Two spins and a knit - what does that mean? Well, those are the three fiber projects that I've completed in December so far.
For the past few weeks I've been concentrating on finishing up a few works-in-progress before the end of the year. The yarn below is a 2 ply blend of merino wool and tencel. It had been in my spinning project basket for over a year. Mostly I carried the fiber and a spindle around with me and spun it on the go. It's been lovely to spin but I decided "Enough is enough." It was time to wrap up this project. So it's plied, tied, and washed. Very soft with some sheen from the tencel. I think I'll probably weave with it.
Next came 8 oz. of lustrous tussah silk. Tussah silk is derived from wild silkworms and is usually a soft honey or tan color. (White silk comes from the bombyx silkworms who are raised in captivity.) Again this was a delightful fiber to spin but I only worked on it now and then. Happy to say, it also is all spun up! Two skeins of soft, luxurious goodness. I can see it as warp for an elegant woven scarf, using a bombyx silk yarn as weft.
Finally, one knitting project came off the needles over the weekend. These mittens are worked in Knit Picks Telemark yarn on US 3 double point needles. I've had the yarn for several years and wanted to move it out of the stash bin. The color and feel said "Aran" to me, so I selected a few cable patterns from The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting, and tried my hand at designing a mitten. It was definitely a learning experience. With several balls of Telemark still in my stash and a few ideas for fine-tuning my pattern, I know there is another pair in my future. These mittens will be donated to Access Arts for fundraising.
So there are my two spins and a knit, all finished up before December 31st. I have one other spinning project in progress that I'd like to complete before then - one pound of some creamy Blue Faced Leicester combed top. It spins so effortlessly - a fine soft single. I'm over halfway through it. In fact, I think it's time for me to head on over to the wheel and get busy.
Anyone else trying to finish a few things before 2011 rolls in? Have fun with your fiber projects and enjoy the holidays!