Monday, November 27, 2006

Mindless Ribbing and Hawaiian Sheep!

Mindless Ribbing is all I am up to:
I got the 2 projects both to a point where I could K1 P1 in the round rather mindlessly while de-stressing from all the activity I have going on this month. The cumberbund on the Kyoto is almost re-knit, and useless glove #2 is growing in length.
I briefly considered knitted Christmas gifts, but I would have to be crazy.

But to focus on someone else's stress and fiber projects:
Jan has sheared her sheep! She is working on cleaning and carding all the fleeces (which I have offered assistance with...after December 15th). She has also confessed the joy of spinning the wool from her very own sheep!
Yes, dear friends: Hawaiian wool yarn is on the horizon!
In the meantime, she is hand needle-felting the courser Ram's wool into wee cutey sheep dolls and ornaments which she will sell at Craft fairs and a few gift shops around the island. Photos and info soon!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Crazy 88's

Yarn Monkey reports there are still 88 sock warriors left standing. I am in awe of these fine warriors (or their slacker assasins...) and can't wait to see what happens. Monkey hints at perhaps an Ebay auction or charity drive...

Fiber Arts meeting starts again tonight after a brief hiatus of a month or so. We shall see what, if anything, we all got done in the interim. One of the stated perks of the group is motivation. Or peer pressure. Or group insanity, I can't really tell.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Fancy Socks!

I just finished the Bayerische socks and I love them! (2 circs size 0, Knitpicks sock in coral, 9/22-11/7)
Of the 96 plain cable twists, any guesses on which ones I really really messed up? Cable number one, of course, and cable number ninety-six! Like 95 cables in a row weren't good enough practice?
Update: Aloha Eunny! Thanks for the awesome pattern! I had a great time learning something new and I am really happy with them! In re: How much yarn I used: I used 2 balls of Knitpicks Essential sock yarn. They are 231 yards to a 50 gram ball. I used all but 6 grams on one ball and 8 grams on the other. (I didn't weigh the balls at the beginning, but some other essential balls in other colors average 52 grams). My feet are about a wide size 6 (US women's) and I did 4 repeats of the 16 row pattern on the ankle, and 3 repeats of the 16 row pattern on the foot.