I did some pretty amazing (to me) spinning over the weekend. I've been
playing with color and different fibers, and finally figured out how to
ply chained singles. That new bit of skill hauled my end product a lot
closer to where I want it to be. I even took some good pictures of
one of the experiments I spun - but I forgot to email them to myself
and I don't have them to post. I'll leave it to tomorrow, when I can
show you what I did and talk about how I did it.
I also spent some time thinking about my knitting and what I wanted from it. I'm pleased that it is taking more to challenge me. I found that I was needing more resources to try and fill this gap. On a trip to a local bookseller I found a copy of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila McGregor. This is a book that I would have not even looked at two years ago, and now I'm excited to touch it. I want to play more with stranded knitting and couldn't wait to finish reading the book before I cast on for a little baby hat (for Dulaan) with a corrugated ribbing edge, and three small patterns in yellow, green, and white (on a dark blue background). I'll post pictures when I finish it - probably sometime this week. I may pack up all of my WIPs and put them in storage for a bit, and just let myself play with knitting.