I finally have some pictures of finished items. And it seems like an awful lot of them are in Cascade Pastaza. Well, only two. I wasn’t crazy about this yarn. It was pretty sheddy. I had tons of long llama hairs all over me every knitting session. I finished the Hemlock Ring Blanket for my Uncle. Now I just need to make him a mix CD and I’m basically done with my Christmas gifts. Except for felting that scarf…
Here’s the pinned out throw:
And a close-up:
And here it is draped over the papasan chair. I seriously need to get better at taking pictures. I haven’t figured out the whole lighting/flash thing yet I guess.
You know, and not moving the camera while taking the picture. And I can only get a handful of quick pictures before the batteries die and I need to charge them again.
My other Pastaza project was the Log Cabin socks. They went pretty quick with such fat yarn. I couldn’t photograph them very well, even trying artificial and natural light from different angles. This is what came out:
I went over to Jill P.’s on Sunday with a few other people for a little fiber day. The dyeing class on Saturday had been cancelled. I spent most of the day washing the rest of my pygora fleece. Hours were spent fluffing out the locks and picking out crap from the fleece. Then I did two big batches of scouring. I used Orvus paste. I needed about three wash cycles for each one and a couple of rinses. The difference was so amazing. It was totally brownish before and came out close to white. I’ve been trying to dry it at home but the cats are a little playful so I need to keep it in the mesh bag and hope it dries well enough. For a while I left the bag on a drying rack in the middle of my floor and Paquito kept lying on top of the wet fiber. I just hope he wasn’t felting it.
I was feuding with the cats all weekend because of the blocking. I had to lock them out of my room while the throw was pinned out on my floor. Paquito kept pulling the pins out with his teeth and I’d have to pin it down again. They really don’t like being restricted from my room. It was pretty obnoxious.
This weekend I also plied my silk. I can’t really tell how it came out yet. I haven’t put it in a hank yet, it’s still on the bobbin. At Jill’s I started spinning some Lisa Souza superwash merino. I think the roving is really beautiful with burgundies and deep colors in it. Spun up it’s a little light. There are some light spots in the roving that really tame down the rest of the fiber. I still like it though. I spun about an ounce on Sunday. I think I’ll do a 2-ply yarn for socks. I like the look of my 3-ply but I don’t know if I get enough yardage. And it takes a lot longer.
Since I didn’t have pictures last time… Here’s the Swan Lake/Mystery Stole 3 that I finally blocked. I don’t have any modelling shots though. It’s Misti Alpaca Lace, less than two balls with some purple-y beads that I got at the craft store. Try to ignore my sloppy room…
And here’s the Ram’s Horn Jacket. I just need to figure out how to keep the collar edges from rolling up. I can try to block it still.
That was knit with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Amber Heather. It’s a little bit scratchy. I need to get some sort of pin or closure. I might just buy a cheapish hair pin thing. Like the kind with a circle and a stick through it.
I love how on Ravelry when you go to look at the posts that people have made in forums, it says “[ravelrymember] is a chatterbox” at the top of the page. The first person I looked it up on is a total chatterbox in real life so it was especially funny right off the bat. I was kind of disappointed that everybody’s says that, even if they don’t post much. I guess that’s it for now!