January 30, 2009


Technically, I shouldn't be messing around with swatches for February Lady yet, but at some point spinning an endless supply of singles wears on a knitter (If by "wears on" you understand that at some point this morning I thought that I should rather shovel my front walk with my bare left elbow while singing showtunes than spin singles for another moment) and I thought I might break up the tedium by doing a tiny bit of plying and swatching - just so I could at least come back to the single spinning with the shape and promise of things to come firmly in mind. I therefore engaged in the following motivational exercise.

I decided I would ply, set and swatch the four options, the way I saw them. I would make a two ply, a three ply, a four ply and a four ply cabled yarn. First up... two ply.


Nice eh? Looked good in the swatch too...


but I've rejected it entirely. It's pretty as well as nice and bouncy and elastic, but I don't like the idea of only two colours being present at once... I think it's going to make the differences between skeins too great as the sweater goes on - and it isn't anywhere near an aran weight. Light worsted maybe.

Then there's the cabled yarn. The singles are spun, then plied with extra twist, then that strand is plied against itself.


It's a seriously sexy yarn. It looks to me almost like it's beaded, with the colours well mingled, and frankly, I just have a thing for cabled yarns. It too is elastic and charming, but it's heavier than I was hoping for (nudging towards a chunky, just past aran) and the swatch settled me against it.


Cabled yarns make really smooth stockinette and really, really strong yarn. The bumps on the yarn fit together like interlocking driveway bricks, creating a surface with less diversity than that of yarn plied once, but the February Lady sweater is lace and garter, and you can see from that cast on edge that the bumpiness of garter in cabled yarns is made even bumpier by purl bumps, and I don't think I like it. I found this yarn to be rather dense as well, which is a peril of cabled yarns - at least in my experience, where the slightest heavy handed moment results in a yarn that is the fibre equivalent of lead. Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use. In addition, the individual colours present in the plies are almost blended too much for me in this project, I think it resembles a heathered yarn. Nope. This yarn got rejected, and it also wiped out the possibility of trying a four ply, unless the three ply really sucked.


The three ply is - as almost all yarns that have more than two plies are, very smooth, consistent looking, round and elastic. This three ply is downright cushy and bouncy. I like that there are three options for colour at a time, which means that there's a greater chance that the individual skeins will have at least one ply in common now and again, and frankly, I think it's pretty. Really pretty.


The swatch was pretty too. Nice stitch definition, does nice things with the colours, and darn it if when I measured, I wasn't getting exactly 18 stitches to 10cm... the stated gauge for the sweater. Not almost 18, not 18 if I fudged, not 18 if I blocked, not 18 if I smooshed it a little against the ruler.... 18. A good, honest 18 that doesn't have on a low cut shirt, and fake ID in it's pocket on a Friday night. 18.

It's settled. I'm doing a three ply. You know, as soon as I finish the singles. (Mostly.)

Posted by Stephanie at January 30, 2009 2:59 PM

The three-ply is an excellent choice! Thanks for walking us through the thought process--I love yarn theory!

Posted by: Cara G. at January 30, 2009 3:04 PM

but now that you have a plan, you can spin some, ply some, and even knit some as you go... like the unspoken-of gansey for a certain someone?
(am I really first today?)

Posted by: Linda M at January 30, 2009 3:04 PM

Congrats on finding THE yarn so quickly! I usually have to go to half a doozen (yes a typo, but it works here) different needle sizes to find THE one.

It's gonna be bee-yew-tiful

Posted by: Nan at January 30, 2009 3:06 PM

The idea that a yarn could possibly want to carry a fake ID to entice you to use it at a certain stitch count just carries stash-enabling to a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL. Did yarn need any more excuses to sweet-talk us? We are all doooooomed.

Congratulations on the exact gauge spinning! ::kneels and bows::

Posted by: Glenna at January 30, 2009 3:07 PM

Completely sold on the three-ply. And polworth is so decadent! That is going to be one seriously comfy sweater.

Posted by: Krista M at January 30, 2009 3:08 PM

That is a gorgeous colour combo, and it has to be kismet that 3 is your lucky number (ply). Throw down whatever else you are doing and start February now!!!

Posted by: cookknitwine at January 30, 2009 3:09 PM

The colors really jumped up and down waving their arms in the 3-ply, too. I like it. Can't wait to get my new spinning wheel so I can spin some lighter singles for some 3-ply yarn.

Posted by: Dianna at January 30, 2009 3:11 PM

I have to admire your writing...not everyone can make an ancient craft seem as if it was invented yesterday. The February lady sweater is on my wish list too.. but I think I will just head to the nearest yarn shop and pick out a nice colour!

Posted by: tina at January 30, 2009 3:14 PM

Hi Steph, Just a thank-you for the info in "never not knitting" Especially to-days, I never knew about a "lifeline" but boy could I have used them more than once!

Posted by: Allison at January 30, 2009 3:14 PM

Just wanted to let you know I am planning a little stash cull tomorrow. Thanks for the nudge in the page-a-day calendar.

Posted by: Mary Jane at January 30, 2009 3:14 PM

I like the 3-ply best also. As for the swatch - I see you used my method of: cast on 10 stitches, knit three rows, measure gauge.

(which, if you are like me will be followed by: begin actual project, halfway thru measure project gauge. Become mystified as to why swatch gauge and project gauge bear no resemblence to each other. Decide I mis-wrote the numbers; or perhaps am reading the wrong tiny-scrap-of-paper-where-I-write-all-important-things. Blithely carry on knitting.)

Posted by: Deb at January 30, 2009 3:16 PM

The three-ply is gorgeous! Nice work!

