So here's my first live frog... a frogging project! I've decided to "frog" the cabled sweater so it will stop bothering me. In case you aren't a knitter, "frogging" is where you discover a mistake a few rows back, and "rip-it, rip-it, rip-it" back so it can be re-knit. Hopefully correctly on the second try. Some projects take many trips to the frog pond. I had a sweater that I had completely finished knitting the pieces and frogged it all the way back because I didn't like the fit. I blogged about that here, just scroll down the page until you see the red-violet sweater.
|See how the ribs mis-match the cables... bummer!|
This is the part that always makes me go "hmmmmm....." because as satisfying as it is to watch a mistake disappear, there is the niggling consternation over how long it takes to knit this amount of yarn versus how quickly it can be made back into just balls of yarn again. In any event, it is finished now and I can consider how to start again to make the ribbing line up.
|Back to being balls of yarn, needles and a pile of markers.|
|Brindle Shetland roving and bobbin of singles in process.|
I take a certain comfort in knowing that as a spinner, I really can do a lot to make my yarn be exactly what I want it to be. Granted, there are some wools that really are never going to be "next to the skin" soft. There are many others that can either be blended with other kinds of fiber, or handled more gently in processing that will come very close to being that soft. Soapbox I'm hauling out now: the medium wools may not be as soft as the finewools, but they are lots more pleasant to spin, more durable, and by buying raw fleeces or roving from local shepherds I get to support small, local farms. That is so important to me... having had a farm of my own for ten years. The driving force behind this rare breed spin-a-long is to encourage spinners to at least try some fiber that is new to them. I can use myself as an example of how surprising the project can be. I would cheerfully buy more of this kind of roving from this farm. Shetland sheep have a claim to fame in their colored wool - there are eleven "official" colors and many patterns of markings on these tiny sheep.
|The worn heel of my favorite slippers.|
|Garter stitch patches, about 4 inches square.|
|My favorite, although well worn, slippers.|
My condo is on a slab foundation, and the thickness of these slipper soles keeps the chill off my feet very well indeed. I'm off to make felt patches....