Like many spinners addicted to color, I tend to purchase my fiber fix in 4oz. braids. That means that my fiber tub is stuffed to the brim with gorgeous shades… but I don’t have enough of any single colorway to do much with it.
Enter my next major undertaking: the 4 ounces sweater.
Now, of course the sweater will take more than 4oz of fiber. However, I’m planning to use only 4
oz. lots of various colorways, matching as best I can and barberpoling some to create transition areas and give unity to the sweater.
Here’s the first lot: Three Waters Farm January Top of the Month Club, “Frosted Daybreak,” matched with Malabrigo Nube in “Lavanda.” There’s a total of 486 yds over these 8oz., giving me a solid DK weight.
Next up, I’ll be moving from deep purples into reds and oranges and browns, care of Three Waters Farm December Top of the Month, and either another braid of Malabrigo Nube (in Glitter, a brown and orange combo) or a braid of a pumpkin orange I picked up at Maryland Sheep and Wool 5 years ago.
I’m planning to spin up a total of 20oz or so, to make sure I have enough for sleeves. To the wheel!
The bees, the bees, the bees are here!
We’re officially keeping bees in my neck of the woods, now. Two hives installed, and the Other Half is trying to entice a wild swarm to populate our third brood box.
I’ve learned so much already, and I’m sure plenty more is to come in this adventure!
I even get a fancy hat to wear. Every new venture should come with a hat, right?
The queens are both released into their hives (purple hive is quieter than green hive; we call it “angry hive”) and the workers are forming comb. Hopefully soon we’ll see if the queens have been laying! Fingers crossed…
Or is it?
The boys are upstairs, and it’s quiet. Do I go check, and no doubt discover a horror of Lego proportions? Or do I sit, nurse the baby, and just pretend it’s not happening?
The mess will keep. Deep breaths.
Who wins? Me or the quickly decreasing bit of yarn?
Two rows to go. Two rows, and a bind off, and this tiny, tiny bit of yarn.
Did I figure it wrong? Will it hold out? Does my stash hold something to tide me over, should the ball betray me? Or must I rip 40 rows of knitting to make sure I have enough?
Knit, knit, knit, yarn over. Why must you take so much extra yarn?
Cast off. Enough, by the skin of my teeth.