Posted by: Rachel at January 30, 2009 3:19 PM

:::picturing the elbow shoveling, and hearing a Merman-esque "You'll be swell! You'll be great! gonna have the whole world on a plate!":::

Posted by: Alta at January 30, 2009 3:19 PM

Very useful exercise and one that I'll borrow, thank you! Is that your Polworth from Rovings? I'm spinning a similar colorway (brick?) and like my 3-ply as well. I decided for my project the colors can't mingle, so I chain plied it; therefore didn't test other options. But you've convinced me I should do that in the future.

Posted by: Sandra D at January 30, 2009 3:19 PM

I'm jealous of your yarn. It's so purty. I'm gonna have to learn to spin one of these days.

Posted by: aimee noel at January 30, 2009 3:21 PM

Ooh, love the three-ply! This may be my incentive to attempt one. Soon.

Posted by: Skarph at January 30, 2009 3:21 PM

I like it! That lighter strand stands out better in the 3-ply, and seems to variegate the whole thing up.

If variegate is indeed a word, that is.

Posted by: Laura H at January 30, 2009 3:22 PM

I'm taking bets that you will ply enough 3-ply and start knitting well before you finish spinning. I just think you won't be able to stay away from that gorgeous 3-ply you made.

Posted by: Sandra at January 30, 2009 3:22 PM

So... in spite of the lack of fake ID... do we TRUST this gauge, or do we regard it with suspicion and superstition, as something too good to be true? It certainly LOOKS almost too good to be true.

Posted by: Lisa Grossman at January 30, 2009 3:22 PM

...why do I now have a deep and abiding fear that you will knit the whole sweater and it will be perfect, then you will wet block it and totally lose gauge. Gahh!

I want to second your love of cabled yarns, they look like a chain, or stranded beads. Love them!

Posted by: Rachel T at January 30, 2009 3:23 PM

Thank you so much for the play-by-play. As a new spinner, the breakdown was very helpful!

Posted by: thepope at January 30, 2009 3:24 PM

Are those plastic needles I spy? Or coated aluminum in cahoots with your camera to trick me?

Posted by: Gillian at January 30, 2009 3:25 PM

Thank you so much for the photos and ply lessons.
It boggles my mind the many choices there are, and you get to be in on the ground floor (well no sheep grazing in your back yard--are there?) So satisfying for you....I also like the 3-ply, novice that I am. Now I'm guessing that the 5-ply would be a chunkier, heavier yarn, and not the look you are going for with the February Lady sweater...Can't wait to see the finished sweater, feel as if I was there for the birth!!!
Happy to hear your ankle is on the mend, may your x-ray be all you "re-imagined" it would be...

Posted by: Rebecca at January 30, 2009 3:30 PM

"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use."
Ha! I tell my son something similar: always go for the smart girl. Pretty fades, my boy, but dumb is forever.

Posted by: Julie at January 30, 2009 3:32 PM

Woo Hooo you go girl .It is a real treat to actually spin and ply your own yarn and have it come out as nice as this has . Wish I could do that . I'm still playing with a drop spindle and getting thick and thin yarn and as far as plying goes-- oyeee haven't even tried it yet. As far as shovelling--just wait there is more on the way, so ""they"" say

Posted by: JoanH at January 30, 2009 3:32 PM

Love the 3-ply. Happy spinning!

Posted by: Jody at January 30, 2009 3:33 PM

I helped someone destash 3 big cakes of what looks like braided yarn, lovely deep red colour too. She didn't have the ballband and from what I can tell they're nearly aran or light worsted. Doyou just knit with them as usual? Woudln't it add mor etexture to your garment because it's got that chain look from the braided already?

Posted by: Jocelyn at January 30, 2009 3:37 PM

There's nothing wrong with beginning the knitting while the spinning is still happening (and you know that, so you don't need to hear it from me)

I like the cabled yarn, maybe I'll try it next time I'm spinning.

I love the colors in that yarn, I'm interested to see how your FLS comes out!

Posted by: Becky in VT at January 30, 2009 3:39 PM

Two weeks and counting. Lucky for you that you only have to knit an itty bitty sweater.

Posted by: Marina Stern at January 30, 2009 3:46 PM

The 2-ply and cabled yarns are very nice, but the 3-ply? The 3-ply is drop-dead gorgeous! So is the swatch. I can't wait to see February Lady in this. She's on my list of things to make, but sadly, she's in line behind a shawl for a pregnant friend and my 2nd sock, both about half done.

Posted by: ConnieB in Ohio at January 30, 2009 3:49 PM

Clearly the use of show tunes for your work chantey came to mind because your subconscious read it as "Original Cast[on]"

I like Alta's idea. What other songs would be appropriate for a project you're itching to start? "Tonight?"

Posted by: rams at January 30, 2009 3:51 PM

I think the 3 ply is lovely, and I can't wait to follow your progress on the FLS. Perhaps I will join in. but not with hand spun.

Posted by: Patti at January 30, 2009 3:54 PM

"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use."

That's classic.

Posted by: amy at January 30, 2009 3:54 PM

I accept your decision for the three ply. It's beautiful. BUT- I think that the cabled yarn is the most beautiful thing my eyes have ever seen. So beautiful! Great spinning on all three counts!

Posted by: samantha at January 30, 2009 3:54 PM

Wow you are the first person outside Oz that I know of who likes cabled yarn. Cabled yarn (Paton's Totem) is the "good" yarn in Oz. Great stitch definition and you never get that funky barley twist look to stocking stitch.
The three ply looks grand. Dare I ask if it has been washed?

