Gimble

The writing and testing and tech editing and foofaraw are done, and the pattern for Gimble has been released. w00t! I designed Gimble with longish, close-fitting cuffs and a Scandinavian thumb. The cuffs go a few inches up under your coat sleeves because oh, mama, do I hate cold wind and snow on my wrists. I went with a Scandinavian thumb because I find that the thumb gusset — that ‘V’ shape at the base of the thumb that comes out from the mitten — tends to fit better, providing extra room for the ball of your thumb. This shape…

Just a little car knitting

Coming off the high of last week’s get-it-done-athon, I decided to treat myself. I mean, look how productive I’d been, right? Surely I could do something small. For variety. As a palate-cleanser, if you will, and a reward. “Oh, I know!” thought I, “There’s that 2 oz of delicious cria alpaca waiting to be spun! It’s tiny. It won’t take long. I’ve got two bobbins free…ish. A couple of evenings, tops, and then I’ll get back to finishing ALL the things.” Yeah. I was right, up to a point: the alpaca — rose gray cria roving (the first real shearing…

Getting things done

Oh, the things I shall do when I do all the things.Β All these things that I dream, I shall do. But probably not today. That’s kind of been my mantra for the last couple of weeks. So many ideas; so many projects I’d like to do; only two hands and a mere twenty-four hours in a day, not all of which can be devoted to projects. About two weeks ago, I reached a point. Whether or not you’re a knitter, you know the point I’m talking about: when the thought of adding one more thing to the pile of things…

Handspun spinning slippers, the knitting thereof

Being Part II of the tale of the handspun spinning slippers. Part I is here. So I have my lovely yarn: and I want to turn it into slippers like these. There are a few complications, though: the handspun is probably a bit heavier than the recommended yarn (which I would know for sure if I had a gauge to measure wraps per inch, or even a wooden ruler that was less than a yard long. I don’t. It’s on my list.); I don’t have a lot of it, and don’t want to use any of it to make a…

Handspun spinning slippers, the spinning of yarn therefor

I haven’t been doing much spinning this week, because…well, I cracked my whorl and it took me a week to get around to fixing it. For those who are wondering, the whorl is the grooved bit on the end of the flyer, which the drive band goes around. It’s the bit on the right end of the flyers here. For future reference, do not drop this thing on a tile floor, because if it lands the wrong way, it will crack and make you sad. Fortunately, they have invented wood glue and sandpaper, and hopefully I have managed to return…