Sometimes when I spin yarn, I want it to be really perfect and even. Other times I’m able to let the yarn decide. Today I didn’t predraft too much, but let the yarn fulfill its fibrous destiny:
Hi friends, I’ve been quiet in this space lately (sometimes wordpress acts up on my phone, which is where I prefer to blog), but there has been some knitting, some vacationing, some coursework, and lots of baby steps toward starting work in a few weeks.
I’m currently knitting three shawls at the same time, which is unheard of for me, but there is a good reason for each of them; 1) because I really want a neutral gray shawl, 2) because of Colorpalooza, and 3) because it’s a Don’t Panic Mystery Shawl Knitalong and I find it hard to resist Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-themed knits!!!
It’s been a while since I’ve had a bear sighting, but today I was alerted to this guy! Thorin Bear has been spotted in Africa with his new owner!
My 98th bear is done! Meet U.N.I.T.
I’ve also started a Doodler shawl for a more challenging Colorpalooza project:
And the week ended with us getting really excited about homemade baguettes! The first batch came out so well that my husband whipped up another batch of dough while the kids and I were out this afternoon. The Wee Boy hugged me in gratitude for this bread! How much more highly can I recommmend the recipe?? 😂. It’s from the book The Homemade Vegan Pantry, which I’ve found to be a really excellent resource.
I hope you’ve had a good week, too! ❤️
Well, I need a redo on my Sanpo hat. It’s so big…
Today I started another colorwork hat, and it’s going well.
These are two kind of “wild card” yarns, because they’re both hand spun from a small flock of sheep in southern Oregon, and they tend to be thick/thin in places. So I wasn’t sure if they’d be great for colorwork, but they’re coming out fine.
I think this will make a nice, warm hat, which I need for this Northern California summer….
After two false starts, I knitted my Sanpo hat up in a day!
After blocking, it’s a bit too roomy… I might need to knit myself a smaller one. I’m also not thrilled with the top- I’d like to go back and do the crown decreases as per the pattern. Also I like the true-ness of the colors I chose (because I can be a stickler for details!), but I also like the high contrast of the light gray with the black and wonder if I’d like the hat better with all light gray and black. Thoughts?
Colorpalooza-wise, I also whipped up a polka dot baby hat for a summer instructor of mine who is expecting.
I also finished a bear tonight! Jackie Tyler!