Posted by: lynne s of oz at January 30, 2009 3:55 PM

*coughGanseycough* :D

Posted by: Janis at January 30, 2009 3:56 PM

That you could call a yarn seriously sexy and just walk away... Isn't that a bit of a tease? I mean, I know you found your of-gague perfect option right next door, and it's all the same fibre really when one gets down to brass tacks, but I just fear the whispers in the stash: [in an exotic Peruvian voice] "Oooh, no! She called you sexy?! Your days are numbered, my friend..."

Because you know: your stash not only talks to you. It also talks about you when your back is turned.

Posted by: Katsheare at January 30, 2009 3:59 PM

Oh, this was very interesting, and I think you made the right choice. And just go knit, for cryin' out loud! You know you want to!

Posted by: madmad at January 30, 2009 4:00 PM

thinkin too much. Whatever happened to the seat of your pants? You didn't want this to actually fit, did you

Posted by: naomi at January 30, 2009 4:02 PM

Love the three-ply! Also, that colour combo is one of my very favourites.

Posted by: Nikoleta at January 30, 2009 4:02 PM

Thanks for walking us through the decision process. Especially the no-go on the cabled yarn with the hint to look at the cast on edge and envision the garter. I learned a lot!

Posted by: lenora at January 30, 2009 4:03 PM

I agree the last swatch is a winner! I have seen many FLS and the one's I like the most are done in yarn that looks kettle dyed. The varigated is too busy and the solid is too flat looking. Dream In Color Classy is my favorite from my own FLS, the 3 done in my knitting groun Kint Nutz of West Hartford and thos I saw on Ravelry.

Posted by: Holly at January 30, 2009 4:03 PM

"and darn it if when I measured, I wasn't getting exactly 18 stitches to 10cm... the stated gauge for the sweater"

Am i the only person that is terrified by this little snippet!!??

Much Love,

One who's swatch lies frequently

Posted by: bammerkt at January 30, 2009 4:04 PM

The 3-ply is gorgeous. Thanks for the mini lesson, I really enjoy hearing your process.

Posted by: Renee at January 30, 2009 4:08 PM

The yarn looks wonderful. This post contains one of my favorite quotes from you.
"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use."
I may need a shirt that says this.

Posted by: Yosemiteelp at January 30, 2009 4:09 PM


I hadn't ever thought of doing a cabled ply. I have learned a new technique. Thank you so much.

Also, I totally concur with the three-ply decision. Spin! spin like the wind!

Posted by: Jess, of the Bugs at January 30, 2009 4:09 PM

I did like the look of the cabled yarn, but your right the 3-ply looks best.

Posted by: Barbara S. in VA at January 30, 2009 4:13 PM

I've been working on a February Lady sweater on and off for about a month using Cascade 220 superwash. I LOVE the pattern so much and can't wait to finish it. Can't wait to see how yours comes out as well.

I started spinning last year but being that I've been attempting to teach myself from books, I'm nowhere near good enough to spin a sweater's worth of wool in a consistent thickness. Yours is BEAUTIFUL. The 3-ply is mouth-wateringly beautiful. I'm so jealous... your Feb. Lady will be stunning in that yarn!!

Posted by: Mandi at January 30, 2009 4:15 PM

Lovely yarns. I was a spinner 25 years ago. Sold both my wheels 8 years ago. Seeing the nice color and ply combinations makes me somewhat nostalgic.
I am just pleased there are so many nice yarns out there for those of us that are former spinners. If not for that, I fear I'd be hearing the plaintive call of a homeless spinning wheel.

Posted by: Susan at January 30, 2009 4:16 PM

Wow- fascinating- I'm not a spinner, so it never really lodged in my brain how very different the same wool can look depending on how it's spun. Or how a different 'spin' might be more or less appropriate for a particular project. Thanks so much for the lesson! And the yarn looks just beautiful.

Posted by: lynne at January 30, 2009 4:20 PM

I love that 3-ply! The others were fine, but your final choice is delicious. (I like cabled yarns, too, but I think it killed the character of the fiber on this one.) Can't wait to see it knitted up!

Posted by: Elizabeth L in Apex, NC at January 30, 2009 4:24 PM

Yep...I like the 3-ply. More importantly, I got the affirmation that what I do, when I check out how a yarn looks in the swatch, is the "correct" thing to do! ok....I'm of the opinion that when I want to knit something, that two opinions on a dilemma make it the correct opinion. hee hee

lurvely color.

Posted by: Christine at January 30, 2009 4:25 PM

I am so glad I have somewhere to go when I am feeling frustrated with my knitting and spinning that makes me smile and giggle and happy to go back and pick it all up again. I am not alone in my madness. Thank you.
BTW, the 3 ply is beautiful.

Posted by: TJ Hansen at January 30, 2009 4:26 PM

These are such great posts. You have so much to teach about spinning and the content of yarn. I've not tried a 3-ply, but will get around to it eventually, hoping, I'm sure, that they'll look as nice as yours.

Posted by: LauraSue at January 30, 2009 4:28 PM

Lovely yarn. This sweater is going to be spectactular.

Lisa, no, of course the yarn is not trustworthy. Has not Stephanie told us that Swatches Lie? Maybe it has a *really good* fake ID, and though it is very smooth, goodlooking and plausible, it is taking Stephanie for a ride.

Should be great fun for The Blog to watch!

