Though it does sound like a blast, no, I didn’t cook up two pounds of bacon, put them on a plate, get my spinning wheel out, and then kindly ask the boyfriend to feed it to me, slice by slice, as I spun, as to not get bacon grease on the wool. Though the more I think about it, the more I want to find that two ounces of wool that is hiding from me, cook up some bacon, and do just that…
Anyway, I finally had a low-key house-warming/themed get-together/poker night at my apartment last weekend – we called it The Earl of sandwich Poker Night, and laid out a huge spread of sandwich fixings, cleaned the apartment like there was no tomorrow, and played a round of poker. It was fabulous to have my friends in one spot, especially because my crazy schedule at work along with the fact that a certain couple moved to a certain Massachusetts city means I don’t see some people in my life as much as I should.
My Spinning Wheel
Is an Ashford Traditional with a double treadle. I’ve had it since April? I think, though I just put the double treadle in a few months ago. I’m still learning – if my schedule at work ever lets up, I’m considering taking a class.
I was exciting to see that the Knitty Fall Surprises had been posted! I was even more surprised that I actually want to knit two of them! [all pictures borrowed from Knitty for blogging purposes.]
The one I am dying to knit is Juno Regina, by Miriam Felton.
Now, I’m not a lace person. Sure, I can do it on a small scale. And it’s beautiful! But it frustrates me, and I don’t think my head was made to knit lace. But this stole makes me want to pick up 1000 yards of ridiculously thin yarn, needles under a US7, and give up six months of my life. I think it’s the simplicity of it, combined with the leaf motif. I’m a sucker for a leaf motif.
I also love the Oblique sweater by Veronik Avery.
I love the airy feel of it, though the yarn choice would still make it warm. I love the wrappy style it has going on and the off-center button band. Really pretty, probably flattering (love waist shaping!), and I already have yarn that I think would work for it. That’s a lot of pluses for one sweater. On the other hand, I kind of hate how it looks when it’s not buttoned…
Last night, I started the Shifting Sands scarf by Grumperina in some lovely Malabrigo Worsted (Pearl Grey is the color). I’m using US8s, and I cast on 37 stitches for the scarf (as the original pattern is written for sport-weight yarn, and I’m not allowed to knit scarves in anything less than worsted anymore, for my own sanity) – the stitch repeat is 5 stitches wide, plus a stitch on either end to slip, so it’s 7 repeats wide. I don’t like to slip the first stitch of every row, because my purl slips look different than my knit slips, so I slip the first AND the last stitch of every knit row, which creates a nice, neat edge.