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I love Shetland for shawls. It has just enough halo to looks soft, yet has gorgeous stitch definition and blocks beautifully! Look at this edging:

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Wound up this skein of Madelinetosh Merino Lite yesterday and started a little eyelet yoke baby cardigan:
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The colorway is “Molly Ringwald”…doesn’t get much more girly than that, eh?

I am off to a legal seminar for the next few days. No spinning, but plenty of knitting time.

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Not totally a fail because the shawlette is really pretty, but I ran out of shawl before I got to the last color in the color progression skein. Oops. I probably should have figured out how do a few more repeats of the pattern before the edging, but the designer had actually cautioned against such a thing in a Ravelry thread. That cautionary advise combined with my own ability to mess up math calculations with wild abandon and my inherent laziness made me knit to pattern.

Here is a blocking photo of the shawl with the leftover yarn (see the blue???)
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At least that is what weather.com says. It made me think of this yarn:

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244 yards of superluscious merino/cashmere/silk in the “Tempest” colorway. It really needs to be knit…but into what?

Yesterday I went about photographing various knitting & spinning & crochet projects strewn about my house. I also took some photos of some of my favorite things in my house. Ergo, hodgepodge.

The Shetland singles becoming a shawl:
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Dining room chair I re-covered
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Sunspot Rico
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Tin by front door that I desperately want to fill with something!
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Love this plate, the Cabo vase & my witch ball from my first law office

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Yoke of nearly finished preemie cardigan, complete with homemade yarn button
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Go to socks on coffee table
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Striped alpaca blanket on couch (I knit this in bulky alpaca yarn in a basketweave pattern and then slightly felted it-it is so soft, but no longer unbearably sheddy)
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Crochet with leftover handspun yarns. I keep making these medallions and squares and strips thinking that one day they will become a scrap afghan
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A bobbin of superwash merino singles (Hedgehog Fibres) resting on the bobbin before plying
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I won’t bore you with how ridiculously busy I have been, rather I will just try to catch up.

The latest finished project? These awesome gloves from the latest Knitty.com issue. Ringwood Gloves. I knit them in handspun from JulieSpins 75/25 BFL/silk fiber. A truly luscious blend that is soft with a bit of shine. I have ridiculous love for these gloves and already have another handspun pair on the needles.

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See? Pair #2-this time in Dripping Fiber Studios BFL/Silk
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And continuing on the BFL/Silk bandwagon-here is the first finished skein of JulieSpins BFL/SILK in “Stained Glass.” I have four braids of this and it is earmarked for a “simple tunic sweater” for my mom. If I hope to finish it by Christmas (which may be very wishful thinking!) I thought I better get spinning.

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I also finished this BeeMiceElf handspun sweater. This is the December 2009 club colorway “Around the Mulberry” in 80/20 merino/silk. I still need to spin the 3rd braid and fix the hem & neckline. It needs to be a bit longer with a non-rolling hem and the neckline is too wide, it falls off my shoulders.
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I have been dyeing and the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) is fairly well stocked with more to come. These are some favorites:
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October

The end of the school year and our big family vacation are coming up at a rapid pace. I feel like if I blink I will miss an entire day.  Apparently, I did a good bit of blinking, because the blog has not been updated in oh…some time.

In no particular order:

I finally finished the Girasole baby blanket for a friend’s upcoming baby girl. We hosted the shower on Monday and it was lovely. Here is the cake (I didn’t make it!!)

The gorgeous cake Laurie made!

And here is the finished (and finally blocked) blanket:

Ready to gift

65" across, 1450+ yards of DK/nearly worsted weight handspun from 20 oz. of superwash merino fiber

Also finished recently, the pink handspun Wurm (my new favorite go-to pattern!)

Pink handspun Wurm

And finally some yarns:

350 yards, fingering weight singles

Singles from Enchanted Knoll Farms (www.enchantedknoll.etsy.com) in superwash merino with sparkles & silk. Colorway “Spice Trade”

284 yards, 70 % merino/30 % nylon fiber

Merino/Nylon sock yarn in “Midnight Tide” up for sale in my etsy store (http://www.micamynx.etsy.com)

150 yards of nplied Merino/cashmere

Some merino/cashmere I dyed and spun.

238 yards worsted weight 2 ply

Some scrumpdillicious Pigeonroof Studios in 70%merino/30%silk.  http://www.pigeonroofstudios.etsy.com

And finally-I just finished this braid of Finn I dyed:

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And spun it into laceweight singles to make a colorblock Citron shawl (I think!):

580 yards laceweight singles

There is also another Wurm finished (in some yummy SkeinQueen MCN) but I haven’t managed to get a model for it yet. It is yellow and no one wants to wear it!

I started knitting the adorable Wurm hat this weekend. I claimed the yarn in a swap. The luxurious 50/50 Alpaca Merino from Plucky Knitter in the colorway “Ilsa Lund”:

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I followed some modifications suggested by another Raveler and made this:

Me wearing the Wurm!

I have also been a little busy dyeing fiber

Fiber drying on my poor topless gazebo

 That is a photo of a pound of Finn (love Finn, can’t wait to spin it!) and 3/4 a pound of Rambouillet (my dyeing nemesis-it just makes everything rather pastel-like).  It dried today and it now looks like this:

Braids of Finn & Rambouillet

Most of it will go up in the etsy shop (www.micamynx.etsy.com) soon. I have lots more to dye too!

I also managed to finish some spinning. This is the superfine merino from BeeMiceElf in the November 2009 club colorway-“Traditions”. BeeMiceElf fibers are always amazing to spin and the colors are gorgeous. This one is no exception.

364 yards, 2 ply, DK weight

Oh and did I mention that I named all the newly dyed fiber after criminal law terms? Victim and Trespass are already sold before I even got them in the shop! Maybe crime does pay!

Last, but not least, I finally got this nommy braid of merino/cashmere/silk from Limegreenjelly (www.limegreenjelly.etsy.com) onto the wheel

A beautiful heap of fiber

As can be expected, it is spinning up beautifully! I must acquire more!

So soft!


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