Posted by: RobinH at January 30, 2009 4:28 PM

I was all for the cabled yarn. Nice solid character. A good and beautiful shield against winter. But as I read your post, I recognized that that's not what you're looking for. And then the picture of the 3-ply appeared. And my heart was lost. Without even touching and feeling it, I can tell it's bouncy, resilient, full of the joi de vivre that is l'entemps. ("spring", n'est ce pas? sorry. really bad French.) Gorgeous gorgeous yarn. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: fiberbrarian at January 30, 2009 4:29 PM

I wonder how long it would take me to learn to use my spindle, and become good enough to spin yarn as lovely as that!? Looooong time, I think. Seriously gorgeous colours in your swatches. :)

Posted by: Samm at January 30, 2009 4:30 PM

Obsess much?

Posted by: Susan at January 30, 2009 4:39 PM

Ohhhh yeahhhh....that three-ply is sexy. Seriously. The others were 'meh' but that one is more 'wowzers'. It's gonna turn into a seriously great sweater when it all grows up into three-ply.

Posted by: Renee the Sequel at January 30, 2009 4:40 PM

I love the walk-through too and really wish I was a spinner after that...
I loved that cabled 3-ply but you made the right choice. Exactly to gauge??- tipping my hat to you!

Posted by: Judy at January 30, 2009 4:41 PM

That swatch is too young to be 18. The bouncer must be distracted.

Posted by: marie in NJ at January 30, 2009 4:43 PM

I completely concur with your choice, not that that matters in the slightest. You know infinitely more than I about yarn and how it behaves. "...something pretty but dense is of limited use..." Heh!

Posted by: kmkat at January 30, 2009 4:44 PM

Given that you (and The Blog, for that matter) already know (in great detail) my stance on swatching (and the results thereof)I have to say that this time (maybe) it might have been a wise idea (until it comes back to bite you).

Posted by: Presbytera at January 30, 2009 4:48 PM

Looks good. I can't believe you getting exact gauge. It's fate. That yarn is meant to be the FLS.

Posted by: Cathy at January 30, 2009 4:50 PM

I like the three ply too.

Posted by: LĂ©onie at January 30, 2009 4:56 PM

Is the 3-ply a Navajo 3-ply or three plies coming off 3 bobbins?

I totally love the reds and browns.

Posted by: fibercrone at January 30, 2009 4:57 PM

so are your swatches really that teeny? is that enough to tell if 18 is really 18, or just has a really good fake id?

Posted by: cynthia at January 30, 2009 4:57 PM

At least you know now for what you are spinning singles! I mean, in the most concrete way.

Eyes on the prize!

Posted by: Cathy-Cate at January 30, 2009 4:57 PM

I'm not a spinner. I tried it, and decided the fleece deserved better than me. But I find your creative process fascinating, and as a knitter, I have to say I'd be thrilled to take that cabled yarn off your hands, even though I, too, prefer appearance of the 3 ply. Gorgeous stuff.... great colors, and it all makes me want to touch it and work it.

Posted by: Ginny Palmieri at January 30, 2009 4:57 PM

That's fascinating...I didn't realize how much I didn't know about spinning. Can't wait to see where this thing goes...

Oh, and the yarn is beautiful :)

Posted by: KathrynGrace at January 30, 2009 4:58 PM

It's so nice to see the exact same colors and fibers comingled in such different ply configurations. Much easier to imagine how commercially spun yarn might knit up after seeing a demo like this....

Posted by: Kalani at January 30, 2009 5:00 PM

It's gorgeous; I'd go with the 3-ply too. But be careful!! Wash and block your swatch to make sure the gauge is still honest. Otherwise, when you wash and block your perfect gauge sweater, you may get a horrible surprise..... Besides, you have time to do that- you still have singles to spin.

Posted by: Lobug at January 30, 2009 5:03 PM

I really do love the two-ply, but that three-ply is downright wonderful. Great choice. I can't wait to see the sweater done in this yarn (not that I'm pressuring you here.)

Posted by: lene (not that one) at January 30, 2009 5:05 PM

Ooh nice! That swatch would certainly help motivate me to continue spinning/plying, if of course I knew how....

Posted by: Carol B at January 30, 2009 5:08 PM

Song suggestion: given the gorgeousness of the three-ply, the spot on gauge check, sweater name, and piggy-backing on Rams' suggestion, how about "Luck be a Lady Tonight"?

Posted by: Sarah JS at January 30, 2009 5:11 PM

Thanks for those pictures and descriptions of the yarns! I'm a new spinner and didn't know what this cabled yarn was that I keep hearing about, or why do a 3-ply when you can do just 2 and be done with it. And now I have a crush on your 3-ply.

Posted by: Nicole at January 30, 2009 5:15 PM

I know I'm crazy for saying this, but isn't it more important that it's 18 when it's blocked? Not 18 now? Especially since it's handspun, it might change...cause it's like that.

Posted by: Amy at January 30, 2009 5:16 PM

Love how the 3-ply turned out. It will make a right pur-tee sweater! I have loved my own FLS and can't wait to see yours. Best wishes for a nice weekend.

Posted by: Amy in Loozyana at January 30, 2009 5:18 PM

Agreed. The three-ply is your only choice. Lovely.

@thepope: Wouldn't that be a ply-by-ply?

Posted by: The Simpleton at January 30, 2009 5:19 PM

and maybe if you have any extra of that sexy pretty yarn you made, you could give it to tina. heard she's begging! lol baaaaaaa

Posted by: marcy at January 30, 2009 5:21 PM

Love the process -- thanks for the show-and-tell.

Posted by: Jocely at January 30, 2009 5:24 PM

I can't decide which part of that post was the most entertaining! Love the yarn, as ever I am completely impressed by you!

Posted by: Sarah B. at January 30, 2009 5:26 PM

Oh lordy, you are funny!

Posted by: Heidi at January 30, 2009 5:30 PM

I find that when I turned 18, I wore the low cut shirt, but I didn't have the fake ID. Always good to know that somewhere, there's going to be a good 18. Somewhere.

