I’ve tried everything I could. It just won’t work. It’s time to face facts.
I didn’t know what I was doing when I bought that Shetland fleece and wound up with something I can’t use. I have handcards(though I’m told they’re not fine enough), and I recently acquired combs. Neither method is working. I took some fresh fleece from the unwashed portion and washed it, thinking maybe I’d messed up the fiber in the cleaning process. Well, it looks as matted pre-wash as the batch I first started with. Out it goes. What a waste. Thankfully, it wasn’t expensive.
I learned that the fleeces shorn from sheep that are covered are better(which is why they cost more?). This bargain, clearly wasn’t. I know, I know; hand processing takes time and you are rushing. No. If I’m doing it by hand I sure as hell can’t be in a hurry, can I? I’ve simply been mismatched fiber-to-tools.
Lethal, aren’t they? 😉
The combs will come in handy. I can always just use the one as hackle. But, if I had just gotten a hackle and decided to comb… I’ve learned also that combing really does take a bunch out of your fiber. It makes me wonder if I’m even doing it right. But since I mainly hope to make my own color blend from commercially prepped fibers, I’m not too worried about technique.
I’ve since finished the first sock and am almost half finished with the mate. That was me trying on the sock to get an idea of how much more knitting to do before grafting the toe. With the second sock, I can just hold it up against the first. Easy-peasy!
These just came in yesterday and OOOWEEE… Teach Yourself Visually…Knitting Design
seemed like a good book to help me create my own patterns for things I like to knit. It has simple instructions that can be expanded on to come up with your own designs. There’s sections on embellishment, working with color, and other useful tips and techniques to spice up your knits. I have to read it more thoroughly, but I think this book will be one that’ll get a LOT of use in the future.
Then there’s One Skein Wonders. At first, when I’d heard about this book, I confused it with One Skein, another book with a similar name. So I didn’t pay it much attention. Then I saw the cover and realized it was a totally different book!
This book really DOES give you patterns and ideas that just take one skein of yarn, be it something you have laying around in your stash or that one ball of yarn you can’t afford ten of. I’ve had a chance to look through the book and I already see some goodies I can’t wait to make!
I keep promising stuff and then forgetting. As soon as I remember the weather’s messed up or helpers are not available.. I’ll get it together!