Happy New Year Everyone!
Last year I stopped with the letter C on my ABC-along. Last fall I composed a post explaining about that. And picking up again. But I never actually posted it. Strange, I am. About some things.
So it's a new year. And my sister is still Arin. And that's what I used for my A post last year. And it's her birthday today - again! Funny how that happens once a year! heh
My sister Arin will be visiting us here in Kansas later this month. We're all excitedly anticipating her visit. IF YOUR ARE MY SISTER AND YOUR NAME IS ARIN, DON'T READ THIS POST UNTIL AFTER YOUR VISIT NEXT WEEK.
(Letting her browse away from this page if necessary)
We have a lot planned for Arin's visit. Emeline and Lila Pearl are expecting many cheerful rounds of CandyLand, Memory, Fairy Princess Dress-Up (accessorized complete with wings, wands, and Fairy Princess Jewelry) and Duck Duck Goose. Maybe Ring Around The Rosies if there's time. Lila says "Arin is very good at CandyLand."
Who could resist these two?
So, now that sister Arin is supposedly gone, there's also the matter of the annual Very Special and Spectacular Handspun and Knit Birthday Gift. Two years ago, if you remember, was Argosy. Last year I didn't show what I made but it was a dear little treasure bag, pink and white handspun singles, stranded, and a hand made hammered silver shawl pin that I picked up from Twist, my LYS. No picture, but I also felt like I could have done better so it didn't bother me not to document the FO.
This year I have quite a lot more fiber in the stash. And a spinning wheel (or two) of my own. And a bit of skill. But one never has too much spinning skill. Especially when using a fiber that you don't have much experience with. The more you spin the more you know that every fiber is different and it's impossible to predict how a new fiber will behave. Good luck getting what you WANT from that fiber the first time through. And if you have a limited quantity.... ha. It's a crap shoot.
A few years ago when I received the awesome red stroller as a RAK from a dear friend she also included some fiber that she had acquired and was happy to pass along since she wasn't a spinner and I was only in the infancy of my spinning life at that time (I think I had been spinning for maybe a MONTH at that time). She gave me some luxury fiber samples that had come from BMFA. One of the fibers included there was some baby camel - about 25-30g. I don't remember exactly, and it's odd.... when I started spinning it for this project I didn't weigh it. I'm a nut.
So the pattern I have picked out is one I've had my eye on for a while to use with a handspun project - strange how we think about patterns for so long and imagine them into existance. At least I do that. I've still got my eye on it for some other handspun that I've done a sample skein for but with this fiber I didn't have enough to do a sample skein. I did a sample skein with other fibers that I was considering, of which I had a greater quantity, but there wasn't enough baby camel to do a sample swatch. Here's the yarn. Already balled up because I wasn't thinking "take a picture" when it was still in the skein. I was aiming for lace weight, lighter than fingering. What I got ranged from that up to sport, so it averages about fingering. I also didn't measure the yardage before I started knitting because I thought I would just knit until I ran out of yarn. I'm afraid it'll be a scarflette. But a nice one. I hope. ha
And the pattern. It is called by the designer "Cinder's Fairy Godmother Scarf" though on Ravelry you can find it listed as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother Scarf (Ravelry Link). I got the beads at Wal-Mart. Kind of generic but just the color and effect I wanted for the very neutral colored camel yarn.
I'm praying for this stuff to relax, stretch, and hold a blocking. But I'm afraid it's got too much loft to hold any blocking for very long and the beads will disappear a bit in the texture. If nothing else she'll have a nice little neck warmer with cold little beads on it, and I will have a new bit of fiber experience including beading. There are a LOT of beads on this thing. A LOT.
In the past few months I've been busy with a few things like soap making (oh so fun!), hosting a Christmas Swap on Ravelry (also so fun!), and cleaning my house (not so fun). And squeezing in a bit of knitting and spinning and teaching. I'm looking forward to more yarn dyeing and more of all of the rest and hopefully I can carve out the time to blog about it.
Happy New Year Everyone! And Happy Birthday to my sister Arin! :)