This year's TdF started with a bang and ended. . . kind of with a fizzle. For the first time in five years, I was a DNF--there were too many other things going on and working spinning into my schedule was stressing me out. And since this is supposed to be fun, I made the grown-up choice (note: not my normal mode; I am far more likely to stick to something if it kills me, just because I said I would) and let it go for this year. Instead, I got some sleep, worked on some deadline knitting projects, and petted the yarn that I had spun. In addition to the first week's spinning, I managed to ply the eight ounces of 1 ply BFL, 1 ply Falkland fingering/sport weight from Pine Star Studios:
I also got started on that yummy CVM/Romeldale fleece I got back from Morro Fleeceworks. Here's how it's spinning up:
I have plans a-foot for a 3-ply Aran weight to make a cable-y shawl collar cardigan, should I ever get the rest of it spun!
It was such a great weekend--loads of fun, lots of new friends, and a chance to take a step back from the rest of the crazy. When I came back, I was ready and raring to go, which is good, because I had two designs come out in the next two weeks!
The Kit Camisole came out with Quince & Co. first. This was a big leap of faith for me--it was the first time I'd done a garment with this much positive ease to it, and I was nervous as to how it would come out or what the reception would be. It's been so great seeing people's reactions to it!
Kit is worked in Quince's Sparrow, which, as we've discussed, is one of my favorite yarns. :) It takes texture SO well, and was a delight to work with once again. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here!
The second pattern that came out this month was the Tideline Cowl, which will be published as part of Cecily Glowik MacDonald's first self-published book, Landing: Winged Knits Vol. 1. Cecily is possibly the sweetest, nicest, most hard-working person I know, and it was a complete honor to get to be part of this latest endeavor.
(both pattern photos by Carrie Bostick Hoge; she's amazing!)
Tideline is knit in Quince & Co.'s Puffin, another one of my favorite yarns! I LOVE the stitch definition and texture in this; I had originally thought about knitting it in Finch, but fell in complete love with the idea of knitting it with a larger yarn for even more of a statement. You can find this on Ravelry here, where you can pre-order the book both in e-book and hard copy, and quick! Cecily's doing a giveaway about the book on her blog here!
So now that July's almost under my belt, what will August bring? Only one of my favorite weeks of the year! I'm leaving tomorrow for a week up at Medomak and the New England Fiber Arts Retreat. I'll be teaching classes on designing a top-down shawl, picots, pleats, and welts, and wet-felting a bowl or vase. I will also be swimming every day, spending as many hours as I can on the porch, and hanging out with some of my best friends. I. Can't. Wait.