I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.


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Tour de Fleece, day 11, and FO: The Math Hat

Posted at 13 Jul 2010 08:17:09 PM

Bob Sheppard, the only Voice of Yankees baseball I can remember, passed away on July 11th.

George Steinbrenner passed away today of a heart attack.

Needless to say, this is not a good week for Yankees baseball. They both contributed so much to the team and to the sport, and will sorely be missed. RIP, boys.

In happier news, I've hit the halfway mark on my Tour de Fleece spinning. I may have said earlier that it was 2oz of alpaca/merino; wrong. It's 4oz in total. The 2oz I've spun are already more than I've done in a month before (wheel spinners out there, stop laughing; I like my spindles!) and I'm happy with the singles thus far. They'll be chain plied (another new skill) as I couldn't be arsed to divide the pencil roving into 3 even piles beforehand.

Lest my stash get too small (I thought I said stop laughing!) I used a Groupie credit at The Loopy Ewe to buy a lovely 4.9 oz braid of Polwarth roving in Subdued Rainbow. I'm hoping to spin it up in laceweight looooooong color repeats, either divided for 2ply or chain plied.

I also picked up the yarn for the start of the knit and knag World Heritage KAL this fall, not because I have any hopes of starting on time, but because Jen the dyer has a 15% off sale running right now and I've been curious about the yarn since seeing it pop up in the Blocking thread on Rav. The yarn, lest I forget to tell you, is Nightfall from FibroFibers.

My knitting doesn't have much to show for itself lately, since my attentions are entirely focused on a secret project or two, neither of which will see the glowing light of your monitors until the end of the year. Rest assured, it's not just stash acquisition going on around here.

Oh! I nearly forgot.

Here: have a hat. I finished it last night (and hopefully it fits the recipient. It's certainly huge on me, which is a good sign). The goal was to have the grey stripes decrease at the same rate that the blue ones increased, while still ending up with a hat of a specified height.

This involved Math. Evil, evil math. I think this is Hat Mark 3. Hat Mark 3.5 if you count my first disastrous 150 stitch cast on...but I don't.

Pattern: my own, but the specifics are on Rav
Yarn: Berroco Lustra
Needles: US 4 for the ribbing, US 5 for the body.

I still have comment logging turned on, and I sincerely apologize if my website eats your comment or decides that you are spam. I'm trying to reproduce the problem so that I actually have some legit non-spam logs to look at, and hopefully fix this once and for all!

On 13 Jul 2010 11:39:29 AM, Ali said...

Nightfall on discount? Where? How? I've been wondering how that would look for a shawl, I picked up Romi's "7 small shawls" eBook and she tends to want more than the standard 400yds.

I do love Polwarth roving! If I could have a sheep, it would be a Polwarth, with a Jacob to keep it company.

On 13 Jul 2010 01:15:14 PM, Laura said...

Ali, use the discount code "kitteh" (with the cuteoverload spelling, yes). I got it from Anna who presumably got it from the FibroFiber group on Rav, but I haven't checked to see when it expires!

On 13 Jul 2010 05:25:19 PM, gayle said...

Let's see if I can finally leave a comment. (I've been shunned so many times...)
I may go back to spindle spinning if I can't stop tweaking out my back every time I use my wheel after a long break. This never happened with my spindle.
Love the hat. Sometimes math is worth it, if approached early enough in the day. 8)