It’s Heavenly…

…to knit with handspun.  I had forgotten.  ;o)

I needed something simple to knit for WOOL, something I could carry around with me and take out to keep my hands busy while waiting in line for meals or sitting at the table or sitting in the living room area when spinning wasn’t doing it for me.  I thought and thought and couldn’t decide what pattern would work…

…then I saw the basket.  I grabbed a skein of handspun:

Isle Caribe - Merino

wound it up into a ball, grabbed a pair of #3 needles and stuck the whole mess into one of my project bags.  I cast on for a toe-up sock on Thursday afternoon and by yesterday I had this:

Isle Caribe Sock in Progress

Not bad for a weekend’s worth of knitting.  ;o)  I’m totally in love and want to knit more and more with my handspun!

p.s. The shop is open after being shut for my weekend away!

The reason Tina was so happy…

…was she was getting a tattoo on her wheel.  ;o)  Though there were some guesses that were pretty funny, hehehe

This past Saturday was the second annual Stitch and Spin in Catskill, NY.  Through some good luck and some creative googling I was able to get my friend Don to come to the event with his paints (and his amazing talent) to trick out some wheels.  Usually Don looks like this when he’s working:

Don in his element...

(yes, that’s my Jeep getting detailed, he’s done both my Jeeps, R’s Dad’s ’48 Ford, our friend Ernie and Ruth’s Dodge, oh hell pretty much every one of our friends who has a hot rod has had it pinstriped by Don, he loves us, hehe)

On Saturday, Don looked like this:


Don at Work

…and this:

Don at Work

…and this:

Don at Work

…a couple of the ‘tats’:

Another Emma ;o)

Risa's going to have to keep this one...

HA!  Risa’s going to have to keep this one for a while, methinks.  ;op  She looks happy though, doesn’t she?

You can see more (including closeups of my lil bee addition) by checking out Tina’s post and Harriet’s post on the Times Union Fiber Arts blog (please if you can, leave a comment on the TU blog, they still don’t believe we have such numbers, hehe.  But then come back here ‘cuz I have more for you to read…I’ll wait…you back?  cool.)

In knitting news, someone keeps asking about my sock progress so here it is:

Sock Progress...

Firestarter on the left, Lothlorien on the right.  ;o)

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April…

…done.

Fox Grape Leyburn Socks

I’ve finished the April socks for my 2009 Personal Sock Club and I’m completely smitten with them.

Fox Grape Leyburn Socks - Leg

I did not follow the Leyburn pattern for the toes or the heel.  I used the Magic Cast on for the toe and Wendy’s Toe-Up Sock with a Difference (PDF link) heel recipe for the heel.

Fox Grape Leyburn Socks - Heel

The heel I chose begins the gusset increases in the middle of the bottom of the foot which I thought looked pretty cool.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was it took me for-freaking-ever to do the heels.  If I didn’t have such fat heels (or high insteps – whichever), I’d have done the regular short row heel like the pattern directs.

I am so totally loving these socks – I’ve worn them for three days.  I should probably take them off and wash them eventually… ;o)

Project Details:

Pattern: Leyburn Socks [Rav Link]

Yarn: Autumn House Farms Strideaway Sock Yarn in the colorway ‘Fox Grape’ purchased Rhinebeck 2007

Needles: Knitpicks 2.5mm circs

Started April 2 – Finished April 19, 2009

When I finished these on Sunday I had no plan whatsoever in place for what was going to be up next.  Sure I have a ton of WIP’s but most of them are socks and I wanted to do something that wasn’t on leetle tiny needles for a change.  It took me a day but I decided…

Lady Eleanor - the beginning

I’m on tier 3 and loving it – got the hang of backwards knitting too.  ;o)