Posted by: Convivialiddell at January 30, 2009 5:35 PM

I like seeing the different yarn types swatched up and have to say that the cabled yarn looks like it would make a good structural helmet at that gauge! Just the thing for biking or fighting gangs in the streets.

Posted by: Seanna Lea at January 30, 2009 5:39 PM

I love the 3 ply! I find it too is my favorite when spinning. Though when I'm plying I have to make sure I have time to finish the bobbin, I can't just wind off the 3 ply like I can the 2 ply at the drop of a hat.

Still can't wait to see the sweater in person!

Posted by: Michele at January 30, 2009 5:40 PM

Neato! Spinning is in my future. Not today or tomorrow but somewhere out there in front of me.

Posted by: Amy Jo at January 30, 2009 5:40 PM

Figured that was the conclusion you would come to about the cabled yarn. It has its moments, but drape isn't one of them.

Your 3 looks lovely.

You know, if you spun a bit finer you could do a 6-ply, or even a twelver. Ever see Maratona?

Posted by: Sylvia at January 30, 2009 5:42 PM

Such lovely colors. I think your plan worked out very nicely. 3 ply it is!!

Posted by: Susan B. at January 30, 2009 5:44 PM

That is some NICE-looking yarn!

Posted by: Su at January 30, 2009 5:52 PM

That is some of the most beautiful yarn I've ever seen :) I can't wait to see how it transforms into a sweater.

Posted by: Angela at January 30, 2009 6:02 PM

something pretty but dense is of limited use......he he he.

Posted by: Gina at January 30, 2009 6:07 PM

No, no, I think you need to spin a buncha other stuff and make a buncha other swatches and write a buncha other posts about it. No really.

I'm loving the whole entertainment factor!

Posted by: inky at January 30, 2009 6:12 PM

I love 3 ply. I'm working on one, too. I guess I'm more a Spinner-knitter than a Knitter-spinner, so thanks for the swatch process pictures, 'cause I never would have bothered, and they are very informative!

Pretty, but dense....hahahaha!

Posted by: lauraRose at January 30, 2009 6:16 PM

Beautiful yarn, all three types. I do have to admit that I preferred the 3 ply as well, even before the swatch.

Posted by: Faerielady at January 30, 2009 6:20 PM

Now you've gone and made me grow up after happily spinning and using one-ply forever! They're all beautiful, but agree about the three. WOW off to figure out how to do that

Posted by: Alison at January 30, 2009 6:28 PM

Sigh. I am just learning to spin, and all my yarns are chunky weight. I am told "enjoy that beginner yarn now, you'll never get it again" but I am impatient to get the lovely looking singles you obtain!! Gorgeous!!! If I three plied my stuff it would have to be knit on size 20 needles (if such a size existed, my set only goes up to 17~)

Posted by: Nancy at January 30, 2009 6:43 PM

The three ply is perfect. It really shows the colors beautifully. I went stash diving for February Lady earlier this month but without success. You are inspiring me toward my first handspun sweater.

Posted by: Jenn at January 30, 2009 6:44 PM

very nice yarn in all 3 versions. but the 3 ply being exactly the right weight is a sign, don't you think?

Posted by: sue b at January 30, 2009 6:48 PM

As much as I love a good squishy 2 ply that 3 looks gorgeous.

I've not worked with cabled yarn before. Is this something that is available commercially or only with handspun?

Posted by: Megan D at January 30, 2009 7:05 PM

Love the three-ply (also the way you managed to take a break from those singles without shovelling the drive), and the comment on all things pretty and dense. Once more, knitting and life come together like a venn diagram...

Posted by: Jocelyn at January 30, 2009 7:13 PM

I like the choices, and I like your final choice too--I was excitedly swatching today too and started a great sweater! I think my swatch may become a secret inside pocket.

Posted by: Liz P at January 30, 2009 7:18 PM

Wow! Not very artistic or articulate of me...but wow is what came to mind. I love the three ply and it will make an amazing February Lady. But I have to admit I like the two ply almost as much (ok colors are a little more me). Great work and one day I will join the spinning ranks!!

Posted by: Jenn at January 30, 2009 7:27 PM

What fibercrone said - are you planning to do a Navajo ply or work from 3 separate bobbins? Navajo plying is one of my all-time favorite things to do; so relaxing and meditative. And it makes the yarn look so good.

Posted by: Elisa at January 30, 2009 7:35 PM

Stephanie, I love all the different yarns. I am really interested in the cabled yarn. I have looked on you-tube to see it demonstrated but no luck. I am wondering how you ply it against itself. You can't over twist the whole bobbin and start in the middle, so it must be something like Navajo plying. Could you explain? Thanks Ruth

Posted by: Ruth at January 30, 2009 7:47 PM

Thanks so much for the plying and the pictures. I got some Polworth from Rovings for Christmas and have been spinning, and spinning and ah spinning and your right that bag is not getting emptier. Now it's narrowed down to 2-ply or 3-ply but if I Navajo plyed I could keep the stripes better Yep narrowed down the choices.

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Posted by: dana at January 30, 2009 8:04 PM

Thanks for weaving us through all those subtleties of color and texture, drapery and more, with you. Who knew? [what decisions a spinner makes, not being one - yet.] And what a nice carrot for those of us on the fence.

Posted by: Vivian at January 30, 2009 8:10 PM

No matter how you slice, dice, chop, cut, or any other weird metaphor all those yarns were gorgeous. I think you are going to have a beautiful sweater.

