Miss me? I have been busy, and the blog keeps sliding down the priority list. As an update, I am still working on the ribbed cable sock in Bad Moon Rising colorway of Dragonfly Djinni.

I moved over to doing these in Magic Loop, as the small 12″ circular needle becomes difficult to work cables in once I get to the leg of the sock.

Since we were having guests over for dinner earlier in the week, I had to do some cleaning up, and the easiest way for me to clean up roving that is “lying around” is to spin it! Yes, for me, spinning yarn counts as cleaning. Doesn’t it for everyone?

In any case, this is what I spun up.

Both bobbins contain four ounces of Dragonfly’s Sea Monster roving, which is 50% silk, 30% merino wool, and 20% Seacell (which is made from seaweed, thus Sea Monster.) The colorway in my had is Oberon and the one still on the wheel is Indian Corn. I picked them both up at the trunk show Kate had at Cloverhill back in November. The fiber spun up super fast. It was the easiest time I have had spinning something with silk in it. I am planning on using the singles together to weave a scarf, but that weaving is going to have to wait a while.

I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the Christmas spirit this year. To try and kick start that spirit, I started these:

This is a slip stitch pattern that I heavily modified to fit the stitch count of the sock. The yarn is Sheila’s Wullenstudio sock yarn in Green Tamborine and Witchy Woman. I was wondering whether the red was going to be too strong for the green, but now that I actually have things underway, I can relax because I think they are working out together just fine. And I can happily say that I am in the Christmas spirit.

Good thing, because I have a lot of work to do.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

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7 responses to “We Need a Little Christmas”

  1. I know what you mean about the blog slipping down the list. Hope you and Mr. Penney have a fantabulous holiday.

  2. Yes, spinning IS cleaning. I’ve got about 1/2 pound of silk to finish today while I’m doing all the holiday baking. Double duty.
    Merry Christmas to you both!

  3. Lyn McCormick Avatar
    Lyn McCormick

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you both!

  4. Your spinning is gorgeous, as usual. I look forward to see how it looks in your weaving project. Your ribbed pattern works very nicely with your Bad Moon Rising sock yarn. I love the Christmas socks, will there be a pattern available?
    I hope you and Mr. Penney had a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Karen Frisa Avatar
    Karen Frisa

    As always, your spinning impresses me, and I love the idea of spinning as house cleaning! I imagine there is a lot of cleaning that I could be doing… hmm…

  6. Happy New Year to you and your sweetie!

  7. Sorry to be late but I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Lovely knitting, spinning and weaving!