Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks on November 20th, 2013
This is the end of my current round and round knitting, it’s all I’ve been good for this week because I’ve been too busy fretting about real life to have any time left over for thinking about anything else. These are husband socks, I had thought to aim them at my son but it seems that his feet are now too big for my standard 72 stitch sock. He either needs a heel worked over more than half of the stitches or simply more stitches because when he came to try it on it was straining over the instep and as I was already at the toe it was easier to give them to someone with smaller feet. The baby jacket is sidelined because it is at the point where I should be uniting the sleeves with the body and starting on the yoke. This needs me to calculate the yoke decreases so that they work with the pattern I’m using and that won’t be happening until next week. There’s a lot of things on hold until the magic time of “after Thursday” and all knitting that needs any thought will be happening after then. My Christmas shopping also starts after Thursday as does preparing for a weekend away and threading the loom.
I’ll leave you with a quick trip down memory lane as that needs one photo and no thinking. I believe this to be the oldest thing that I’ve knitted that is still being worn. You can see that it is a product of my early knitting because it’s in the same colour as the pattern and more than likely I made it in the recommended yarn too. I remember that it took a lot of balls of yarn and that’s because it was sold in 20g balls. Looking back, that seems very strange, it was just a plain old double knit so anything smaller than a 50g ball would be very odd now. I suppose the fact that there is a pattern and I stuck to it also marks it as being not that recent. I knitted this bed jacket for my mother somewhere around 1980, it might have been slightly earlier but it can’t have been much later. Even though I made it thirty years ago I still remember the horror that I felt when I came to wrap it up and saw that I’d made a mistake in the pattern, before I got it out to take this photo I knew that it would be on the collar on the right as I looked at it. I could see myself frozen in the act of wrapping, poking at the unwanted yarnover and trying to convince myself that it would be fine to just leave it. It wasn’t as if I had any other option, it was a Christmas gift and I didn’t have the time to fix it properly or the experience to fix it quickly so I left it and needless to say it has bugged me to this day. The yarnover is still in the wrong place but the more mature me thinks that it’s not all that noticeable and it is certainly not the glaring mistake that I remembered it to be. It’s taken me a while to reach acceptance but here it is at last.
There seems to be some sort of lesson there about avoiding perfectionism, not getting hung up on small things and living with “good enough will do” but no, it’s just slipped away from me.
Posted by Caroline in Dyeing, Knitting, socks, Spinning on October 20th, 2013
It’s not been a week where I’ve flown along but I did accomplish a few things. The striped baby jacket is finished including buttons. When I’ve made this before I’ve used sock scraps for the contrast colours and although it’s not hard to make the two sides match it does need a bit of effort. The sleeves were hard work last time, even putting the yarn for the second sleeve in a bag marked “sleeve” wasn’t enough to make it plain sailing and so I seized the opportunity to do something differently this time. I can rationalise with the best of them and I managed to convince myself that it made no difference to the order in which I knitted them providing that I ended up with a pair of socks and a baby jacket out of a ball of sock yarn. It didn’t really matter whether the jacket used leftovers from the socks or the socks used the leftovers from the jacket. This idea came to me because I was looking at a ball of sock yarn that was the same colour as the scraps that I’d dyed, that they matched should be no surprise given that they came out of the same dye bath. The result is that the body of the jacket uses overdyed sock yarn leftovers but the sleeves are knitted from a full ball of sock yarn.
When I finished the jacket I had just under 70g of the sock yarn left, not quite enough for a pair of socks but that didn’t matter because I had some of the other colours left from the jacket. These socks have the cuff and heel flap knitted from the true leftovers from the jacket and that was enough for the main yarn to see me to the toe. You’ll notice that the blue stripe isn’t prominent in the sleeves of the jacket, that’s because there wasn’t a stripe in the yarn then. I originally thought I’d add stripes as a way of making the 70g of yarn stretch to the toe, then I thought about all the ends that would generate and decided instead to make the cuff, flap (and toe if necessary) from other yarns. I still liked the idea of stripes though so I added a wide stripe of navy to the yarn.
I do still spin, last week I spun up a bag of merino/angora that I found as part of my tidying up, there are no photos of that because it’s gone away. It looks just like every other skein of white yarn you’ve ever seen so you didn’t miss a deal by me not taking its photo. I looked out a bag of coloured Shetland and a bag of coloured Corriedale and carded several sets of colour changing wool. When spun end to end you end up with a monochromatic gradient yarn, I’ve spun it many times before so I know exactly what it will come out like but it’s still fun to watch the colours gradually change as I spin and ply. It was so much fun that I might make another (and another).
