Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Crocheting in Israel

I'm in Israel now! I'm less than 60 rows away from finishing my Clapotis, and each row gets shorter, so I might finish it tonight or tomorrow. Which means I'm going to have to copy down a sock pattern since I have no way of printing here.

Right before I left I finished my big spinning project- turquoise colonial wool, 2 ply, no clue on the yardage. It took forever. But the recipient was very happy with it and that's what counts and now I can go back to my commissioned knitting.

Today I was in Tel-Aviv and Yafo (Jaffa). There were a bunch of galleries we visited, and I saw this shop.

Of course I had to go in. Turns out this one woman crochets all these decorations by hand. I didn't take any pictures while inside the store itself, but here's a closer look at one of the wall-hangings so you can get an idea.

That's all crocheted. If I still crocheted, I would totally try making some of these.

Also, behind a curtain was a room which housed this woman's ginormous yarn stash. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the giant yarn stash.

Hopefully there will be more knitting-related pictures from Israel in the near future.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Spinning and socks

A friend of mine recently commissioned a scarf from me. She gave me the choice of yarn, after I had given her a bunch of options. One option was for me to spin my own fiber.

So she wanted a cream scarf with some purple. The purple I have leftover from a set of wrist warmers and hat I made her that this scarf is supposed to match. And I figured it might be cheaper to spin the yarn. So I drafted from the fold in order to get a very thin yarn. First I tried it out on some light blue merino I had, and then when I was satisfied with the results, I started on the alpaca.

It turned out I spun really thin, so I tried my hand at Navajo plying. (Also because I didn't want to spin another bobbin at that moment.) This was the result:

It looks like real yarn! This is the first time I'll be knitting with my own hand-plied yarn (unless you count non-plied one-ply yarn as "hand-plied"). I have to wait to knit until my friend tells me specifically what type of pattern she wants me to use.

I also decided to try making a sock. I've never made one before, and a friend gave me the pattern for a baby sock. Since it's such a quick project, it wouldn't be such a big deal if I needed to restart. Here's the sock.
I messed up in 2 places where I misread directions, but both were minor enough mistakes that I kept going. Now I have to make the second, but since I'm not even sure if I'm giving it to the person who i think I'm giving it to, I can wait until I've made myself my clapotis and my llama scarf (since it's freezing in Cambridge right now.)

My self-indulgent knitting spree is called "Operation Warm Up The Knitter of Shiny Things."