Woodchucks, Sweaters and Stuff

A few people have asked me about my tweet this morning:

Even if a woodchuck could chuck wood, why would he bother? http://bit.ly/5mpFr

Before you have me committed, let me explain. I woke up with “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck…” in my head at 5 am this morning (sanity is not my strong suit). Not even knowing what a woodchuck looks like, I decided to google it. The pic appeared on the first page of hits. I figured, why would a woodchuck chuck wood when armed to the teeth like that? Seemed a bit pointless. OK. You can have me committed now.

My sock-knitting frenzy came to a screaming halt during this year’s Tour de Fleece. I spent the Tour spinning a kilo of “Champagne” from Spunky Eclectic.


A new bug has taken over - sweater knitting!


This one should be done in a couple of days and I already have plans in place for a few more.

Another bug took hold during the Tour de Fleece - felted singles.

“Selfish” Shetland felted singles from Spunky Eclectic Fibre Club:


Knit into a Forest Canopy:



The two bugs have combined into a new project. Not sure where this one will go, but it’ll definitely be a sweater of some kind.

Grey Corriedale felted singles (worsted weight):


I started knitting a swatch with it a few nights ago. I was enjoying the yarn so much I didn’t stop until I ran out. It knit up beautifully at 4.5 sts/in.


Lastly, a few shout outs:

- Amy - congratulations on the release of Spin Control. It truly is a wonderful book and I’m so very proud of you. xoxo+++

- Jared - congratulations on your “Made in Brooklyn” collection for Classic Elite. It is always a delight to see new men’s patterns on the market. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive. Huron - here we come!

- Adrian - you are the Preserve Queen of the Universe. Thanks for the daily dose of mouth-watering goodies. I’m counting the days until I get to taste some of them.

5 Responses to “Woodchucks, Sweaters and Stuff”

  1. Yarndude Says:

    How exactly did you make your felted singles without the strands sticking to each other in the process? Just the typical hot-cold-hot… bath and aggressive whacking?

  2. admin Says:

    Apart from the usual hot-cold-hot shocking treatment, I use friction to felt the singles. I don’t whack the yarn - well, not in the way you’d expect. There are some details here (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/spunky-club/676313/726-750#738) on Ravelry. The strands do stick together, but not to the point where they don’t come apart easily. If the yarn isn’t felted enough once it is dry, you can repeat the process.

  3. heather Says:

    David - wonderful photography as always. Those felted corridale singles, swoon. Huron is one of my favorite sweaters from “Made in Brooklyn” - can’t wait to see yours as I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous in it.

  4. Birthe P Says:

    That’s going to be a beautiful sweater! Looking forward to see it finished. I’m spinning some spelsau wool for a sweater for my husband, and I envision it to be something like yours..

  5. Jolene Says:

    love all your projects as usual! You have a real talent for colour and making useful and beautiful yarns. Very talented dude :)

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