Micamynx's Blog

Productive weekend

Posted on: March 24, 2010

It really was a productive weekend. Yes, I realize it is now Wednesday.  We have had various mini-crisis that have kept me from blogging, such as the kitchen sink malfunctioning (day 4 of no hot water in the kitchen-wtf?) and the teenager’s first traffic ticket (improper lane change-“the cop was mean, Mommy!”)  I also managed to squeeze in an orthodontist appointment for pre-teen #1 (it was her last baby tooth that was handed to me at cheer practice, safely enconsed in the Starburst fruit chew that extricated it) and the vet for Keegan the fat Chihuahua for his rabies shot (he is overdue for a grooming and smells like fish-sticks). Whew.

But prior to the housemouse stuff- I was able to finish my Multonomah shawl from the BeeMiceElf handspun this weekend.

Multnomah Shawl in handspun

Close up of Multnomah shawl

I  love this fiber (75% merino/25% milk fiber). It spun up beautifully and knit like a dream. No splitting, no fuzzing, no twisting. I set the twist in hot water & thwacked. Prior to blocking I soaked the shawl in hot soapy water, rinsed in cool. Even with the multiple washes, I didn’t have any felting issues.

The finished shawl is so soft and shiny. The milk fiber seems comparable to silk. The shawl has the same glossy shine and slight weightiness of a silk blend. I probably could have blocked it  more aggressively to emphasize the feather/fan edges, but I am still too cheap & lazy to buy actual blocking wires & pads. There is only so much one can do with pins on a towel.

I also finished spinning this merino from All Spun Up:

620 yards of 2 ply laceweight

And finally, at the cheer competition on Sunday, I managed to wind that huge skein of JulieSpins pastel sw merino into a huge ball and start the Girasole baby blanket.

Girasole baby blanket

That ball in the photo is roughly the size of a large cantaloupe.  I know I still have more yarn to spin for this blanket, but I am enjoying the knitting thus far.  It is such a gorgeous pattern.  And the yarn is incredibly fluffy and soft.

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