I got bit by the spinning bug. I can't get enough. I finished with the two colours of merino that I bought from Gaspereau, and the plied yarn is hanging to dry and set twist. I'm quite happy with it. Today I started spinning fleece from my own sheep. Wow, what a difference. Although far from being as soft as the merino, the spinning is still going well and the singles seem to be more even and not as over twisted. Very excited.
I've got my sock mojo back. I've started another pair of Fleece Artist socks, for me, but the yarn is turning out to be a huge disappointment. I'm only half done the first sock and I've had at least six (6!) knots! Not a happy knitter! The beautiful colour only partially makes up for it. As for the March Sweater Madness, check out the link in the sidebar for progress. I'm at the underarm portion, with the charts all done. Will work on sleeves today and hope to attach them to the body before lights out.
Progress comes in many different guises. For one, this is something I'll call extremely small progress, based on past performance. On the other hand, Monday was for spinning again. I've had to put a yoga mat under my wheel to stop it from sliding on the hardwood floor. Thanks to Tina's encouragement and a full afternoon this is what I will call Major progress. I stopped when my back couldn't handle any more punishment. An almost full bobbin of, far from perfect, but spun fibre. It appears that I prefer to spin finer singles. Tina's final parting words: "For homework I want two full bobbins so we can ply next time." Gee, not asking for much, eh, Tina? Tired as I was, I was eternally more grateful that she has taken me on as a student. Zeus made only a very brief appearance to check things out while Tina was here. He must have understood in some part of his kitty brain that she's allergic to cats and kindly made himself scarce. Good kitty.
At long last, I finally finished a pair of Fleece Artist socks for myself. It was a skein that was gifted to me by Karen. Thank you so much Karen. My feet thank you too. As for the other Fleece Artist pair in deep purple, I've finally reached the heel flap.
I'm planning on two-timing those socks those since today marks the start of March Sweater Madness and I haven't cast on yet. Better get my needles in gear. I'll be knitting Turn of the Glass in Yarn Treehouse Merino Classic, in brown. Turns out that I didn't have nearly enough yarn of the Jo Sharp Tweed that I had originally intended on using. I'm being a rebel too: no swatch. How is that for asking for trouble from the gods of knitting??