It’s just the beginning stages but so far this merino tencel is plying up just nicely. I know I don’t have enough on each bobbin to make it all 3ply, but a good chunk should be, then I’ll 2ply the rest. It’s not my most even spin due to circumstance (we moved and I took a month long break) but I’m still glad I finished spinning it.
I’m only getting a bit of time each day but the progress is happening. I’m just past the mid way mark on both heels. Once they’re as long as they are wide they’ll be completed and I’ll be ready to knit back into the round again and continue on the foot!
While I don’t have a whole lot of spare time, I am spending what I do have doing things I love most in order to maximize that free time. That means today I spent a portion setting up the start of my circular sock knitting machine (handle attached to the base, 72 needles inserted and individually tested) and then I spent the rest of it spinning up the last of my merino / tencel blend from Three Waters Farm.
Tomorrow I should be able to ply my three bobbins together and fingers crossed that I’ll end up with a really lovely yarn to knit into something exquisite. We’ll just have to see!
In the meantime I am also continuing on my socks, I’ve been a bit neglectful of them so I’m still working on the heel flap, but I’ll get there. I hope everyone is staying safe.
I’m thinking I need to try to crochet a few of these guys with some scraps! The pattern is currently free and found here. Enjoy!
Don’t forget, Blapril is going on, you can see my other posts under the same tag to see what it’s all about – so far I’m feeling alright and doing my part posting every day, but we’ll see how long I can keep it up for.
Above – my socks! Heel flaps are coming along. I’m alternating between pairs so I can keep tension some what the same, and so that they count as ‘two at a time’ (to stave off second sock syndrome where I get very bored and don’t ever knit the second sock). They’ll be little ankle socks, and I’m excited to continue back in the round once these flaps are done.
I’ve started working on the heel flap along 1/2 the sock. This will go on until the heel makes a square (as long as it is wide) and then I’ll start shaping the heel.
While technically I am knitting them two at a time, I’m using two 9″ circulars, my needles of choice. I’m making the pattern up as I go along, but I think they’ll be fraternal pairs, and short ankle type socks. We’ll just have to see!
Here’s hoping I finish them this #Blapril2020 but if not that’s OK too. I’ve been trying to get a bit of creative stuff done each day to ease some stress, but sometimes it’s just not possible.
The above machine is from 1893, created by a company called Creelman Bros which was based here in Canada, in Georgetown Ontario. The design is quite simple, you crank a handle, needles move, yarn moves, and it stitches for you. There’s an attachment that fits in the top so you can do ribbing, too. They’re solid machines, weighing about 28lbs – and I recently purchased one off of EBay.
Because these textile machines absolutely fascinate me – and they’re no longer in production except for one company that creates reproductions for upwards of $1200 USD. It honestly blows my mind that something I am so incredibly passionate about hasn’t actually evolved or changed over time, it is that niche.
It hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m excited to try it out and see how well it knits. The test samples shown seemed to work well, but sometimes you just don’t know when it comes to EBay. I certainly didn’t pay as much as the reproductions go for, but it wasn’t a light sum, either. Hopefully I’ll have an update on the purchase in a week or two.
Well, almost. I’m still adding a border to it right now (I’m doing two rows of grey then a row of black then I’ll assess if I want more) but it’s looking really nice and hopefully my daughter gets lots of use out of it. It was simple, a lot faster than knitting a blanket (bit over a month, at my pace that’s pretty good) and a pretty good size, too. I’ll most certainly try more C2C blankets in the future.
I’ve been trying to make an effort this year to use up some handspun yarn, but honestly since I’m so new at spinning not all of it suits the projects I like to knit. I did make a scarf that I love, but there’s still lots of yarn to turn into something pretty.