Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sockapaloooza Update

I've worked a bit on my sockapaloooza socks. I'm using the Crusoe sock pattern from Knitty.

I'm not terribly far yet, but I'll be starting the heel flap in a bit. (Actually, I already started the heel flap, but began it with the wrong number of stitches so now I have to finish ripping back the heel flap and reknit.)

I've made some slight pattern modifications, like casting on with more stitches than the pattern calls for.

The pattern took a bit of getting used to, but I like the way it's looking now. :) Here you have two pictures, the first showing the progress and the ball of yarn, the second a closeup of the progress so far.

I've realized this will only be my second fully completed pair of socks, once I'm finished, so I'm a little nervous about whether they will look good and whether they will really fit well. Wish me luck.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Spinning, anyone?

I spun my first yarn today.

When I say my first yarn, I am using the term "yarn" very loosely. ;)

I really enjoyed it and I think I did allright for my first time (I was honestly worried that pesky hand-eye coordination might be too much for me.) I imagine I am currently using what is commonly known as the "park and draft" method.

It's both a bit easier than I expected and infinately more challenging.

I purchased an Ashford Top Whorl Spindle and I have no idea what weight it is, but it was the larger of the two that were available. I also purchased a bit of roving.

So, here is where I give a call out to all your spinners out there. What spindle do you recommend for beginners? What types of roving and from where? I am going to Maryland Sheep and Wool so keep that in mind when making suggestions.

Also, any spinning tips for a beginner?