Already September? My, my. I think I had started a post before Labor Day but got distracted (or likely had no photos to share). I’m borrowing a little time to decompress from my first teaching gig. Had I picked a different grad program, today’s lesson would have been standard fare for the three TAs I had, but alas, TAs are nothing but graders here. Grad students elect to teach, and after avoiding it for years, I decided “why not?”
Since last post, I finished my opal socks. They’re not pictured because I didn’t think to snap a photo. I was just happy to be done! I cast on a new sock the next day, using my Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in colorway “Metamorphosis.” This is my third (of 4) Knitting Pipeline Retreat procurement. I’d say I’m doing pretty well! I cast on a 4×4 garter rib for a board game gathering. I’m clearly not a very enthusiastic game player, because the host even offered me the option to knit rather than play. I accepted.
I also had the chance to spin a bit before a whirlwind trip to Iowa. Here’s the first ounce of that Yarn Love braid I fell down and bought a couple of months ago. It is unbelievable! You can’t tell by looking at it, but each layer of bobbin is entirely different. There are regions of rich saturation, medium saturation, and white, and the blending between them is stunning. Of course, all the pastels between colors are making me crave the muted pastels of SpunRightRound’s “Mutant Flamingo” or “Fig,” but I have several more braids to get through first. Note to self: small stash for the wheel! Also shown is the practice fiber I have on my trindle, which I so thoughtfully received as a birthday gift. When I can get the drafting to work, I love it. When I can’t, yargh. It was a lot easier for me to spin a woolen prep (rolags) on my friend’s trindle a few months ago. The merino/silk blend I’m practicing on is pretty grippy to itself (I suspect this is a dye issue). I hope it gets better soon, and I’m sure it would if I just committed to spinning with it – even at risk of wasting the fiber!
I’ve been enabled recently, and I finally pounced on my first Pigeonroof Studios fiber. I love Krista’s color sense, and I have been stalking both her website and her etsy shop for months. This is Pomegranate Instinct in a SW Merino, which is my favorite for socks. Please don’t drool on the screen, it’s only a hasty photo taken before work this morning. Might I also put it out there that her shipping was phenomenal? She only charges first class rates, and to top it all off, my Friday morning order went out immediately and arrived on my doorstep half a country away by Monday. A+ and I’ll be revisiting your shop!
Finally, here are some updates from my knitting lately. The first parrotfish sock will be finished by end of week (if not sooner), and I bound off my viajante-inspired cowl last night. No FO photo of that, because it would require a selfie. I guess I’d say the design intent was good, but I probably won’t be repeating it. Shortening Viajante was the right thing to do, but slowing down the increases would have been wise. I love the yarn knit up, and as such, I plan to purchase Polwarth or Rambouillet from SpunRightRound when next I purchase fiber. (As in, squishy, lofty, and not at all superwash for a different cowl design!).
Finishing that cowl frees me up for the next finishing task, my Grandma’s hat. This is Selbu Modern in progress. I will repeat the first pattern repeat to add length. I didn’t check gauge, and I’m pretty darn sure I’m not getting it. Hopefully it resembles a tam/beret when I’m done!
In other news, I’m dreaming of purchasing my own wheel and knitting down the stash. The next polar vortex (third of the year) is due tomorrow, so I’m thinking Hiro cast on is in order! We shall see. Until then, knit the good yarn!