me by a spinning friend of my mother’s. I have TONNES more silk to spin, but I am seriously lacking the skills to do it effectively. This little skein, ~ 100 yds, is uber lovely, though, I must say (so modest!).