31 December 2009

Nine Things I Did In 2009

but didn't blog about until now. In roughly chronological order:

1) Spun (from the fold) some Pigeonroof Studios Romney in Twist. The colors and the fiber made this such a pleasure to spin.
Handspun Romeny (IMG_2320 edited)

2) Finished a pair of toe-up knee socks (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Edgewater, 2 skeins). I really like how these turned out, but need to add elastic to the cuff so they stay up better.
Stripey Toe Up Socks (IMG_2422 edited)

3) Made an apron for my mom, based off the generic craft store-type apron she already had. I followed Amy Karol/angry chicken's No Swearing All by Machine Bias Tape Tutorial. Highly recommended - I barely touched my seam ripper.
Mom's Apron (IMG_2468 edited)

4) Did some sample knitting for Melissa Leapman! This is a detail on the Springtime Hoodie, knit in Kollage Temptation in Lagoon.
Springtime Hoodie: Detail (IMG_2627)

5) Knit most of a Veste Everest (using Black Water Abbey Yarns 2-ply worsted weight in Moss). I finished the front and the back (sorry, no photo of that) and seamed it up, but haven't gotten around to doing the neck and arm bands.
Veste Everest (IMG_2695)

6) Intended to work through my stashed sock yarn, but didn't make much progress. I started a pair of Jaywalkers (no photo of this either), and have been knitting these on and off for the past 6 months or so. There's always next year...

7) Spun 2 oz of A Verb for Keeping Warm 50/50 Silk/Merino in No. 9. I got approximately 400 yards of laceweight/light fingering weight yarn. I really, really love how this turned out.
Handspun Silk/Merino (IMG_2923 edited)

8) Went to Stash's moving sale. I got four skeins of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in Eden (a purple, and, for the record, I'm really into purple this year). I'm still not sure what I'm going to make with it. Maybe a vest?

9) Learned that unwarping a direct warp is time consuming and a potential recipe for tangles. (I only wanted to use one skein for the warp, and it was narrower than I wanted. I knew I'd prefer my scarf to be a little shorter than to have it too narrow.) Somehow it all worked out in the end, and I managed to get the warp off without needing to cut the yarn at all. Now I have a nearly complete Koigu scarf - just a few more inches to go!
Koigu Woven Scarf - on the loom (IMG_2962 edited)

Wishing you a happy new year!

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