Once upon a time, I spun 5oz of merino/silk top into 500+ yards of chain-plied, self-striping fingering/sport weight yarn. What to do? I am generally not a pastel person and I likely wouldn’t wear a shawl in these colors.
Several months later, I had two minor seconds of Boundless Sock in The Grey and I knew they should be together! So I planned a pullover version of Mon Petit Gilet Rayé. I knit a goodly-sized swatch, did some maths and cast on. And it worked! It came out a tiny bit longer than planned, but I love it. I can throw it on with jeans or a skirt. It’s not fussy, but it’s together enough for vending events. I’m totally in love with it. You can read my notes (gauge, stitches cast on…etc) at my Ravelry project page!
I joined a discussion with some online friends about blogging this morning and I admitted to being a terrible blogger. I’m just not very wordy! I do post a lot of pictures on my Instagram account so I suggested a weekly photo recap, highlighting what I’d been doing in the studio, and out and about in the past week. That idea went over well so here you go!
My husband was on vacation last week so I took a break from dyeing. We did some work around the house, went to the beach a couple of times, and did some Geocaching. It was a very relaxing mini vacation!
Left to right, top then bottom:
1. I got some spinning WIPs off the bobbin just in time Tour de Fleece. Right is 4oz, ~150yds two ply Merino/bamboo/silk in Jewels from All for the Love of Yarn. Left is one of my gradients. I had a short 3oz braid of Redleaf on yak/merino top which I turned into ~300yds of fingering weight goodness. I love this fiber blend. This is my favorite handspun so far!
2. I was able to do a bit of thrifting and found these awesome cloth napkins
3. We went to the beach which resulted in this obligatory, dorky beach selfie.
4. I finished a huge bobbin of border leicester cross singles for the Tour! I’m working from clean fleece and flicking locks out as I go. It’s rather time consuming! I need to invest in some combs.
The newest Long on Color club (Not So Guilty) has been a great way to explore different themes while offering a variety of colorways. And I get to use some of my favorite things for inspiration!
First up is The X-Files. My husband (then boyfriend) got me hooked on the show. I made the mistake of blowing through several episodes (on VHS, by the way 🙂 when I was home alone one night. And our surround sound speakers have the uncanny ability to pick up passing CB radio broadcasts. I may have jumped out of my seat a couple times that night.
I came up with this colorway while watching the “Duane Barry” and “Ascension” episodes from season 2 . I love when quirky, vulnerable characters refer to themselves in the third person (nope, can’t explain it) and Duane does so throughout both episodes. I decided, aloud, “Duane Barry needs to be a colorway.” So to Google Image Search I went.
I came upon this still which became this color palette.
And then became Ascension to Skyland Mountain.
As a special surprise, members received matching stitch markers crafted by Mary-Lyn of Lucid Sunshine.
We’re both very happy with the pairing! And I am absolutely positive that this colorway will end up in Play at Life Fiber Arts’ regular colorway list.