I stopped entering blog contests a while ago because I figured I’d done my fair share of winning when I first started blogging and it would only be fair to let other people have a chance, but for some reason, when Joan had a contest to guess the yardage in a skein of yarn she’d spun, the number 585 jumped right into my head. I checked her comments and no one else had guessed that yet, which quite surprised me, because, you know, it was SO COMPLETELY OBVIOUS. Before I had a chance to control myself, I’d entered. Well, turns out I was wrong. The correct answer was 576. But, as luck would have it, I was less wrong than anyone else, so I WON! Wanna see what she sent me? Of course you do.
Mmmm, nummies!! Cookies, Buffalo bars (Did you know Buffalos only have 330 calories per serving? I didn’t.), sponge candy and some wonderful smelling soap so I can wash my sticky fingers after I munch.
There might have also been some fibre.
Hmmmm, softies!! On the right is some beautifully heathered merino in the Cranberry colourway from Firefly Farm, and on the left? It’s from Spirit Trail Fiberworks, Moon Shadows colourway, merino, silk and angora!! Dudes!!
Thank you, Joan -- you do know how to spoil a guy!! The moral for everyone else? 585 is a lucky number. Remember that, mkay?
So, what have I been up to? Well, knitting. Still no socks – sock mojo continues to be a a no-go – but I did knit up some of my handspun into a shawl/scarf thingy.
The pattern is the uber-simple Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West, which I still managed to screw up, but whatever. I figured a triangle shape would suit the light-to-dark shading in the stripes.
The main feature of the pattern is lines of garter stitch every 12 rows. I did them every 10, because it was easier and I felt like it. I’m quite happy with the project, from start to finish, but turns out that I prefer the back side. Sort of makes the garter ridges moot, but I think the colour changes are smoother. Design element, down the tubes. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.
This is some super fluffy and soft superwash BFL in the Trust Me colourway from CJ Kopek. It’s part of a spin-a-long on Ravelry where we were given photos of the inspiration behind the colourway but not a picture of the actual fibre, which I think is kind of a fun idea. The colours aren’t really me, so I wasn’t really worried about making a yarn for a specific purpose and instead gave myself permission to play.
Techy stuff: Divided the fibre into four lengths. Predrafted two of them together to mix and meld the colours, then did the same with the other two. Held both lengths together as I drafted at the wheel. This gave me a very mixed up and marled single. I chained the single, chained the chain and then added plying twist.
End result, 75 yards, 9-ply double chained, 8 wpi. I like it! I think it will make a great Wonky. I guess I should get started on that so I can actually use it this year, eh?
End note: Anyone else using Windows Live Writer to write blog posts? Wow, so much easer. My only complaint is that it won’t accept my defaults and I have to format each photo. Even that’s just two clicks,though, and it’s much easier than all the dragging and dropping I had to do before. So, does easier equal more frequent posts? That remains to be seen.