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Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm

Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm. Last seen unwashed back in June. What a difference a wash and a whack makes.

Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm

One thing Ravelry is giving me an itching to do is knit up more of my handspun. I want to knit this:

Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm

into something yummy. I have 2 ideas:

  • Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style
  • the lacy Skater's Top that is designed to go over the Skater's Undertop I'm knitting now (though I don't want to wear them together)

Speaking of the Skater's Undertop, Ravelry also helped me find photos. Veronik Avery has some in her flickr set (Undertop and Lacy Top).

Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm

I have 520 yards in 3.7 oz. I made a reasonably-sized Flower Basket Shawl out of one skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk (440 yards in 3.5 oz), so I think the shawl would be fine yardage-wise. I'm not sure how the striping nature of handspun would work out, but it's a simple pattern.

The Skater's Top uses 2 skeins of Rowan Kid Silk Haze, which is 458 yards in 1.75 oz. I have more yardage, but I find it hard to believe that my little skein will be enough for a top, even a lacy one.

What do you think? Which would you start?

Spunky Eclectic merino/silk in Thunderstorm

Sunfires

Shortly before Rhinebeck, I took Laurie's "challenge" to heart and thought hard about what Rhinebeck knitting I might bring. I don't knit socks enough to stalk indie-dyer websites. What did I have that was unique? And then it hit me: handdyed handspun self-striping chain-plied yarn in fiery colors. What could be more fitting?

Navajo-plied Sunfires

Naturally, I was too preoccupied with Lily to knit a single stitch.

Navajo-plied Sunfires

The yarn stayed in my bag until 2 nights ago. And started to become socks:

Sunfires Fantastic - in progress

The pattern is Welt Fantastic from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. I'm not sure if the pattern interferes with seeing the color gradations from light to dark and back again. Here's the other side:

Sunfires Fantastic - in progress

What do you think? Patterned? Plain?