Balling, Lacing, Spinning, Plying, ...
So, I made a lot of tea, settled down in front of the TV and spent all day with Tony Soprano and his family. How relaxing. :-)))
I gave in to the lace itch and started Kiri yesterday morning. Once I got through the first chart and started with the second one, it was actually going pretty fast. It's a nice and easy repeat of 11 rows.
Yarn: Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud (100% Baby Alpaca)
Needles: US #8
I got two balls of the Alpaca Cloud - 880 yards in total. I am just going to knit until I like the size of the shawl and then I'll finish it with a third chart for the border. I really like charts - I guess that's another sign of being compulsive. Everything is so structured and organized with a chart and you don't have to read through a novel to figure out the pattern. ;-)
I am working with the Knitpicks needles. Love them - very pointy - great for lace knitting. I tried to spread out the shawl as best as I could. You know how it is with lace. The real beauty comes with blocking the project. Reminds me somewhat of the Cinderella fairy tale - from a maid in dirty clothes to a princess. ;-)
I couldn't really make myself seam the sweater and the cardigan. I still have a couple of weeks before the Christmas gifts will be sent to Germany. When I talked to my Mom yesterday, we were wondering what the best time would be to send the packages off. I am not taking any chances this year... My goal is to get the box to the post office on Monday after Thanksgiving. Keep your fingers crossed!
I also finished spinning the Shades of Nania roving.
It spun up very thin. Since the roving was pretty coarse and kind of sticky, it was easy to draft for me. And then I plied it.
It's 100% wool - app. 210 yards. It turned out real purdy - as the Southerners would say. I love the colors - lots of browns and pinks mixed together. I think I will use it for a felted purse. That reminds me - I have not felted anything in a long time...
I also worked with the ball winder and swift for a while to get all the goodies from SAFF out of my way. Some of the sock yarn was a pain in the rear to ball, but oh well - all done now, ready for a project.
I also started a knitting project for the SNB-NEGA Holiday Party raffle - but obviously I can't tell you about it. ;-) Here are some doggie nose close-ups for you. Courtesy of Noah, Hermione and hubby. :-)
Have a great week!