With the two back to back events done, having completed spinning 15 breeds for Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em for the Livestock Conservancy challenge, used 7 or maybe 8 of those breeds to knit the giant half Hap shawl. With the B&B soap contract made and packaged, the 6 hanks of yarn spun, selected, banded, and packaged for the yarn shop. With the garden fully planted, staying more or less on top of the weeds and the mowing, it is time to slow down and enjoy some slower moving times.
Not idle, but not so frenetic. Last fall, I purchased a felter’s pack of 5 pure 1 ounce each Alpaca bumps or roving in natural colors from white to black. I think they were designated as felter’s pack because there is a fair amount of vegetable matter in the roving, but easy enough to pick out. I am spinning it very fine with the idea of making 5 lace weight mini skeins that can be knit into a gradient shawl. I have lots of the fawn color and the black color separately, so it could be a very large gradient shawl with narrower bands of the white and two grays. There is no rush on this, I can take as long as I want. The mini skeins of Alpaca will probably be listed in my shop or sold at a retreat or festival. The extra 4 ounces of light gray Shetland that I ordered, fearing I was playing chicken on the Hap arrived and though I really like spinning it fine, I think I am going to force myself to spin it a heavier weight and use some of the remaining Black Welsh Mountain yarn to make several pair of mittens for the winter markets.
Some time ago, I designed a hat pattern with a lacy band while knitting a hat for the shop.
Hats, fingerless mitts, mittens, and cowls are easy to carry in my bag to have handy when there is down time, being a passenger in a vehicle, or just want to do a few rows at a time. They can be made with no more than a single skein of yarn, often with just left over scraps or mini skeins. My pattern designs are printed out and available for sale at events or free with the purchase of a skein of yarn. I even have a hat kit that comes with a skein of choice, a 16″ circular knitting needle, a darning needle, and the pattern. I really liked the lace look of the hat and decided to design a companion cowl to go with it. It is one of my current go-along knits. That pattern will be added to my collection at some future time.
The other go-along knit is a pair of fingerless mitts made with the leftover skein from knitting one of our granddaughter’s a sweater for her first birthday.
They are fairly thin and will only fit a smaller hand, I can barely put them on, but the colors are pretty and will make a nice fall or spring pair.
There are no large projects in the works, but yarn has been selected for another 5 foot tri loom shawl soon. It is too hot to have large heavy knits in my lap.
And in the coop, there is still a 6 month old hen who thinks she is going to sit on eggs that are infertile with no rooster in their midst. I run her off the nest several times a day, taking any eggs that have been laid in the interim and block off the nesting boxes at night. With only 9 hens, having one not laying is putting a dent in my supply.