Only happy news allowed this week.
Happy thing 1: The humidifier works great. In a week it's brought our basement humidity down from the upper 60's to a comfortable 50. I spent a couple of hours sweeping, reorganizing, designating for trash and recycling. We still have a ways to go, but it's a good start.
Happy thing 2: I plied 4.2 oz of the rambouillet/silk last night, it came out to 520 yards. 520 yards!
That's a lot of freaking yardage!
The singles sat on the bobbin for a while and I haven't set it yet so it's still kinky.
With 5.4 oz left to ply, that's more than enough for a nice shawl. It'll be my first handspun shawl. Any suggestions?
Happy thing 3: I joined the Northeast Handspinners Assocation and am signing up to attend The Gathering this fall. I doubt I'll get any of my first choice workshops, but it'll be fun to go. I hope they're not full!
Happy thing 4: I nearly forgot - I'm signed up for a dye workshop this weekend! Wheeee! It's taught by Linda Whiting, the same person that did the dye workshop for Erin, Cheryl and co. I'm looking forward to it.
Okay. Let me show you the shawl and get that out of the way. Tomorrow I want to start showing you the silk samples I've been playing with. Fun fun.
Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn Clark, Interweave Knits Fall 2004
Yarn: Hand Maiden's Sea Silk in Rose Garden
Notes: I loooooove love love this yarn. Love it. Love. It. It's soft, has incredible drape, that awesome silk sheen, the colors are gorgeous, it photographs like a mo-fo in the sunlight, man, what more can you want? The pattern shows nicely, it feels good wearing it, it was nice to knit with. Do you really want me to go on? Lovely lovely stuff. AND, I'm so glad I got it at half off. Just one more thing to love about it. ;)
I was worried that I'd run out of yarn. I did run out. Rather than frog back and lose a whole bunch of yards, I decided to throw the dice and try to maximize the shawl size and yarn use. I ended up casting off in pattern on row 9 of the edging. I could have used about 20-30" more yarn to get a looser cast off, but I'm happy with the end result:
It blocked bigger than I expected. After completing only 6 of the 7 main pattern repeats I thought I'd have a smaller shawlette, but the finished wingspan is ~54" and it's ~27" high, same as the pattern specs. Good stuff. On my 5'2" frame, it's a perfect fit. If you want a larger shawl, you'll definitely need a second skein.
Obligatory window shot: