Friday, May 11, 2012

None of the Above, and Other Random Thoughts

After writing my last post, I launched into knitting up a navy swatch, since I wasn't sure whether I would need to use a US #8 or 9 to get 4 sts to the inch. As I was knitting away, I glanced up now and then at my stash shelves, not really thinking of anything in particular, and in that sort of floating mental state I realized that the yarn I was working with would look really great with some Galway in a kind of heathered green (colour 687 for anyone interested). This is a good argument for getting your stash out of the cupboard and out somewhere visible. So, after I'd knitted enough to measure my gauge in stocking stitch, I did a little garter stitch, changing colours on the wrong side to create broken lines of green amidst the blue.

But wait, I thought, it can get even better if I use the antiqued brass buttons.

The yellow undertones of the brass pick up the undertones in the green and the brown flecks in the navy. And I discovered that a US #8 does the job perfectly.
Yesterday morning I attended a drop spindle workshop organized by the Kingston Spinners and Weavers Guild. Can't believe how much I learned, especially about yarn management and plying. I'm saving that for another post, but here's the little swatch I knitted up this morning from some wool I spun during the breaks in last evening's rehearsal.

See, my handspun is starting to look fairly normal! I didn't feel too weird spinning in my rehearsal breaks since one of the female soloists knitted through hers.

After a couple of hours in the garden, things are coming together. Still too early for annuals other than pansies, though.

My viol trio is set to perform the opener tonight. Wish us good luck (and me a happy birthday).


  1. Happy Birthday! Happy Mother's Day! Good luck on your concert too! I keep my yarn visible but I'm not a designer so I'm not sure I make the most of it. I just do it that way because I love looking at the colors and textures.

  2. A very happy birthday, and best wishes for the concert.. thanks for sharing your knitting and spinning thoughts, and your beautiful pictures.

  3. Happy Mother's Day! Happy belated birthday! Your handspun yarn is looking very yarny indeed. Well done! Your aspinneration is proceeding perfectly.

    I love the blue, green & brass together. Those are just my kind of colours.

  4. Happy Birthday and hope your concert went really well.
    Love the new colours and the spinning, wow.