For some weird reason, I have not been knitting much these days. I have projects on the needles, even ones that I like (um, like my Leyburn socks. I love them, I want them, but alas, I do not knit them), but when I have time to sit down and be crafty, all I want to do is spin.
So, here is all the spinning I have been doing. First, I spun up the rest of my CJ Kopec Spin A-Long roving:
I only ended up with about 120 yards total. But, I really wanted to try Navajo plying (I used this YouTube video to learn...it's really good!) and that gives you a 3-ply, so that is some bulky yarn. I love it though. I never would have thought to put those colors together on my own. It turned out really great. I have no clue what I will knit with it; for now, I will just pet it.
Then over the last couple of days I spun up some alpaca roving I had dyed. One of my coworkers loves him some alpaca. So every year he goes to this alpaca show (which is like 5 minutes from my parent's house, so why I never go to the alpaca show is very weird, but I digress). Last year he got me a skein of lace weight alpaca yarn (which I used to make my Branching Out scarf). This year, he got me undyed roving. So, I dyed it up in my kitchen and turned it into this:I don't want to sound all full of myself, but this is the best spinning I have done yet. It's still got some thick and thin spots, but it's way more consistent then anything else I have done. And, I got 240 yards! I can totally see myself spinning up more alpaca. It was just too nice. This skein is so soft. I am very very pleased with the results.
So, like I said, there has been no knitting up in here really. Of course, that could all change today, as this arrived in the mail yesterday:Oh yes, my friends, that is Cookie A.'s new sock book! There was much squeeing when the box came (Amazon told me it wasn't going to arrive until Tuesday. And, I pre-ordered it in January, so it was like a fun little surprise in the mail that I paid for months ago). I skimmed through it last night and this book is amazing. It's not just the patterns, but all the information on how to design your own socks. If you are a sock knitter, you need to own this book. Don't borrow it from the library or a friend, just go buy it. It's worth it!
In other sock knitting news, did you see the new Sock Summit website? I spent a few minutes yesterday afternoon drooling over the classes and making a list of the ones I would be interested in taking. There are so many to choose from! I can't wait to go to Sock Summit. My coworkers think I am absolutely out of my mind for taking vacation to go to Portland for this, but I don't care. It's going to be great!
Now excuse me while I go knit a sock. :)
Happy knitting and spinning.