Spinderella's thrums in Peaches and Berries, though once spun up is more a mulberry color. Although it could also describe biting into the inside of a Red Haven peach, now that I consider it. I have spun up about 120 yards so far and am winding the skeins off and letting them "rest" for awhile before deciding how to ply, as the gobs and goops of thrum material led to a scant bit of overspinning, but a wonderfully fun time watching the glitz go by.
Susan's Spring Things shawl, which is knitting up quickly in the lovely Salt Marsh colorway of Anne's Wooly Wonka Cormo/angora blend. I don't think the photos do it justice, though the color is pretty close to accurate and the detail is good (go ahead, click and size it up for a moment). I have been stretching it out to get an idea of how it will look when blocked; the stitch definition looks good and the fabric's hand is divine.
Baby Horcrux ...
One sock finished and the second started; thanks for the commiseration about my goof. This sock is easy-peasy in worsted, so I will be making myself a pair out of the lovely spring-green Cascade 220 Becca gave me last month, and I really don't mind making a pair for one of the charities that prefer wool-only items. Stephanie and I discussed trying to find a local source for our charity items and are open to suggestions, though these socks may well end up far, far from home. In case you're wondering, that is the seat of my rattan chair out on the porch... spring is really passing quickly and knitting outdoors is fast becoming the preferred choice.
This small basket holds three different hand-spun yarns: blue Romney, pink Lincoln (dyed by me!), and piny green Merino, one of my first respectable spindle-spun yarns. There is also a bobbin with pal grey Coopworth from my friend Anna's sheep buried in there... I am amassing my various samplings of fiber types in order to make the Larger Than Life Bag in the latest Interweave Crochet.
I can hear you gasping ("what?! did she say she was going to CROCHET?"), but I want to be able to put these early spinning efforts into a project I will use, and I can't think of a better one than a large tote made from multi-colored squares that can hold my spinning gear. I have some medium brown Coopworth yarn, also from Anna and some nearly identical Shetland from Elemental Affects that I can use to help tie together the various handspun yarns and lend color continuity, as well as a sampler of rovings from the Dizzy Ewe in pinks and grey/mauve that go with the piny merino, so should have enough for the squares (if not, I can buy more roving, ha, ha). The truth is that I taught myself to crochet from pictures in a book when I was a freshman in high school and made a raft of hats, a few skirts and sweaters, and even doilies; it might take awhile to get all the yarns spun, but I am sticking to Elizabeth Dailey's sage advice to spin with a project in mind. As a special side note, there is an excellent article about the Shetland sheep at Hilger Ranch in Montana in the latest issue of Wild Fibers, which has become my favorite magazine... sort of the Travel Channel of the fiber world.
It will still be mainly knitting for me, though, and so I also cast on Anne's Shingle Creek Trail Socks over the weekend, the first of her Sock of the Month Kits (they are at the Wooly Wonka website; I can't give you a direct link, as it is done in frames). I chose the Cedar and Sage colorway, because as you all know, I am ALL about the greens. I am in love with the May kit, Boudica, as well and waiting for it to arrive. The sock is designed by Miriam and named for one of my favorite female role models, so you know it has to be special. Knitting with tiny needles is still very hard on my hands and therefore these socks will probably proceed slowly, but be worth the wait. If only I didn't have to work the rest of the days of the week... think of what I could accomplish in my fibery world!