Growing pains

img_9477Every once in a while I get the itch to try to get out of my comfort zone. I think about how I would like to grow  as a fiber nerd and see if I can mix things up a bit. I can’t admit it is a fun thing to do, but it does reduce the possibility of getting bored. The class I took with Judith earlier this month has made me think I should try some different techniques and skills. It pushed my out of my comfort zone ( I am mostly self taught other than a Craftsy class) and I have been thinking on the knitting front it wold be good to add something to the tool kit as well.

So far this is what I had come up with 1) Spin up enough threads to make a 4 ply yarn….. I seem to live in the 2 ply and the Navajo ply zone. I currently have 3 of the 4 spun up.  I have a tensioned lazy kate, but I think the plying should be a bit interesting since it is double the amount of fiber I usually work with to ply a yarn 2) I don’t even want to talk about it, but I suppose I need to revise the disaster of trying to spin super wash merino and give it another go. There is a whole bunch of super wash merino fluff in my bins that will eventually need to be spun up 3) Try my hand at designing a knitting pattern. I sketched a motif about a year and a half ago and haven’t done anything with it.  This week I  grabbed my colored pencils and put them to a notebook. Don;t know when I will get the chance to swatch it, but I suppose it is a start.

At the moment though I am not firmly entrenched on mitten island, or as a knitter who doesn’t knot socks.. the accessories version of sleeve island (Hoping I can get off the island soon:).



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