C is for Coffee

Ramblings about knitting, spinning, and sewing

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Spring Has Sprung!!!

After a long winter tulips (and daffodils) have to be one of the most wonderful sights to see. I know that Spring is finally here- the days are getting longer and a bit warmer. Hurray!! I have a hard time with winter due to the fact that I really love (and am quite used to) warm weather. (Honestly, I rather be hot than cold.-- Hey I am from Hawaii, remember?)

I have been MIA due to my parents coming up to visit and of course work and school. I have been working a couple of knitting projects though. I finished the Baby Bolero from One Skein and a matching hat to go with it. I have also been working on my Picvoli Tee- I have only about 2 more inches to go. I must say it is going quite well-- when I tried it on, it fit like a dream.

I also recieved the 2/4 Highland Wool from WEBS. I haven't decided whether I like it or not. I love the color, is a crisp Raspberry color. However, it is not a soft as I thought it was going to be. There must be some mohair in it due to the way it bloomed after I skeined and washed the yarn. Washing -- that was a real experience! I must have washed it with Euclean 4 times...it still had a oily feel (honestly, not that bad) and smell (bad!). I finally decided to try some Ivory flakes that I keep around for "good" handwashing. I really helped to get the oily smell out of the yarn. It also made the yarn run quite a bit. My original plan for the yarn was to make the sunrise circle jacket...I swatched for it and got gauge spot on (that never happens). Even with my reservations, I think I will still use it for the sunrise circle jacket. After all, frogging, is the worst thing that would happen...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

It's about time

It seems that I have fallen off the face of the earth for the past couple of days. I have gotten caught up the activity called "work". Work at times is the bane of the knitter/spinster/seamstress's existence. It keeps him/her from performing the actions he/she loves. Alright, enough philosophy.

Yesterday my 2/4 Highland Wool from WEBS arrived. I chose the color Raspberry Crush. It is luscious magenta with primary flecks of red and blue. Very nice. WEBS was not joking with the profound oily smell and feel. I skeined the 1 lb cone into about 10 skeins and promptly proceeded to wash all my skeins. I am hoping the oily smell and feel will disappate. I have a feeling that I will have to wash the skeins a couple times in order to completely get the smell out. Yeah, it's tons of work. However, if this works for my sunrise circle jacket, then it will be worth it since I only paid $13 for the wool.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.