February 12, 2017

Twelve Months Of Twelves

Happy 2017 everyone!

I know it's been a long, long, long time since I last posted a blog.  It almost seems like a lifetime ago.  The thing is, since I started the vlog/podcast on YouTube, it almost seems redundant to do the blog, but I think the blog might fill in for the long gaps between recording.  And I know some folks would rather read than watch - and truth be told, I kind of like reading blogs too.

This is also a good place to 'park' my knitting, and a much better place to for me keep track of it.  So, if you will forgive my absence I'll just get on with it.

This year I have decided that it would be a good idea to buckle down on the stash down.  I have too much yarn and fiber to store in one place (my craft room) without stubbing a toe or breaking my neck!  Clearly, I had a problem called 'having' which means I wanted 'it' - not to knit or spin, just to have.  Which is the exact same thing as hoarding.

Without throwing my hands up in the air and just selling everything or giving it away, I'm going to attempt to refrain from buying (except at festivals), and I'm going to knit and spin until everything fits in the tiny little room I have for craft storage.

My first objective is to knit 12 pairs of socks, and so far I've knit two pair in January:

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeans for my son.  I used Miss Babs Babette 2-ply yummy in the Into the Void colorway:


He never used to ask for socks, and now he doesn't stop asking.  The problem is, the very day after I give them to him, he loses one.  I am aware that socks get lost, but not after one day.  I'm going to have to rethink is knitworthiness.

The next pair was a pair for his girlfriend.  She saw me wearing my Cup of Tea socks by Robin Lynn and she wanted a pair for herself.  I used White Birch Fiber Arts sock yarn in the Crime Scene Barbie colorway:


This makes the second pair of socks I've made for her.  She has both of her socks.  Which makes me think that she's more knitworthy than my son.

I'm also dedicating myself to spinning up my fiber.  Not all of it, mind you.  Just the ones that fell out of the fiber cabinet when I opened the door, and the ones that prevented me from closing the door.

Twelve braids will have to be spun, some of it has to be dyed, some of it will have to be washed.  Oy!
I have made a dent, though, and for that I am grateful.

Skein one was a braid from Into the Whirled called Mithrandir:


I tried to spin up a worsted weight and this is darn close.  A bunch of greens that look like collards, kale, iceberg lettuce and what all!  This will make a lovely hat that's not too busy since the yarn seems to be screaming colors.

Skeins 2 & 3 were a two-fer.  I spun a Loop bump called overcast, and a braid of Sunset Fibers (she's on Facebook only) that looked like this before the spin:


And looked like this after the spin:


This turned out to be more than 500 yards of a 2-ply fingering weight yarn.  I could have dressed it up better for the photo, but I was so excited with the yardage that I hurried things along. This is going to make a great contrast color for the hap baby blanket I'm going to make - one day.

I would have linked back to my project page, but Ravelry is down or technology truly finds me offensive and will thwart my every attempt to be a good blogger.  All of the projects here can be found on my Ravelry project page (BronxKnitter1).

It doesn't help that I'm a little rusty at blogging.  Missing details, no mention of what I'm working on now, no links to the KALs I'm participating in - the list goes on - but my toes are wet and that is what matters.

And if this post pops up because you're still subscribed after a 2-year hiatus - thank you.  I'm going to sign off on this post and update my blog page details.  I'm no longer Sharon V on Ravelry.  I'm also on Instagram (as BronxKnitter) and I have to figure out how to add all this stuff to the page.  It's going to be a long day.

Until next time, my best to you.