Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yarn Along - Three For Three!

Joining the Yarn Along group is not only fun, but it's also a great way for me to account for my goal to Make Yarn/Use Yarn.  I'm three for three (weeks) so far!  Can I keep it up?

The Jester hat...going slowly, but not going as poorly as I've been worrying about the last few days. I thought my floats were too loose and I was going to have to rip it all out and start over.  Most (normal) people get their floats too tight.  Me?  Abby-normal....shut up!  I slipped half the stitches to a second needle to check and everything looks fine.  

Liddy.  Spun on the CPW and plied on the miniSpinner.  I really like the yarn (very soft and smooshy)...except it's thinner than I like to knit.  I also had some plying inconsistencies...that may have been due to plying it during the Packers/Cowboys game :-o.  This picture doesn't look too bad, but boy, it's inconsistent (some good, some over plied, some underplied). 

I can't think of any way to easily fix that without going through it yard by yard and adjusting according, which I've done before...but it's yarn that I'm probably going to just look at and never use, so I'm not sure I want to invest that kind of time.  Probably more useful as a reminder of how NOT to ply yarn...

And this is what I get if I try to take pictures on the steps of the Wool House.  No, Hickory, it's not dinner time yet.  Levi and Bullwinkle are hopeful as well.  It's just 3:30.  On a Wednesday!  I'm not a day late :-).

My book this week is Brave and Loyal: An Illustrated Celebration of Livestock Guardian Dogs, by Cat Urbigkit.  Perfect timing with the pictures and video yesterday, eh?  I love sharing stories about Hank and love reading about other amazing guardian dogs.  I'm parceling it out a couple chapters at a time.  It's excellent!

I've recommended her Shepherds of Coyote Rocks book before.  It's one of my all time favorites. I looked back to see if I'd recommended that with a Yarn Along post and found this.  Sweet little Liddy, now all grown up (and out - no, that's not all wool, thanks for asking :-o) and making yarn :-).

Joining in with Ginny...


  1. I just did the same knitting Kate Davies Hat 101 with her wool and my handspun.
    Hate working with all those stitches on a 16" needles so had to check tension by putting it all on another bigger needle..... re Liddy's yarn, do a shawl and believe me the unevenness won't even show......esp from a galloping horse :) am now hooked on Kammebornia, a podcast from Sweden with Eng subtitles so MUST pay attention, no knitting or spinning. She does extraordinary work and has interesting segments with other people and writes poetry. She knits so fast it is a 'sin'!! Also found someone I really liked who she interviewed called Three Hazels. Have seen her before but 'lost' her and cannot figure out how to follow her. Carry on, your Jester hat looks great.

  2. Did you whack the wet Liddy skein on a flat surface from several different handholds on the yarn? That does a decent job of evening out twist, but I'm sure you've done that.

    1. I'm not a big fan of whacking, but I snapped it hard several times and did give it a good soak which helped some. Just did a not careful job... ;-).

  3. I'm still slogging on a cardigan. But now I need to switch to the vest I want for Mardi Gras, if I'm to have a hope in heck of finishing on time. For Mardi Gras 2017!

  4. What if you knitted Liddy double-stranded? That would even it out yet again. Seems a shame to let her nice squishy yarn just sit there. #iloveliddy :-)

    1. Sadly...most of my yarn just sits there :-/. Make Yarn USE Yarn! :-D I may swatch it held double. Good idea!

  5. Remembering a spinning teacher from decades ago, who was talking about 2-ply vs 3-ply.

    The punchline was that the only thing people were going to notice was the cute buttons. :-) No one was ever going to say "Wow -- your twist! So even!" :-)

  6. There you go again with that knitting language I don't understand!
    Love the picture of Hickory and the sheep.

  7. beautiful yarn for a beautiful hat on the needles :)


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