lacy knitting curly fulled yarn swatching ice and snow

Before work this morning I blocked out my most recent FO, Wisp. It didn’t fit on the giant piece of insulating foam I use, or the board, so it’s up on the bed in a room we close off. I think I will put the buttons on it, so I can wear it all sorts of ways.
wisp unblocked wisp blocking (1)
hanging unblocked, and blocking… I’ll take more photos when it’s done. It took way longer to pin than I thought, and after about 15 minutes I thought, wires would be good. Oh right, I have those… but then it was too late. And so was I, late to work that is.

Sometime late last spring I started spinning this wool, thinking I would coil ply it. And then in the summer I tried a few times, and mostly ended up swearing and ripping things up. My wheel has sat lonesome and unattended since then. So I figured I’d just ply the two bobbins and move on. And then I thought, why ply? And then I thought, this is some energized yarn… gotta do something.
estuary single unfulled (1) estuary single unfulled
The smaller (315 yards) of the two skeins… the other (350 yds) was already in the hot water when I thought, I should take some pictures. I fulled these… hot water, scrubbed, cold water, back in the hot water and scrubbed more, back in the cold, and then into the dryer for 15 minutes or so.

Kinda crazy…
estuary singles fulled estuary singles fulled (1)
They were wrapped on the same niddy-noddy, but one clearly shrunk up and twisted more than the other… Not sure what they’ll become, but something that wants lots of crazy twistiness or coily-ness (clearly these aren’t real words). Maybe something open. The one looks almost boucle-ish. Anybody ever knit with singles like these? I’m wondering if it was knit open and lacy if it would twist much, since the yarn is already twisty.

Right in my colorway, eh? Colors of mud. No, really, this one is the color “Estuary” from Spunky. Before he knew the name of the color, DH said, looks like mud and sand and seaweed…

Swatching for a knit skirt. Really I want a brown skirt, but I don’t have enough of that color… so I may do it in tan and then overdye. I’m also on the search in Ravelry for more of the brown.
heirloom swatch

The other thing I’m thinking about is the sweater “Reverse Me”, on the cover of this book (and scroll down for the “reverse” version).

Friday at work,
icicles 3 march2011

And coming soon… the snow melt contest (I figure I’ll announce it on the first day of spring). It’s a big humongous pile. Here it is Friday before it started raining…
snowpile 3march2011 (7) snowpile 3march2011 (2)
To give you some sense of scale… in the second picture, it is snow all the way out to where the puddles are. And the two women in the second photo are standing near the trees to the left of the first photo (left of the tree coming out of Shonene’s head!).

I think about calculating the volume of the pile, but that’s just way too much work… and then there’s all that business about the snow compacting.

7 Responses so far

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    Rich said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    I really can’t get into the knitting stuff. Maybe it’s the way I was raised, knitting if for the women. I do like the Ice pic and snow mounds. Looks kinda like my neighborhood over here in Concord. I’ll try to keep an eye out for the spring melt contest.

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    Yarndude said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    That yarn looks awesome!

  3. 3

    Yarndude said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    Interesting that Rich thinks that knitting is for the women, yet the first two comments on your blog were dudes.

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    Emily said,

    March 8, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    Wisp is so pretty! Can’t wait to see modeled shots.

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    Melinda Butcher said,

    March 9, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    Wisp is gorgeous!

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    Chris said,

    March 9, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Looking forward to the modeled photos!! :)

    Is it spring yet?

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    Sara said,

    March 10, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Love Wisp – it turned out lovely.

    Like the yarn – it is really an interesting color…

    Like the skirt pattern … and I like the yarn you are going to use…

    You have that much snow again … Oh, I’ll be looking for the contest this year… :)

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