Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gettin' a groove on . . . .

I finally feel like I'm getting back in the groove. I started feeling a little run down early in December; I'm not sure if it was starting the new job or the holidays or what, but by Christmas I was really starting to feel worn out and by the end of the year, I knew a sarcoidois flare was coming on. After going on that little fiber jaunt with Duffy, I knew a flare was definitely underway. I tried the rest of the week to just struggle through it, but by last Friday, it was just too much so I wound up in the ER getting a prescription for prednisone. By Sunday, I was feeling back to my old self and finally today, I think I've got my groove back on.

Even though I have the yarn for a test knit job and I'm anxious to get started on it, I knew I just wasn't up to it until the steroids kicked in. So, I've been knitting these on the train:

I know, I know, I did a whole bunch of these not too long ago, but those were all given away and when I reached in the drawer last week to get a dish rag, every single one had a hole in it! So, back to the Ballband Warshrag pattern and cotton yarn. And they make for very good commute knitting.

Remember that fiber from Butternut Woolens that I was spinning? I took Kathleen's advice and plied it into two 2-ply yarns, starting with the same end, and am I glad I did. Just look:

Since my spinning wheel doesn't have a large bobbin and flyer for plying, I couldn't ply this on the wheel; I had to do it using my drop spindle. The advantage was that I could really control the twist doing it that way, but I was worn out after standing almost 5 hours to get all this plied!
I'm REALLY happy with the way this came out; there are long stretches of the same color ply with sections between with 2 colors of ply. I'm not sure what I'm going to knit with this; it's 80% merino, 20% silk so whatever I do with it will be soft and comfy. I have a little over 440 yards, so I'm thinking maybe a mobius or small shawl that I can wear in the office. With all the colors, it will go with just about everything I wear. I'll have to contemplate the dilemma while I'm working on the test knit.


  1. Now that's what I call a nice dilemma! What ever you end up making will be beautiful.

  2. That came out nicely. For someone who just started you're turning out some really nice yarns.

    I'm glad your flare up is settling down now. You were looking quite poofy there for a bit and with the yarn crawl coming up you want to be tiptop.

  3. Pretty yarn! I love that dish rag pattern and have made a bunch.

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