I promised a link to my latest Stealth Knitting project. The problem with gift knitting is that it can't be used as blog fodder. If you're on Ravelry, here's the link.
Baby knitting is a mystery to me. It's not like this is a surprise, I've had at least six months notice to come up with something clever and unique to knit. Why is it that suddenly 3 weeks before the due date, I'm stunned by the fact that there will be a new baby in the family? Because I've waited so danged long to get started, everything else on the project list is in a time out until I finish this.
So what am I making? As a clue for all you knitter-blog readers, a certain East Coast knit designer who happens to love knitting with tweed posted a finished project on his blog recently. Though there is no pattern for it, at least not yet, I'm doing an improvisation of the same thing. I'm not saying anything more. Ravel it to find out.
OK, here's something that I can show photos of. I'm continuing to work on my spindle spinning, and of course all you spinners out there predicted that I'd fall hard once I fell into the spinning well. Here's my second spindle full of that garish Mountain Colors stuff.
Perhaps a bit better, eh?
The next bit should also come as no surprise to those of you following this blog for a while. I'm not so much a fan of that clunky Ashford student spindle. It's heavy, the hook is not terribly well designed, and there is no notch for the yarn to follow. I did figure out how to improvise an "outie" spindle notch using these very creative instructions from Knitty. I can spin on this thing, but it would be hard to make anything other than the heavier weight yarns with it, at least for a beginner.
Meet my new friend.
This is a Bosworth Midi spindle. The whorl is made of Zebrawood, and it is just a delight to use. It weighs about 29 grams. If you haven't tried one, go look at them. Sheila was very helpful, with speedy and friendly service. I also bought a new wad of fiber. This is Blue Faced Leicester from Paradise Fibers, and it is just the nicest stuff to spin. Here are a few more pictures.
That's a hard color to photograph well. It's actually not so grey in real life, it's more of a tweedy light oatmeal color. If I ever get enough of this stuff to ply*, I could see this as a pair of socks.
I'm off Thursday for my spinning lesson and wheel investigation. I'll take the camera to document the adventure so you all don't miss a minute!
*Ply?? Good grief, something else to have to figure out.