Monthly Archives: August 2010

Today I…

– Finished building my charkha. Time to see if it works.

– Finished writing up the pattern for mittens to match the Cornwallis hat.

– Went to lunch with Durham Knits Jr.’s great-grandparents.

– Saved my blind and idiotic cat from strangling himself to death on a plastic bag.

(One of these things is not like the others….)

The Dilemma of Pulleys

I feel like an idiot, walking into hardware store after hardware store and asking for a simple pulley wheel, only to discover the pulleys are a) too small and b) fused so as to make it impossible to remove wheel from casing. I need pulley wheels to build a homemade chakrha – an Indian spinning wheel run by hand and favored by Gandhi. There are various online plans for building such a wheel, and mine come from a 1996 Spin Off magazine article, which is now available for free online.

I’ll try to take pictures as I go, to document the progress of my little wheel!

WIP: Handspun Citron

Right now I’m near to casting off a handspun Citron shawl from the online knitting magazine, Knitty. Citron is one of those viral knits – it seems like everyone is knitting it. At first, I wasn’t too fond of the little shawl. It seemed too frilly for me. But then… I made the right yarn.

This.

African Sunset

The African Sunset colorway of Three Waters Farm BFL fiber, purchased from the yarn store where I work. I spun singles to keep the integrity of the colors and boy am I happy I did.

Because that is becoming this:

Citron with Handspun

Yum.