My big plans for the loom were sidelined, I wound the warp and then read the directions for using the sectional beam. I need a metal rod and that didn’t come with the rakes so the warp is in a bag waiting for two foot of something that’s rigid but thin enough to pass through the eyes on the rakes. Thinking about it, there might be a work around – I see some research in my future.
I’m down to one knitting project now, the ugly duckling baby jacket. Glowering at it doesn’t seem to be getting it finished so it does look like I have to pick up the needles to get it done. If I don’t start anything else then there’s more chance of that happening.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, sweaters, Weaving on September 29th, 2013
The blog has graciously consented to reverting to photos that enlarge when you click them so feel free to enbiggen to your heart’s content. Today’s post is brought to you by way of a bunch of seemingly random numbers.
Three is the number of bags I got out of the length of fabric (it was a four yard warp). There is a bit of fabric left over that will come in for something at some time but for now it’s going back in the box. I couldn’t bring myself to make two bags the same so I added a contrast trim and some buttons to the third which had the same lining as the second. They are intended to be bags for socks in progress and they are a nice size for that. I like them, they aren’t perfect but I’m still learning. I tried to improve on the first handle which finished beautifully but was a pig to turn and got two handles that turned easily but the seam allowances fought with the pressing of the edges and as a result the contrast edging isn’t as even as I would have liked.
I have released two more socks into the wild. I have no idea where the pokey end has come from, that will be sorted with scissors as soon as I reclaim them for the wash. This is a 50g ball of black sock yarn and the leftovers from a skein of Lorna’s Laces Jungle Stripe, it also made a pair of Fiesta Feet in preblog times, a pair of stashbuster spiral socks for my husband and a phone cosy. I had to finish the second of the pair by missing out one of the plain rounds in the toe shaping because otherwise there wouldn’t have been enough to graft the toes closed. That’s one ball of yarn that won’t be going back into the scrap bag.
The baby jacket that I was knitting last time reached the neck just as I needed something to take with me for my Saturday morning tea-drinking music school attendance. I’m making the pattern up and I hadn’t worked out exactly what should happen when I divided for the neck so I needed something else to knit. That means I now have one more baby jacket on the needles and yes, it’s the side to side DROPS one again. This is the third one of these I’ve knitted, I am unrepentant because they are fun and use up sock scraps and anyway, I sold the other two so they don’t count. Needless to say the project that only needs a few minutes thought and a calculator to sort it out is now stuck in a bag and will probably stay there until the newness fades from this.
The number series could also read 3-2-1-28 because although there are seven buttons on this cardigan there are an extra twenty one in the button tin. I bought two sets of buttons and decided both were unsuitable then my mother bought two sets as well. We could discuss whether this is still the same cardigan as the original Sirdar one, I think that it is even though it’s knitted at a different tension with different yarn and I changed the length, the neck, blended two sizes and added waist shaping. It still looks the same because of the lace panels running up the fronts. I knitted it in JC Rennie supersoft lambswool, I bought it for weaving but it’s lovely to knit as well. It is very fine for knitting and for adult garments it makes for a lot of work. Had this been long sleeved I might have stuck it in a bag and denied its existence rather than face yet more plain stockinette. I think I’ll stick with using it for weaving in future.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks on August 23rd, 2013
I didn’t take the camera on holiday, no great loss seeing as the photos would have looked the same as last year and the year before because we stayed in the same town, in the same house. To keep me amused and out of mischief I took the cardigan, two pairs of socks, six library books and “Pride and Prejudice”. If I’d taken fewer books then there would have been more knitting but it was hot (when it wasn’t raining) and books keep my hands cooler. The cardigan still has a single front but it’s ready for some under arm cast off action which means that it’s now sidelined until the second front catches up. That’s not going to happen until I actually cast on and I haven’t got that far yet.
My other holiday knitting was one sock and two half socks. The whole sock was one of this pair, it seemed familiar when I was knitting it and when I’d finished the first one I looked across to see a nearly identical pair on my husband’s feet. Fortunately this pair are ribbed to the toe so it will be easy to tell them apart in the wash. I did think of telling the blog what the yarn was and used the yarn band as a bookmark so I’d keep it safe. This worked right up to the moment when the books went back to the library and the ball band went into the bin. I searched the blog for details of the first pair but (surprise, surprise) I didn’t note the yarn details then either. The eagle eyed may notice that the socks aren’t a good fit for these feet and that’s because they weren’t made for them. It’s still the school holidays here and junior was pressed into service as a foot model even though his feet are now bigger than his father’s.
