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March 26, 2007
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I have two things completed this week and they are wildly different from one another.

It isn’t blocked yet in the photos, because I just couldn’t stand to wait another week to photograph it – hence it hangs a little funny. But it’s drying now and will be ready to wear by the end of the week. I might have to undo and resew the collar, as I carefully matched the center of the collar to the center of the back neck and it still went on just the teeniest bit off center.

I rummaged in my buttons and found some pretty glass ones that were sort of mauve with black – they harmonize quite well with the sort of rosyness of the brown. I tried to get a picture of the buttons on the band but didn’t get anything you could actually see. Maybe next week.

I started knitting this in early February, but I started spinning the fiber back in October. I used just under 2 pounds of 3 ply yarn, and I have a batch of 4 ounces unspun that I bought as insurance. I haven’t decided yet what to do with it.

I can’t wait till it dries, I want to wear it.

I have to commend Vermont Fiber Designs on a classic and cleverly designed pattern.

Then there is the other thing that’s complete, so different from the first.

Somehow the pictures I took yesterday just weren’t that great. The merino/tencel is done. I spun as fine as I dared, but I guess it still isn’t fine enough, because this is not really laceweight although it’s skinnier than fingering weight. I got between 650 and 700 yards in a 4 ounce hank, and only had to throw away a teeny amount due to barfglobs during plying. It will definitely be a shawl although I’m not sure yet which one – it really does have a lovely sheen and is very soft, although I think I underplyed it a little and might feed it back through the wheel someday if I go to knit it and think it’s necessary. (Although to be honest, most commercial laceweight yarn I’ve knit with has been underplyed, if I think about it – you don’t consider that so much when you buy a yarn, it’s the overplyed ones that are noticeable – but don’t you agree that most commercial laceweight yarn is sort of floppy and loose??) The fiber was dyed by Mama E, and the last time I was in my LYS there was some of it on the shelf….

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2007 9:36 am

    Your always making amazing things. I love it all. I especially love the silvery/lilacy/grey. It might be a completely different color, but I love what I do see.

  2. March 26, 2007 9:47 am

    The swing coat is so swingy! It fits you perfectly. And handspun. What a tour de force of your many talents! I think you will like the soft twist when you knit it. It will relax less in blocking and be far more lustrous than a tight-twist yarn.

  3. March 26, 2007 10:06 am

    I love the swing coat! The design in the back is gorgeous and it makes me want one! I think your gray stuff is also fab. and I wouldn’t recommend any more plying. Sometimes that can introduce too much twist when in lace, you just want the thing to lie flat. Just my two cents..
    Oh, and the tree pollen? I’m sure there’s a scientific reason the trees have to do it, but it’s really put a crimp in the professor’s plans. He’s completely allergy befuddled! I’ll ask him why when pollen season is over…

  4. March 26, 2007 1:24 pm

    Great handspun sweater. Nicely done.

  5. March 26, 2007 2:23 pm

    Beautiful sweater! I love the pattern, and it looks great on you. The yarn is gorgeous — like liquid silver. I wouldn’t worry about the looser ply in a lace yarn, unless it’s falling apart. It will help the finished item to drape more beautifully. Can’t wait to see how it knits up!

  6. March 26, 2007 2:26 pm

    The swing coat turned out fabulous!

  7. March 26, 2007 3:31 pm

    I love your coat! The laceweight is beautiful. I agree that all of the commercial laceweights I’ve seen have been underplied. Better than overplied I think… don’t want it to feel like you’re knitting with wire!

  8. Sam permalink
    March 26, 2007 3:56 pm

    The jacket came out great! I can’t wait to start mine, though I’m not sure yet what the yarn will be. Nice work. πŸ™‚ And the laceweight is quite lovely – can’t wait to see what shawl pattern you choose. Perhaps the “Prudence?” πŸ™‚

  9. March 26, 2007 8:45 pm

    You always pick the most interesting and flattering patterns Miss Pru!
    I’m feeling inspired to get out my blueberry merino/tencel and see how it goes.
    Gorgeous work!

  10. Melanie permalink
    March 27, 2007 12:21 am

    The coat is fantastic! It fits perfectly (you do have a gift for that) and the details are charming – I love the cuffs and the back pleat. It’s just in time for Spring too.
    The silver/pewter laceweight is lovely. How about doing the Wings of the Moth shawl with it – it would shimmer like real moth’s wings.

  11. March 27, 2007 12:17 pm

    I love the jacket! The pleat is great and I love the collar – it will look great with a little silk scarf tucked in there!

  12. March 27, 2007 11:11 pm

    That sweater looks amazing on you! Great job as always. πŸ™‚

  13. March 28, 2007 3:22 am

    I love the coat! And the yarn, and your sweetie’s socks, and how happy he looks in them.

  14. March 29, 2007 6:48 am

    wow wow wow!
    lovely job with the spinning and knitting!

  15. March 29, 2007 11:23 am

    If the collar is off center, I can’t tell at all. It’s gorgeous. I want one. Must get the pattern for next winter…oh, and lose a few pounds.;->
    Ang

  16. March 29, 2007 12:39 pm

    Wonderful job on the coat!! Congratulations!
    The grey fiber looks beautiful -I wish it was possible to touch it through the internet. πŸ™‚

  17. March 29, 2007 1:57 pm

    your spinning is gorgeous!!!! i love the product, it looks so soft and silky. i wish my spinning was as even as yours.

  18. March 29, 2007 11:14 pm

    That coat is beautiful, blocked/unblocked, who cares!?! Its stunning. And now that its done, of course its spring.
    Ummm…so if you decide you’re not ever going to wear it….ummmm?
    πŸ™‚

  19. March 30, 2007 9:55 am

    Caroline, the coat is wonderful! What a tribute to your excellent spinning and knitting skills.
    It looks fantastic on you!

  20. April 7, 2007 5:42 pm

    Your sweater turned out so nice! I have really enjoyed watching your progress!!

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