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I live in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.  I have a husband who is a masters rower and a daughter obsessed with all things Japanese.  I'm a knitter and a spinner!  When I spin too much yarn I list it on my Etsy shop www.saratogaspinning.etsy.com.
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Finally - The Rhinebeck Haul

Finally, a Finished Object to show! These are fingerless gloves I whipped up on my bus trips. I used the last of this handspun (last used on a pair of socks). I had fun with these. I didn't use a pattern at all! I just cast on and decided on the motif as I went. Cables have been on my mind lately, so I thought I'd incorporate some. I think they came out great and boy are they warm!

This is some wonderful yarn all the way from Sweden! Maria, our former au pair, sent this along this week. Remember I knit that scrumptiously soft baby blanket for her Oskar?? She also sent along a necklace and earrings for Sophia. Thanks so much Maria! As you can see, I'm taking your advice and knitting myself a little feather and fan scarf!

Here's a picture of the alpaca roving I've been spinning. This has seemed to take forever . . . I finally finished the second bobbin this week and plied and washed the yarn. I have the second half of the total to still spin, but I think I'll take a break. I found it hard to keep on going without the interesting color changes I've become used to with the Spunky Eclectic monthly fiber.

Speaking of Spunky Eclectic - here is a beautiful merino/tencel blend that's now on my wheel. It is spinning up like a dream. So soft. This is definitely going to become a drapey scarf.

Now onto the Rhinebeck haul. Here is a "bump" of wonderful white wool. I don't know what this will become, but I couldn't resist.



This is a blend of wool and angora. It is incredibly soft. I just want to sit and hold it! I was thinking socks, but maybe I'll make some sort of scarf instead so I can wear it close to my face!

And this is a beautiful wool/silk blend. The color is extraordinary. It is a mix of deep plum and brown. And again - so soft! This is going to become a delicate shawl.

I came down with a cold this week and had to miss this month's meeting of the Knitting Guild. But I'm improving today! I even got the Rowing Cat out to rake leaves with me this afternoon!

4 comments:

Queen of the froggers said...

Th egloves are great. Lots of nice fibre there too!

Holly Jo said...

The fingerless gloves are fantastic. :) Can't believe you just did it as you went along.

Mostly, I am SO impressed with your spinning! How is the alpaca? Easy to draft? Too slippery? I am DYING to get out my wheel - when my class ends. Knitting is going to take a backseat for a while. :)

Jknits said...

I love the mitts! It sounds like you are going to have quite a wardrobe of scarves! Maybe it's the cold coming on, but I have a strong desire to knit them too.

Kylie said...

I love your gloves, I too am impressed that you made it up as you went along.

Great scarf pattern.