WIP Wednesday: Knitting *and* Spinning

Posted February 23, 2011 by Maire in Hobbies / 2 Comments

I finished the Noro Shawl last week.  Actually, it’s less a shawl than a small blanket that resembles an equilateral triangle.  I really don’t feel like re-knitting it at this time. so it may stay that way, maybe to eventually become something useful for someone.  You never know.

February Lady Sweater in progress

This means that other than design-knitting, which I’ve decided should not be shared until all of us can revel in its completed awesomeness, I’m left with the February Lady Sweater as my sole project “on the needles”.  Seriously.  And I’m actually knitting on it.  I added a couple of extra rows before starting the first pattern repeat before putting the armholes onto waste yarn, and I’ve completed a couple of pattern repeats since.

There’s no way I’m finishing this before the end of February, but I really don’t feel like I need to.  At any rate, I’m enjoying the knit and it’s been accompanying me to work for lunch-hour knitting. I’ve had more than one comment about it.  I guess socks are one thing, but a sweater is “real” knitting!

My spinning wheel, a Schacht-Reeves Saxony

I’ve also been wanting to spin lately.  Because I don’t really talk about it much, I suspect most folks don’t know that I’ve picked up spinning.  To tell the truth, I haven’t done much with it.  I had put my wheel in the basement, where the TV is, on the assumption that I would spin while watching TV or movies.  I had overestimated the amount of time I actually spend watching TV, particularly in what can easily be described as the coldest part of the house.  My beautiful Schacht-Reeves Saxony wheel has, therefore, been brought from the depths of the house to the main floor where not only will she be used more often, but also admired as the gorgeous piece of furniture that she is.

Fleece Artist Roving

I started spinning this the other day when we had company over.  It’s Fleece Artist, BFL.  I don’t seem to recall seeing a colourway name on the label.  I’m about halfway through the first 50g, and am trying to remember to do a little spinning now and again when I think of it.  The trouble is that it’s really addictive when you’re working with a wheel.  Addictively soothing.  I hear the wheel spinning and the treadle moving, and it just puts me in a trance.  Next thing I know, an hour has gone by…so much for 15 minutes!  There isn’t much to show on the bobbin right now, but pictures will, as always, be forthcoming!


2 responses to “WIP Wednesday: Knitting *and* Spinning

  1. aunt Nan

    Hey Girl Great socks. Have you ever done Yoga socks? Am looking for a Horse Head sweater pattern for a little girl, know of any?

    Love ya

    Aunt Nan

    • Hi Aunt Nan! Sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier!

      I haven’t done Yoga socks, but I do have a pattern for them somewhere. I don’t have much call to make ’em 😉 As for sweater patterns for little girls that feature horse heads, you might want to check Ravelry. It’s the place I would look. Other than that, the Mary Maxim catalogue (or website) springs to mind. Even if you don’t use their acrylic kit yarn, you could substitute with some good, solid wool. Hope that helps! 🙂

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