to twist or not to twist?

Gosh I'm so behind. I shouldn't even try to catch up but here goes...

I've some spinning to show. First, the light green, a three ply light fingering. I had to drop down to a zero needle for the socks I'm making and it could probably take a 00 but I don't have any. They'll just have to be delicate little socks. The purple, green, blue is a two ply lace weight. More pics at ravelry, including the socks wip.




Then, from the "they made me do it" department, a somewhat bulky single. Single?! Yes, single! What in the world!?! There is NO SUCH thing as a "stable" single. What will become of all that lovely twist energy in there just waiting to spring?! OK,OK, I understand there are "usable" singles and I did my best! This was a project for my spinning group and it really was a VERY good learning experience for me. My motto is always that the only right way to spin is the way that gets you the yarn you want, and there is a time to have a lofty usable single yarn. Got. it.



AND, duh duh duuuuh! The shawl that never ends continues to never end. So I decided to dye the thing, assuming that it would instantly dissolve in the dye bath or turn out splotchy all over. IT DIDN'T. But it also isn't completely black. At least Mark says it's blue. I'm convinced on the black but I think it's wishful thinking. Regardless of color, I just love what lace does when you block it. Couldn't believe how big this became (that's the entire length of our KING size bed and my blocking board) and how lovely the pattern. Also couldn't believe how many pins it took!! Too big for Lily Chin's Blocking Wires!! Here you go...














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I've also made another Russell the Sheep for a new baby cousin AND my brother and his wife had their second baby a few weeks ago. I made that little guy a sweater and a little elephant but totally failed to get pictures of the projects or of him. I'm going home this weekend and will try to rectify that and with the way I post, you'll see those pics around Thanksgiving!!

4 comments:

BrandyMcD said...

The shawl is amazing! In the top pic it looks brown. In the middle two it looks black. In the bottom it looks blue. It's technicolor! The pattern is so neat and you should be proud to wear it whatever the color!

burab said...

I think my impression of the shawl when I saw it in person was blue. But it looks great, no matter the color! Nice looking spinning, too. I can't take pics that close up with my spinning yet - it just doesn't look that nice. Haha.

marklackeydotnet said...

Re single ply: "A time to loft, and a time to worst..."

For the record, I think I merely said, "what color do you think it is?" But it isn't black enough to work with black; it's a beautiful midnight blue.

In any case, it is a breathtaking piece of work, Jeekeehoo. It looks fabulous! I need to find you a royal blue dress for Christmas. ~m

Javajem said...

Wow - I loooooove the shawl!! I'm so glad you went for it! How is the other one coming? I want to see it in person! I'm sure it's lovely -even if it's not black!