Friday Gauge Check: Spring!

It’s time for our Friday rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one. Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting. You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

A vase of daffodils  Winter has fought back – we had a little bit of snow on March 1st – but spring definitely is winning out around here.  There are daffodils bursting into bloom all over the place, including my apartment.  Nothing says spring to me like daffodils, which is funny, because you don’t really get them in Arizona.  Too much Romantic poetry, I suppose.  But I was in the grocery store the other day (buying cherry Kool-Aid, naturally) and they had bunches for $1.99, so I had to bring one home.  They sell them closed, and don’t keep them in water, so they’re sort of dormant.  When you bring them home, snip the ends, and put them in a vase of water, they start blooming like crazy.

Out the window, one of the trees is covered in little pink blooms, and the other has gotten tiny leaves while I wasn’t paying attention.

Spring is making me want to rearrange my apartment, reorganize everything, and create like mad!  Suddenly I understand spring cleaning in a way that I never did before.  I want to sort my stash and take pictures of everything and maybe put it up on Ravelry.  I want to dig my hands through the yarn and pull things out and match them with needles and projects.  I want to cast on ALL THE THINGS.  (Not any particular thing, understand.  This is not startitis.)

Instead I am dyeing everything in sight.  And knitting!  Also SPINNING like crazy.  I got bored with the white Corriedale cross I’d been working on, but both of my other bobbins were full – one with a solid blue merino, the other with part of the teal hand-dyed… something? I don’t remember what it was, sorry [ETA: it was superwash merino]… that Becca gifted me some months ago.  At the time, I was having problems with it breaking, so I stopped working on it.  On a whim, I wound both of them into cakes and then plied them together… and it worked perfectly.  (As you can see, more-or-less.)  Somehow I ended up with a lace-to-light-fingering two-ply.  I have a lot more blue than I do teal, but I also have some of the teal that I haven’t spun, so I’m working through that, and plan to ply the rest when I’m finished.  I feel like I leveled up as a spinner somewhere in there – you may remember the problems I was having with both of the individual colors, which led me to stopping with them in the first place, but now I’m having no problems spinning the teal.  I have this center-pull batt from Hanks in the Hood sitting next to my wheel, waiting for a free bobbin, and I’m really excited about spinning it.

I talked about dyeing yesterday, and now I’ve dyed yarn and fiber, and today I got a flash of inspiration for what I want the completed yarn to look like.  I had a batch of mystery fiber from a thrift store score, and I split it in half yesterday.  Half of it I dyed pink, and it turned out this fantastic cotton-candy color.  Last night, I was putting my dyes in the cabinet, and discovered that I had a few packets of Kool-Aid that I’d probably bought over the summer.  One of them was blue, and I had a moment of sadness that I have yet to discover a good local source for blue Kool-Aid, and one packet would not be enough for a good deep blue.

Do you see where this is going?

So the other half of the fiber is currently in the blue bath, and when it’s done and dry, I will be spinning each color up individually and plying them together, to create the colorway Cotton Candy.  Or maybe I’ll spin them together, a little at a time, to make them stripe! (This is how it gets you, right?)

I worked a little bit on the socks I’m test knitting – I’m about halfway through the second pattern repeat.  Since I got the correct needle at Happy Knits, I went ahead and cast on the Through the Woods hood, knit six rows, realized I’d missed the cable row, ripped back three rows, realized that I’d been looking at the wrong part of the pattern, knit two rows, put the cable row in the right place, and continued.  Currently I’m working on the tenth row, and it’s moving along at a fairly good clip.  P4K4 rib is not my favorite thing in the world, but I soldier on.

That’s about it for this week.  Um… here’s a picture of my Yarn Crawl Haul, and a snapshot of the completed (and blocked!) Sneaky Mountain Shawl!  Let me know what you think, or check your own gauge in the comments!

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~ by Amber on March 9, 2012.

3 Responses to “Friday Gauge Check: Spring!”

  1. It’s superwash merino. 🙂

  2. If you still feel like spring cleaning I have a few closets you could work on! ; )
    Sounds like you’re having great fun dyeing. Easter is coming up, so I’ll be checking out the after-Easter sales for egg dyes. Fun!

  3. ooohh…pretty! I love that blue. I need to start spinning, but I can’t seem to find a wheel anywhere near where I live. 😦

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