Posted by: Robin at January 30, 2009 8:16 PM

Beautiful 3-ply! It's amazing the variations one can get. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Sheryl at January 30, 2009 8:18 PM

Very informative for the non-spinning knitter. Helps me understand some of the yarns I'm knitting better. Will now pay more attention.

Ummm, so how much of the February Lady have you knit? Umm, just askin'....

Posted by: Cath at January 30, 2009 8:21 PM

Wow...that cabled yarn is sexy indeed! 3 ply looks really good too! Wish I had your spinning skills (well, actually, I wish ANY spinning skills really lol).

Posted by: Jessica at January 30, 2009 8:25 PM

not about the yarn so much
it is lovely-i have been on you tube
funny funny bright lady are you

Posted by: elizabeth a airhart at January 30, 2009 8:42 PM

Ooh, you are right, I love how each of the three different colors sort of comes in and out of the stitches. Very nice, it's so nice to see such a lovely well rounded 18 these days.

Posted by: Tracey at January 30, 2009 8:56 PM

the 3-ply looks lovely, and your fake-ID comment cracked me up. hi, i'm a new reader! (i'm juniperjune on ravelry.)

Posted by: juniperjune at January 30, 2009 9:13 PM

The cabled yarn looks almost like rope to me, but in the right bulky knit pattern, it would be great. I agree with the 3 ply, but don't skip the step of washing and blocking before confirming the gauge. Or not!

Posted by: Liz at January 30, 2009 9:15 PM

That final three ply is truly lovely. I am also a spinner, and still consider myself a new spinner, though I've been at it two years. I struggle with how to make the right yarn for a particular project. Usually I spin the yarn and stash it, and the project comes later. I'm impressed at your ability to do it the other way. That takes talent, and determination. Do you have one of those gizmos that measure your yarn and tell you WPI. It's clear plastic and it's great for maintaining consistancy.

Posted by: missmoonbeam at January 30, 2009 10:08 PM

"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use."

Best line EVER.

Posted by: Ari at January 30, 2009 10:24 PM

I like the 3 ply best too, although, a 3 ply means that you need to spin that many more singles...

Posted by: Dawn at January 30, 2009 11:46 PM

I love the three ply.
Reading your post was just what I needed tonight. I just spent 14 hours teaching high school kids, then working a basketball game. "low cut shirt, and fake ID in it's pocket", and "pretty but dense" made me laugh out loud!

Posted by: bobbiet at January 31, 2009 12:16 AM

I don't spin and didn't wade through the comments. Does the 3-ply allow you to start knitting before you finish the spinning and still have a consistant result? Or should I expect to see you knitting on this in the lobby/bar at Madrona?

Of course, my Madrona sweater's not finished and I started in November, plus planned two. I hope to only be knitting the second in the lobby.

Posted by: KarenJoSeattle at January 31, 2009 12:26 AM

The cabled yarn has me very interested. I am surprised that you find it elastic, but I can believe it doesn't have much drape. What would be a good use for it? I can only think of a box-shaped jacket, but obviously I don't really have a clue.

I have knitted Patons Totem (my second jersey about 36 years ago) I didn't realise it was 'cabled', I seem to remember it quite differently.

Posted by: StellaMM at January 31, 2009 12:38 AM

That is some seriously lovely three-ply.

Posted by: Syne Mitchell at January 31, 2009 1:02 AM

Greg Kinnear just mentioned your blog on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Posted by: Hi at January 31, 2009 1:06 AM

I seriously just saw Greg Kinnear talk about you on Conan, while reading your blog. Awesome!

Posted by: leah at January 31, 2009 2:53 AM

Oooh! I think all your yarns are lovely, and what a great color! I have to agree with you that Cabled yarns are too cool, but can be heavy. I tend to find that mine aren't usually very elastic. I can certainly see why you picked out the 3-ply though. I can't believe you got gauge the very first try on that yarn! I never get gauge! I do have to confess that I really like the 2 ply. I love the random bits of standout color, but I'm a sick woman that doesn't mind pooling either so there you go. Happy spinning!

Posted by: Dyepotgirl at January 31, 2009 3:13 AM

That fiber reminds me of chocolate covered cherries!

Posted by: Barbara at January 31, 2009 3:21 AM

To tell you the truth, a yarn (and as a swatch) I love the cabled yarn the most.It would make a gorgeous stockinett sweater. But then again you are right it would be just too busy for the lace pattern on the FLS... I can't wait to see how the knitting will go...
I heard from many sources it is a fast knitting, but then when I did a kid version (size xxs on DK yarn and 3mm needles) it seemed like a never-ending project.

Posted by: peony67 at January 31, 2009 3:29 AM

Your handspun is beautiful in all three versions. I think spinning is a near miracle anyway.... The February Lady will be gorgeous in the three-ply!

However, there is another project I have been faithfully following (for years). How is Joe's gansey coming along?

Posted by: Karen at January 31, 2009 5:01 AM

The three-ply is beautiful and I think it's a great choice. I have only ever done Navajo ply and two-ply yarns but you've inspired me to try a three-ply yarn next time.

Posted by: Georgia at January 31, 2009 7:55 AM

I do so LOVE how you think and write !!
Thanks for making me laugh out loud every day !
And helping me survive my teenage daughters !!
And yes always something to learn here !!!
Knitters Rule.... especially you Stephanie !!

Posted by: Christiann at January 31, 2009 8:05 AM

Wow. Simply wow. I love the yarn!
Can I roll in it??? :)

Posted by: Jo at January 31, 2009 8:30 AM

"pretty, but dense" ... if there were a Nobel Prize for tersely accurate linguistics, you'd be a sure-fire top contender for this one. Thank you from the bottom of my language-loving heart!

