What’s on the needles, what’s off the wheel, and what’s in my puppy’s mouth (also, a book giveaway update)

Last time, I promised you Actual Knitting Content, and so you shall have it. I actually had big plans to show you a Major Knit that I am very excited about having finished, but as usual, my technical difficulties have interfered. So instead, I’ll show you a something I have on the needles right at this very moment.

Miner's Beach Cardigan

Miner’s Beach Cardigan

This is a cardi I’m designing on the fly, striping my handspun with my favorite commercially-available yarn, Stonehedge Fiber Mills Shepherd’s Wool. I’m knitting it in the round with a steek, to cut it open when I’m done with the sleeves and ready to add the button band. At this point it feels like I’ll never be done with the sleeves. I mean, the reality is that I’m about 3 inches from done with each sleeve, but if you’ve ever been stuck on Sleeve Island, you know that 3 inches still feels like you’ll never get there.

So I needed a small change of pace before I just knuckle down and finish up. This came off the wheel earlier in the week:

Southern Cross Fibre

Southern Cross Fibre

I’m in the Southern Cross Fibre Club now (woohoo!) and this was my first installment. “Dragon Fruit” on Bond/Silk, the February 2015 club. I spun it up as a standard 2-ply and ended up with 252 yards of worsted. I just couldn’t resist going ahead and getting it on the needles. I cast on for something new this morning; I’ll show details later!

Also off the wheel is my second MegaSAL yarn:

Spunky Eclectic

Spunky Eclectic

This is Spunky Eclectic 100% Tussah silk in “Rincewind.” It’s 2 oz., which I spun up as 462 yards fingering-weight singles. I’m thinking shawl for this one, and I can’t wait to cast on!

And my most recent spin is this:

Hello Yarn

Hello Yarn

Hello Yarn April 2015 Fiber Club – “Winter Stole Color” on polwarth. I tend to prefer spinning “toothy” wools (with Shetland being my fave) and longwools (like Wensleydale) to spinning the super-soft wools like polwarth, Merino, Rambouillet, and the like. I don’t know why I find it so hard to spin consistently and consistently well when I’ve got one of those on the wheel. So this time, I decided to do something I haven’t done with polwarth before, and spin a fat thick-and-thin single. I’m thrilled with the result (200 yards of lofty, airy yarn) and am playing with design ideas.

As you can see, there is lots of fibery goodness going on around here. But there is also fibery badness happening. To wit:

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Bad dog!

My puppy Louie was playing just a few feet away as I was preparing to write this post. All of a sudden, he darted out of the room and got very quiet. It took me a moment to realize how quiet he had gotten, and I knew when I realized that it couldn’t mean anything good. I went to the living room and couldn’t believe what he was up to! He had snatched this handspun (singles, waiting for me to spin another bobbin of singles up to ply with it) and was happily chewing away on it! As you can see, he has made a tangly mess of it. LOUIE!

I managed to get the yarn away from him and was getting it put away when he went darting out of the room again. This time, he had grabbed a little chunk of fiber:

fiber hound

fiber hound

All these years, my cats have coexisted mostly peacefully with my stash, but this pup is obsessed with stealing my wool. Ugh!

Who me?

Who me?

Good thing he’s cute!

Okay, now to the book giveaway. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I was very touched by them, and it was so cool to see the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints of people interested in reading this book. I wish even more that I could send one to each of you! But alas, I have to pick one. I had the Random Number Generator do the dirty work for me:

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The 33rd commenter was Tara, who writes:

Stacey!! How exciting for you!! Congratulations!

I’ve thought of you often during this last year (my first in Divinity school). It’s been the hardest work I’ve ever done but also the most fulfilling. I’m thankful every day for the women who’ve walked the path before me. 

Many, many congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!

Well, how cool is that, that a Divinity School student will be receiving the book? Tara, I will email you to get your mailing address and will get the book to you very soon. To the rest of you, thank you again for your wonderful comments. And I hope you will consider buying yourself a copy of the book!

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