FO: Color Affection

 

Yes, I have another finished object to share with you! This one I finished right before Rhinebeck so some people have seen it in person.

FO: Color Affection

I love this knit. I mean Love.

FO: Color Affection

I wear it almost all the time – it’s been super cold here in the Northeast and the wood stove isn’t doing a very good job keeping up with our 200 year old windows (my old farmhouse still has the original handmade glass in the living room) so lately when I’m on the couch, I’m wearing this.

FO: Color Affection

It keeps my neck and shoulders cozy warm.

FO: Color Affection

It helps that the yarn was dyed by two good friends – and that it has cashmere in it ;o)

FO: Color Affection

The blue and purple were dyed by Judy of Ball and Skein, the grey was dyed by Kim of The Woolen Rabbit. It’s like getting a hug from both of them whenever I wear it!

Project Details:

Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Ball and Skein Sophia in Fox Grape and Beach Glass; The Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock in Raven

Needle: Knit Picks interchangeables – but I don’t remember the size! I want to say 6?

Time to Knit: 4 months!

 

 

New Socks!

I finally finished the pair of travel socks I’ve been working on for the past 2ish years! I even had them while on our honeymoon in Niagara Falls – see:

Travel Sock in Niagara Falls

and now they’re done!

Travel socks are finished! 2 years in the making ;) #knitting #SITTM

Project Details:

Pattern Name: No name, just toe-up socks with a short-row heel

Yarn: Handspun by me – it started as Spunky Eclectic fiber. Rolling Hills colorway, I think? Possibly BFL?

Needle Size: Size 1 Knitpicks Circs

Time Knit: Started in 2010, finished October 14, 2012

I’ll be wearing these at Rhinebeck along with my Effortless! (uh oh I need photos of that, too)

 

Stained Glass

The color of this yarn was not very cooperative – these photos reflect the colors much better than the ‘on-the-bobbin’ photo.

I’ve noticed lately that some new spinners think that you need to have a perfectly balanced skein of yarn when you unwind from your bobbin. Unless you are going for a very loose twist and you aren’t using your yarn for socks, this is not the correct way to be going about things. Sock yarn – or any yarn you plan on using in an item that will get a lot of wear – needs a lot of twist to be hardy and to withstand all that rubbing that goes on underneath your foot while you are walking around.

For example, this is what my yarn looks like when it first comes off my bobbin:

Before

See how it still has some extra twist? I didn’t photograph it but that whole skein just wrapped around itself to the left when I took it off the skeinwinder and the yarn was twisting back on itself like nobody’s business. I went and threw it into a bath of hot water (yep, HOT. As long as you don’t agitate it, you’ll be fine) and some Eucalan:

Spa time

and let it sit in there until the water had cooled – actually, I think with this I let it sit until I noticed that the water color had darkened and I became nervous that it was going to mess up the yellows in the skein so I took it out and let it sit in my salad spinner until it cooled off. Then I rinsed it with cool water (because the soak water had become blue) spun it out and thwacked it (hit it against the side of my tub a few times) and after it was dry, it was a lovely, balanced, sproingy skein of someday-sock yarn:

After

That concludes my PSA about handspun without enough twist. ;o) Go forth and be twisty!