Saturday, December 18, 2004

inspiration needed

Awhile ago, wanting a warm yarn to knit with, I ordered two skeins of Reynolds Andean Alpaca 4-ply:

I thought it wanted to be arm warmers, but turns out, it doesn't, at least not on size 8 needles in 2x2 rib. Does anyone else have an idea for what it wants to be? I have 220 yards, and it knits 4.5 st/in on 8s.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Production Knitting

I don't think I'm meant to accept custom orders, as I'm not very good at finishing them in a timely manner. I've had a bag sitting here for three weeks, completed save for sewing the strap on, and I still have two scarves that I'm supposed to finish before xmas, not to mention all of my gift knitting.

I picked up my order of 8 oz of baby Romney roving from Solitude Farms at Dupont Farmer's Market today. It's soft and white, and supposedly won't felt too badly when I dye it. I'm going to bring it home to Chicago this winter break (ah, the joys of my academic schedule) for my sister and I to work on dyeing and spinning. No room in the Forester for the wheel, with two dogs and gifts and everything else one needs for a 2 1/2 week trip, but it'll be nice to get back to my spindle again, anyway.

Also, I once again won't make it to knitting meetup this month. Tim defends his dissertation proposal on Wednesday, which means we'll either be celebrating or drowning or collective sorrows. In either case, we're likely here for at least another year and a half, thanks to his advisor, so I'll have plenty more chances to make it back to one of my favorite social knitting venues.