Yay, I’ve finally finished this thing and now I can put away my loom and ignore it for a while. I was going for a long wrap thing (I used the island in my kitchen, length-wise, to warp, so the warp was probably eight feet long) but nope. I used Kauni 8/2 for both warp and weft (so it’s too itchy for anyone to actually wear) and a 10 dent reed. The warp is the rainbow colorway and for the weft I used the black to white one. My selvages look terrible, too. I think this is because I had no idea how wide this would end up (I wanted to get an entire rainbow in there) so I started warping at the very edge of the reed instead of somewhere in the middle of it. Not a great idea. Still, as a proof of concept I’m pretty pleased with this.
Because nothing’s finished. I have two projects that are sort of close, and two that are nowhere near it.
First the almost-there:
This is aplengluhen, knit in Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran, colorway Slate Gray. It’s a nice tweedy true aran. This was the pattern I originally tried in Quince and Co Osprey that was just too dense. I’ve actually finished both sleeve caps and gotten both sleeves on two circulars to work them two at a time, I just remembered to take a photo first 🙂
Next up is a pair of plain vanilla socks as usual:
I have to admit I’m a little disappointed with these. This yarn is Gritty Knits Nom Stripe in “Monsters”. These are my favoritest two colors on earth, but instead of being dyed in nice neat stripes it’s just dyed so that it happens to mostly stripe. I didn’t bother to use the other end of the ball for the heels (FLK again).
And now for the nowhere near close:
It’s another pair of toe up Monkeys! (pattern: Los Monos Locos) This yarn is by Black Bunny Fibers. It’s the Stripey Sock base in Jester. It’s a gradient but I didn’t bother to dig the cakes out of the project bag. Ravelry classifies this yarn as “Light Fingering”, so I’m going to move up to a US3 needle for the legs – sometimes my socks in this pattern can be a little tight. I usually use a US2 needle for socks – I’m a tight knitter. Fun fact: When I first learned to knit socks I got about 12st per inch on US2 needles. I had to figure out a totally different way to tension my yarn in my hands to get it down to about 9-ish.
Last but not least is this:
I’m using two colors of Kauni Effektgarn for this – the rainbow (EQ) as the warp, and white to black (EC) as the weft. Spoiler: I don’t really like weaving and I don’t really think it’s right for me.
I do already have my next two pairs of socks lined up (one’ll be vanilla, and one will be Leyburn in sport weight yarn as I’ll already have the US3s out) and my next sweater (which will be a completely obnoxious cardigan). And DFW Fiber Fest is in a few weeks, so I need to think about yet another vanilla pair of socks to have on the needles by then – both classes I’m taking this year are lecture-style (Knit Smart with the Yarn Harlot – the third year I’ve taken at least one of her classes, and Yarn 101 with Clara Parkes) and I expect most people will also be knitting during class.