So I’m spinning all this yarn. I need to know what I’m spinning for, so I don’t spin all winter and end up with three times the wool I actually need.

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copywrite, Berroco

c, Berroco


Solaris, Berroco

I like that this one is fairly sleek, the pattern stitch is fairly low key, and there’s no button band to worry about. It’s nice for a work sweater, but I’m concerned about drape with the way that Skadi is spinning up.

Copywrite, Drops

c, Drops

114-2 jumper with cables and raglan sleeves in ”Karisma” by DROPS design

I don’t necessarily want to deal with the floppiness of a sweater on circulars while I’m knitting, and I think the heavier bits of the yarn will be too heavy on a size 6. But I like the yoke pattern.

c, Patons
c, Patons

Cabled Yoke Pullover by Patons

I really like the yoke on this one, but again with the knitting in the round.

c, Lion Brand

c, Lion Brand

Shaped Cable Top by Lion Brand

I really like this one, the construction is simple enough I could change the bottom band and readjust gauge. The only thing I would change right off the top would be lengthen the sleeves, but that’s simple enough.

c, Lion Brand
c, Lion Brand

Aran Sweater and Tam #1101 by Lion Brand Yarn

It’s been a long time (well over a decade) since I knit a sweater this heavily cabled. But if I could do it in high school, there’s no reason I couldn’t do it now.

c, Imperial Yarns

c, Imperial Yarns

Winter Games Pullover, by Tanis Gray

I like this one. I would just knit the sleeves plain.

Tour De Fleece 2012

I’m so excited for tour de fleece this year.

I really don’t know why.

I mean, I had fun and all last year but I also am just now finishing up some of the projects that I had going for the last tour.

at least i’m nearing the halfway point on ripley…

I do, however, have 3 projects set up for this year (or I do in theory).

Currently, this is my plan-

Big Project- Minos

I have this brown fleece that I need to get processed out. My current plan is to card up as much as possible, spin a heavy-ish single, and chain ply it for a worsted weight-ish yarn. It’ll be my normal semi-woolen spinning style.

I know it sort of sounds like I’m in a chain ply rut but here’s the thing. The tour runs in the middle of camping season. I don’t want to chase after multiple different ply balls if all I have to do is spin a ton of singles and then work off of one ply ball.

Medium project

Fractal spin one of my painted rovings. I have two braids that I want to fractal spin. I’m thinking of the cool toned one for a shawl. (I may have gotten a jump start on this, admittedly, but I have 3 options for a fractal spin right now if I finish that one ahead of time.)

Small project

Finish something. Get ‘something’ off of my spindle. I don’t really care which one, because it’ll probably depend on what I even have going at that point.

6 months ago- Nomads

Getting to be that time of the year

Got Friends? christmash/holiday card swap is now taking sign ups!

I’m running it this year. I’m both looking forward to it and apprehensive. This is an easy swap but I’m always afraid I’m going to botch the swap.

I’m also not sure what I think about the fact that it’s late enough to even be thinking about this stuff yet…

…but that said, I picked the 15th as my unofficial start to the holiday season! i’m thinking of asking mid to put the lights on the tree for me this weekend so I can work on getting it decorated.

The 15th was also the day that I set aside for the start of 2011’s yarn diet. So…here I go! No more new yarn except for charity, commissions, and gifts until after the first of the year. My stash is a lot larger this year so it shouldn’t be as much as a struggle this time around.

this is meant to be. i’m telling you.

picture from toplyfiberarts

*i haven’t been posting food waste friday entries because i haven’t been cleaning out the fridge. i wish that meant that i had no food waste…no, i just haven’t been cleaning out the fridge. i really need to do that. along with getting all the clothes put away, pick up the living room, clean my kitchen counters and sort out yarn.

i would like to say that i was bad and that i feel guilty. except that i don’t think that i am and i don’t. see that glorious ball of fluff? it’s now mine.

mine mine mine.

i started looking at fibers for my inferno shawl. i really want to be able to get as much spun as fast as possible so i’m buying some fiber with each paycheck, if possible.  it’s kettle dyed polworth called phoenix from toplyfiberarts. i was going to get fiber from slimchicken again but i really fell in love with that one, and it was only a couple of dollars more expensive for slightly more fiber.

i was talking about this on cpaag last night, and it turns out the designer of the pattern i want to use is on the group. it also turns out that the pattern is called scrample but that’s neither here nor there. anyway she’s really excited about the thought of this project. i’m getting really pumped up for this.

only YOU would do a horror shawl.

should i tell mid about the horror knits group on ravelry? should i tell him it was one of the first groups i joined?

with an unexpected stretch of free time (lunch took less time than i thought) yesterday i started dyeing for my inferno shawl.

i ended up doing four batches. over my medium natural fleece i did:

– 1 packet of strawberry and 1 packet of orange (dark orange red)

– 1 packet of orange and 1 of lemonade (sort of a splotchy yellow orange with a lot of natural showthrough)

– 1 packet of lemon lime and 2 packages of orange (darker orange rust with showthrough)

– something the mccormick box calls spiced cider- 6 drops orange and 1 drop black (sort of a rusty orange).

i’m fighting with this black. i dyed a batch of yarn for clarity on sunday with that black that came out more rust than purple.

i may overdye the yarn with a solid orange again once i get it spun up, if it ends up not being bright enough. i was going to dye several yarns out of the fleece for this shawl but i think i want a wider range of textures for it so i’ll probably grab some other rovings from different places.

if the light was better i would take some pics of this batch but it’s not. maybe this weekend.

here’s a thematically appropriate pic from morguefile instead: