A while ago, several Swedish yarn stores participated in a week long fest to promote and celebrate local yarn stores. As part of this, they held a contest, and I was one of the winners! Woo! I never win anything usually. I was very pleased with my prize, which in my opinion was one of the nicer ones up for grabs: my choice of colour of Naturgarn’s Indiecita yarn, from Valaine Organic Lifestyle.
I picked the colour Indigo and added a few balls to my winnings to make sure I have enough for a cardi. Lovely!
I don’t really believe in knitting rules. As long as whatever you’re doing works for you, go for it. There is, however, one exception, one rule I live (knit?) by: No knots in knitting.
I broke this rule the other day. And the results were really… great.
I must start by saying the reason for the knotting happening was that I was completely stumped on how to otherwise join this new ball of single ply 100% silk to the first one. Felting (my go to method) obviously wasn’t going to work, Russian join wasn’t going to work, overlapping the two strands for a few stitches seemed like tempting fate with such a slippery yarn and loose gauge… so I remembered reading about the magic knot a while ago and decided to give it a go.
I may be a knot convert yet. I was pulling like crazy on that knot and it wasn’t going anywhere, and it’s damned near invisible in the project.
All snuggled up with the bumps. Excellent.
Inspired by the Craftsy class about wool (I’ve written about it earlier) I set out on a fleece discovery and ordered yak (in the picture below) baby camel and a nice blend of angora, merino and silk. All of them considered luxurious fiber.
I tried spinning the yak today. Totally unsuccessful!!! The yarn simply falls apart. The fleece is magnificently soft, but not very long. Either I must go with more twist or simply blend with something else.
A bit disappointed I picked up the angora blend instead and the result was immediate.
As I knew I had too little yarn of the rainbow batch I’m now using the fuschia, which is a perfect match.
My fingers were simply itching to do something with my handspun. I’ve chosen the Spearmint Tea Shawl by Kateryna Golovanova. So here we go!
More than 10 years ago “The Rainbow Song” was one of the first songs my husband and I recorded at home in the kitchen. It’s a song about believing in your dreams and to be strong. When I first got the idea to dye my own rainbow yarn I thought of naming it “The Rainbow Song”.
After checking the exact order of the seven colors in the rainbow I got to work dividing my large hank into seven small hanks (using a cat food tin. And of course without cutting the hanks apart!).
I then managed to muddle the little red dye I had left. (Not too surprisingly too much black in a red makes a purple/burgundy…) But I refused to be discouraged by this small setback and ventured on.
After dying and washing I wanted to transform my small hanks into one large hank again. Cheerfully going about it soon turned into another muddle. For some reason the blue hank refused to cooperate and I found myself with the worst yarn barf I’ve ever seen… (Really fun trying to disentangle wet yarn… NOT!). My husband chose this particular moment to sing the chorus from “The Rainbow Song”:
“You will see many rainbows break, but you’ll still carry on.
That’s how our dreams may fall apart, but we’ll build them up again…”
At which I shot him a dark “Shut up”.
A couple of hours later all colors were nicely wrapped together to admire. (Phew!)
I haven’t actually knit very much in the past few weeks. I’ve been rather busy, both with sad things (my very dearly beloved grandfather’s illness and passing) and with happy things (planning my big US holiday later this summer), and the knitting I did try to do was… not a roaring success (more on that later).
However, I have had some time to work on my wish bracelets which I sell on Etsy! Here in Stockholm, Pride week is in early August, but in the US and many other places in the world June is LGBT pride month, so for all of June, rainbow bracelets are on sale on my Etsy shop:
Since this is a knitting (and TV) blog, I promise I won’t talk about my hemp “side business” too much, but I feel this is for a good reason. Happy Pride!
The latest alpaca is drying. (I’m planning a complicated dying for this, but in a later post…)
It’s a little uneven here and there (well, you try spinning with a cat attached to your fleece and see how easy that is).
Anyway, if my calculations are correct it’s about 285 yards (and slightly over 100 grams) which makes a nice fullsize skein.