Wild Pear Gem

An afternoon with no rain, Flickr playing well with others, and some mail that piled up makes for a yarn-crawlish post.   Grab a cuppa’ (it’s chilly here), your favorite snack, and settle in!

We’ll start with the long-neglected last Loopy Sock Club package that arrived a couple of weeks ago.  This is the last of this season’s sock club, but it’s also my last after two years in the club.  To the best of my recollection, I’ve not knitted with the first yarn from ANY of the packages, so there’s little point in putting my name in for the lottery for next year.  I’ve gifted some of the yarn, sold one offering, and I really do like some of it, but…

The yarn is a rich color that reminds me of the fur-girls.  It’s Numa Numa’s The Usual in Red Bartlett Pear.   I’m thinking that eventually I will knit these socks with this yarn, but once it swims into my stash, who knows?!

Then there’s my first Creatively Dyed Sock Club kit!   This is a sneak peek at a new technique Dianne is doing.   I’m quite certain this “Wild Thing” yarn will get knitted up in that pattern, right after 2010 becomes the current year.   I’m leaving the pattern tamers right there with the yarn and the pattern too, so there will be no excuses!

Now, I know spinners like a WIP (wraps per inch) tool, but do other knitters really use them?  I definitely didn’t, not before I started spinning.  I mean…  There’s swatching and there’s a label around the yarn, right?!  Karat Stix made these little cuties.  Obviously, they were part of my Loopy kit.

Still with me?  Moving right along…  Next up, we have some beautiful Gypsyknits BFL roving in Gem-Spin that grew up to be yarn.

I wanted to make the most of this beautiful yarn, but in the end, I decided to navajo ply it because I didn’t have enough of any solid that would work with it.

I love how muted the colors are.  It reminds me of the beach, where the sky and earth and ocean seem to just slip together at some point out on the horizon…

A little larger than life, and those aren’t wrapped, but draped across the WIP tool, so it’s really about sport weight.  I’m pretty pleased with myself…  Three-ply, sport weight, with about 214 yards.  I’m thinking I’m going to do Anita‘s Mermaid scarf.

Ready for Thanksgiving, if you live in the States?   We are!  We’re going to have a not so traditional pot roast tomorrow, because that’s what the Knight wanted, and he’s cooking, so what’s not to love?  I’ll add a couple of pies – because the extras can always go to the firehouse – and we’ll have a quiet day at home.

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!


19 comments on “Wild Pear Gem

  1. AlisonH says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! And I thought that one skein looked like Dianne’s work; she has such a flair with it.

  2. Darcy says:

    Love the goodies you received so cute are the Karatstix goodies love sheep with socks on them:)Happy Thanksgiving:) Hugs Darcy
    Be watching my blog tonight for some panks;)

  3. Barbara S. says:

    Your hand-spun is beautiful!
    I have to say that the yarn from the Loopy Ewe sock club does look a lot like the pears i got a couple of weeks ago from the CSA. Do you suppose the yarn tastes as good as they did?

  4. Anita says:

    I love that Wild Thing yarn! Such a unique technique she is using there.

    Your handspun is gorgeous!!! Awww, you might knit my scarf, sweet! And you already know how to block it. SNOL!!!! And you’re right, it reminds me of beach glass. 🙂

  5. Anita says:

    Oh, that is almost exactally the yardage I had of sport wt handspun I knit the original scarf with. 🙂

  6. Sue says:

    How do you store your needles? I’ve never found a storage system I liked, so I presented the problem to Rob last night and he’s going to build a storage case for them.

    In over fifty years of knitting I can count the number of times I’ve swatch on one hand. I guess I should be thrown out of the knitters union.

  7. Mr Puffy says:

    Aren’t sock clubs fun! I did the petal’s collection one year and *loved* it. Still haven’t knit up one skein, but did knit up most of the yarn.

    A pot roast!!!! [insert eyes rolling] Who ever heard of such a thing – LOL I’m sure it will be delicious – but what about the left over turkey sandwiches you will miss out on?

  8. Cat says:

    Again, the navajo plied yarn is lovely!
    I envy you – a quiet meal, home with man… by this time tomorrow I’ll be full and way too overstimulated with good company! LOL
    Enjoy, friend,

  9. LOL…you crack me up! I’m leaving this sock club because I never end up knitting the kits, oh and I joined this OTHER sock club beacause…..?

    Lovely yarn, both yours and the others. Enjoy your day/s off and your family.

  10. gaylen says:

    Love the catch up – the Loopy Ewe sock club – I love the little gifties – but I could shop at Karatstix or have JB make me some. He has wood, I could find in the information on line and he even has a wood burning tool.

    Having hot buttered rum now – will ruin sewing for the evening. I might still be able to knit.

    Between you and Anita – I might slip over to the dark side of the wheel. Although right now – I’m far more tempted by weaving. g

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m going with the Loopy Ewe club one more year. I know I’m definitely not renewing my Woolgirl club.

    Love the handspun. Definitely beach colors. 🙂

  12. Dianne says:

    That Wild Thing looks great! Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Darcy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving:) Hugs Darcy

  14. Walden says:

    I love the yarn you received from the Loopy Club! Although red pears are one of my new favorite fruits. Your handspun is lovely and I agree, it does look like the beach.

  15. Amanda says:

    Great post! Lots of eye candy…

  16. Sandy says:

    Love the handspun! I hope to get there one day. And the Creatively Dyed yarn is lovely. Can’t wait to see a finished FO! I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving, even if it was six weeks late! 😉

  17. nichole says:

    LOVE that Creatively Dyed yarn!!!
    I use my WPI tool mostly for local and handspun yarn that I’ve purchased (or for when a label goes missing)…

  18. Kathy says:

    Swatch? What’s that? LOL

    Love the yarn and your spinning is absolutely beautiful:)

  19. Felicia says:

    The fur-girls are adorable, the new winter sweater for the adoptee looks well loved and your grandma (as are almost all women that age) is beautiful. But that skein of yarn you spun? Absolutely my colors. Totally gorgeous.

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