Thing-a-Week #19

Right. So, remember the tiny knitting I did last week? This is why I did it:

Thing a Week #19: Tiny Sheep

Yes, it’s a wee sheep. I made this for Ewenique because, well, she requested one! The sheep is made entirely of the Romney wool I processed last year, and I added the tiny knitting project from last week. She stands (er, sits) at about 3 inches tall. It was fun to make, if a bit fiddly because it’s so small. And I only bled once from stabbing myself with the felting needle this time! Go, me!

Thing a Week #19: Tiny Sheep

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To good friends.

Almost two years ago, I made a new friend: Ewenique. We met when I, a total stranger, offered to drive her to Sock Summit 2009 in Portland while she was visiting Seattle from the UK. (Honestly, I could have been an axe murderer for all she knew!) We got along famously, and have been keeping in touch and sending presents back and forth and doing all the things that good friends do.

Well, Ewenique is back in the States, her visit once again happily coinciding with Sock Summit 2011. I actually had quite a few things stored up that I’d been meaning to send, not the least of which was a little housewarming gift I knit for her:

Girasole

That’s Girasole, a beautiful lace blanket/shawl designed by Jared Flood. The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca, an alpaca/wool blend in the color “Steel Cut Oats.” I’d started it some time ago, and when Ewenique told me they got a new house, of course I had to finish the blanket for the occasion (months late, as it worked out, but who’s counting?).

Ewenique and her husband only just arrived a couple of days ago. They came to our house last night for a BBQ, after which she stayed over so we could get a head start on our trip down to Sock Summit. (Given the jet lag, they held up quite well!) Ewe also gave me some lovely purple Old Maiden Aunt yarn, some buttons, and some yummy bikkies, which I believe I will devour in record time.

Today was a gorgeous day, so I trotted out the convertible and we made the trek down to Portland. Once there, we walked and stroked the yarn to our hearts’ content. I didn’t get very good pictures, so this will have to do.

(Edit: Ewenique posted her pictures, here. They’re much better than mine.)

Sock Summit 2011

I did catch Ewenique fondling her yarn when she thought I wasn’t looking. Naughty girl.

The weather was quite warm, and stayed that way all day, even after sunset. Naturally the convertible top stayed down and we basked the whole way home. The day could not have been more perfect.

Thing-a-Week #18

Just a little bit of knitting this week. Literally.

Thing a Week #18: Tiny Knitting

This is a part of a project I’m planning. It didn’t take me long, but I think it turned out pretty well. It’s laceweight yarn knit on size 0 needles, transferred to little knitting needles that I made out of toothpicks. Isn’t it darling?

Thing-a-Week #17

I finally plied those singles from Things 14 and 16. The result: around 200 yards worsted-weight 2-ply yarn, again Spinning Sisters merino, colorway “Boyfriend.” Feels a little anticlimactic, but some days you gotta take what you can get.

Thing a Week #17: Handspun

The yarn actually turned out a little thicker than I’d anticipated. I spun the singles pretty thin, but they fluffed up considerably after plying and wash. It’s very soft and springy, though!

Thing-a-Week #16

Life continues to be a little hectic, so my Things have been a little smaller in scope lately. This week I spun up the other single I was talking about with Thing #14. Didn’t have time to ply, but that’ll give me something to do next week!

Thing a Week #16: Handspun

Both singles are pictured here so you don’t think I’m just posting the same one from last time. ;)

If you look closely, the one I spun this week, at right, has a longer stripe pattern than the first one. This is because of the way I split the fiber. For the first one, I split it in half-lengthwise, making the roving thinner and resulting in shorter repeats of color. The second was spun from the full thickness of roving, so it takes longer to get through each color, and results in longer color repeats. When plied, it should give a pleasing variation of color in the yarn. This method is sometimes referred to as fractal spinning.

Nothing to see here…

Sorry, thing-a-week #15 is MIA. Just a few too many non-thing things going on this week! So I added a new rule: I can miss one or two of these things and not feel too bad about it. :>

Stay tuned, I’ll be back next week with more. In the meantime, happy 4th!