Sunday, August 3, 2008

A quiet week

It's been a quiet week, which for my first week back at work after a 2-week vacation, is a good thing. My department at the Museum went on a staff outing to the di Rosa Preserve, a former private estate in Napa County with a very extensive art contemporary collection that is now open to the public for tours. it was a perfect day - warm, with a cool breeze, and clear skies. I work with a great group of people and it was a lot of fun to spend an afternoon together doing something not related to our daily work. I completely forgot to take my camera so no pictures, unfortunately. But if you are in the Bay Area it's well worth a stop.

My primary knitting project for the week has been to work on my birthday scarf. I'm knitting with the birthday gifts Thomas gave me while on our trip to Seattle - a hand dyed slubby cotton/rayon yarn from Shoalwater Bay, using the Road Not Taken pattern from the beautiful A Fine Fleece book. (blogged about earlier). In this close-up detail the lace pattern shows up quite well - I went ahead and steamed this end lightly to get a sense of how the lace will actually look when finished, as unblocked lace is usually a mangled looking little lump and this is no different. But a little blocking works wonders, even in a non-elastic fibre blend like cotton and rayon. The pattern called fro 400 yards, and my skein has 345 yards so I'm just going to keep knitting until I run out of yarn and that's going to be it. I'm getting pretty close to being done. I got a quick start on this project as it's a summery sort of scarf and I didn't want to wait too long to make it so I could go ahead and enjoy it now.

I've also been spinning quite a bit this week, working on the singles for my 3-ply yarn that I blended all the colours for. Starting with the darkest/coolest of the three blends, I've spun up one fairly full bobbin so far, and have started on the 2nd bobbin. Each of the 3 blends has 8 batts of that colour, so I'm doing 4 batts per bobbin. It will be interesting to see how close the different bobbins end up being when I get to plying the final yarn. I had hoped to get all of this colour spun up this weekend but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Best intentions, and all that.......

1 comment:

hovercrafteel said...

The Road Not Taken is looking very lovely in its blocked state! -- Kirsten