I’m liking the Harry Potter House Cup thing much more than I thought I would, given I’m just a NQFY. (Not Quite First Year = newbie, too untested to sort into a House just yet). I wasn’t sure if the whole thing would make me more of an obsessive knitter, staying up late on school nights to make a deadline. Instead, I think it’s made me a more committed knitter. In order to get points, you actually have to finish a project (imagine that!), and we’ve already discussed our propensity to turn ohmyGodIhavetoknitthatandknitthatrightnow projects into another submission to the ever growing UFO piles we hide from ourselves. The other thing I love about participating is that you can knit whatever suits your fancy at the given moment, because just about any project can be made to fit the requirements of one class or another.
I’m working on finishing my Shipwreck Shawl by the end of the month for one class, and casted on another pair of Susie’s Reading Mitts for another class. The latter is a quick knit, and I’ve already made one pair. One mitt is off the needles, waiting for hemming and here you can see where I
forgot to add two purl rows at the end of the lace pattern added a design element. I’ll be sure to knit the other mitt wrong as well so they both match. Yes, the bottom lace is supposed to match the lace on top. But there is such a thing as too matchy-matchy. I’ve almost talked myself into believing this.
I’ve also been spending some time with my new Sidekick. It’s different than my Louet Victoria. For one, it doesn’t annoy me like the Queen did. And I love the looks of her. It also requires a different way of sitting in order to treadle comfortably, particularly when plying – the couch with a pillow behind my back just doesn’t do it. Now I’m on the hunt for a good spinning chair.
Currently, I’m spinning some 80/20 Merino Silk from Fiber Optic in the Timberwolf colorway. I love Fiber Optics top. It is always so well prepared, very little slubs, and spins like a dream. The colors in this are just lovely – muted, earthy and cool.
And Tudor Roses is being reprinted??!? How cool! What did you think of She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named when she spoke at VKLive? I did start the book Sweater Quest some time ago, and it has some interesting background on Alice Starmore and her copyright concerns. I’d love to know her side of the story.
With the snow, it’s been perfect knitting and spinning weather this weekend. Gypsy and I went for a snowball fight, which means I throw snowballs and she runs after them and wonders what happened to them once they land on the ground and sink into the fluffy snow.
What are you working on?