One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
Here's the "problem"--when I stop knitting in the round and start knitting back and forth straight, my stitches start to look like this:
Hm. I've noticed my socks are like this too when I break from knitting in the round to do the heel flaps. I'm not doing anything weird. I'm knitting one side, and purling the other. Any ideas? I don't think it will be too noticable to the untrained eye, and even so, it starts at a decent place in the finished garment so where, if noticable, it won't look too "off."
Following Elizabeth's suggestion on a question I posed on the knittyboard, I also knitted up a quick swatch of that tussah silk and stuck it in my wash.
It's definately a lot softer. And it bloomed (or pilled depending how you want to look at it) nicely. Nine skeins of this stuff. What the hell am I going to make??
The ends of this swatch loosened the twist on the tussah. Just randomly fussing with them, I'll bet tussah is easy to spin. It holds the twist well. Speaking of spinning, now that I'm settled, I figured I'd take some of the money I had in Paypal from selling a duplicate digital camera dock on ebay to buy some fiber. I ordered 4 oz. of shoot, I can't remember what kind of wool now, from The Yarn Tree. I haven't received it yet, but let me tell you--wow. I got an email today from Paypal informing me that $3.00 had been refunded to my account with an explanation from the owner that the package was so light, it didn't take the whole shipping cost I was charged to mail. Seriously, you don't find that kind of merchant around much anymore! Anyway, once it comes, I'm going to dust off my spindle and take another crack at spinning. We'll see how it goes.
Finally, I leave you with two obligatory Chunky pictures. Yesterday we went to the Alamo.
This time we got to go inside and look at the gardens. It was too crowded to enjoy them properly. Chunky wanted to go inside the chapel, but they had a sign prohibiting beverages. There was no way in 100 degree heat I was abandoning my water bottle.
So we went home and had some ice cream instead.
And yes, I did bring my child to the Alamo wearing a Canadian Mountie t-shirt. Ha ha!