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?
Today is my blog’s second anniversary! Woot! And to celebrate, I’m avoiding sewing in ends! 😀
I have a finished blanket and a finished shawl just sitting around waiting for their ends to be sewn in, and to have a good wash. The power of procrastination is strong with me, so not only am I avoiding the ends, I’m creating more! I stared the summer scarf!
I decided to make it an infinity scarf by adding an additional 12 stitches and joining in the round. We’ll see if that turns out to be a good decision or not.
So for now I have my project bag full. Two “finished” projects, and a WIP. I feel kind of spoiled getting this much knitting done 🙂
The chevron baby blanket plugs along (as blankets usually do), and I’m starting to day dream about other projects I’d like to start. My sister is expecting a little boy in early November, so there is another blanket waiting in the wings, not to mention a few unfinished objects that got tossed aside during the move. We’re going to pretend those aren’t there right now.
What I really want is something in linen!
Living in Southern California, and having the total lack of winter we had last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to knit with things other than 100% wool sometimes. As much as I love my wool, and all things wolly, there just aren’t enough cold days in our year to add more wool accessories to the mix. (I know those of you in colder climates are just crying for me.)
I’ve had my eye on the Summer Scarf ever since spying it at Two Sisters and Ewe during the San Diego yarn crawl last year.
Summer Scarf by Janet Avila
I’m also contemplating my first knit top, and the Silken Straw Summer Sweater looks perfectly summery, and not at all deceptive! I’m just sure I’ll look perfectly fit and flattered in it. (Just let me hang onto my delusions until I’ve knit it.)
Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho
For now, it’s all the chevron I can handle. ON TO THE BLANKET!!!