Junior is not modelling the pair that I made for him because there’s only one of them now. Needless to say, I am not pleased. I went away with a ball of leftover blue sock yarn and two socks that were past the heel. On Tuesday he had a new pair of socks suitable for school and concerts, by Sunday he had only one. This is a new record in sock loss, severe enough for me to seriously consider relegating him to shop socks until he can manage to put pairs into the wash (I found this one under the settee after I went hunting for it when I realised that it wasn’t in the wash). The one good thing is that this single sock can still be worn because in shoes it will match all the other socks he has that are black where it shows. I can’t even console myself with my usual line of “it will turn up” because there is a real possibility that he’s left the other one in Devon. Until I see signs of remorse/contrition or the second sock he’s off the knit list.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, sweaters, Weaving on May 30th, 2013
All of my knitting ground to a halt earlier this week. I needed to switch to dpns for the sleeves of the pink hoodie which meant that I had to sit down with the jar of dpns and the needle sizer. This was not my idea of a fun time and promised to be much less fun than weaving so I didn’t do it. In the end I talked myself into it but after sizing all the needles I could find I was one short. This is worse than it sounds because one of the three needles I did find is several inches longer than the others so it’s not one needle that I’m missing but four or more. This feels even worse than not being able to find one missing needle because I know that there’s a set of them out there taunting me from the bottom of a project bag. I refuse to buy yet another set to add to the two part sets I can find so I need to knuckle down, look through bags and put some things away. Faced with a choice between weaving or looking for needles it wasn’t hard to put off the needle hunt for another day.
The striped jumper has been stalled for some time because I needed to sew in the ends and that was much less fun than weaving so I didn’t do it. I needed a carry along project to fill in a half hour of waiting and so I did what any reasonable person would do, ignored the sewing job and picked up a set of dpns and a ball of sock yarn. These will be another pair of school uniform socks for the son and heir, once I get past the heel and into the foot where it’s hidden in shoes I’ll break out some non-regulation coloured yarn from the scrap bag.
The underlying reason that I have had no knitting to work on in the evenings is because I haven’t been doing any knitting problem solving during the day, all I’ve been doing is weaving. The blue and white striped warp was irresistible and I reached the end all too quickly. This still needs to be washed, the pattern will fill out then because two of the yarns are oiled on the cone. I’m waiting for a good drying day as five yards of wet wool is a bit tricky to dry in the house and of course with my impeccable timing I got it off the loom just as the sunny weather disappeared. I talked myself out of immediately winding another warp, I have lots of yarn and lots of ideas but I made myself realise that I need a few hours away from the loom to get my knitting past the problem stage. Whenever I have a choice between weaving or something less entertaining the weaving wins out and the result of that is that I have nothing to knit in the evenings. The deal I made with myself is that once I’ve found the dpns for the hoodie sleeves and got the striped sweater finished I can load up the loom again.
That was enough of an incentive for me to knuckle down and sew in the ends, sew up the sleeves and knit the button bands. It needs blocking and buttons but I can call it done without feeling that I’m cheating. This is a variant on DROPS b19-3, I used the stitch count and lengths but changed the shoulder fastening and made a collar. It was a good use of leftover sock yarn but I’d forgotten how much I dislike weaving in ends, it might have put me off stripes for a while. I still have to track down the missing dpns, this might start with a trawl through my finished projects on Ravelry in an attempt to identify when I used them last. It’s got to be an easier solution than looking in every bag that I own especially as that usually results in finding more leftover sock yarn to add to the overflowing bag.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, Weaving on April 30th, 2013
It would be difficult for socks to be a surprise to me because I would have needed to have knitted them with a bag over my head and that would make it very difficult to watch the TV at the same time. They are new to the blog though. I started them so that the leftovers could liven up the blah beige beachy baby jacket but after I ripped the jacket I didn’t have the need for the leftovers and as a result the socks were sidelined. I’m tired of seeing them hanging about so they are now finished and in the sock drawer. These are for me, it seems to have been a while since I got to keep a pair so I think I was long overdue a place in the sock knitting queue.
