Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fun things

I'm not sure whether or not I've mentioned that I have a goal of making myself enough hand-knit socks so I can just wear hand-knits. So far I have 2 pairs. This is the second, which I did a couple of weeks ago. No pattern, just ribbing at the cuff and stockinette for the rest. Kinda boring, but the yarn was pretty and I didn't have to pay attention to what I was doing. And they were a quick knit. And I like wearing them

I'm working on another pair, Sunday Swing. I'm at the toe of the first sock, so I might finish it tonight depending on what else I want to do.

I've also been doing a lot of spinning lately. I've made 2 skeins of the white alpaca, one of which I dyed, the other of which I'm waiting until me and my housemate have the supplies to make a bunch of colors at once and paint the rovings. I haven't taken a picture of the dyed yarn (I couldn't find my camera for a week, though now it's back) but here's an undyed skein, pre washing:

Upon washing the skeins I learned that they really are, in fact, pure white. I also learned that I need to be more careful, since the yarn felted and that was not fun to sort out. I probably can't sell those skeins, but I might use them to make myself a pair of gloves.

Here's a skein I did a while back. It is pretty, and I have no clue what to do with it (180ish yarns of worsted-ish weight yarn):

And finally, here is one of my most recent creations, a 40 foot I-cord rope, made out of alpaca from the alpaca farm (mostly second cuts, since I wanted to save the good stuff for things that can be worn):

I skeined it and tied it up, felted it, put it in a box, and sent it to Virginia:

And the recipient loves it. Yay, rope! (Now I need to think of an even weirder project.)