While many people in KnitBlogLand are busy putting up posts about their fine, fun times at Sock Summit, you won't find that here. Instead, I want to share some of the fine, fun times my Knit Night grrls and I had at my high country cabin (built in 1864 in a Gold Rush mining town), where I hosted my very own Spinning Summit.
and started a pair of Boxcar Willie socks using this fabulous sock blank specially dyed for her by Sox Chick! She really is a farm grrl after my own heart!
Here, Steph and Rhodi are both hard at work... you will note that Steph is using her Kromski, while Rhodi prefers a Lendrum.
I alternated between spinning and knitting over the course of the weekend, and mostly finished the Little Undershirt featured in the summer and fall 2009 issues of Interweave Knits... the first photo is the back view, which still needs the straps finished, and the second photo is the front, with straps waiting to be joined by 3-needle bind-off... as you can suppose, the stripes are variegated and wrap around in a rainbow effect... nothin's too good for my granddaughter. (She is set to make her appearance at the end of this month!).
I am planning to make a couple more of these cute little shirt/vests, though I found the pattern to be 'fussy'... for once it will be about the product and not the process, and they really do only take a few hours. My other knitting project over the long weekend was the Fiesta Friendship Shawl, which deserves new photos and her own post... she has grown to the third center large diamond and the first of the two rows on either side of that, meaning I am probably somewhere near the middle. I am still so grateful to all of you who sent me sock yarns last month, and am loving how they blend with each other, just as my grrlfriends and their personalities got along so harmoniously this past weekend.
Sunday afternoon also led to my first successful attempts at spinning pure alpaca... no photo of that yet. I had a two-ounce bump of a lovely coffee and cream alpaca roving I had purchased at Lambtown a few years back, and every time I gave it a try, found it too slippery for my abilities. With coaching from my more experienced spinning buddies, I found a short-draw, lots of twist method that held together, and only have about one-third an ounce left to complete. Judith McKenzie-McKuen taught a workshop for our fiber guild (that I missed, unfortunately) this past spring, and Steph, Rowen, Rhodi and Barbara Sue all attended, so throughout the weekend I learned tips they had gleaned to improve my spinning... though the universal tip was "be sure to attend the next time she'd here!"