And my commendations for your thorough experimenting. As a fellow handspinner who takes the craft seriously, it's hats off all round. Beautiful 3-ply, btw :o)

Posted by: Dana Watsham at January 31, 2009 9:19 AM

I totally spit coffee on my monitor in response to your insightful statement:

"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use."

So true, so true.

That 3-ply is truly lovely, and how awesome that you ended up with exactly the gauge you wanted. That sweater is going to be fantastic.

So did the swatching help you have renewed vigor for making more (and more and more) singles?

Posted by: Michelle at January 31, 2009 9:29 AM

I agree, the 3-ply is just lovely. I'm not a big fan of two ply and though the cabled is nice it's almost too busy but that 3-ply just ZINGS! (an elegant zing, but still).

Beautiful work!

Posted by: Kelly at January 31, 2009 9:30 AM

Thanks so much for the laugh - your characterizations of a good, honest "18" are priceless and wholly quotable. Off topic: just finished a sock and cast on for second. I begin to realize the the charm of sockness. I may be hooked . . . .

Posted by: Simonette at January 31, 2009 10:01 AM

Should you be shoveling snow? You need to heal so you can skip from one place to another at Madrona. The three ply is definately the prettiest when swatched. The colors of the roving/yarn are fabulous. I cable-ply my middle daughter's hair before she goes out to play sometimes. This style holds better than braids, which tend to slip out of her fine locks. Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by: Heide at January 31, 2009 10:11 AM

Hmmmm, I wonder if anyone is willing to bet on how long you will be able to hold off on starting to knit the February Lady? I give you 24 hours before you cave. Maybe not even.

It's a great pattern and a fun knit. Heathered yarn is perfect for it. Seeing your yarn makes me want to knit a second.

Posted by: Helen at January 31, 2009 10:22 AM

These posts give a fascinating look at the wool-to-sweater process--if you have time, it would be really instructive at the end to be able to see pictures (side by side) of the roving, the singles, the plied yarn, and the sweater. I'd love to see exactly how the colors from the roving play out in the sweater.

How are you spinning the singles? (from rolags, straight from the roving...? short draw, long draw?)

Such beautiful stuff!

Posted by: Julia at January 31, 2009 10:40 AM

I saw on the twitter comments that you are doing a 2010 page a day calendar again. How can you possibly think of another 365 things to say about knitting???

Posted by: Diane at January 31, 2009 11:15 AM

The sweet husband comes to the door and speaks his usual: "You're making a lot of noise in here." Of course, he sees that I am at the keyboard, whooping and clapping at the monitor and realizes ...oh, the Yarn Harlot. Stephanie, you continually amaze and entertain me with your writing, all the while tutoring. Thank you again for the lesson.
Also, I agree with the Kismet of Three. Fly with it.

Posted by: bj from Red Bird Ranch at January 31, 2009 11:20 AM

I just got net back and came to look at all you've done since I've been gone.
I saw your beautiful peacock feathers. I had that pattern for quite awhile before I got the nerve to try it. But once I started it, it went surprisingly fast. I didn't get to use the yarn I wanted to, but I settled for something that came out nice.
If you would like to see my version it's here:
And here is the blocking:

Posted by: Micky at January 31, 2009 12:30 PM

I agree with the 3-ply...it really is beautiful! I also appreciate the lesson (with pictures) of what plying is. Before when you talked about, I told my oh-so-uninterested husband, that "I must not be much of a knitter if I had no idea what she was talking about". Now I can speak of ply with a bit more knowledge. I am still struggling to figure out the difference between weights though.

Posted by: summer at January 31, 2009 12:43 PM

Huh? I am just trying to get my swatches done for Madrona...with the yarn that was *sent to me* for my Catherine Lowe class. !!! Spinning yarn and knitting a sweater for Madrona is right out.

Posted by: KnittingInMind at January 31, 2009 1:22 PM

"Sadly, as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use." Hee, hee, ho, ho! You crack me up!

Posted by: lilly at January 31, 2009 1:44 PM

Oh, man - I am *in love* with that cabled yarn you made, but you are right: 3-ply it is. It's gorgeous and just perfect for what you need it for. Thanks so much for sharing your sampling with us! You've inspired me (for which I also thank you). I've decided I *can* spin up enough yarn for a sweater for myself (and I NEVER wear 'em, but I can't resist any longer - I'm going to start wearing sweaters, really, truly.), so I guess I'd better get my carder cranking. I'm lucky in the height/weight dept., too: 4'10" and 108 lbs, so hopefully I won't need to spin up so much that I get discouraged by how long it takes ::fingers crossed::

Posted by: Connie at January 31, 2009 2:02 PM

You are so right! And boy do I want to learn how to spin!

Posted by: Liela at January 31, 2009 2:11 PM

gorgeous. and I think it makes perfect sense to figure out how you want to make what you want to make before you make it..

Posted by: gaila G! at January 31, 2009 3:06 PM

so lovely...it would appear that cabled yarn would be a good choice for a jacket?

Posted by: beverly at January 31, 2009 3:54 PM

absolutely gorgeous. i can't wait to see how it knits up into the full garment! =)

Posted by: Debbi at January 31, 2009 5:05 PM

Yeah... but how sexy can 18 be if it isn't just a little bit 'bad'?

Posted by: shanny mac at January 31, 2009 5:16 PM

The colors together are absolute, subdued, warm beauty.


Posted by: SunshineDreams at January 31, 2009 5:17 PM

colors are gorgeous and all of that stuff but this..."A good, honest 18 that doesn't have on a low cut shirt, and fake ID in it's pocket on a Friday night. 18....a masterpiece. You should write a book.

