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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer, Spinning and a Hint

Yesterday was the last day of school around here so Caleb is now a free range second grader! I can't believe the school year is over, but we're so proud of him and how much he learned and did this past year in first grade!

I've been doing a bit of spinning in the evenings and this is what I've started. It's the May Spunky Eclectic Club offering: Rosebud. It's Corriedale wool and since I get the double helping of fiber, I have 8 ounces of it. I split each ball of roving into thirds, lengthwise and kept the colors going the same way as I rewound the fiber for spinning into 3 separate balls. This way, as I spin the 3 bobbins for the 3-ply yarn, my colors will essentially go in the same order and over all the yarn will knit up in stripes. This is not a scientific way of dividing fiber - the eyeballing of thirds of roving is in no way precise - but I've found in the past that it does work out pretty well in the finished yarn. I love the colors and the way they play off of each other. There are more pink tones in the singles than this bobbin is showing.

I wanted to give you all a bit of a hint about the Stealth Project I was working on in May, since you were all so patient with me. I was designing and knitting a design submission for consideration for an upcoming sock book from Lark Books. The book is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2009. I found out at the end of last week that my design was one of their selections for the book! I'm very excited about this but this means two things as far as the blog goes: I have to finish up the knitting and write up the directions in a more official way than it is now and get all of this to the publisher in less than a month AND pretty much what I just told you about being accepted for an upcoming sock book is about all I can tell you at this point - no pictures or any other details. I hope to continue with regular blogging during the time I'm getting thing ready with this sock design, but I might not have blog fodder every day. Fortunately, Ramius has offered to blog for me at least one day so I can work on this, and I think if I stay on the schedule I've made myself it won't be a problem.

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Anonymous sharon t said...

Congratulations on your sock pattern being published in the book. Maybe Finn can guest blog for you again.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosebud looks terrific on the bobbin so far. And CONGRATS on the sock pattern being included in the upcoming book. That's fantastic. :)

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love how the fiber has been spun - lovely colorway too. Congrats on the sock acceptance, I'll have to make a make a note about a sock book coming in '09! And big, big congrats for your son, school can be hard and he did it!! Terry

12:36 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Congratulations on the successful submission! I keep telling people how good your socks are to knit - and I'll look forward to Raimus' blogday.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Rudee said...

Congrats on the pattern being published. If it's anything like Terra Incognito which is on my needles right now, it'll be beautiful. Next, I hope it's a whole book of YOUR patterns. I'd buy it!

4:24 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Can't wait until the book comes out so we can see the pattern (and the socks). Congratulations!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Congratulations. It must be very exciting to see your pattern in print. Good luck on the writing!

7:59 PM  

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