Friday, May 16, 2008

Updates and Acquisitions

The Kauni Comeback

I haven't given this a lot of attention lately, so little to show you.

As you've probably noticed, I've been working on getting my patterns reformatted and available through the blog. Sorry to dump so much on at once, but the end is in sight. I have a couple more old patterns to get up here and then I'll be focusing on new stuff.

The Next Spinning Project

This merino/tencel fiber was very densely compacted. I was a little dismayed when I took the band off the bundle and started tugging at it a bit. It took real muscle to get it to budge. I worked my way down the entire rope of roving predrafting, breaking it a few times because I needed so much force to get it to loosen that it was hard to control when it began to slide apart. Under the pink stuff on the bobbin is a lot of the blue. I think I'll make a nice fine two ply out of it.

Playing with ideas

Here's little idea for what to do with the Mossy Merino. I have enough of this to make a rather substantial shawl kind of thing. Trouble is, I'm just not the shawl type. I can't see myself putting in all that effort just for the art of it, when I know it'll never see any action in my life. Hmmm.


I went on a mini thrift shop crawl today. I have a plan for something crafty, not knitting, that I'll have to wait to reveal, and it needed Cheap-A$$ supplies as can be best had from thrift shops. One of our local St. Vincent's shops has a pattern file cabinet with three large drawers full of patterns. They are completely unsorted by size, type of garment, or anything. I went through all of them and found these six which I thought maybe I can use. Total cost for the six: 60 cents!

I'm working on a big new plan, which is pretty exciting for me. I'll let you know more about that next week.


Cindy G said...

That pattern stitch looks perfect for the mossy. I can't quite envision you in a triangle shawl, but I have this image of a hooded scarf.....

Cindy G said...

Oh, and I meant to say, I am already going crazy curious about the "big plan"

Kaye said...

I like a lot of those patterns. They're not too dated which is what a lot of thrift store one can be.

I'm with you in the shawl department. I like the idea of knitting them, but I just don't wear them.

Helen said...

ooh! I am really liking the envelope on the lower right. that dress and suiting is my kind of style! If it doesn't work for you, I'll gladly have it ;)

YarnThrower said...

You've got us all wondering about your big plan, because coming from you, we know it will be grand and good!

I love what you've got going with the mossy merino. You can always make a shawl and give it to somebody you know might love it...or submit it to a magazine... It really does look nice!

Batty said...

I hope that Kauni behaves itself because the pattern is stunning! I love the colors of that fiber. It sounds like a real pain in the neck, but you wouldn't know it looking at your spinning. Beautifully even.

If you ever need an opportunity to wear a shawl, stop by our office. It's always frigid in there and I now get lots of wear out of my Cozy, which the stitch pattern reminds me of a little bit.

Emily said...

I hear you. I am not a shawl person either and despite appreciating the artistry, could never actually bring myself to knit one. Even if it was the right garment for the weather/occasion I can't see myself in one... I would catch it on everything. Plus, I am just not a lacy person!

Tara said...

Have you thought about a tie shawl? Spin-off has an article on them this month. They cross in the front and tie in the back. I bought some yarn to make a shawl and just couldn't find a pattern that I would used-until I saw the tie shawl. :)

Molly Bee said...

Ohh! I have fiber envy again! The new stuff is beautiful. Cotton candy beautiful!