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A Fine Fiber Morning

Yarn and socksSome days I wake up ready to pick up a knitting or handspinning project even before morning coffee. Today was like that, setting a springlike Monday morning off to a great start.

First, I finally finished plying 500 yards of handspun silk and camel down blend from Greenwood Fiberworks, in the colorway “Metro”, with silk sewing thread. Regular attendees at Thursday afternoon open handspinning know I have been working on this yarn for about two months. It feels so fine to have it plied, skeined and washed. Now I can ponder what I will weave with it – Shall it be warp or weft? A fancy twill? Some sort of block weave?

After skeining and washing the yarn, I grafted the toes of a pair of socks that I finished last night. The pattern is is “Rye” and it’s an easy, free from Tin Can Knits. The yarn is handspun, 100% wool – one ply of blue and one ply of purple. The socks knits up very fast but the project was really a long time in the making; I quite honestly spun the yarn at least 25 years ago. It’s been waiting in the yarn closet all this time for a perfect project. and its time finally arrived. The socks were knit on size 5 needles and the yarn is quite heavy so these will be “house” socks or be worn in boots.

Two fiber projects completed before 7:00 AM on a sunny Leap Year morning with crocuses abloom seems to bode well for a lovely and productive March. Onward into spring!

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National Hat Day & Lovely Children’s Books

Lace knit hat
Hat knit in honor of National Hat Day, January 15

Yesterday I learned that today is National Hat Day. An Internet search reveals that no one knows how January 15 became designated as National Hat Day and that most often this day is used as an excuse to wear silly or extravagant headwear. But why not use it an an excuse to MAKE a hat? (As if any of us who play with yarn need an excuse to do so.) Continue reading National Hat Day & Lovely Children’s Books