I don't really do resolutions. I don't think there is much point to them usually, but right now I find myself wanting to devote a bit more effort towards a goal. I cast on for my third project with my handspun this weekend, and I find I want to knit up more of what I have. I really like the feeling of using stuff I made and seeing how it knits up and behaves. So, in addition to the yarn and fiber diet that I've been on for the past two years (mostly following that...) I will try to find more suitable projects and knit up some of my handspun.

Happy New Year!
Mother rabbit and child

Wishing you peace and harmony in the new year.


the long slog
I haven't updated with my recent knitting. First I was all showing my spinning from the Tour de Fleece, but neglected my knitting. Life's been a little crazy!

I finished some socks. (In August. *cough*)
Charade Socks - Finished
Charade [Rav link] by Sandra Park, knit with Conjoined Creations Flat Feet. A fun knit that wasn't too mindless and wasn't too difficult. I started these in Brazil earlier this year. Only modification was to add extra stitches around.
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this time i'll be bulletproof
Triad - Skeins

Done at last. Finished it up a few days ago and it's all washed and pretty. Spun and plied worsted on my wheel. I stripped down color sections for three of the bobbins to see what that would do. About 1148 yards, 15.5 oz, 2-ply, about 14 wpi.

Triad - Loose

Now, what to spin next.

Tour de Fleece follow up
I started off the Tour de Fleece with the grand plan of spinning up one 1 lb. braid of fiber. With that goal, I failed.

At the first, I felt I had plenty of time. I wanted to finish up a project that I had just barely started at Knitting Pirate's house. I spun a lot of merino that I had fed through a drum carder. Tore the bats into little hand size bits and spun them from the fold. The finished two-ply is really soft and snuggly. I look forward to knitting with it.

Green Merino - Loose
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spinning on that dizzy edge
Yesterday I went through all my stash. Well, all the fiber stash, any way. No reason to disturb the yarn. I dug out fiber I was thinking of spinning soon. I wanted some fun spinning and to maybe start one of those spindle projects (mmmm pygora). Found a good little pile of stuff and started digging through my spindles, and then found this:

Greensleeves Vixen

Oh right. I had intended on spinning the pygora on this spindle. Guess I should work on finishing that one up instead....

tour de fleece 2010
Last year, I was involved with a spin-a-long with the Fricke community, so I took a pass, but this year I think I am going to compete in the Tour de Fleece. Just so you know what kind of loopy this is, the first guideline (guideline, not rule) is this:

Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 3rd through Sunday July 25th. Days of rest: Monday July 12th, Wednesday July 21st. (Just like the actual tour)

So, that is my goal. I am also setting the goal to spin up the pound of corriedale I dyed at Yarnschool on my Fricke. I'm thinking a nice two-ply that would make a suitable sweater or vest.

The intended fiber:

I worry that I might finish it before the end, so I need to come up with something else just in case. Maybe this?

Woodsy Batts

Since I'll be doing some traveling, I think I need a spindle to take, just to keep up with the goal of spinning every day....

Laura"s Pygoras - Yoda

AVFKW - 10% Chance of Rain II - Detail
Or this?

Of course, I'll need to be sipping some Le Tour de France just to keep in the spirit of things.

i fall into the sea
Back at home and back to my stash. This has lead to full-on fiber flirtation. I keep thinking about all the things I could be spinning or playing with, but unable to commit to any of them at the moment.

While in Brazil, I finished a project that has been on my spindle for a good year and a half.
Brasil - Loose
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So this just starts me off to wanting to play with my fibers even more, but unable to decide what to do just yet. Last night, at least, my solution was to knit more so I can move things through my queue and it will be easier to decide.

the last
rain, love

The last of my Brazil photos are up. They are of the weekend up in Itaipava.

Saquarema - Fishermen at Sunset

This weekend's photos added to the Brazil Set.