That’s the name of this roving’s colorway.
This is superwash merino and I purchased it from Crown Mountain Farms. I am planning on spinning my own sock yarn. Yes, I’m nuts.
This roving is fabulous! It drafts like a dream and spinning it is even dreamier. It makes me think I actually can spin my own sock yarn. I guess the colorway name is appropriate, because when I am spinning this, I do believe in magic.
I’ve got a long way to go, though. I’m spinning slowly in an attempt to make it as fine and uniform as possible. I’m extremely anxious to see how this is going to look plied, but I don’t want to screw anything up by speeding through it, either.
In the meantime, I’m knitting a sock from Crown Mountain Farms’ Sock Hop handspun sock yarn — spun by someone other than me, obviously.
The colorway is “Wild Thing.” It’s lovely and soft. Because it is handspun and fairly dense, I’m knitting it at a looser gauge than usual sock weight yarn. I’m using a 2.5mm needle and getting 6 stitches/inch. It’s wonderful and soft and sproingy and a pleasure to knit. I can only hope my own handspun sock yarn will be half as nice.
By the way, I completely blame Theresa for my desire to spin my own sock yarn. She spun up some beautiful Crown Mountain Farms roving in the “Hang On Sloopy” colorway into sock yarn and put the idea in my head.
Speaking of Theresa, she has released a new sock pattern — “Whiskers and Paw Prints Socks.” She will be donating part of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago in honor of her aunt who devoted much time to animal rescue. I have my copy of this pattern and while I haven’t started it yet, I can tell you it is a beautifully written, clear, detailed pattern. I’ll be starting my Whiskers and Paw Prints socks later this week when I finish the West End Raglan.
Speaking of the West End Raglan
A number of you asked how I like the Chester Farms cotton/wool/silk blend yarn. It is extremely nice to work with. I actively dislike knitting with cotton, but this yarn is quite a pleasure to knit. And at 290 yards per skein, it’s a pretty good value!
We’ve gone over $15,000 in donations to the Heifer Project! Yahoooo! I’m hoping we can reach $20,000 by January 2, 2007.
Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be turning to the random number generator to select the winners for this week’s prizes, and there are really some goodies to be had. If you’ve been thinking about donating, you’ve got plenty of time to make a donation before the drawing, which will be held Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00pm Eastern Time. If you’ve already donated, there’s no reason why you can’t make another donation. Just sayin’.
Thank you so much for making this such a successful project so far!
Enough with all the talk. Where’s the leftover turkey?