Went for some scrap yarn in the older section of the stash the other day. Suddenly, MOTHS!!!
I was horrified! They were all over one skein in particular. Some alpaca silk from a local ranch. (To be fair, it did look dirty when I pulled it off the clearance shelf, and I probably should have washed it as soon as I got it home.) I pulled it out and shook all the disgusting little bugs off outside. I checked the rest of the stash, and except for one ball of novelty acrylic, all seemed well.
I washed the alpaca, letting it soak over night. Once it was dry I wound it up so I could survey the damage. A few breaks, but not nearly as bad as expected. If I can get over the ick factor, I can totally knit with it.
Over a year or two I gathered about 1000 yards of matching yarn from the ranch, including some roving that I hand spun to match it. Now I’m just wondering what I should knit with it.
Living in Southern California, I really don’t need super warm shawls or sweaters. The yarn is really to delicate for a blanket though. Anyone have suggestions?
I have a few hat pictures for you!
It took a lot of driving, but I found some places with weather (sort of) cool enough for me to bust out my hand spun hat and wear it in public!
Yesterday it took its maiden voyage to the Ninkasi brewery in Eugene, Oregon. (Sadly not my taste in beer, but my brother loved their bitter beer selection.)
Then, today in Portland, we made a stop by The Naked Sheep and picked up a few pretties for some future projects.
It was too dark for pictures of the new yarn when we got back to camp, but hopefully I can post some tomorrow. It was a great little shop, and the lady at the counter was extremely friendly, which got me thinking… Does anyone have any Seattle yarn shops that they would suggest? I do love them so, and can’t wait to check out more on this trip!
Tonight was supposed to be so much easier than this! I had just gotten my new interchangeable circulars in the mail, but they are the wrong size!!!
As you can see, I am attempting to cope with the cards I have been delt. Of corse, it is all my fault. I didn’t double check the size of the dpns I had been using when I ordered my new circulars. Now, I must keep plodding along on my hat (made of my new hand spun!!!) on dpns that can barley keep all the stitches on. *sigh* Guess I’ll be finishing this hat before I head off on our road trip.
On a good note, I’m loving my hand spun! I got 110 yards out of 1/2 a pound of random wool (can’t remember what it is for the life of me), and I still have another 1/2 pound of hand dyed fluff to spin up. Unless someone steals this hat from me, that other 1/2 pound may end up in my Etsy shop 😀
What projects are keeping you up tonight?