Archive for February, 2010
I feel like I’m finally making some progress on my Ravelympics project. Over half of the fibre is now spun and I have a pound of 3-ply Aran weight yarn.
I cast on the band of the Fog Sweater, but frogged it a few inches in because the band was curling. It has been a while since I’ve knitted such a wide rib and forgot how much long tail cast on can curl. I cast on again with German Twisted Long Tail cast on and it is looking a lot better. The band is done and I’m about to start the endless 1×1 rib of the body.
The last week has rushed by in the blur of mayhem and chaos that is shop update and club packing week. I did manage to find time to get a 86 gram (3 ounce) sample spun, washed and dried.
Fibre: Polwarth Top in “Green Tea” from Southern Cross Fibre
Spinning method: Woollen spun 3-ply from rolags (see post here for details)
Yardage: 174 yards / 160 metres
Weight: 3 ounces / 86 grams
Yards per Pound: 927 ypp (Heavy Worsted/Aran weight)
This yarn should be a good substitute for Cascade Eco Wool, so it is time to cast on and get busy spinning the rest of the fibre.
There is a lot of 1×1 ribbing in the Fog Sweater, so I’m almost tempted to suck it up swatch in continental to see how bad my gauge is. Almost.
I’m happy to report that my fibre (a kilo of Polwarth in “Green Tea”) dried in time for the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Hooray!
Australians aren’t big on winter sports. After all, a very small percentage of the country actually gets any snow in the winter, requiring most of our Winter Olympics athletes to train overseas. But we are known for our sportsmanship, so we give it a red-hot go anyway. Go Aussies and good luck to all of the athletes from around the world competing at the games.
I’ve been in two minds about participating in the Ravelympics event on Ravelry. Why? I wanted to enter the sweater event, but I started spinning two pounds of Hello Yarn Targhee “Parritch” for a sweater a couple of weeks back. I really should have waited and used that as my Ravelympics project, but the fibre is so yummy that I couldn’t wait to start spinning it.
I woke up this morning and thought that I’d enter regardless (since one sweater project is never enough) and set about looking for the right pattern and fibre. I ended up deciding on “The Fog Sweater” (Ravelry Link) in “Green Tea” Polwarth. I dyed a kilo of fibre this afternoon and I’m waiting patiently for it to cool enough before rinsing.
Nothing like leaving things to the last minute.