My Hand-Spun Throw is Taking Shape

I started with two stitches, the way I do with washcloths, and now I have 200 stitches on the needle. I will increase on one side: K3, YO, knit to the end of the row, and decrease on the opposite side: K2, SSK, YO, SSK, knit to the end of the row. This will give me a rectangle instead of a square. It measures 25″ wide, relaxed and unblocked. I expect it to block to at least 30″ wide without a lace border.

You can see that I’ve turned the corner on one side and now my throw will be rectangular.

I weighed my yarn and it took me exactly four ounces to get to this point, which is 1/4 of my total yarn weight of a full pound. I’ll continue knitting until I have four ounces left and then finish by decreasing on each side to the last corner. I may decide to add a garter stitch lace border out of a semi-solid, hand-spun, aqua blue yarn just for fun. Not sure yet.

I’ve started winding the other half of the yarn for this project although it will be a few days before I need it. I’m attempting to clean off the table that I use as my winding station. It has turned into a catch-all. The ziplock bag of aqua blue yarn on the table, more hand-spun, is what I’m thinking of using for a lace border on the throw. It doesn’t show in the previous photo but there are sections of a lighter shade of aqua in the throw so this would probably work very well.

I haven’t ordered more fiber in over a year and I happened to see a post from Bethanne on FB where she has started posting shop updates. So, I wandered over to her website and found three braids I just couldn’t live without…and that, when spun, will coordinate with the yarns I’m using for the prayer shawl. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This is a total of 15.6 oz of White Hogget Hauni NZ Halfbred/Mulberry Silk combed top, Playful 1 colorway. It will be a joy to spin.

It’s been well over 100° here the past few days, reaching 104° this afternoon with a heat index of 108°. It’s down to 102° at 6:30. We had errands to run in town today and decided on impulse, well…it was my idea and Brad agreed…to drive to Allen to Cabela’s for a few things. We both had a LOT of points on our Cabela’s Cap One cards and needed to use them.

Since we were already in Sherman it seemed like a good idea to make the drive. We grabbed a couple of bags of Black Rifle Coffee and two new game cameras and stopped at Buc-ee’s on the way home and got fudge. We are almost out of coffee and our next shipment won’t process until the 18th of the month. At least we won’t run out now! Cabela’s has a good selection and we like their JB (Just Black) blend. Their AK blend is good, too.

Son-in-law David is here at the moment changing out some O-rings on a bathtub faucet. Looks like it might have to be tomorrow before it’s finished. It’s an old faucet from 1989 and was so tight that David had a helluva time getting it out and now the spindle nut is a little misshapened and there is a little drip in that cold water faucet. Brad can use my shower tonight. It’s no big deal and not worth David making another trip to town and back this evening when Audrey will be getting supper ready at the farm very soon!

David’s getting ready to leave and head home to the farm. We’ll have some supper in a bit. We aren’t terribly hungry…must have something to do with the fudge we snacked on when we got home…

I’ve started “The Potter’s Field”, the seventeenth book in the Brother Cadfael Chronicles after finishing “The Heretics Apprentice.” I’m getting a lot of use out of my Kobo e-reader and it was well worth the expense.

Brad is putting together cold cut plates for dinner. We need to eat something since it’s after 7 pm now. I’m looking for something to watch on TV while we have our supper. So far I’m not that impressed…

Have a blessed Thursday evening, ya’ll.

Knitting in the drive-thru again…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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