The scarf was a surprise even to me, it was a good four months since I saw the beginning of this so I was clueless as to what it looked like. As you weave you wind the bit you’ve completed around the front and then it vanishes, not to be seen again until you take it off the loom. I can’t remember when I started this but I’m pretty sure that it was before Christmas when I warped the rigid heddle loom. In theory I’d be able to find the details in my weaving project book and tell you the starting date but it was a complete surprise to the book too. Fortunately when I put the loom away (for Christmas?) I had packed all the yarns together in the same bag so it was a simple job to pick it up and finish it off even after it had been sitting around for four months. It’s not one of my favourites, it’s mostly commercial yarn so I don’t get that warm fuzzy feeling from looking at my handspun. Having said that I do like the grey, it’s an alpaca boucle and it’s ridiculously soft. I have issues with a lot of alpaca, it makes my eyes itch as commercial yarn, fleece or processed top, but I’m fine with DROPS alpaca boucle.
There are no surprises on the other loom and I’m really pleased about that because it’s a good thing. The general idea is that every inch is just like the previous inch without any dramatic knots or tangles or exciting changes in tension. This has been the perfect warp, I think I may have overcome my weak spot in warping which is beaming (rolling all that yarn onto the back of the loom). Weaving has been totally uneventful and without drama, I keep rolling fabric onto the front, unrolling yarn from the back and filling bobbins when I feel like it. I think another day or two will see the end of this, it’s about five yards long and that seems to be about the length of my attention span. I like it, I would have liked it more had it been an inch or so wider but seeing as I used all but a few yards of the purple that was never going to happen.
The really big surprise in my week was the two big (dog sized) bags of yarn that appeared unexpectedly in my porch. I didn’t see that one coming, neither did the dog as the yarn fairy managed to open the porch door, leave the bags, close the front door and nearly get back to her car before he got out of his basket to look out of the window and bark. Someone had a tidy up and for some reason thought of me when she asked herself “who could use this wool?”. Until I’ve got to the end of this warp I’m not letting myself think about the next project so I couldn’t possible have a page of notes on how much warp I need for a blanket 46″ wide and 72″ long (yes, there’s enough in those bags)
Posted by caroline in Knitting, Non-fibre, socks on April 5th, 2013
I’ll put the knitting at the beginning for those of you that don’t want to look at the photos of this week’s bread products. These are my son’s feet in the newest pair of school socks, the red is the yarn left over from the Christmas stocking in the last post. This is part of my cunning plan to reduce the expansion of the bag of sock yarn bits by putting less into it. I knitted the black from both ends of the ball and have under two yards left from a 50g ball so I felt no remorse about throwing the scraps in the bin. It might look as if I messed up the pattern on the sock at the back but even I struggle to fail at counting to two. It has his name knitted across the foot (you’re looking at the A and the N) but it didn’t come out particularly well because of the variegation in the yarn and my refusal to carry one yarn across half a sock just to frame the letters. Now that both males have the same size feet there’s the potential for wash day being more challenging and I thought it might be useful to start marking the socks so I know whose is whose. There are much simpler ways to achieve this so I don’t think I’ll be doing this again.
That’s the end of the wool, now onto the yeast. I nearly blew it with the brioche, I’ve eaten it but never made it and the end result doesn’t really tell you much about the process. I’m going to put my wobbly first effort down to an attempt to combine two recipes, one with an overnight rise and one with chocolate chips. The first challenge was that the recipe I was using must have used ostrich eggs because 25ml of milk, two eggs and 250g of flour does not a dough make, it makes crumbs. I didn’t think that adding great lumps of butter would soften the dough that much so I put more milk in and it looked respectable when I’d finished with it so maybe I got it right. Sadly it looked exactly the same the next morning, the slow overnight rise was more of a no overnight rise. There are a number of things I’ll be doing differently next time, including taking them out of the oven sooner.
The croissants were more work than the brioche but the results were better even though I’d never made those before either. The first one I made was a Shrek croissant which clearly answered my question of “Have I rolled this out thin enough?”. The rest were fine and I made pain au chocolat out of the trimmings. My son is thirteen, has no interest in lamination and crumb structure and declared the chocolate ones to be awesome (and were there any more?). He is the only reason that I buy plastic bread, he has it for toast in the morning and sandwiches at night. I’d like to stop buying it but that means coming up with acceptable substitutes. Making bread rolls has eliminated the need for sandwich bread but that still leaves a gap on the breakfast plate. Having made both I can say now that if I’m making them on a regular basis then I’d rather be making brioche than croissants but I need another recipe, some more practise and milk chocolate chips rather than plain.
