Wow I apparently forgot I had a blog for a while. Bear with me, this might be a big catch-up post with all sorts of randomness.
First up. Black Sheep Gathering. I had lots of fun. The event was smaller than I expected, maybe I heard one too many people talk about how big it was and how you HAVE to go. I’m not sure it was that much bigger than OFFF and that event has the perk of being a full 2 hours closer to Seattle.
There were some great booths though and as evidenced by my purchase of a drum carder from Woodland Woolworks at OFFF the WW booth was too much for me to resist. I would like to point out that I did actually set my future purchase down for about 15 seconds before picking it up again to buy.
I got myself the Very Fast Flyer!!!! Holy shit 44:1 ratio!!! This is something I will need to grow into but I’m loving it already. Thank god for Ravelry and the Lendrum group, a member there kindly posted a picture of how to thread the flyer because it is not at all like the standard flyer. Way trickier and boy oh boy if you ever needed motivation for not losing your end…this is it.
I managed to stay within my fiber budget for the rest of the festival (I don’t count gifts to friends as part of my budget). I would give you a breakdown of what I got but I think that might get a little boring. There are pictures of the haul in my flickr album though. The one item I’m most excited about is beyond heavenly.
2oz of 50/50 tussah silk/pygora batts in Spun Gold. Swoon!
I took a great color blending class from Jill of Ashland Bay that got my internal color wheel juiced up and ready to put my drum carder through a workout. With that in mind somehow I also came home with 10oz of raw black alpaca. I feel I can justify the alpaca by saying that the “no fleece” rule for BSG was not broken since I only bought 10oz out of 2-3lbs of fleece. I also know that what I just wrote is complete horseshit.
I do have an FO to show off though!
That is my very own Morning Surf Scarf from the Summer Spin Off. Made from 4oz of Dragonfibers Merino/Tencel in Free Range, navajo plied to keep the colors distinct. The yardage was low on this scarf due to the plying so it’s a little shorter than I prefer but with a nice little pin I should be able to wear this come fall.
I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This is all me, start to finish and I love it. The merino tencel blend is wonderful in the Free Range colorway and man was this one easy knit. I think I started it up late on a Tuesday night and cast off on Friday night. About 3/4 of the scarf was knit between Thursday and Friday night. I will definitely be making another one soon.
Since getting back from BSG it seems like I haven’t accomplished a whole lot, yet I haven’t had a free moment. There was the realization that I hadn’t given any thought to the brand new colorway for the June Fiber Club. Plus there has been a lot of behind the scenes work for a new wholesale account that I hope to tell you all about soon. Couple all of that with Nicki and Sammy’s inability to vacuum and do laundry/dishes while I’m at work and you can see how time has slipped away from me.
There has been knitting though.
A garter stitch dishcloth. Exciting stuff.
Progress has been made on the Blankie. Not much progress mind you. A garter stitch blanket takes a while no matter what way you look at it. It is marginally bigger though.
You may have noticed a trend. Garter stitch is about all I can muster at this point without my brains liquifiying and leaking out of my ears (nice visual huh?). That will soon change though.
My original plan of washing and spinning my Finn fleece for Tour de Fleece has been scrapped. I so don’t have time to think about washing a fleece right now. So instead I’ve set myself the challenge of spinning a true laceweight on the new flyer. It will make me slow down and think more about what I’m doing rather than how much of it I’m doing. If it takes me the entire TdF to finish 4oz of true laceweight yarn then so be it.
I hope to be in a completely different place emotionally/mentally after this weekend. I’ve been taking some time this last week to really reevaluate what I’m doing both with my personal knitting/spinning but also Dragonfibers. That is a blog post all on it’s own though.
As for sock knitting. Well some of you know more than others my volatile relationship with STR. I sometimes love the yarn base (ie when it doesn’t felt on me) and I find so many of their colorways appealing. STR for it’s part will call out to me “buy me, knit me, love me.” Yet it kind of reminds me of an ex-boyfriend from college. It could have been the great lifelong relationship but the timing was never right. Something was always a little off every time we tried to make it work.
STR and I are on a break. I hope one day our yarny desires can mesh well with each other but that day isn’t today.
So since we broke up I cast on for a new sock. In Sockotta because well it was 92F yesterday and this was the only sock yarn in my stash that had cotton in it. A cotton blend sock seemed like a good idea at the time.
I have visions of a Ross and Rachael breakup drama unfolding in my stash cabinet with me trying to weasel out of my sock knitting infidelity by pulling out the “We were on a Break!” card.
Think STR will ever forgive me?