Knitting and Stuff

Friday a friend of mine said “there hasn’t been much knitting on your blog lately”. Well, that doesn’t mean there’s no knitting happening chez moi!

Mostly I’ve been working on something I can’t show you.  Sorry.  And I’ve been practicing my spinning! Check this out.

I don’t know what kind of fiber this is.  I’m guessing BFL.  The staple is pretty long and it’s really soft. I bought quite a while ago with the idea of spindle spinning, which I never got the hang of or enthusiasm for.  This wheel spinning is going better and better every day that I sit down to practice.  However, I can’t wait to go to my day long lesson in September.  I wish it was sooner, but it’s still a month away.  I’ll just have to keep bumbling along til then.

And I’ve cast on my black hoodie.

This is the center back, with decreases to make waist shaping.  The pattern is Piscataqua and I’m making it with Imperial Ranch Erin worsted weight yarn, 100% wool. This is the same yarn/ranch that provided the yarn for the last Olympic sweaters for the U.S. team.  It’s really nice to work with! It could have a little more twist for my liking, but still, it’s soft and holds its shape enough for some cables.  I meant to cast this on and have it finished by now – you know, work on a black sweater in the summer when there’s more light – but I’ve been working on the sweater-that-can’t-be-shown and only started now, in August.  August is still summer, I hear you say.  Oh yeah?  Not in these parts…