No, not the running type. A 2-mile walk around the block with Maggie is as intense as I ever plan to get. This will be a spinning marathon. I've cleared all other spinning projects off the calendar and will be concentrating on this lovely BFL:
At the Spin-In in April I bought 3 pounds to make my son a sweater. I've subsequently learned that 3 pounds is probably overkill, but I'm going to go ahead and spin it all up in the hopes that I may even have enough for two sweaters. I've already sampled and will be spinning a 3-ply heavy DK weight (I hope). My experiences so far have taught me that I really need to do this all at once rather than intersperse it with other projects. So it will be a marathon. However, I am finding this a very relaxing fiber to spin. After spinning so much merino/silk, this has a very different feel. It's not as silky, crimpier but even though it's very clean, has a wonderful lanolin feel to it.
My most recent project has been the aforementioned merino/silk. This was the fiber:
When I 2-plied, I tried to see how much I could get on one bobbin – it worked out to 7 ounces! However, toward the end it was very hard to treadle the heavy bobbin:
But it may have been worth it to get over 400 yards of a heavy laceweight/light fingering:
Another FO to report – Winterscape socks from Austermann Step. These will be for a quilting friend:
And I am sad to report that Whistler has indeed been frogged. The yarn is neatly wound and bagged and awaiting another Dale to be chosen when fall rolls around. Although, at the rate our weather as been going, I may be casting on for warm woolies in the middle of August! This leaves my knitting calendar also freed up to work on a project for my sil. Her son is getting married in August and she has a rather ambitious afghan planned for him. She enlisted the help of myself and my other sil (nice to have knitters in the family!). My portion is two 6" x 60" panels of a leaf pattern – very easy and fun to do. Almost mindless:
The yarn my sil is using is Wool-Ease. I've never used it before and I'm finding I really like it. It's 80/20 wool/acrylic, but is very soft and not at all "plastic" feeling as some acrylics are. I've been looking for a go-to yarn for charity knitting and everyday wear for the girls. I've been very, very disappointed in the Encore I've been using. I know some pilling is inevitable, but the Encore's pilling has been horrendous. Anyone out there have any experience with high wear garments made of Wool-Ease?
Back to spinning now!