Man, I can’t believe it is mid-August already. In my neighborhood the kids have gone back to school, classes have started at the Academy, and we’re all gearing up for fall. If I think about it long enough, I’ll put myself into full out panic mode over the upcoming season of giving, shall we say (I want to avoid the C word for a couple more months, okay?).
My thoughts about the shawl are now leaning toward Seraphim, and I actually have the pattern in hand, and I might even get brave enough to cast it on over the weekend. My hesitation comes from the fact that I already have a couple things on the needles, and I’ve allowed the shawl to jump to the head of the long line of things on my want to knit list. I realize that it is a slippery slope indeed to give into the spirit of startitis, and I want to keep my works in progress manageable. So here are the questions of the day: How many active projects (things you’ve started in the last couple months and are actively working on) do you have going right now? How many WIP’s are you comfortable having at any one time? How many is too many? And the bonus question if you are brave enough: How many things are on your “want to knit” list? Lets make it a CONTEST, shall we? Anybody who leaves their answers in the comments will be entered for a skein of (what I believe to be) handspun local yarn that I purchased while I was on vacation, (it’s actually really yummy and I contemplated keeping in for myself). DOUBLE ENTRIES for anyone who “de-lurks” and leaves a comment for the first time. Let’s cut this off by Tuesday the 15th.
Got it? Good. I’ll share my answers next week.
Last night, I decided to have a little quality bonding time with the Ashford wheel I brought home from WA. It’s a tricky little number; it’s a wheel of unknown vintage and has just one ratio. Because it was missing its entire scotch tensioning mechanism and needed to be brought up to speed in that arena, the tensioning peg is not quite right. Brad and Emory fashioned one out of a piece of something they found in the barn, but it’s a little “slippy.” Plus, this is my first go with a wheel that isn’t double drive. It treadles nicely, but is a little more “jerky” than my other wheel, so getting the proper rhythm has been tricksy. I had spun a little bit of garden variety wool on it, but last night I got into the baby alpaca that I’ve had for a bit.
The picture just doesn’t do it justice—it’s soft as butter and almost silver. Here’s a what it’s looking like so far. In the beginning I was having trouble getting enough twist, and now the trouble seems to be keeping consistency. I’m playing with the idea of purchasing the double drive kit and converting it over, hoping for more ratio options in the process. Any opinions? It may also be that I still haven’t gotten used to the wheel itself, or that the fiber is particularly difficult, but I can’t be sure. Time will tell I suppose.
In other news, we now have (thanks in part to this weeks kerfluffle) Spinners With Altitude, a spin-off (pun intended) of the knit group I’ve been going to: Knitters with Altitude. My buddy Ellen (the enabler), started the group this morning for those of us in the group who wish to venture into other fiber related areas without alienating any of the original group. I can’t wait to see how it shapes up, we already have 6 members and more will be joining us, I have no doubt.
Okay, in honor of Favorite Foto Friday
(I have this terrible thought that I’ve already used this picture, but can’t find it on a quick look)
Anyway, this is one of the more recognizable rock formations in Garden of the Gods Park, here in the Springs. It’s called Kissing Camels, and I just happened to be there at the right time to get the moon rising over the rocks. Pretty, huh?