It has been crazy since I got back from New York. I have managed to do a bit with some of my Rhinebeck loot.
Here is the pile of lace weight yarn from Morehouse Merino. All 19 skeins! I bought it without a plan, just an impulse.
At dinner that night Brooke made a comment that sparked an idea. She suggested adding more twist to the yarn (all singles yarn) and plying it together. Great idea! Two things came to my mind. If you guessed socks, you are partly right (and I am that predictable).
The first task was adding twist to all 19 skeins and winding them into little mini center-pull balls (pause a moment here because that was a big and boring task). Then I set them out in oder by color and started making a 3-ply sock yarn. Self-striping yarn capitalized on the large number of colors and the fact that I already had a lot of bits and pieces. The colors seemed to have a beginning and an end so I started at one end and plied AAA, AAB, ABB, BBB, BBC, BCC, CCC, and so on. When I got to the last color, I reversed and went back down the colors. I scientifically determined that a full bobbin was the perfect amount for socks. The result? 4.6 oz of self-striping sock yarn in a worsted weight.
Wanna see the socks?
They are knit tight at 5.75 sts/in. I want thick cushy house socks for the cold weather. The leg is knit in a 6x2 rib after the heel turn which shifts into a 2x2 rib.
The ends aren't woven in yet. I was trying to get a picture taken before the light faded completely. That darn sun goes down so early these days.
But that can't be all of the Morehouse Merino? The pile was large. True.
There was enough for three large hanks of 2-ply for a total of 1300 yards of sport weight yarn. There is also an annoyingly small hank (not shown) that just wouldn't fit onto the bobbing no matter how hard I tried. Ironically, the harder I tried the more I was able to fit onto the bobbin and therefore the more annoying it was that it didn't all fit. I don't really mind joining and weaving in the ends; it just vexed me that it was so small. It is like having a small bit of leftover food at a restaurant. Not enough to take home, but too much to leave on your plate.
The question is: what kind of shawl do I make? A triangle? Rectangle? Parallelogram? A triangle could be problematic since the stripe widths will vary depending on the length of the row. Each stripe will be fairly short as I didn't make them really long. Maybe a rectangle or parallelogram is more logical? I can't decide. What does one do when one can't decide? A poll!
Most of the time.
Roger had to break up one fight. Both of them were squabbling over something, but we couldn't tell what it was. We thought it was a toy as they had been playing with something a moment before. After prying them apart, Sammie ran after the coveted object and snatched it up with a snarl and an "I dare you" look at Pancho. Obviously, this toy could not remain "in play" and Roger removed it from Sammie's clenched teeth.
What was it? This highly coveted object worthy of a fight with your best friend?