You might remember the Lichen yarn I spun up a while ago. Well it came time this weekend to use it. I’m knitting a scarf for starters.
Well first I decided to do a basketweave, without looking at any directions, and then to do an edge to make it a little smoother. After two attempts futzing around without direction or a clear plan, I made this…
I think that it still has potential. But it needs some working, and it’s not right for either this yarn (too texured a yarn) or the receiver.
So I started again, and decided to try a “Mistake Rib” for the scarf. I sat down and looked at it, emailed with a nerdy friend, and figured out how it “worked” and decided it would work well. Finally, I actually started knitting.
This worked well, and I think will fit with the person better.
Also this weekend I finally got the yarn “Summer Breezes” finished, plied, set, skeined, etc. This yarn has a bit of a story.
So back before Rhinebeck, I was actually running out of fiber. Can you believe it? Luckily, I have friends. Jennifer, of Holiday Yarns, sent me this roving called “Mint Mojito” that reminded me of nothing so much as honeydew melons (which I love). So I knew it had to be a part of a summer yarn.
Right around the same time, my dear friend, Tom came up to visit. While we were out, we went to a local fiber shop, and he bought me some merino/silk roving
Hrm… looks like summer sky, doesn’t it? And so, Summer Breezes would be born. It was a learning experience. The two fibers spin very differently, and drape really differently. It’s not what I envisioned when I started, but how often is anything exactly?
The honeydew got much yellower as I spun it, and even yellower next to the blue (which I expected to bring out the green). It’s really a pale chartreuse at this point. Like the newest maple leaves.
The roving became this
Which was plied to become this
And then skeined, set, and wrapped up to become this
A closeup of the ahem, breezes around the maples
[ETA: 75% yarn is now in the 50% bin… of my brain]
472 yards, DK weight
25% Silk, 25% Merino, 50% Wool
Soft, a lot of loft and spring from the “Summer” ply.