Spindrift Shawl on a Sunday

Happy Sunday! Hope we all have a chance to knit at least a few stitches today. And, if time permits, have a drink by the deck.

I am currently working on the Spindrift Shawl, a lovely pattern by Helen Stewart from Curious 

These photos were taken at the 50% mark. I love Helen's pattern formats--where you can mark your progress and check your stitch count at any row. To get the pattern, all you have to do is sign up in her website. There is an ongoing knit along in her Ravelry group.

Malabrigo Sock yarn is very pleasant to work with. And, look at those colors of "Indiecita"!!

Spin, spin, spun

This past week's progress was mostly in the hand spinning department.

I finished plying the Merino, Alpaca and Nylon blend and ended up with 568 yards in a fingering to sport weight two ply yarn. Is woolen and therefore extra squishy.

From soft colors, I moved to dark jewelry tones. This is a Merino and Silk blend from Wandering Wool.

It was dyed as a gradient. I separated the three colors so I have more flexibility to play with the final yarn.

Hope you are having a lovely day. Until next time!

Spring crafting

And Spring is here!!! The season brings beautiful flowers, nasty allergies and asthma and adorable knitting and spinning.

In my mind, I am a much better knitter than in 2013, the year I first attempted knitting Mainline of the Scarves 2013, etc. collection. Back then, I threw the towel after getting insanely confused with the pattern. Everything went wrong...there was no choice than to hide the project in the closet.

A couple of days ago, I convinced myself that I would win over the scarf. A good reading of the pattern, gazillion stitch markers and a better attitude is making this an enjoyable knitting the second time around. Never give up knitters of the world!

Giving my overflow of positivism, I decided to also spin a batt for the first time. The batt turned out  to be rolled combed top (non spinners, take my word: a batt is not the same as combed top). Oh well...so much for paying attention.

The singles are very thin. I see a long plying session in my bright future. Not complaining; the blend of alpaca, merino and nylon is super soft and nice to work with.