As a new spinner I'm learning that the best laid plans sometimes go awry. My original plan for this lovely merino/silk blend:
was for the Beech Leaves Vest. After spinning my singles, it looked to me as if a 3-ply would give me the weight of yarn I wanted. After plying and winding on my niddy noddy, I confirmed that this was so. But I made a rookie spinning error! I forgot to factor in how much the yarn would bloom when washed to set the twist!! I did end up with some lovely yarn, but it is more of a worsted weight than a light dk. When I tried doing a gauge swatch, I discovered that there was no way this was going to work. Well, rats! The frustrating thing is that if I had 2-plied it, I would have had the perfect yarn for the pattern. I had leftover singles that I did just that with and after washing and knitting – I got the perfect gauge in a very nice, drapey material:
I have 4 oz. leftover and rather than spin that up to a 3-ply to match what I already have, I think I'm going to forge ahead and 2-ply this and order some more fiber. I like this yarn so much that I really want to have a garment from it. It occurred to me this morning as I was knitting my sample that I have spun Silky Wool! That's always been one of my favorite yarns, but it always seemed a little on the skimpy side. This silky wool has a little more body and has all kinds of possibilities for Elsbeth Lavold designs.
In the FO category, I finished the basketweave socks:
As you recall, these are out of the Araucania that felted on me in a warm wash, so these will be run through a cold wash just to confirm that they can be machine washed and then, if all goes well, they will be gifted to my friend Kim for her birthday.
We had a wonderful Easter with the girls. Hubby did a scavenger hunt for them and they really seemed to enjoy it. And their dresses fit them perfectly:
Are they not exceedingly adorable?
This week is turning out to be a bit of a challenge. I am still having tooth issues. The endodontist said the continuing pain is normal and it will just take time. In the meantime, I am back on pain meds, which are leaving me dopey (or at least dopier than usual). I'm hoping for some quick recovery so that I will be pain free this weekend. Lorette and her hubby are coming for the weekend and while the hubsters do whatever it is guys do, Lorette and I will be attending a two-day spinning event! Last spinning event I was so overwhelmed I completely forgot to take pictures, but I promise to do better this weekend.