Well, here we are in June- the sixth month, aka the point at which if I haven't gotten myself in gear for my New Year's resolutions they maybe ain't gonna happen.
Recap: one was learning to spin on my wheel, and the other was making a Haapsalu lace shawl out of laceweight cashmere.
The spinning's not going too horribly - more on that later - but I have officially given up on the shawl (for this year anyway.)
Instead, I am thinking about something else. Handknit socks, to be specific.
I love my socks, especially the Vesper ones since there are so many and I've been knitting them the longest. I found Vesper yarn in a feature on hand-dyed yarns in I think Interweave Knits - there was a one-page photograph of a lot of different yarns and I don't know, the Vesper just jumped out and said Knit Me! I went to the website and found a sock club was just starting so I joined. Even though I had never knit socks before. I'm so glad I did.
I am careful with my socks - Kathi told me not to walk on wood floors in them and I almost never do - so overall they've held up well. But I must say I find this to be a ridiculous degree of well:
These are the first socks I made - in a week it will be two years since I finished them - and I have worn and washed them probably 100 times since then. Not even a hint of a worn heel.
And as for colour:
Okay, the sock is a bit lighter than the original yarn, but barely.
Really the only harm done to any of my socks is a little chafing around the Velcro closures of my Mary Janes (something I will probably amend when they wear out, which is likely to happen before the socks do.)
So here is what I am scheming as a totally irresponsible replacement for the Haapsalu Shawl resolution: knitting up all the rest of my Vesper stash by the end of the year. Totally crazypants, but I promised myself I wouldn't rejoin the sock club till I caught up with the previous ones, and I really, really miss the sock club. Here is what is left:
Oh, plus the Spring-a-Ding-Ding:
Okay, that is a lot of socks to get done in six months, isn't it. But... not impossible. I mean, if I just knit socks, I could totally do a pair in a week, so... nope, not impossible. Especially if I give myself a break and keep the pink and green solids out of this endeavor... I kinda want to pair them in striped kneehighs, and I don't think I'm up to that yet. Maybe they can be next year's resolution.
Have a great weekend folks - hope to see you on Monday!