Wow, this weekend was a BUSY one. I feel like I didn’t get done anything that I’d planned to, but I suppose that’s the way things go sometimes. I’m planning on not doing anything this weekend except work on house stuff with Matt so we can stop feeling so dragged down by the things that are still disorganized and packed from the move. I did get in some knitting time, though!
Saturday I started on the Secret Garden Shawl. I started this KAL a bit late. It’s a mystery shawl KAL and while I attempted one other shawl, I fell way behind and kind of glad I did at the end because I wasn’t to fond of the design at the end. I tried to get in on another one, but I never ended up starting it. I was a little worried about this one, but I really want to complete a mystery shawl KAL and a circular shawl, so why knock out both at once? They’re up to clue 3 (released Friday), so I’m working on getting caught up. I got through clue 1 pretty quickly that evening. It’s a shawl worked from the center out, which is what makes the first parts go quickly (smaller number of stitches).
Sunday I started on clue 2, which also went pretty quickly. I started clue 3, but then realized I’d missed the last row of clue 2, so I had to tink back the 2 rows I’d knit on clue 3. The below photos are of the shawl through clue 2, minus the last row since I thought I was done with clue 2 when I’d taken these pictures.
I’m still working my way through clue 3. With almost 200 stitches, each row takes me a while! I’ll be sure to share photos once clue 3 is complete (and after each clue is complete).
After my not-so-great attempt at spinning that batt on Thursday evening, Friday evening I pulled out some superwash merino I got from All Spun Up to spin.
This reminds me of a Scarlet Macaw
(I really like birds and have had a number of them, I always wanted a Scarlet Macaw)
I tried a different way of drafting this time. Instead of doing a lot of pre-drafting, I took sections and just separated them into 4 to 6 strips of fiber and only drafted as I went. I found that this seems to give me a nice even single! I still need some practice, but I’m already loving how this is turning out.
Superwash Merino in what I’ll call the Scarlet Macaw colorway 😉
I had hoped to finish this up this weekend, but I ended up being really quite busy and hardly home at all, so I didn’t get in much time to spin. I spent time prepping the rest of the fiber and spun a tiny bit more then what you see on the bobbin above. I’m hoping to finish this up this week, though!
I’m so very, very close to finishing Hey Teach! I finished knitting all the pieces on Saturday, but I haven’t blocked them and I haven’t taken an updated photo yet. I had to get some blocking mats first, since it’s just about impossible to block anything on hardwood floors! I knew Costco had some of those mats a lot of people use for blocking for $15, so I went there on Saturday with Karen and we got the last two. Now I just need to set them up and wash Hey Teach. Maybe this will be the week it gets finished!! 🙂
Hope your week is going well so far and your weekend was a good one!
5 thoughts on “Secret Garden Shawl, Spinning, and Hey Teach”
that pic of your singles almost looks silky that’s why i asked you flickr what it was. looking great! love how it looks almost plyed 🙂
It feels kind of silky! It’s really soft and I’m loving working with it. I’m guessing it gets that kind of plied look because of the way I’m drafting. Neat, isn’t it? 🙂
I love the mystery shawl. What yarn are you using?
The yarn is spinning up beautifully. Do you know what you’ll use it for?
Thank you! The yarn is from The Unique Sheep and it’s their Green Sheep Fingering in Hearts on Fire.
As for the spinning… no idea yet! I’ve just been having fun spinning things up so far with no specific plans for most of it 🙂
The spinning looks good! I love that fiber as well.
You have birds??? I have a Senegal Parrot – Dixie. She (or he, actually) is almost 10 now. Love her! She doesn’t talk much but she can immitate my laugh perfectly (VERY irritating and funny at the same time!). I’m teaching her to whistle “Old McDonald” right now. 😉