The new toy is a spinning wheel.
I can hardly believe that this impressive hunk of machinery belongs to me. I barely know how to use it, but come nightfall I’ll be practicing. Jerry would pedal it like a bicycle and Maggie would get her fingers stuck somewhere if I leave it around the house during the day. So for now it is exclusively nighttime entertainment. The first night was definitely less entertainment and more utter frustration. But among all the frustration I had moments of actual yarn being produced and that was delightful.
Spinning practice can only begin, though, once the Garter Stitch Obsession of My Life has faded. I’m almost at the exact mid-point of a blanket for Gerald.
The pattern is the Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket from The Opinionated Knitter by EZ. I’m using mostly worsted yarn, mostly wool, always held double. I’m knitting it on size 15 needles. The resulting fabric is very stretchy and squishy.
There are three good things about this project. First, I’m using odd balls of yarn left over from other stuff. I’m a little sad to use the yarn that has been sitting around for so long, but I’m glad to free up the space. Second, my husband has only ever asked for one knitted thing from me (if you don’t count the time he asked for a Michael Strahan jersey) and I’m finally getting to it. Third, this garter stitch business is super fast. Super fast. And soothing.
I started this project by separating my scraps into two piles. The colors you see above were in one pile. Here’s the other pile.
The one big rule that I made at the beginning of the project was that I wouldn’t worry about the placement of colors. If I had tried to plan out the sequence I would have gone nutty. So I started with a color that Jerry chose and knit with it until that color ran out. Then, if Jerry was awake he could choose the next color. If not, I would reach into the bag and use whatever I pulled out.
Some colors have been repeated for one reason or another. If I came upon a knot or something in the yarn, I cut it and continued with another color. Also, I used some Noro and if the colors were shifting away from the “pinks” I stopped knitting with that section of it. The other time I stopped with a color before the ball ran out was when I got to the corners. It looks better, I think, if the corners are set off by different colors. Nonetheless, I still used the random grab method to choose the next color.
I can’t decide if my rules have resulted in a butt ugly blanket, or a modern quilt-like work of art.