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spring break!

March 24, 2009

last week was my last spring break ever (!) and i spent it greatly upset at the fact that i had forgotten my camera connector cord in my house at school when it closed for the week, hence the lack of updates.

i didn’t get an incredible amount done, since i was living out of a bag. i did start my dress for ivy day, though!

this is the front of the dress. basically, the plan is to knit it from the bottom up in a chevron pattern (with the neck integrated into the front v), a crocheted edging on the neck, cap sleeves, and a knitted on ruffle for the bottom edging. i’m also considering pleats.

the side seams have worked out pretty well, my waist decreases don’t interrupt the pattern at all!

it’s in 10/2 bamboo on a cone and was incredibly inexpensive. i think more of my projects are going to come from cones from now on! i’m knitting it on size 3 addi lace needles and i love it. totally mindless. i’m almost up to the waist, and after that it’s smooth sailing!

i’m still pushing along on the handspun yoke sweater i started about two weeks ago, although my progress has been slight; i’m currently at the neck. i still have to steek it, finish the button bands, and lengthen the arms. but, i am proud of my progress! the stitch pattern shows off the texture of my handspun really well, but i’m not going to be overpowered by the candy-like colors. i think i was definitely successful in turning the pretty-but-too-bright-for-an-adult-garment colors into a totally wearable piece of clothing.

in other spinning news, barbara parry of foxfire fiber had a trunk show at webs on saturday and brought a few bags of 80% border leicester, 20% mohair roving. it was so beautiful that it reduced my fellow staff members and me to bad high-school poetry descriptors! this one was “oooh it looks like a grape slushy!” and it came home with me.

when i got home on sunday from my week as a nomad, i sat down for a few hours at my wheel and this practically spun itself. here’s the finished skein on my windowsill, hanging out with my new empty beer bottle vase and the quartet on which i wrote a paper last week.

there are overspun bits totally visible in that photograph, and there’s a strand sticking out all stiff like twine, and i sort of remembered why i don’t really use mohair (stiff and picky!) but all in all i think it was a good spinning experience and i wish i could have bought out the entire fiber stock. so pretty!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 11.27pm

    I was debating whether to come up for Ivy Day this year, but I guess I have to if you’re going to KNIT YOUR OWN FRICKEN DRESS!! I can’t wait to see it.

    • fuchsia permalink*
      March 25, 2009 5.14pm

      emilee, you should come up to northampton anyway! the tent sale is that weekend, and even though i’m not going to be able to work, i’ll probably (guiltily) go check it out.

      and cirilia, the mohair in this yarn totally outshines the silk in the sheep 3 i used to tie it up! it also makes it scratchy, though; i’m thinking doubleknit fingerless mitts is a pretty good solution.

  2. March 25, 2009 11.27am

    WOW, that purple handspun just GLOWS…

  3. March 30, 2009 12.32pm

    Oh man, I am so excited to see your Ivy day dress. I wish I could knit more than a scarf as my dress shopping for Ivy Day has been so tedious thus far. White is such a difficult color ahhh.

  4. April 17, 2009 9.17am

    I came here from ravelry! You are knitting your Ivy Day dress?! BADASSSS. I wish my 5 yr reunion were on graduation weekend so I could check it out! I’m sure you’ll share pics though 🙂

    • fuchsia permalink*
      April 19, 2009 5.08pm


      i’m probably going to show it off at the tent sale at webs…i know i probably shouldn’t go over there if i’m not working, but how am i going to be able to resist!


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