Yep. Still plugging away…
Does it look like a hat yet? Lol. It amazes me how a pattern can start off looking so unlike its end result. But that’s neither here nor there. The reason it’s taking so long (well, you know, besides that right after I finally found the gauge I wanted to use and cast on only to have the needle break, and then me getting really upset by that and leaving it for a few days for punishment) is the actual rub. This pattern is full of short rows and right and left twists, etc. I have to read it line by line and pay attention for the size I’m knitting. It’s not difficult. It’s just not mindless knitting (which tends to be my favorite kind of knitting of all time). Ah well. It’s going to be such a handsome hat when it’s completed! And a deal is a deal. I promised to be done this hat soon. So, plug away I will.
In between keeping the Girl Child out of the lunch box snacks (that’s actually a really hard trick to pull off even though she’s close to the ground and they’re way up in the cupboard above the closet…she likes standing on chairs these days), I’m still spinning on this too.
Also difficult to show much progress because it’s a semi-solid. But, I’m still getting to know the Lendrum and I can see that even though I packed a little more onto one end of it, the fact that it only came with one sliding hook hasn’t really affected the ability to wind a neat and even bobbin-though this one could’ve been neater…I blame it on the lack of sleep. Just about at two ounces though, I believe. Well, at least the bobbin at two ounces is only a little better than this size when I do this on my Joy.
Since home life has been slowing me down though, I’ve been thinking more and more about getting slightly more serious about my spinning. Right now, I’m surprised it’s actually working. I still have the label and bag for this fluff.
Ordinarily, that’d be LONG gone by now, lol! So, I started looking up options for keeping track of what I’m doing (well, besides this blog) when I spin a fiber. Check out this ravelry member’s profile. Do you see what I see? She has a link to a free spinning journal she designed.
Take a look at this screenshot.
I think her favorite color is purple. :)
It’s free and she wants feedback. So, you spinners, if you want to give it a try, let her know what you think. I’ll tell you what I thought: When I first printed these out, I thought to myself, “You are not ready.” Trying to get even remotely exact about things that I want to do for fun generally puts my mind on tilt! And, yet, if I’m going to knit with this stuff, I might need to know at least some of this. I don’t know if these kinds of ventures rip all the fun out of spinning or what. Fiber content, amount, cost, place of purchase…Umm…Most times, I am a creature of habit, frequenting the same shops-only seldom trying others, so I know, if it’s premium, where I got the fiber. But the fiber content…not always sure. It’s usually merino…I think. And I only just started consistently recording the yardage (like, literally, two skeins ago). But, after reading this post, I decided, this wasn’t too much of a requirement after all. It’s just a means of starting to get more accurate. I’m not over-thinking anything yet. Ugh.
Then too, I figured if this spinning journal was available, there may be more. I found a couple blog entries on how spinners have made their own journals like this one or this one here. There’s even a shop on etsy that sells some really cute spinning journals by andreainblue. I like the retro and mushroom flavors myself!
So, I’ve decided I’m going to get cracking on this for 2013 y’all.