Incipient madness?

OK, we all know I’m not a joiner and get far too competitive and get frustrated when I don’t have enough creative input on a project – all of which clearly explains why I’ve signed up for Mystery Stole 3.  Also, I don’t have enough of any one laceweight yarn for the project, so I’m not just knitting along, I’m spinning along, too.  Because I don’t have enough to do with my time as it is.

Actually, it’s a great incentive; I currently have no ‘must do right now’ project burning a hole in my brain, so joining in with a group of other people and finding out what I’m knitting as I go along seems like a whole bunch of fun.

I’m spinning some Wensleydale/Teeswater blend top for this yarn.  On Monday night/early Tuesday I managed to sample 18 metres of 26wpi 2-ply yarn.  For reference, Zephyr Wool/Silk, the yarn used by the stole’s designer, Melanie, is 30wpi, so I’m not a million miles out.  And in my defence, I thought it was 24wpi when I started spinning my sample, so I’m pretty pleased with my precision spinning!  (Luck.  It was all luck.  Believe me.)

18 metres, 5.3 g.  Cute, no?
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It swatched up pretty well too, on 2.75 3.75 mm needles:
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I’ve spun about 20g of singles tonight; that’s about 1/10 of what I need to do for the shawl.  Not including plying.  Hmmm….

I have to thank Dawn for clueing me in to this KAL.  If you want to join too – hurry hurry hurry!!  The gates close on July 6, and the first clue will be released this Friday! (June 29).

I also need to apologise to all the people whose lovely comments I haven’t replied to yet.  I will, just as soon as I find out how not to be a crappy correspondent.

Also, Ravelry?  Totally awesome.  Come find me there as I slowly enter my data – my username is yarninmypocket.  I need more hours in the day, and days in the week.  Bigtime.