Progress Report

Progress on Kristi

I’m happy if I get about 3 rows done a night on this sock. I don’t think there have been any major mistakes and I’m starting to be able to read the chart without checking the key constantly. I don’t know if I’ll have a pair of these by the 21st, when the first of my 2012 socks are due, so I may crank out a single plain sock to complete a half-finished pair if the deadline starts looming.

Progress on Plain & Simple – moving along. Still in blob stage. No photos. ‘Cause it’s still a blob.

Progress with the Spinning

This is Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL, color Sweet Baby James. I bought a 4-oz braid of this at NH Sheep & Wool 2 years ago, spun about half when I was first learning, and picked up the rest last weekend to try to get back in the swing of things. I tore through it and just have a bit left to finish up this weekend.

Things are swinging more than I thought they would, so I think I may take a big leap this weekend and start in on this:

More from Mad Color (and from the same NHS&W trip), this is Merino/Bamboo/Nylon, color Winter of my Discontent. This needs to be socks and I have known that since we met. I bought this specifically to save until I felt my spinning skills were ready for it. I’m not entirely sure my spinning skills are ready for it, but since picking up the spindle again last week, I’m finding that I get into a rhythm very easily and my spinning is staying fairly consistent, enough that I think I can make this into a decent yarn. Maybe not quite a fingering weight, but certainly something I can get socks out of. Just to be safe, I think I’ll do a little sample first and set this aside again if things get lumpy and weird right off.

Progress Not Related to the AKB

After all the spinning I did last weekend (I picked up the spindle just about every spare moment), my hands needed some large-gauge knitting to help them relax. Not really having anything suitable in the AKB, I reached for the Xmas cashmere and started in on a Luxe Neck Warmer from Knit 2 Together. I finished it up tonight, using every last inch I could squeeze out of it. I had to cheat on the cast-off. It was totally worth it.

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