Meet Hank everyone.
…and just in case you weren’t sure just which Henry I named it for…
I am certain you will agree that Hank sounds more yarny than Henry 🙂 The bust was one of my Christmas presents, by the way.
I promised to show off my new drop spindles too, so here they are.
Paua shell above, and jade below.
Both are from ButterflyGirl’s Etsy store. Should I be concerned that her drop spindles are habit forming? Her stuff now accounts for more than half of my drop spindle collection, and that that includes the broken ones. Haw!
Alas I have been too busy since the arrival of these toys and I have not had a chance to play with them. But I know what I’ll be spinning when I make time though. Merino tencel blend fibre hand dyed by Ewe Give Me The Knits. Yummy! It is as shiny as it looks too. Can’t wait. I think I’ll spin it fine and Navajo ply it, but we’ll see.
Anyways. Obviously it is still Christmas at Miss Vicki’s place, goodies just keep arriving. One arrival that was a great relief to me was that of my new Knit Picks Options set.
OK, so I didn’t really NEED more needles. bUt you know how it is, and besides, that is why I lay-by’d the set instead of shelling out over a hundred bucks for them right away. Yes, you heard that right, they cost me a lot 😦 You can see why I was concerned when I finally went to pick them up last month, and was told they were lost. Arghhh! Like I needed another reason to complain about my local yarn store! But eventually they were found and posted to me. I am much happier now that I have been able to test them out, very nice indeed. My first project using them is a shawl for Lady Llanalla, in fact I had put off casting on for it so I could take advantage of the extra long cord in the set. I need to get cracking on that now too. This shawl is to be a nursing cover up, and as the Lady’s baby has now been born I am sorely behind. CONGRATS LARRY!!!
That is tools taken care of. What else did I promise you pictures of? Oh yeah yarn. Well, I ought to start with the merino and silk yarn I mentioned just a few posts ago. It is only fair seeing as I have already flashed the un-spun fibres at you. Remember? I was going to spin a 2 ply yarn for my Nana’s 75th Birthday, one of merino and the other silk. Well, here is what it looks like.
One more pic to prove this was a Hank spun effort, below. That is the merino strand you are looking at.
I think Nana really liked it. She is yet to swatch and decide for certain, but she is planing on knitting a Snakes and Ladders Shawl out of it. I have so far spun 3 of the 4 skeins, I just hope that the thickness has not changed any. I am scared that it will because I have already given her the first two skeins.
More yarn. This is what I received from my secret Santa. Thanks Djdhaysjr, you rock!
It is soft and yummy. My feet are gonna love it 🙂
You wanna see my current FOs? We’ll OK, but I can’t show the nursing shawl yet. Not that it is a surprise or anything. Just that it didn’t photograph well against a cream background. Yeah, it is cream, so of course that didn’t work. LOL. What I can show you is another One Skein Wonder. This was taken when I was halfway done.
I only have ribbing left to do now. But I am saving that for when I get sick of the plain cream knitting of the nursing shawl. I can’t help it, I just need colour. If I go without for too long, I get a bit nuts. So I have wisely (I hope) left this baby unfinished for when that time comes. You see, because the OSW is almost finished, I need not fear my getting carried away with it.
Just a few posts back I was showing off a partially knitted sock. Ermm, ah well, I still have not finished it.
The second sock is at least 3/4 done, but I have not touched it for over a month. Sadly it will have to wait until after I have completed the shawl. But then I will be released from my sock slump and be free to begin a more exciting pair. Most likely these will be in Lorna’s Laces (for obvious reasons) or Noro Sock. Of which I may or may not have ordered a ball when no one was looking. *cough*
Next time I’ll have for ya, the shawl WIP pictures as promised. Some more FOs to show too, four bags I finished back in November. Three fulled ones that I made for stash-busting purposes and one knit that was a pattern testing effort. Before I go I wanna leave you all with the picture I have been promising to show for much longer than all the rest. Finally! An action shot of my awesome apron from the embroidery ring. It is not a great pic by any stretch. It is however, the best I have managed to take so far.