Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday: More -alongs than you can shake a stick at...

Happy Spinning and Weaving Week! I am celebrating by spinning as much as possible for Spinzilla in addition to working on my two knit-along projects for October.  So far, I have spun and plied 380 yards of yarn, not counting these singles I spun up last night:
In the "totally complete" pile, I have 4oz. of natural black alpaca and the 4oz. Columbia/Rambouillet painted roving (bought last month in Kansas City at The Studio) which are both spun and plied. The black alpaca yarn is really giving me fits when it comes to photographing it - hopefully I'll have time to do a better job, but for now this is going to have to do:
I'm using the Louet Victoria wheel to spin my singles, and then plying them on my Ladybug. It's proving to be a really efficient system, since I tend to spin my singles at night (which takes longer), then ply in the morning whilst feeding the cats (which is markedly speedier). Currently, I'm working on an alpaca/silk blend on the Victoria; unfortunately, I haven't gotten any time to spin today as I've been mired in technology issues in addition to having all sorts of surprises pop up throughout my work day today (which is why this blog post is so late). 
Over the weekend, I worked ahead on my 30 Day Sweater project, since I'd most likely have less knitting time this week due to Spinzilla. That proved to be a good move, as I'm pretty much where I should be at this point in time; I've pretty much got til the 19th to finish the body completely before it's time to move on to the sleeves. Naturally I forgot to pull it out to photograph this morning, so this instagram of the Yarn Pop bag I've been carrying it around in will have to suffice. There is kind of an exciting story about it - this photo was featured on today's Sweater Show and I got some warm fuzzies for helping them coordinate prizes and guests. Also, I'm going to be a guest myself in a few weeks - stay tuned for more details!
I've also managed to keep up with my Baah Yarn Scallop Rib Sock KAL project and was even able to film this short video this morning to better explain the tricky business of getting stitches moved around and ready to go for instep knitting/gusset shaping. Of course, it took most of the day to get it uploaded onto YouTube, but that's another story entirely. The important point is that it's finally live, and there is even a cat videobomb in the middle of it. Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me this week! For more WIP Wednesday inspiration, visit the Tami's Amis Blog!

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