Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I can do better toes now.

This post is a mish mash of things, but highlighted by this!

A perfect toe, I think. Its the fourth toe up sock, so I should be getting the hang of it now right. I really need to finish this sock before the end of the month. Its for the House Cup on Ravelry. Really, that's the only thing keeping me somewhat motivated and somewhat monogamous or at least its keeping me on track to a point.

I also finished this hat!

Sure, it doesn't look like much here, but it is gorgeous. Of course it belongs to Amy. It was a secret pre birthday gift. Actual birthday gift will happen when I visit at the end of the month. Whatch out yarn shops of Montreal! I will try to control myself somewhat as Kev is travelling with me. This pattern is by cocoknits and its called 'fleeced earflap hat'. It is a very unique hat which involved a sort of thrumming technique. I didn't quite get it right as the fleece was supposed to be invisible from the right side. You can see spots of it on my hat, but I didn't really mind too much as I'm sure Amy will be wearing it with the front bib and ear flaps up. (I hope).

And the final mish mashy part to this post is a follow up on that alpaca that I wasn't sure if I liked or not. So, I've spun all four ounces. I love the colours, but honestly it feels so scratchy. I can't imagine wearing this next to the skin at all. Usually I find commercially spun alpaca beyond soft, so I'm not sure if I've managed to take something that is usually soft and spin it into barbed wire, or if I bought a bump of alpaca that has a lot of guard hairs in it.

It is lovely to look at though. I will be attempting to navajo ply this. I've only done it once before. I can't even remember if I posted about it, as it was very unsuccessful. Or, it felt unsucessful as the singles kept breaking and I kept having to tie the loops together. I did rather enjoy the process though, hence I'll try again.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,
enjoyed your blog. I raise alpacas - it's unfortunate that you got some low grade fiber. alpaca is really very soft and flffy, but there are various grades of alpaca. The blanket is highest quality the neck and belly usually seconds, but on some alpacas can also be very good, the legs are thirds. The neck, and legs can have guard hair in it. You must have gotten a low grade with guard hair. Try again with a good grade you won't be disappointed.
Sincerely, Hedy Price Paley
SpinningStar Alpacas