May 7th, 2006

MP: too silly icon

I love getting stuff...

makes it feel like Christmas! In May!

Art (the carpenter guy at church) delivered my blocking reel today (had I gone to choir practice Wed, I'd have gotten it then - damn headache!) - it's nice. Not fancy; very workman-like and sturdy.

I had given him the plans in the 1994(ish) Spin Off issue (the one with the woven silk scarf on the front); it took him 3 days and $20 to make it.

I asked him if he'd be willing to make stuff for other knitters/spinners/weavers, and he said sure....so I need to email the CE and let her know. He said that the next one would be much nicer and fancier - this was a "working experiment". *g* I don't care - it looks nice and rotates so smoothly.....

Whee! Gotta go wash some yarn now so I can *use* it!!
fiber: sheepie knitting

grrrrrrrrrrrr....

back to the frogpond with the sock. 54 made a nice ribbing, but was still too loose for the lace to show up.

I think I'll try 48 for the ribbing, then *decrease* 5 for the pattern (needs 6 + 1). That'll put me at 43 stitches....we'll see.

And, for you real knitters that are screaming "Do a gauge swatch, stupid!"...well, this is a sock. I'd have to knit it in the round. If I'm knitting round and round anyway, I might as well do a sock and see what happens.

Besides, I like the fabric this yarn makes on 4s. Feels cushy - which I want in my socks - feels sturdy - ditto - and isn't hurting my wrists - too much.

I'll just have to keep playing with it to find the magic # for this lace pattern with *this* yarn and *these* needles.

Since I'm knitting for fun, it doesn't matter. Much. *g*

Think I'll not start tonight, though. I need to wind a warp for Mr. Art's scarf...and I really want to do some EE dyeing. Must go see what the stash coughs up!