1000 yards of silk merino

OK, I am a bit behind in blogging. This summer and fall I spun a merino-silk blend I bought from R Rabbit’s Fiber Studio, I think in October 2011 at Bishop Hill.  The fiber was beautiful. I didn’t think to get a picture before I started splitting it and pre-drafting. Here is a small bit near the end, but it doesn’t demonstrate the original look as well as I would like.

unspun silk-merino

I spun it fairly fine, which means the colors really merge, and it became a complex grey. The colors in the fiber were more distinct, which was prettier to me. Ah well. My spinning is not as even as I would like, but isn’t too bad.

silk-merino skeins

I finished around Thanksgiving. The plying seemed to take forever, but that is probably because I had more yardage than I had expected. The end result was about 1000 yards of 2 ply (I say about because there are around 91 yards out of 1047 that broke several times so there are several knots in the section).

silk-merino skeins

I have no idea what I will do with it, other than store it my other yarn.


Reversible cable scarf

Back in 2009 I bought some fiber and spun it (70% wool, 20% silk and 10% mohair). It is a transitional roving and I spun it to knit as a singles yarn to keep the color transition. L had made a scarf (Onduleux cables) that she had seen in LYS2. Reversible cables were very much the thing at the time. I looked at her scarf and decided to make one like it, without an actual pattern. I got 2/3 or 3/4 done and then it was spring and I didn’t want to knit a winter scarf. I set it aside and finally dug it back out in January. With no pattern. And no notes with it.

Reversible cable scarf

Fortunately, my local group of knitters was able to help me sort it out. I finished the scarf soon after but didn’t wash it/block it (which was needed because of the singes yarn) because I started wearing it right away.

Wearing reversible cable scarf

Reversible cables are basically just regular cables made k1 p1 throughout, which looks like stockinette because the ribs pull together.  This also makes it thicker, which is nice for a scarf.

Reversible cable scarf

The beginning of the scarf may not have been the same, but this is the pattern for the end of the scarf. I used about 600 yards of sport or DK weight (my yarn varies and I’m guessing). Size 7 needles. Cast on 48.
Rows 1-7: K1 P1.
Row 8: 4 sets of 6 over 6 (which look like 3 over 3) left slanting cables.
Rows 9-15: K1 P1.
Row 16: (K1 P1) 3 times; 3 sets of 6 over 6 (which look like 3 over 3) right slanting cables; (K1 P1) 3 times.
Repeat rows 1-16 until desired length is reached. End with another rows 1-7 rows and bind off.
Finished size: about 4″ wide and 100″ long.

Reversible cable scarf

Reversible cable scarf close-up

New Yarn, Stainless Steel edition

Eleven months ago, my LYS had their anniversary party and I got a gift certificate for spending enough money soon enough. I then misplaced the gift certificate. I recently found it, which is fortunate for me because it would only be good for a year. Yesterday I took a walk to the store at lunch to use it.

Sometime in the last few months, they started carrying Habu yarns. I have only seen them once before and have been intrigued by the silk+stainless steel and merino+stainless steel yarns. I made JQ take a trip to a specific yarn shop in Atlanta when we were at ER&L in I 2008 just so I could see these yarns.  I bought a different Habu yarn in part because I had no idea what to do with stainless steel yarn.

Habu Textiles A-20 silk stainless steel in forest (color 17)

I still don’t know. But now own 2 cones of A-20 silk stainless steel in forest (color 17). Fortunately Ravelry now exists so I at least have some ideas. I of course may not have the right yarns for these – some require additional yarn and/or different colors, but I’ll deal with that in the future, when the stock has been replenished (it was a bit low right now).

So, which should I make? Kusha-kusha? Tin Roof? Hakusa? Decalage? Drop stitch scarf? Realistically, nothing will be cast on soon, so I can ponder for a while.