More handspun

So. I went to the yarn shop on Monday. Big suprise.

But I didn’t buy yarn.

Instead I bought 10 ounces of wool roving – to spin with.

So, I present to you a gallery of handspun.

Slubby shetland wool

Slubby shetland wool

 

 

This is the first yarn I ever spun. It’s slubby, and uneven, but it is YARN!!! The color is called “mahogany”.

Wool...that smells like sheep...IN A GOOD WAY!!!

Wool...that smells like sheep...IN A GOOD WAY!!!

 (Why is it that the pictures are large, rather than medium today? Oh well.)

This is what I’ve spun (and washed) of the stuff I bought on Monday. I have some other stuff I’ve spun (& skeined) but I haven’t washed it yet.

Now, I have to go to class. More later.

Weekend report

So, I went home to visit my family and see my friend Marina, and also see You Can’t Take It With You at my high school.

But before I went, I finished up a WIP that has been languishing in my stash for months, and I brought it to school with me.

I think it's wool, but I don't really remember, and the  bag the roving came in wasn't labeled...

I think it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some handspun. I bought the roving more than a year ago at Northwest Wools in Portland (along with the spindel, an Ashford). I bought some other roving, and spun it up, and knit into a little neckwarmer – I don’t know what I’m going to do with this bit of yarn – it’s only about 16 yards. (But spun much more evenly than the last bits of yarn I’ve attempted). I’m going to have to find some more roving. This spinning thing could get just as addicting ast the knitting thing……….

In knitting news, I worked on a Baby Suprise Jacket.

Baby Suprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Baby Suprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m knitting mine on US 5 3.75mm 24″ circulars, in Cascade Yarns’ “Heritage”. It’s really pretty, and the couple I’m knitting it for is expecting a boy!

Anyway, more later…I think I’m going to go find some roving now.

We must really need a change….

…because the New York Times is endorsing Barack Obama.

And we sure as HELL  need a change when college students like me are wondering how they are going to pay for four years at a STATE institution (which cost me about $6,000 becaue I’m a resident here). Never mind how my friends at private and out of state and even outside of the US colleges are going to afford it.

And even when I get done with college, will I be able to find a job? I thought I wouldn’t have much of a problem – many baby boomers are retireing, and so there should be jobs avalible, right?

Well, the jobs aren’t avalible if the baby boomers can’t afford to retire.

So, yeah, I’m ready for a change. And I’m proud to be voting in my first presidential election this year.

How much noise is too much noise?

 I mean, seriously.

it seems like I live on the noisiest dorm on campus. And I try not to complain, unless it’s after midnight on a weeknight, and I’m trying to get some sleep. But really. How much noise is too much?

This could be because all the people in my dorm like to party more than me have better social lives are more social than I am. I’m sorry, I like to study in the evning on weeknights, and I don’t go out in party. Actually, I’m thinking about starting a novel. Then I can get some award, and make everyone jealous.

I actually have to wonder how long some of these folks are going last, partying like they do. Like seriously, HOW do they do that?  

Well, I’ll stay in a write, and knit, and then write a bestseller and make all of them jealous.

Ha. Yeah.

So, onto the knitting. Yesterday I picked up the Icarus Shawl I started a while ago.

Icarus Shawl in Classic Elite "Silky Alpaca Lace".

Icarus Shawl in Classic Elite

 This is the Icarus Shawl[rav link] (from The Best of Interweave Knits).

I’m knitting it out of Classic Elite Yarns’ “Silky Alpaca Lace”, on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles (it’s a 29″ circular that was my grandmothers’ a long time ago). The yarn is SOOOOO SOFT and has a beautiful halo. LOVE it.

Here’s a detail shot:

Icarus shawl closeup.

Icarus shawl closeup.

On a different subject, I think I’m going to try and do NaBloPoMo this year. It should be easier now that I have my own computer. So, we’ll see how that goes.

Knitting & stuff

Okay. So I’m adjussting to college. I’m still working on finding things on friday nights that are not partying.

But I finished a sweater!! Okay, I finished it more than two weeks ago.

Mmm...I love this sweater!!!

Mmm...I love this sweater!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Lady Sweater, [rav link] based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s February Baby Sweater.

Yarn: Berrocco Ultra Alpaca – color 6273. 50/50 Alpaca wool blend. I LOVE THIS YARN and I think I want to knit a pullover out of it too. It’s so soft and warm and I love it!!!!!! I used about 3 1/2 skeins.

Needles: US size 5 24″ ciruclar, and US 5 dpns.

Time to Knit: I started it August 7th and finished it September 28. So, almost 2 months! But that was only because I got bored with it and knit on other things.

I really love this sweater and will try to post more pictures of it now that it has buttons…it’s soo nice!!!

Also, I wanted to post a picture of something I found on my door this morning:

seriously....

seriously....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I was in high school, I’ve becoming kinda known for my Knitting skills. And I started a knitting class (but only charging for materials).

In case you can’t read the sign, here is what is says:

“Hey Caroline,

We hear that there is a better knitter than you in the hall!!

At least that’s what she said!

You two should totally BATTLE! Bring it on!!

❤ Morton 🙂 ”

Well, first of all, I would love to meet any other knitters in my hall. Especially someone with skills close to my own.

Second of all, I don’t want to battle it out with any other knitters!!! That’s just not my style!!

Also…I have my suspicions about who posted this…and they probably thought they were being funny.

More later.