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A Bit of This and That

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Sorry for the delay in posting - again.  Life just gets too busy, and I'm dabbling in several different projects right now, so there are no great posting opportunities.

On the knitting front, I started and finished my socks using my first dyeing experiment.  This is KnitPicks Bare superwash merino and nylon, and I dyed it many moons ago.  I was a bit afraid to try using it, if only because it still smelled SO strongly like Koolaid, plus I've been so enamored of knitting with handspun that the idea of knitting with this almost texture-less yarn held little appeal.  Here's the yarn:


and here are the socks:


They are so much fun to wear!  I am NOT an in-your-face bright color person, but these add just the right amount of pizzazz.  I soaked them initially in Euclan, which did nothing to remove the smell, but the machine washing afterwards did the trick.  All in all, a very fun project.

Also on the knitting front, I've tentatively started my sweater with my handspun Faulkla…

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So, I finished the project from, well, H-E-double toothpicks, and I do like the finished product.  A nine yard warp gave me three finished scarves, woven to ~75" plus hems, plus another yard of fabric.  The cloth is slightly more dense than my usual tencel scarves due to the EPI, but they still have a glorious drape.  As usual, photos do not do them justice.






The light mint green really goes well with the black warp, I think.  For the last yard, I decided to try a turquoise weft.


Not sure what I'll do with this, but I have a decorative pin winging its way to me to see if I like the combination.

I've also finished spinning the fiber I'm hoping to use as a sweater.  To recap, after combining 2 6.2 ounce braids of Julie Spins Faulkland


with 4 ounces of Spunky Eclectic BFL


 I ended up with ~1720 yards of 2 ply, fingering weight-ish yarn.


You can clearly see the 2 skeins with the BFL, although there is purple in each skein.  A question for all you experienced knitters out t…