It’s been a long time! How is everybody? Have you been knitting lots?
This week I’m being relatively monogamous – I’m knitting a pair of Socks on a Plane socks together with Jesse (oocha on instagram) and Vanessa (lynaiyarns on instagram) as a little IG KAL! The hashtag is #soapkal if anyone wants to join in. Mine are out of an old unlabelled skein of Ixchelbunny yarn. I don’t know what the base is, but the colourway is Funky Melon. Now, I say relatively “monogamous” as I’m working on the Follow Your Arrow mystery KAL (Ysolda Teague). So far I’m on Clue 1B and 2B and mine’s being knit out of Malabrigo Sock in Cote D’Azure and Lettuce.
I’ve been busy knitting while I’ve been away, too! I have 9 projects to share with you this week. Most of them are pretty small though. The first are a pair of socks I showed in the last episode, self-designed socks with a little cable running down the side in hand-dyed yarn from a long time ago. The next are a pair of Sign of Four socks, designed by Anne Hanson for the Victorian Writers Knitting Club, out of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Sock in Hound of the Baskervilles. Then we have a pair of top down (!) vanilla socks, out of Skein Top Draw Socks in Fig. We also have a pair of Rye Socks by tincanknits, converted to fingering weight, out of that Ixchelbunny yarn base I don’t know, in Zen Seaweed, and a pair of Wanderer Fingerless Mittens by The Willow Nest in some hand dyed yarn, repurposed from the sweater I knit for my dad a long time ago. I’ve also finished my Stasis Pullover! The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Snowbound and Cast Iron. I’ve also finished my Rock Island shawl by Jared Flood out of Posh Yarn Chloe Lace in a pretty navy blue, as well as Citron by Hilary Smith Callis in Malabrigo Lace in Azul Profundo. Finally, we have a pair of plain old vanilla socks with a Fish Lips KIss Heel in String Theory Colourworks Entanglement in SEU.
I’ve also done a wee bit of spinning, just about 2 oz of BFL from a dyer I will not name, but I do go on my soapbox a little.
For stash enhancement, I share with you this week, 2 skeins of sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibres in the Sock base, in Clay and Lettuce. I’ve also got a skein of Sincere Sheep Luminous in Hathor’s Gem, from the last shipment of the Fall in Full Color 2013 Club by Knitspot.
I’d been doing a little bit of pottery before I left for a month, and I’ve had comments from friends on Instagram who have been interested in some of my pottery, particularly the yarn bowls. I’d been thinking about this for a while and have been wanting to get a pottery wheel, but being out of a job, I don’t have the funds for one at the moment. As a result, I’d been thinking about either starting up a Kickstarter project or just saving up by selling some handspun and/or project bags. I’m not sure what people would rather do, and so I’ve set up a poll on the Ravelry group (yes! There’s a group for the podcast now!) – if you’re not on Ravelry, I’d love it if you could leave me a message by way of comment or email.