Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Brace yourselves for actual knitting content

Even though knitting and spinning have slowed down dramatically here at Chez T4S, I do have a couple of finished projects. First up is proof that I still do knit, although even I will admit that stockinette socks don't make for the most exciting knitting. Exciting or not, the Professor is happy to have a new pair of socks.

trek pn ankle socks
Yarn: Trekking Pro Natura (75% wool, 25% bamboo), colorway 1604
Needles: 2.00 mm DPNs

trek pn 1604 macro
I'm still a great fan of Trekking sock yarn. It may not be the softest stuff in the world, but it wears like iron and comes in fantastic colors. This is the first time I've used the Pro Natura line, and I like it as well as XXL. I did find the yarn to be a bit splitty; however, the splittiness didn't cause me any angst, so it's probably a bit petty of me to even mention it.

I am starting to itch for a new, non-sock knitting project, though. Right now I'm wavering between some sort of sweater/top or some lace. Any suggestions?

Of course, I'm still spinning more than I'm knitting. I really do need to find a little more balance in my fibery pursuits. (I think Ms. Bockstark and I may suffer from the same affliction.) Spinning is what's making me happy for now, though, so I'm going to keep at it.

cmf sbfl skein
Fiber: Crown Mountain Farms Bluefaced Leicester, "Shala"
3 ply
250 yards (sport weight)
103 grams

cmf sbfl strands macro
Oh. My. Goodness. I adore this yarn. Blue + brown is one of my favorite color combinations, and it looks better in the 3 ply yarn than I ever imagined it would. In fact, I had originally planned to spin up half of the 8 oz. bump of fiber as 3 ply and half as 2 ply—just to compare the two. However, I'm so thrilled with the 3 ply that I have already decided to go ahead and do the second half of the fiber as 3 ply too.

cmf sbfl swirl
This is the first CMF BFL that I have spun, and it is lovely stuff. It practically spins itself. I am certainly looking forward to spinning more of it.


At 7/1/08, 7:05 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

Beautiful blues and browns! BFL is such a neat wool.

At 7/1/08, 10:01 PM, Blogger Edie said...

The three ply looks delicious! I agree that it is a beautiful color combo.

I say do what makes you happy. If you are happiest spinning then by all means spin. :)

At 7/2/08, 1:03 AM, Anonymous Expatknits said...

Love your yarn! Blue and brown is one of my favourite colour combinations as well. I've been meaning to try Trekking Pro Natura, since I love my XXL socks. Good to know that they're similar.

At 7/2/08, 1:46 AM, Blogger Miss 376 said...

Love to see how that yarn knits up, colour looks great

At 7/2/08, 7:26 AM, Blogger bookgrump said...

Ooh! Socks! Pretty!

But the yarn.... Gorgeous! I bet it's soft too!

At 7/2/08, 8:17 AM, Blogger mle said...

Nice socks!!
It's definitely good to keep doing what makes you happy! I've recently become sick of all my projects so I am swatching for the February Lady Sweater.

At 7/2/08, 8:18 AM, Blogger loribird said...

I've been feeling the same way - spin, spin, spin! I'm still trying to knit, but my wheel wins out most days.
That yarn is scrumptious.

At 7/2/08, 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not just saying this because we're friends, but your handspun looks like it was professionally spun. Really. Cross my heart.

Instead of taking a spinning class from some so-called professional, I think I need to come hang out with you.

Love the Professors socks also, and it is nice to see you knitting, but the handspun is stellar.

At 7/3/08, 1:34 AM, Blogger Oiyi said...

Teehee...shocking to see knitting!! The socks look great. Love the color.

At 7/4/08, 9:57 PM, Blogger Ann said...

The socks look great. I love knitting plain socks like that as I find it so relaxing.

At 7/8/08, 10:14 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

I agree with guiltypleasures....your spinning looks professional. I have admired it from afar on Ravelry and I can't do that any longer. I wish that you could give me tips on how to spin as well as you do. I just started spinning a few months ago

P.S. I love the socks!

At 7/9/08, 8:45 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

All the CMF colors look good as 3ply. Glad that you are posting results of the new colorways. Excellent photography as usual.

At 7/12/08, 3:26 PM, Anonymous Aredhel said...

I've been lurking for a while and just want to say that your spinning skills are awesome. The blue and brown three ply is so pretty! I love coming by and looking at what you have spun.


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