Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In Training

These changes to the blogger interface are really cramping my blogging style, here, folks.  Sorry - please bear with me if things don't look quite right when posts first go up.  I try to fix issues within a couple hours of posting if there are any.

I've been working pretty monogamously on my Pulelehua.  This picture is about two charts old:


I have 5 charts to go.  This is another one of those really clever knits!  The rows are pretty long at this point, so it's taking me a while to chug through them, and I don't seem to have much knitting time lately.  We still have so many little things that we're dealing with, a bit at a time, that my evening time knitting has been largely reduced to two to three rows a night.  And, of course, there are things that have to get done on the weekend as well, so I'm not getting as much done then, either.

Since we got married out of town, we're having a reception for our local friends and family this weekend.  Once that happens, the next big thing will be buying the house we currently rent.  Then, hopefully, life will resume a less hurried pace - but that might be wishful thinking!  We'll still have a lot to get done, but we can accomplish it a bit more at our own pace.

Anyway!  Although I have not been knitting as much yarn as I would like, that has not stopped me from acquiring more!  This was a birthday present from my mother-in-law CodeMama, from her visit to Mountain Colors:


Winter lace in colorway Chinook, and


an undyed skein, to bend to my will.  Mwahahaha.  Some day.

I also got this:


Silver Label Silk Fingering from Tanis Fiber Arts, in Gold.  Isn't it yummy?  So smooth and shiny and very gold, as opposed to yellow.  I love it.


(omg so shiny)

I've never knit with fingering weight silk before (this is actually more like a light fingering/heavy laceweight) and we will see how I like it.  I got this to do Romi's new(ish) Pins and Lace pattern with, but I haven't started it.  I am making such slow progress as it is on my other projects, that I feel like I will never get anything done if I start up multiple projects at once.  I'll start it when I finish Pulelehua.

In other news, Team Romi will be participating in both the Ravelympics and the Tour de Fleece this year.  I got suckered into am honored to be a team captain in the Ravelympics and I'm also helping coordinate the Tour de Fleece team, so...we shall see how this goes for me!  I haven't made up my mind what my challenge will be for either, but I've still got some time.  I'm toying with the idea of doing a sweater for the Ravelympics. 

See, here's the thing.  I love the Olympics.  Can't get enough of it.  I will watch as much Olympics as I can get my hands on.  So I need for my challenge to be TV compatible, because darned if I'm missing the Olympics.  So, I'm thinking, in my infinite wisdom, that despite the fact that it will be June and it will be warm, a sweater will be just enough of a challenge without taking so much concentration I can't watch.  I'm thinking about Leyfi.  I've had the yarn for it for ages, but it's been sitting in a bin thanks to my absolutely abysmal record for finishing sweaters, which is to say, I've completed one, and it didn't fit.  Sooooo aside from the obvious issues with knitting bulky wool + brushed cashmere in June/July, this could be perfect.  That heat issue, though, that's a bit of a killer - I haven't totally made up my mind yet.

In preparation for the Tour de Fleece and in memory of my last attempt to spin after being off the wheel for a while, I ordered A Spinner's Toolbox.  Drafting has always been my weakest issue (and it's kind of important) so I'm hoping for some good tips.  I also may take a day ahead of time, or the first day of the Tour, to predraft some fiber and get it ready.  I'm horribly impatient, I rarely do a good job preparing my fiber, and I always pay for it once the wheel gets rolling!

 Anyway, so excitement coming up, and I'm looking forward to getting back into my fibery world - but in the meantime, I have some more thank you cards to make and send.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

i. If drafting is your trouble in spinning,try something other than merino. After a few years of spinning I still find it hard. Try some BFL fiber since it is just as soft especially when mixed with silk or alpaca. Or try Romney. Both draft like a dream.
Your team Romi friend Andrea :)))