Sunday, January 14

UFOing along...


I finally finished plying the CVM and silk that I showed on my Joy the other day.

I ended up almost filling up one of my Schippertj bobbins - for a grand total of 10ozs (really this time!) and 1050 yards of three ply goodness. This is definitely the closest I've gotten to filling up one of these monstrous sized bobbins. I sure do love having this wheel!

It's hanging up to dry even as I type this. I have taken to calling it ethereal - I love the light spots of the undyed cvm in the whole thing. It was a pleasure to spin!

I'm in a space right now where I just haven't been knitting much over the last couple of weeks. Don't know why really.... Projects ongoing that just aren't exciting me too much right now I guess. The BBE wants a Jayne hat, but in green. Plans are ongoing for that.

I really really want to get a dent made in that damn WIP list over on the right on my sidebar... I took pictures of the Sleeves in your Pi shawl that I started way way back when I still lived in England. I worked on that for about 2 months straight - I mean, everyday - I wasn't working at the time, and had a lot of time back then. I only used natural coloured fibers - there's a lot of Blue Faced Leicester, some mohair, a lot of angora grey and white, silk, camel down, some shetland, and some Falkland Islands wool. All early spindle spun, and boy it sure did take some time.

I would spindle two spindlefulls (on my lollipop - toy wheel - spindle no less) and then ply, and set twist and then knit. This was from an old Knitters magazine pattern based on EZ's Pi shawl - there's a lot of pinwheel sweaters out there now that is basically the same idea - you knit a circular shawl leaving an opening for sleeves, and then knit the sleeves. Well I definitely got that far. But I wasn't happy with how the sleeves had decidedly different stripey bits going down them, I lost track of the lace pattern on one of the sleeves, can't find the book that I got the lace pattern from to begin with, and just basically lost interest in it.

Over the last couple of months I've gone ahead and ripped out most of what I had done with the sleeves, thinking to start them again - but now I'm wondering if I should just forego the whole Sleeves in Your Pi idea, kitchener the sleeve holes together and call it done. What would you do?

I don't really see myself wearing it as a circular shawl - but I don't have any circular shawls to say that I don't like to wear them.... I do see myself wearing it as a SIYP though, but I'm not so sure what I'll do, I'd probably need to spin up more yarn to go with it that's for sure. Any ideas or helpful hints are always appreciated!

4 comments:

Reggie said...

Personally, I would kitchner the armholes and use it as a round shawl. Of course, I'm the type that will grab a shawl to wrap in when reading ect. Such a beautiful, timeless pattern too...I could even see myself wrapped in that one years from now...sitting in the nursing home wrapped up drinking my tea...
If you are not really a shawl kinda person then go for the sleeves. As skilled as you are, you don't need the pattern, just design new sleeves! It will be beautiful on you either way. Good luck with the UFO's. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing your amazing knitting and spinning come to life.

mary said...

Your circular pie shawl is beautiful. I like the colors a lot. Not any help on sleeves though.

Carol said...

I would say that if you are not feeling the love for the sleeves, don't do it. But you don't have to kitchener them shut. You could put some kind of edging and leave the holes for your arms to come out. Kinda cloak-style.....

Anonymous said...

Argh, have tried to leave long comments twice, but blogger, it doesn't like me!

Short version: No sleeves. Sleeves = bad. Shawl = pretty.