Whoops it's been 2 weeks since I blogged. Very bad of me. But whilst I haven't been blogging, I haven't been entirely idle! I've still been spinning and crocheting. I even tried a new bit of knitting which ended disastrously, but more of that in a minute.
I started to swatch for the Hourglass Jacket last Monday and I was able to get gauge, so I cast on. I'm finally using up my Rowan Calmer that I bought ageees ago for making Cupcake with, which then got frogged. I've done 6 rows now and am working on the armhole increases.
Here's some pictures after 4 rows:
This will be a nice project to work on during the weekday evenings when I don't fancy spinning for my Mum's socks.
Speaking of the socks, I finished off spinning the singles for one sock yesterday. I wound both singles in a 2-stranded plying ball and will leave them to rest for a few days before I ply. I don't know whether to start the other singles now, or wait until I've plied the first lot as I only have the one spindle to use.
Also on the spinning front, I've been doing a bit of purchasing!
I was browsing Etsy the other day and happened on Spindlefrog's shop just after she had updated it with Luxury Spinner's Kits. I snagged one called "Antique", where the colours are a change from my usual pinks and reds - although they do feature some purple. It's 6 x 1oz of various luxury fibres. Here's mine all bundled up and then broken out:
From left to right, I think the fibres are:
Unfortunately my Pink Ivory spindle came up a duff. Both blanks they turned were uneven, so they're going to try again for me in May. So I HAD to buy another spindle as I had the money burning a hole in my pocket.
Because of said hole in pocket, I've also recently bought the following from Limegreenjelly on Etsy:
This one is called Maybelline and it's 103g of 50% merino/50% angora loveliness.
I also bought 2 items in her update last night. I don't have them here yet, so you'll just have to have a nose at Jo's shop listings:
Right, we'll I'm off to watch the F1 and cast on for Odessa - I want a train project to work on and I have nothing at the moment. Plus it's in cotton, so it's nice warm weather knitting. We're having a spell of beautiful weather at the moment.
Ta ta for now :)