I have made naan bread once before, it was pretty poor and put me off making it again. I tried again this week and this time it was spot on. The dough last time had a lot of yoghurt in it and I think that’s what I didn’t like about it. I’d make them again (and again and again) but next time I’ll cook them on the griddle because getting the burnt flour off the base of my biggest Le Creuset pan has been a struggle. It seemed like a good idea at the time because the pan was big and round and the griddle is long and narrow but I didn’t really think it through. Burnt flour on the griddle is less of an issue seeing as the griddle is black to start with.
I’m not done with yeast yet, next on the list are bagels, oatcakes and pretzels. It’s been decades since I made bagels because the first time I made them I decided they weren’t worth the effort and I’ve never made oatcakes or pretzels. Flour is cheap and it’s never a dull day when you learn something new.
Posted by caroline in Knitting, Non-fibre, socks, Weaving on March 6th, 2013
Here are the contents of the plastic bag shown last time – two 2lb tin loaves. I have the same attitude to arty bread as I do to arty yarn – unless you have a use for it there’s no point in making it unless you really enjoy the process. The whole product vs process discussion applies equally to breadmaking as it does to knitting or spinning except that you can’t stash bread particularly well. We eat all of the bread we buy as sandwiches or toast so it needs to be regular in size (so one round of sandwiches is about the same size as another) and small enough to fit into the toaster. I like the look of those monster domes of arty bread but I can’t see that they have much practical application (rather like supercoils). There isn’t a powerful incentive for me to make bread because we shop at a real bakers which is right next to the real butcher who sells beef from cows and has animal parts on hooks in the cold store at the back. Last weekend the timing of other stuff meant that there was no way of fitting in the bread run so I made my own. They were good loaves, I should have slashed the tops deeper and maybe dusted them with flour but they were as good as any I’ve ever made. The first two didn’t last very long so I had a chance to see what they would have looked like slashed and dusted because I remembered to do that with the second two. The second two were prettier but had a slight flying crust because I was pushed for time on the final rise. I think my next stop is croissants and to do that I need to clear the breakfast bar off to create some serious rolling out space. I used to buy my bread flour by the sack then junior came along with his preference for floppy bread. I am hoping that now is the time to wean him off plastic shop bread and if the trade off is chocolate croissants then so be it.
The scarf from last time also came out well. It needed some fixing because yet again I managed to do an outstanding job of threading (not), I had one threading error and three pairs of crossed threads. It would have come out better if I hadn’t woven a foot before finding the third pair. You can’t tell now and that’s what matters. As this is all sock yarn and machine washable it can go to a home where it may not be properly washed so as soon as I’ve written a thank you note it will be going off to school. This took about 120g of sock yarn bits, I have enough red scraps to make another without getting too inventive with the colours, I’m not sure if I have enough for a third without it being too striped.
The latest socks are finished. The black tops are so that he can wear them for band concerts and school, provided that they are visibly plain they’ll do. What happens in the shoe, stays in the shoe. They were too plain to be fun and another time I’ll know to show him a shortlist of yarns rather than letting him pick his own. I used all of one 50g ball of black, I knitted from both ends of the ball with two sets of dpns so I finished just past the gusset decreases with less than a yard left. I used all of the purple and there’s so little left of the blue after knitting the toe that I’ll keep that bit out for yarn ties. Even though it sounds like a big win over the scrap bag in reality I’ve used less than 30g out of it. I suppose that’s better than putting 30g into it but it’s the scarf that takes the win this week on using leftovers.
The thrummed hat is still in the bag, not one row longer than last time. I bet it wouldn’t take an hour of my time to finish it, even so my next project is going to be winding another warp from the scrap bag. I’m pushing myself to finish the hat, I have no other knitting (my inner knitter whispered something about a Victorian stocking but she’s wrong) and I’m not starting anything else until it’s finished. It has to be done because I can’t face the thought of attempting to frog thrums.
Posted by caroline in hats, Knitting, Non-fibre, socks on March 2nd, 2013
I have to admit that I’m not enjoying these latest socks all that much. I let the recipient have the full choice of colours from the scrap bag and he pulled out the first ball he came to and proclaimed it to be perfect. I moved from plain black to plain purple and it’s all so …. plain. I’m at the same point on both socks, just about to start the toe shaping and I think there is just not quite enough yarn to finish them. This wasn’t a problem because all I needed to do is poke about in the sock scrap bag and I already had three perfect (really perfect, not just first-out-of-the-bag perfect) not-plain yarns in mind. I had a good look in the bag but couldn’t find any of them, in fact there seemed to be a shortage of purple scraps which puzzled me because I was sure that I hadn’t knitted them.
