Saturday, June 29, 2013


I am actually getting a bit sick of this 6plied project. I don't want to spin Autumn colors any more. I'm craving a bit of blue, or purple. hehe. But I have a few more skeins made, and I have a few more to go.




Maybe it's because they're all looking so much the same? I have tended to use one plain-ish color, like grey or oatmeal or tan, but I think NaturallyKnitty is right; the more different the two colors are, the more interesting it turns out. This last one, Foxtrot, was much more colorful. It stands out in the Idlewood, too, but never mind. I can always overdye the whole thing if I hate it in the end! LOL.

On the knitting side of things, here's the Idlewood last time I tested the fit.

Nope, it's not upside down. That's the insanely long neck, which will bunch up to be nice and warm. I'm actually about 4 inches past the underarms now.

This one is "Chicane" which is sock number 2 in the Tour de Sock. I am now up to the gusset decreases. I may or may not finish this one sock by the end of the month. Probably not, though. LOL.

 And I'm up to the official 50%-done mark in my Potions OWL, which is 18 inches. So far there we have 6 inches of 1x1 ribbing, 3 vikkel braids, pi up to about 35 decimals, a few sine waves, 13 cute little Daleks, some dioxyribonucleic acid, and a few Fibonacci lines (where I changed colors after 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13 rounds). In the 8-wide strip I wrote out my Ravelry name (Alrischa) in binary, which took up all 300 stitches! Binary is not exactly short hand :)

Next, when I get organized enough to make the charts, will be chess pieces, and then we will look into this Steek business. I haven't done any secret messages so far. I just can't decide on anything. Well, it will be nerdy at least :)

The only other finished thing is a small pair of socks for Jas. I got this rainbow yarn at Bendigo last year, and I separated it into 4 balls so that I could knit two at a time with two strands and have the colors line up, more or less.

And now, back to the Jen. I want to finish this Delta today so I can start the Hotel when the Tour de France and the Tour de Fleece begin!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

More six-ply

Two more mashup skeins to report. This one

is my favorite so far, I think. It was a nuisance to spin the Autumn one, because it's a mix of merino, tencel and angora (and angora is fluffy lumpy stuff) but the grey one was hand-dyed merino and silk. I've already knit it up into the top of the Idlewood

It's hard to get a photo of the right colors, though. The grey goes from dark to light, so in the next skein I'll knit the grey in it from light to dark.


I've organized my plans so that as I knit and change skeins, the new skein will have one color from the previous skein and one new one. So the first five skeins will be

Echo - Autumn and Skelegro
Juliet - Skelegro and William 
Alpha - William and Sand (to be spun next)
Charlie - Sand and Oatmeal
Golf - Oatmeal and Strelitzia (to be spun after Alpha)

Aside from the spinning I finished off 5 plain garter stitch blanket squares. They've been sent off to Peanutzmom (on Ravelry) who puts them together for all the babies that get born in Slytherin :)

And I finished off the pair of Tern socks for my sister, Kelly's, birthday

and the Romney-alpaca socks for my sister-in-law, Kylie's, birthday.

The Tour de Sock has started, which is a sock speed knitting competition that raises money for MSF (Doctors Without Borders). But I was on night shift, so I didn't get a good start, and then I decided that I just don't like the first pair enough to persist. I'd rather spin. So my OWL and my Idlewood and my spinning wheel will get a little love and attention for a while, until I see what the next pair of socks looks like :)

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