I had hoped to show the bag I made from the not very patterned weaving I was making last week. I’ve washed it, pressed it and then was derailed by spinning and birthday cake planning so that didn’t happen. The thrummed hat is where I last left it two weeks ago, I’m not cold enough or guilty enough to get on with that just now. That leaves us with the Christmas stocking, now at the tedious heel. I’ve knitted this twice before so I knew before I started that the heel is no fun at all. It’s knitted flat so half of it is purled in pattern and some of the beaded rows are worked from the wrong side. The saving grace is that it is only seventy one stitches wide and thirty five rows long so even if I only do a few rows each night I will eventually get it finished. My knitting time is in the evenings in front of the tv so that isn’t a good fit with reading a chart. For anyone who is wondering how I can say that immediately after knitting 8″ of obviously-charted leg without complaint, well there are charts and then there are charts. The leg is a simple small pattern where all I have to do is count my way around, for example one round was 123456-3-3-3 and repeat. It doesn’t need me to look at the chart, just check now and again that the pattern is stacking up right. If I do that with the heel I have to take it back as soon as I get the right side facing me again.
Now onto the spinning, it seems to be ages since I’ve done any. Recently I’ve been making batts that change colour across the width, the set on the left is probably the one with the best photography and it shows the colour changes well (don’t bother looking for that one – it’s sold, packed and posted). You can see that there are three colours in it with some blending where they run together. When I first saw batts that looked like that I thought that they looked lovely but what would you do with them? Well now I know and I’ll share. The batts I used have three colours in four stripes but the colours are closer together, there’s a purple shade, a light lilac, a burgundy and then the light lilac again. What I’m aiming for is something like this but wider seeing as I have a bigger loom now. There’s a possibility that yet again I’ve run off down the path of “so subtle I needn’t have bothered” in which case there may be emergency embellishment ahead.
I tore stripes off the edge of the batt and set them out in order, a purple one, a purple/pink, a pink, a red, a red/pink and a pink. The narrower you make the stripes the less blending you get in each length and so you get better colour separation but I was adopting the “good enough will do” method here. I spun them in the same order that they fell in the batt, made sure that I spun the second bobbin in the same order and then plyed them to get a yarn with the same colour gradient as the original batt. I had four batts (198g) and I got a little under 700 yards of yarn. It would have been good to then show the warp on the loom but you’ll have to call back next week for that. If all goes well I’ll show you the cake I made too, if it turns out to be a plain shop bought one you’ll know that everything went horribly wrong.