From June until October this year, I spun my very first laceweight yarn on my Fricke e-spinner. A lovely purple, green black blend. Each single spun at 39wpi. When plyed it , it was between lace and fingering weight.
My estimate was 1227 yards when I decided to stoped, having completed spinning 8 oz of wool.
Too much for a triangle and probably not enough for a square. When I perused Ravelry for my queued shawls, I saw Lacefreaks completed Bouandary Waters Shawl and my mouth started watering over the thought of knitting this shawl with my stormy water colored yarn. I even found beads to go so well with an Aurora Borialis finish for sparkle.
But I’d only spun 1227 yards and I was really tired of spinning it. Spinning laceweight seems to go on and on forever…
Lacefreak reminded my “you can always spin more”. I do have 8 oz more so if I can deal with going back to spinning, I’ll be able to finish it.
So I gave in and cast on. I forgot how much I dislike starting a square shawl from the center. The double points always slip out and I stupidly cast on while on the airplane headed to a conference in Las Vegas. On top of that, I brought the wrong size crochet hook to slip the beads on. So when it got the the point where I’d add the bead, I would tense up hoping that I wouldn’t break the yarn that I’d spent so much time spinning. After a few hours, I neared the point that I needed to move to a circular.
Of course I should have been working on Holiday gift projects. I decided before leaving on this trip that I was going to be gifting whatever I got done and not worry about finishing something for everyone. All in all, I did well. I got 5 gifts completed.
Here’s two that were already opened, so I’m not giving anything away:
The socks are a plain stockinette stitch knit with Opal Tiger stripe which I made for my sister. I thought these were adorable and plan to make a pair for myself. The “pet” sweater was from Men who Knit and the Dogs that Love them. I made it with some leftover Lion Brand Homespun. This was a special request from my sister for her cat Juliet. Do cat’s really wear sweaters? I doubt it.
As the others get opened, I’ll post them here. Otherwise, they’re posted on ravelry.
Happy Holidays to all!!!