Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Look--not socks!

(But I'm still knitting socks--I finished up the purple and teal pair on Thursday, then made a baby hat and matching socks over the weekend, then started a pair of socks for Kevin... that's pairs 45 and 46 done, and pair 47 in progress. If I keep up 1 pair a week, I'm on track to finish 53 pairs by the end of May, right on schedule.)

Aside from the socks, I'm knitting a couple of things I can't show here. So I'll distract you with spinning. I'm trying to spin up some/most of my fiber in preparation for buying more at the CT and MA sheep and wool festivals (So excited! Less excited that the CT festival is the same day I'm planning to do my erg marathon... although on the other hand, thinking about the festival will be a nice distraction from staring at the erg screen for hours.)

Anyway, this one's from Rhinebeck:

If I'm remembering correctly, it's merino plus glitz (glitz is like fine tinsel, basically). I was worried it was too shiny when it was roving, then worried that the glitz was invisible when it was a single, and now that it's a 2-ply, I like the glitz level. (Not that it really shows in this picture!) There are about 500 yards, more or less fingering weight-ish. I'm not sure what it wants to be yet.

And this one's from Woolybuns, who's in my spinning group. It's a mix of angora and alpaca, which I bought at the meeting in March, and spun up immediately (not my original plan, but I couldn't help myself!)

It needs to be a cowl or a scarf, I think--it was definitely meant to be snuggled into!


Baby Beth said...

It's funny that they are so similar in color. They both look great!

Octopus Knits said...

Beautiful! I think I can just see the glitz :)

Chris said...

You spin so nicely! I loved seeing and petting your angora/alpaca skein at guild, and can't wait to see what you do with it next. :)