Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Get Ready for some Spinning!!!!!

I know I haven't been blogging much of late. There are a couple of reasons why. First my computer was beginning to slowly die. So it was really hard to get a whole lot done on it. Second my camera died right after I got back from SOAR, so I couldn't add any pictures. Well I am happy to say I have both a new computer and a new camera. Now the hard part learning how to use them. I don't have much time as its about time for the Ravelympics to start.
For those who don't know what that is. Its a group of people who plan to either knit, spin , crochet or weave during the Winter Olympics. As you know they start this Friday night.Yikes. My local knitting guild is also holding a contest and party. This Friday we as a group will meet at one of our local Knit shops and watch the opening ceremonies and cast on whatever project we choose. There will be some great prizes for those who are able to complete the project that they chose to knit. There are also tons of prizes that will be given away on the ravelympics forum pages on Ravelry.

So what project have you chosen do you ask?
Well I plan to spin and knit a cardigan. Yea I know I'm crazy, but if you have been reading this blog for a while you already know that. I was able to barder some wonderful shetland roving from a girl friend. She has her own shetlands and I have been wanting to spin some of it for a while now. I love the natural colors.

I think the dark, medium and light shades are just wonderful. I have been wanting to knit this cardigan for a long time. As a matter of fact the pattern comes from Ashford's yearly magazine called Wheel. This pattern in in the 2006 issue. Its a simple garter stitch pattern and I think the knitting will go fast.

I also have some really cool sheep buttons that I plan to use for the cardigan. You will have to wait to see what they look like.
This past week I started on sampling. I spun a 3 ply light worsted weight yarn and was able to get perfect gauge.

I can hardly wait to get started. I haven't been knitting all that much because I don't want to get into something big because starting on Friday 6 PM Mountain time I will get started on this project. I figure I will have one week to do all the spinning and then a week to get all the knitting done so that I can sew up the cardigan during the closing ceremonies on the 28th. I will keep you all posted on how I do.

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