Knitting · Spinning

Weekending – June 28, 2021

We had a lovely rainy (for us here in the high desert anyway) and cool weekend here. We woke up Saturday morning to the sound of rain and it rained off and on for the morning hours, before giving way to beautiful skies and amazing clouds!

I spent several hours both Saturday and Sunday doing a deep clean of the cavern that is my office space and craft storage at home. I tidied my desk, reorganized the bookshelves (with several very large stacks of books to be donated), put away some rogue bags of yarn, and moved some furniture around so I have a clear, uncluttered space for my electric spinner with better lighting.

I finished spinning the singles of my current spin, and started plying these 4 oz. Fiber is Polwarth wool roving, hand-dyed by Two if By Hand in the “Murk” colorway. I’m hoping to get the plying finished on this during the week and then I’ve got just one small 2-oz batch left to finish up the total 8 oz of roving I have.

I also finished up my Driftwood Socks. This is a pattern I designed several years ago and had been wanting to reknit them since they are great basic socks with an easy pattern. I used a skein of Sweet Sparrow Yarns House Wren in “The Irish Hare” colorway. I wasn’t sure about the little tweedy neps in it but they are very soft and you don’t feel them at all. I like the finished product very much and now these have me ready for fall warm woolen things weather! I knit the middle (medium) size and replaced the original short-row heel with a Fish Lips Kiss heel since I personally like that better.

Finally, I also made good progress on my Lightweight Hipster scarf/shawl. I’ve worked through the first textured band and the following garter stitch section, and then have started the second (and final) textured band section. A really fun and quick-to-knit pattern. The garter stitch was perfect company while I watched stage 2 of the Tour de France yesterday afternoon.

I’ll be working on this project more this week, in between spinning sessions, and I’ve also got a project I’m swatching for – but more on that to come as the week progresses.

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