Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great idea!

I'm a fairly novice spinner and therefore have not plied a lot of yarn. For those of you who don't spin, the first stage of spinning fiber produces what's called a single. Twisting two singles together, or plying, makes 2-ply yarn, three singles makes 3-ply, etc. Making 3-ply requires 4 bobbins: 3 for the singles and one for the take-up. I have exactly 4 bobbins for my wheel but one is usually full of practice spinning or another project. Bobbins for my wheel cost $30 each so it doesn't make economic sense to have a large supply of bobbins around. And besides, it'd be too tempting to abandon a spinning project to start another one if I had a lot of extra bobbins. I'd never thought about winding the spun yarn onto something else until I came across this blog post:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Starting over

One thing I like about knitting is that it's "easy" to start over. I decided I didn't like the way the scarf was looking, and I've learned the hard way that it's probably not best to continue when you're not feeling it. So I don't know what the yarn will be but it's not going to be an this particular infinity scarf.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A little satellite knitting

A little satellite knitting

Sorry for the slightly blurry camera-phone picture.

No, I'm not knitting a satellite. I'm knitting during breaks between satellite contacts. I'm helping to operate 6 new Globalstar satellites that were launched earlier today and sometimes there's some downtime. Click here to see the launch (link might only be good for a few days).

This is going to be an infinity scarf. I'm knitting it in Wick soy/polypropylene from Knit One Crochet Two. The yarn feels more like cotton but it's softer.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Runway-inspired knitting

From the 2010 Fall RTW (yes, ready to wear) collections:

A bit of fair isle.

D&G - Fall 2010

And if that doesn't suit you, how about a large misshapen poncho that seems to have picked up a few things along the way...worn with antlers.

 Topshop Unique - 2010 Fall

Or just a bobbled and cabled sweater...and really BIG antlers.

Topshop Unique - 2010 Fall