Still Adjusting, Embrace the Yarn Wonk, What Took Me So Long?

It’s So Quiet!

If this were a movie, this would be when one character says to another, “I don’t like it.  It’s TOO quiet!” 😳 The Coleman household IS very quiet again, now that summer is winding down, fall activities are revving up with school starting and everyone who was out of pocket is back in.  I occasionally come across something of the grandgirls and I immediately time travel back a few weeks and relive the moment.  Bittersweet.  Thank goodness for the Little Rock grands – Mr. iknead and I can get our grandgirl jones fed easily and often. 😄 It’s hard to believe that grandgirls one, two and three started school this year – the Papoose is *Third Year, sister Sprout is in Reception and Babydiva started Kindergarten.  From all reports, the school year has gotten off go a great start for all.

*They go to a British school in Bangkok so the terminology is a little different – Susie is in the equivelent 2nd grade and Annabelle would be in Kindergarten here in the US.

First Day Photos

Still Adjusting, Embrace the Yarn Wonk, What Took Me So Long?

The Papoose

Still Adjusting, Embrace the Yarn Wonk, What Took Me So Long?

The Sprout

Still Adjusting, Embrace the Yarn Wonk, What Took Me So Long?

Babydiva

They really do grow up too fast!!!

On My Needles

 

Boneyard

Don’t Mess With Perfection

My first Stephen West!  I was looking to do a little stashbusting this weekend, and wanted a pattern that would show off the yarn a little and be an easy, not too complicated knit.  Boneyard fills the bill perfectly, don’t you think?

Embrace Originality

Now, about the yarn.  I’m using some of my own handspun that’s been hanging out in my stash for a good while, unused because I didn’t think it was “good enough”.  That is, overspun in some spots, underspun in some spots, with quite a bit of weight variation, from laceweight in spots to bulky in other spots.  There is a lot unevenness in the plying, overplied here, underplied there. You get it, don’t you?  I was passing it up because, well, it wasn’t perfect.  After pulling it out and pondering for a while, it came to me that far from being imperfect, its changes in texture and weight make it interesting, a yarn with a bit of unexpected personality.  If I were to slap a tag on this, it would note that this is one of a kind handspun and dyed fiber, perfect for a project that’s maybe on the more rustic or “edgy” end of the pattern spectrum and perfect for Boneyard.  It’s all in the spin, right?  👍 The fiber is from Three Waters Farm Top of the Month, a combination of Blueface Leicester and Rambouillet tops, colorways are Early Blooming for the BFL and Summers End for the Rambouillet.  I believe the turquoise purl ridges are from Knitpicks, Wool of the Andes and dyed with Dylon permanent fabric dye, Ocean.  I’m really pleased with how it’s knitting up so far.  The loose ends kind of make me crazy, besides weaving them in, does anyone have a better way?

Why did I wait so long before starting to explore Mr. West’s patterns?

Creativity can solve almost any problem.  The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything.  George Lois

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