aswim in knits

Monday, October 26, 2009

Amy's yarn

Amy's yarn
Originally uploaded by aswim in knits
Dear Schacht,

Did you know that you can fit 7.75 ounces on a 4-ounce bobbin?

Here's what you need to make it work:
800ish yards of heavy laceweight yarn
1 WooLee Winder,
1 determined and competitive spinner
1 room full of friends *encouraging* me to make it happen and
1 MamaCate to manually turn the overly full bobbin for the last 4 yards or so.

So, Amy, here's an unbroken skein of about 800 yards for you. Have at it!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Ishbel is finished

Ishbel is finished
Originally uploaded by aswim in knits
So, umm, maybe I'll blog more regularly if I post right from Flickr? Maybe?

Just because I'm not knitblogging doesn't mean that I'm not knitting. In fact, I'm so thrilled with my most recent FO that I've been inspired to *gasp!* blog about it!

What's so special, you might ask? Well, for starters, it's a cute pattern. Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague. It's also my first lace shawl. I've knit lace in socks and sweaters, and in scarves and baby blankets, but never in a shawl.

And I'm kind of in love with this particular shawl because it's knit from my very own handspun. I've knit plenty of things with my handspun before, but this skein just amazed me. It's a merino/tencel blend, and not even spun especially well, but it was just a perfect match for the pattern.

I just keep looking at it and saying "wow, I made this. No, I really MADE this." It's freakin' rad.

More photos and such on Ravelry, of course.