Wow, March already!
I just completed my first Ravelympics. Participants form teams on Ravelry, pick a challenging project (or two, or three), knit for 16 intense days during the Olympics, cross the finish line and win a medal! My fingers were a bit sore Sunday evening, but I managed to knock out two projects and frog a project back to yarn cakes.
Fun pattern to knit. The k3, p3 cuff was a bit monotonous, but so worth it for the lace traveling diagonally over the foot from the heel to the toe. A sweet reward for hanging in there. Oooohhh mmmMalabrigo! Yummy yarn to knit with and feels oh so good on. I would not hesitate to buy a skein in any color. Ever.
Simple Things Shawlette
This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern. I finished the socks four days before the end of the Olympics and wanted to see if I could knit this before the end. It’s so very basic and fun. I decided to knit up a skein of sock yarn I dyed last summer. I’m so happy with how it turned out. I may make another out of mmmMalabrigo.
This was going to be the first sweater I ever knit and still will be. The pattern I chose wasn’t right at the neck and after getting 90% complete, I decided it was too small. I dyed the yarn a couple years ago and am very happy with how it knit up and will be very happy when I can actually wear a sweater the fits me.
It was fun to participate with other knitters and the organizers are totally awesome for putting together such a fun event. It was intense. I have to give my fingers a small break, but not too small, I have a sock pattern to design!
Wow, March already!
I had three bags of unwashed fleeces in my shed, so I took advantage of the nice weather and washed some wool!
All three fleeces were given to me. I’m still a bit inexperienced at spinning so I’m not even sure if these are any good for anything, but I figured they might be good for practicing with. That’s ALOT of practicing!
After skirting the wool, I put it in mesh bags to help contain it during the wash process. I wash three bags in a load.
I wash each load three times in HOT water. The first time with soap in the water and the second two times to rinse.
As you can see the water is pretty gross after the first wash.
I even had a special helper!
Princess LOVES the wool! Preferably unwashed thank you!
I set the wool outside to allow most of the water to drip out, but it started raining and I can’t just lay it somewhere inside or the cats will get into it. Dena helped me rig a drying rack in the basement with a few cup hooks and some plastic mesh. Now the wool can dry inside without worrying about kitty mischief!
After it dries, I will run it through the drum carder to create roving. I managed to get through one tub of wool, but I still have one and a half to go!