Busy Is Good

Just keep telling yourself that!

New Yarn

Photo of rainbow gradient yarnEarlier this year I launched a new business, Washtenaw Wool Company, with two friends, Michelle and Heather.  We’re having a blast, learning a lot, and watching this seed of an idea grow into something that suits all of our different skills perfectly.

It’s all very stimulating! We’ve been dyeing up yarn using unusual and sometimes time-consuming methods. We’ve been building our community of like-minded makers. This weekend we have a show, a local show luckily, and then we will hit the yarn design drawing board in earnest.  I. Can’t. Wait.  Local wool yarn, here I come!

New Design

I am aswim with design ideas and lack only for time to make them come alive.  I have socks, a pair of fingerless mitts, and at least two shawls partially written up. I’ve designed an entire shawl with the help of Miriam Felton’s Lace Shawl Design Craftsy class and the Stitchmastery software. Now I just need to knit it!  Ah, time, you fickle friend. Is this the point where designers find test knitters?

Photo of a knitting swatch.

New Skill

I’ve started teaching knitting classes at one of our local yarn stores and privately. Turns out, I really like to teach knitting!  I’ve been doing it for years informally, but I am finally embracing the idea that I have something to share with people who don’t know me.  I was a little worried before my first class because I did not enjoy teaching snarky freshman Composition at the community college.  So kudos to me for not letting that one terrible experience define my relationship to teaching in general.

New Words

As my writing time becomes more precious, I feel a visceral tug to connect pen to paper.  I am no nube; I know this feeling.  It means, “Write more. Something needs to come out.”

Spring this year is slow to arrive.  We had thunder and graupel (I learned that word today) this morning.  My dreams — mundane and not — continue apace, fed by the energy of busy creativity.

How has the transition between winter and spring been going for you? Please tell me in the comments below.

I tried to be selfish

After finishing the baby knits and most of a sweater sleeve last week, I tried selfish knitting but found all my parts are too swollen to accurately measure or try things on which suddenly sucked all the joy out of that idea.  Jaywalkers continue to hold.  They still look a lot like this, just longer:

Yeah, I’m STILL pregnant.  If you are surprised, trust me, I cannot believe it.  My son was born five days after his due date.  Here I am five days away from a 42-week induction.  Luckily, we are getting definite pre-labor signs so even if I have to be induced this weekend, it should go without trouble.  Should.  This baby, of course, is full of surprises so we’ll see.  Meanwhile, I must relax.

In two days last week, I knit up most of the first sleeve of Matt’s Urban Aran Cardi:

Hooray for bulky yarn and straightforward instructions.  This is going quickly.  Good laying-on-the-couch-gestating-and-watching-silly-movies sort of knitting.  I’m hoping to put down the computer soon and finish this sleeve.  To be officially halfway through the sweater.

When the Jaywalkers had to be put away, I did try to start another beret (Purl Beret) but was again beset by gauge issues.  I thought I could make a very light worsted alpaca yarn sub for a heavy fingering.  Not so much.  Really the problem was that I didn’t have enough of the color I most wanted to use.  Definitely a pregnant brain moment.  I like the simple, straightforward pattern though.  I just need to pick a new yarn.

On Saturday I gave up on myself and cast on for a pair of socks destined to be a gift.

The yarn is new to me and to the rest of the world: Zauberball, distributed by Skacel.  It is a single-ply superwash wool/nylon blend with very long color repeats.  I am leery of the single ply (for sock durability) but so completely taken with the luminescent quality of the color that I figure it’s worth trying out, once.  I associate this luminescent quality with yarns that contain mohair, like Lamb’s Pride, but the ball band does not indicate any mohair content.  I don’t know enough about dyes to begin to guess at what else it could be.  Another charming quality is that if you look very closely at the individual colors, you can see that they are subtly heathered.

Maybe I should get another skein of this to make myself a Purl Beret. 🙂