I’ve been knitting away on Branden’s MacGyver sweater, spun from the wool I bought at last year’s Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival. I would have liked to have it done in time for this year’s festival, but it looks like that just isn’t going to happen. Since it’s a Raglan knit from the top, it gets slower and slower with each round. I split off for the sleeves last weekend, so things briefly got fast again.
Unfortunately, the extra boost from the smaller diameter didn’t last long. I’m into the blended section of the knitting now, and the knitting was just whizzing along, until I suddenly found myself out of yarn.
I’m not sure what happened, since both Branden and I are quite sure that I had spun up more of the mixed skeins from the two fleeces. One thing is certain, though, and that is that there is no more of the 2-dark 1-light plied yarn to be had. I’ve looked everywhere, and there is nothing left to do except decide that I never actually spun it.
So, it’s back to the wheel for me, before any more knitting can be done on the sweater.
Before I could spin more, I needed to ply the Falkland that I’ve been working on. (What a shame, huh?)
I ended up with 950 yds of yarn from my 8 oz of fiber. I haven’t set the twist yet, but I have a feeling that it is going to bloom from a slightly heavy laceweight into a fingering weight yarn when washed. I was hoping to get a lacy sweater out of this fiber, but I think I’d probably need something more like 1100-1200 yards for that. I am now debating – do I stash it to wait for the perfect project, dream up something else to do with it now, or cross my fingers and knit for a sweater? If the lace is open enough, I might just make it, but it will be cutting it close.
You would think that being stuck on my big knitting project would have given me tons of time to finish making the mate for this sock that I finished last weekend:
But no, I’m afraid that it’s partner has barely progressed past the cast on. I may have a chance to knit on it tonight, if I’m lucky. The yarn is Blackberry Ridge Mer-made, and even though you can’t see it, there are blue and teal and purple all mixed together in the skein. I’m very pleased with the fact that there is also no pooling whatsoever, and I didn’t even need to do anything to avoid it.
Now that fall is coming, I’m thinking that I’d better hurry up and get knitting on that sock. It will be nice to have another pair when the weather gets cold. I’m wearing my first wool socks of the season today; it’s a beautiful, blustery day here, with temperatures in the low 60’s. After the heat that we’ve been having, that feels downright cold (it was in the upper 90’s 2 days ago). We have all the windows open to air out the house while it’s nice out, so it’s been nice to have some warm things to put on while the cool breeze blows through.