Knit or spin? Spin or knit?
If you've been getting the impression that there has only been spinning going on here at Chez T4S, well, you'd be mostly right. To prove that I haven't forgotten to knit, however, I present the following evidence. (Humble apologies for the horrendous photos. I'm tired of waiting for good light.)Pattern: cable pattern from Stulpen, body of mitts based on Serpentine MittsYarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, "Black Parade"Needles: U.S. size 1 (2.25 mm) DPNsModification: I mirrored the cables on the two mitts.Ever since I knit those two pairs of Serpentine Mitts in December, I've been wanting a pair for myself. The thought of knitting the same pattern for a third time so soon did not appeal to me, though, so I used a different cable pattern. All in all, I'm quite happy with these, but I would change a couple of things if I were to knit them again:
Still, these mitts are supremely functional. That is, they're keeping my hands warm while I'm at my frigid office.So, spinning! I finished another skein on Monday. It started out looking like this.Occasionally I like to buy things that are outside my normal color comfort zone. This roving from Copperpot Woolies certainly fits that bill. It's comprised of dusty purple, orangey-gold, and white. As I started spinning it, I said to myself, "This has the potential to become some really ugly yarn." But I pressed on. The Professor wasn't exactly encouraging. He told me it looked as though I was spinning up a bad Halloween wig. Humph. At my look of displeasure, he did add that the spinning seemed to be improving the fiber.As it turns out, I needn't have worried. The finished yarn is worlds better than I was expecting.Fiber: Copperpot Woolies 100% merino, "Elegant Autumn"2 ply310 yards16 wpi, sportweight114 grams (4 oz.)I am still surprised by how much I like this yarn. It's heathery, tweedy, and just plain good. The roving gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me. It didn't draft quite as smoothly as the superwash merino I used for my last skein, but it wasn't difficult to draft by any means. The slightly less smooth drafting did mean that my singles weren't as consistent as I would have liked. However, the inconsistencies aren't particularly apparent in the finished yarn. Those nice color variations can hide a multitude of sins.Mmm, soft and squishy merino goodness.
- I would move the cable pattern 4 stitches farther away from the thumbs. Although the pattern is centered on the mitts I made, it doesn't appear to be centered when I'm wearing the mitts. Apparently hands are three-dimensional. Who knew?
- I would probably shorten the cuffs a bit.