Halloween Update: One down, two to go.

Halloween! It is also the last day of the month and I’ve been busy. Pumpkins, decorating, candy all ready to do for the trick-or-treaters, and projects. One project is done and two more are getting started. (What did you expect? It is always best to have many more WIPs than FOs…). Here’s everything in pictures.

Socks
The September socks are done!! OK, they are only a month late. Don’t they look great? Here are the project notes on Ravelry if you want the details. 
Start of sock.
Introducing the October 2015 socks. Say hello to the Om Shanti Bed Socks by Alice Yu. I found the pattern in my copy of the book Socktopus (by Alice Yu). As you can see they are knit from the toe up. I’m using some Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 yarn that I found in the stash (no idea what the colorway was called…) and here are the starts of the notes on Ravelry.
Date on spinning wheel
Finally, today is my spinning wheel’s birthday. That’s right! He was born on October 31, 1996, the 10th wheel born on that day. He is a Schacht Matchless double-treadle wheel and he is just in the prime of his life. 
d of b
and here is his birthday present: a giant batt that I bought last spring at the Interweave Yarn Fest. Don’t those colors look perfect for a Halloween baby?
Batt
Here is the batt unrolled. This thing is huge: 8 ounces of wool. I cannot wait to get spinning on it. I have agonized about how to approach the project and have finally decided to pull off strips of fiber the length of the batt to spin semi-worsted (long draw) and will then Navajo ply to create a round three ply yarn that maintains the color changes. I’m hoping for a light worsted weight (DK) type yarn. I want to either make a Brickless shawl or will weave a small wall hanging from it. The wheel is pretty excited about this project. Well, he should be; it’s his birthday! 🙂

That’s it. Hope you all have a great weekend. This is the end of daylight savings time here so  get an extra hour to sleep and knit. Woohoo!!

 

 

 

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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

15 thoughts on “Halloween Update: One down, two to go.”

      1. It’s like riding a bike. It’s a little hard at first until you catch on. There are only two basic stitches, so the learning curve isn’t bad. Many local knitting shops offer classes and support. 🙂

      2. You know, I never appreciated it, but you are right. I grew up sewing, knitting, canning and learned how to bake bread. We made almost everything we needed and checked books out of the library. Now that I’m retired I’m back to that lifestyle. 🙂

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