What’s new? A widdle girlie hat!
I used a bulky, very soft, handpainted wool I acquired from eBay a year or so ago. Knitted on size 10 needles in a 3×3 rib, it went really quickly!
I cast on this morning, before leaving for work and knitted an inch. I knitted on the train going in, and I finished it during lunch. And since I went to Knit Happens after work, I was able to drop it off.
So . . . what to start next as a commuter project?
I brought this to work with me today.
It’s my bag o’ handspun, waiting to be turned into a shawl. And although I haven’t finished spinning all the yarn yet, I started the shawl on the train coming home. I couldn’t wait any longer — I was chomping at the bit to knit from my own handspun. All I’ve knitted so far are a couple of tiny things.
A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
A Big Shout Out . . .
To the commenters who suggested I google for the term “weaver’s knot” — that did the trick! Here is a good explanation of a weaver’s knot.
You Gotta Da Question? I Gotta Da Answer!
What made you decide on the Kromski Minstrel? I began spinning with a spindle the same time you did and hubby is looking for a wheel to get me for Christmas. We’ve been leaning towards the Kromski Symphony, so I’m curious how you decided.
First off, I wanted a double treadle, double drive wheel. And I wanted one that looked traditional, and I love the look of the Kromski wheels. I wanted a castle wheel because I like its compact nature — doesn’t take up too much space in my living room.
I did a little research and found that the Kromski wheels are well thought of, so that settled it!
But I . . . um . . . am considering buying a Lendrum folding wheel for my second wheel.
When you mentioned that you had only used your new wheel on double drive, I just had a thought about the poly drive band you ordered. I seem to remember
reading that the poly bands do not work well for double drive. If you are planning to use it with the scotch tension, that would be fine. I have
three wheels, all have scotch tension; one with double drive. Though I have not tried the poly drive band with the double drive, I just thought I’d mention this in case it might save you some frustration.
Thanks Pat! Here’s the description I found when I ordered my Kromski poly band:
Note about stretch drive bands – with double drive wheels the drive band does two important things: it drives the flyer and it must slip properly on the bobbin pulley to permit take-up of yarn on the bobbin. We have found that the stretch drive band material we offer allows these two things to happen (with some types of stretch bands this does not happen). You may also use this drive band as a single loop only for spinning with scotch tension.
Sounds like it ought to work. And if not, well, my piece of string is working just fine!
Thank-you for all the kind comments about Ingrid. And in answer to several questions, I’m not sure when the pattern will be available. I’ve got a lotta stuff on my plate and some things are taking a higher priority by necessity.
For all your contributions to the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project. We’re over our halfway point now!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go spin.