Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Knit like the wind! (I wish)

It's been a while since I checked in here, and ironically, my blog neglect has everything to do with fibery activities. I'll start of with spinning, because you know I always have spinning.

cmf swm sbm swirls2
Fiber: Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino, "Stand by Me"
3 ply
832 yards
228 grams
cmf swm sbm sk st
Sigh. I think this is my new favorite CMF colorway (until I spin up the next one, at least). I definitely will be knitting something for myself with this yarn.

Believe it or not, I've been devoting most of my time lately to knitting. Apparently knitting for myself isn't much of a motivation, but knitting for others? That totally gets me in gear.

bf a thel prog
This pair of socks for a friend started off horribly, but I have since come to love them. The main problem was with the skein of yarn. The yarn itself (Brooks Farm Acero) is lovely, but I got a bum skein. It tangled so horribly as I was winding it that I nearly shed tears of complete frustration. At times I despaired of ever getting it off my swift. It took me more than two hours to wind it completely. As far as I can tell, it was a break in the yarn that caused all my heartache.

In my frustration, I fired off a diplomatically worded (I hope) email to Brooks Farm to let them know about the trouble I was having. Well, they couldn't have been nicer. They offered to refund my money, or if I wanted to keep the yarn, they would pay for the postage to have me send it to them so they could wind it for me. At that point, I had gotten the yarn wound myself, but I so appreciated their reply. Hooray for companies that stand behind their products!

The knitting project that has been eating up the most of my time, though, is the Professor's birthday present. Today is his birthday, but since he hasn't yet opened his gift (and since he reads this blog), I can't show y'all what it is. However, I will show the swatch I did for it.

cp swatch
Happy birthday, my dear, sweet Professor! I'm so grateful that you're my lab partner for life. You can keep me after class any time.


At 2/17/09, 7:32 PM, Blogger Jodi said...

That lucky professor!

BTW, kudos to Brooks Farm for being a stand-up company. I had a similar experience with Lorna's Laces last fall. Your handspun yarn is gorgeous, as usual!

At 2/17/09, 8:42 PM, Blogger Oiyi said...

Happy Birthday to Mr Professor!

I have the same motivation problem when knitting for myself. It almost never gets done. But gift knitting is different. I feel like I have a deadline with gifts so it's more urgent that I finish. I always admire the knitters that mainly knit for themselves.

At 2/18/09, 3:40 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

The new yarn is lovely; those colors make me happy, too. The socks are my favorite color [grin], so you know I'm going to like them. Lucky friend! And that swatch tells me that I am not entirely over my love affair with green...

My best to The Professor on his day.

At 2/18/09, 5:38 AM, Blogger Bea said...

Lovely yarn and pretty socks.

Happy Birthday Professor!

At 2/18/09, 10:06 AM, Blogger Brooke M. said...

The 'Stand by Me' is beautiful. So beautiful that I had to de-lurk.

At 2/18/09, 12:20 PM, Blogger jen said...

Love your handspun -that colour is beautiful!!

That swatch has a nice colour to it too. That professor of yours is lucky!

At 2/18/09, 3:49 PM, Blogger bockstark.knits said...

oooooh, very nice!!!

At 2/19/09, 2:18 AM, Blogger LittleBerry said...

I can breathe easy now I've had my latest fix of your beautiful 3ply yarns and I must admit I do like the colour I will get me some CMF one of these days....

The socks look nice and as everyone has said it's nice to hear of companies standing by their products....

The swatch looks interesting and it's a lovely colour

At 2/20/09, 2:29 AM, Blogger Opal said...

such gorgeous yarn! i think i better get back to some 3ply. i really adore CMF. they have such lovely fiber.

what a lovely sock! and it's always nice to hear of such good customer service.

happy birthday to the professor, belated as it is.


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