Friday, January 6, 2012

Kniting and Spinning FOs

The dancing cranes stole is done. I am very pleased with it. It softened up a lot with a good wash in the machine. Linen is very stiff when it is new but with use and washing it gets softer and softer and softer. I didn't want to give this to someone when it was stiff and rough so I washed it and it softened up considerably. It is nice and drapey now.
Another close up of this beautiful but easy pattern. I love lace patterns like this. They are so intricate looking but really easy to knit.
Here is an overall photo of the stole.
I was planning another project and found that 2 skeins of Claudia's fingering weight yarn is only 350 yds. That makes a pretty skimpy shawl! But I lucked out and one of my handspun skeins goes very well with the Claudia's. What do you think? I will make a shawl combining these. They are different weights but hey, I am sure I can make it work.
I also finished plying some singles I had spun a while ago. I chain-plied it so the color gradient is maintained. I am quite pleased with the results. It is a little over-plied so I have to run it through the spinning wheel again to remove some of the plying twist. But that is a minor detail.

This is the skein. Not very bright colors but quite attractive.