This puzzle was solved when I sat at the loom. This is my first weaving this year, I wound this warp months ago and it’s been threaded and ready to start for weeks so it’s not surprising that I’d put it from my mind. All those missing purples and the rest of the turquoise are now accounted for. This is all sock yarn from the scrap bag, I’m confident that there is enough of the weft to actually finish it, I didn’t do anything radical like work it out but it was a pretty big ball so I was happy to wing it. This is all machine washable sock yarn and I think I already have a home for it.
The other reason that the plain and boring socks aren’t finished is that I have had two projects on the go. They say that a change is as good as a rest and there has been a world of difference between tiny yarn on tiny dpns and doubled yarn on pencil sized dpns. (Excuse the weird crusty fingers, it’s dough, not a gruesome skin condition) This is my first thrummed item, apart from when we have freak weather and it gets down to -17 we don’t really have it cold enough to need that extra trapped air. If I get to the end this will be something that looks like a trapper hat except that as soon as I started with the grey I immediately regretted my colour choices. I’m going to carry on and finish it because it will suit someone somewhere, I’ve learned from it (don’t use wool that matches your hair colour unless you are knitting a wool wig) and with needles that big there is not exactly a lot of work involved.
My other first is still proving and is the reason for the scabby fingers in the photo above. I’ve been making bread by the same method all my life and I thought it was time for a change. These are my first loaves made by the sponge method and it will be interesting to see whether they are actually noticeably different to ones made with a one stage mix. If the kitchen wasn’t north facing and cold then I might already know, as it is the bag is now sitting in the living room enjoying the sun.
If I knuckle down then there is a chance that everything here could be finished next week – unlikely but possible.
Posted by caroline in Knitting, socks, Spinning on February 25th, 2013
My major achievements last week were the purchase of football boots, black trousers and white shirts. From that you can deduce that it has been half term for the growing school child. The week’s shopping turned out to be less stressful than my baking, which is usually not the case at all. I made some macarons which would have been better if I’d not explored the other functions on the oven and burnt them. The setting that the manual said was “especially good for baking” appears to really be “especially good for baking much hotter than the normal fan setting”. Apart from that they were not bad for a first attempt especially after they’d stood for three days and absorbed some of the liquid from the filling. I made a peach and blueberry dessert which looked lovely when I saw it on a repeat of Great British Bake Off but which failed to deliver. I lost faith in the recipe when the first layer (of three) overflowed from the two litre dish that the recipe specified. If I was ever making it again I’d halve everything and substitute a basic crumble topping seeing as mine was soggy rather than crumbly (I have a suspicion that there was too much butter in relation to the flour and sugar). I was on safe ground with the pasta, bread and pizza and they vanished so quickly that this is the only photo I have.
I finished the second pair of green and black socks for Daniel proving that you can get two pairs of socks from 100g of black. With a blatant disregard for my eyesight I cast on for a third pair of black and leftovers. The current black yarn comes in 50g balls so one ball will make a pair of socks. I’ve found out that I don’t have enough light at night to count rows or pick up stitches but the rest of the time plain round and round socks don’t need a lot of looking at and I get on well enough.
I took this photo two weeks ago and Ophidian is exactly the same size now. It turned out to be a non starter because of the yarn. It’s a very slick superwash and I know that it’s not going to hold a block for five minutes so although I like the colour and the beads I have to concede that it’s a waste of time knitting it into anything lacy. I will rip it and put it back into the sock yarn drawer for another day. It’s difficult when you can’t touch what you are buying because not all superwash merino is as slick as this, I’ve knitted this pattern twice before with sock yarn but that wasn’t the same super slippery sock yarn as I have now.
I had some fun with the carder, I made a couple of batts from natural coloured fibre and some more from wool that I’d dyed. I have the feeling with these that I’m making something from nothing because I take little bits of fibre and make them into a big lump of something (or sometimes into other little bits of fibre). I did manage to make a significant impact on the bag of wool this week because I looked in it rather than just pulling things from the top. In the bottom was 500g of undyed fibre that belonged in a totally different bag. As if by magic the carding bag immediately became big enough to hold its contents and stopped slithering lumps of silk onto the floor.
I have to go and root through the stash now, I’ve bought a pattern that knits to three stitches to the inch on huge needles and it’s a fair bet that I have no suitable yarn. I suspect that it’s going to be character building seeing as it’s so far away from what I usually knit, I also suspect that I’m going to be holding three strands of yarn together.