Posted by: Darci at January 31, 2009 6:24 PM

Diane at 11:15's got your number kid. There's nothing left to say about knitting. That well's gone dry, that fruit's a shrunken husk, it's all dust and ashes. We've all been humoring you here, but the cat's out of the bag. The presses are grinding down, the computer screen is blank. Too bad, but there it is. Move along. Nothing to see. Kaput. Zilch. Zip.

Posted by: rams at January 31, 2009 6:52 PM

Yeah, Rams, you're right. It's only our comments keeping the whole thing going anyway, right?

Posted by: Presbytera at January 31, 2009 7:00 PM

Rams and Presbytera, you guys crack me up!

Stephanie, this post is one great example of why you just got voted best blog in Canada. Educational, informative, making what might seem to be a dull subject not just interesting but downright fascinating, and a few good belly laughs thrown in for good measure.

You are a genuinely gifted writer! And a good spinner, too. A good spinner who, by her skill, is an excellent missionary for the craft. It's my next hobby, I promise, for when (a) I win the lottery so I can afford it, and (b) I win the lottery so I don't have to work any more so I have the time. Or so I keep telling myself. Because I hear the siren song of the beautiful fiber when I see handspun as gorgeous as yours!

Posted by: Laura at January 31, 2009 8:39 PM

Okay I must be a little slow... but can someone tell me what the heck a gansey is? I have never heard of one before. Please help this poor muddled Aussie gal have a clue.

Posted by: Angela at January 31, 2009 10:07 PM

GORGEOUS!!!! yet one more example why you do what you do!!!! I am almost ashamed to admit that my Feb. Lady Sweater is being knit in Woolease... of course, that makes it 100% washable which in my world, right now w/ little daughter and another child on the way... a necessity!

Posted by: rachelb at January 31, 2009 10:09 PM

Late last night, I finally finished the ever so enjoyable 'task' of reading this entire blog. (I started from the beginning, as I hate to come in 'in the middle'). I was really surprised to realize that I can comment now, and not be three (or more) years too late!! Thank you for a spectacular blog, one which has made me laugh out loud on many occasions (my roommate thinks I'm bananas).

Quick question that's been bothering me for a while: Is SSK the same as K2tog tbl? I can't see any difference in them, but I just want to check...

Posted by: Tamar at January 31, 2009 10:51 PM

I'm so glad to see you giving examples of experimentation. So many people are afraid to launch out and give it a go, just to see what it might look like a different way. Good for you! I like your 3 ply best as well.

Posted by: Barbara at January 31, 2009 11:15 PM

yo my chica Stephie, i would love it if you could direct us to a video or show us how to cable ply, because that is some sexiness right there yo

Posted by: dez at January 31, 2009 11:55 PM

your twist looks totally under control. what did you do to solve the under-twist problem?


Posted by: annie at February 1, 2009 12:06 AM

Oh, isn't it nice to have a clear vision of where you are going! So much better for finishing the work needed to get to the knitting. It will be a truly lovely sweater. I hope to be able to see it at Madrona.

Posted by: PICAdrienne at February 1, 2009 12:48 AM

You totally rock Stephanie! Your sweater will be beautiful!

I am still (since Summer) put off blocking and seaming up the pieces of my first sweater - since I didn't truly find out about gauge and blocking until after I'd finished the knitting the pieces.

I will use you as an inspiration to plan ahead for next time. :D

Posted by: JennyBeth at February 1, 2009 1:04 AM

LOVE the three-ply! Oh, so pretty...

Posted by: Susan at February 1, 2009 1:34 AM

Long time reader, first time commentor. First I'd like to thank you for my new joyful habit: checking your blog daily. I'm a knitter from Egypt who was touched by the magic stick of yarn and got ever since addicted. Re your FLS, I loved all three samples of yarn up here (I never tried spinning and don't know how to). But personally I prefer the 2 ply cuz with the lace and garter I'd find 3 colors a bit - I don't know, noisy? I mean there will be enough going on with the sweater in terms of pattern. It's only my opnion and I hope I am not intruding or anything. I realize this is YOUR living room after all :)
Love Love Love every single thing you write Ms. Stephanie.

Posted by: Dina at February 1, 2009 1:52 AM

"something pretty but dense is of limited use." May I please use that phrase when giving my daughter advice on how to choose her boyfriends? :)

Posted by: Tara at February 1, 2009 2:52 AM

I'm glad you chose the three-ply - it's far and away my favorite. And the colours are just gorgeous together. (I put that "u" in there since it seemed only polite to spell in Canadian when commenting on a Canadian blog....) (bloug?)

Posted by: lizbon at February 1, 2009 4:57 AM

PS. Though I apparently forgot about the "u" in favourite...

Posted by: lizbon at February 1, 2009 4:58 AM

BSG : my theory is that everyone is a Cylon. There's no other explaination for it. How can the final five be born, grow up, grow old, possibly die & re-do it again in a human society? How could the humans never know? We know they can reproduce now. Earth had no humans. So, my theory is there are different models of cylons. Everyone is one. Starbuck? Rest my case ;-)Oh and buckle in, I think they will kill the admiral.

You've inspired me to knit socks for my show, Lost. Thanks!

Also, I plan on spinning my FLS. I had already settled on a 3 ply as well. BFL that I'll spin then dye (color undetermined). What wool or blend are you using?

Keep sane,

Posted by: Rhonda at February 1, 2009 6:50 AM

I need to learn to spin woolen.

That is all.
and I agree 3 ply is gorgeous...

Posted by: traceyinmichigan at February 1, 2009 10:29 AM

I'm so ignorant about yarn technicalities (I'm the sort that just chooses by colors most of the times) that I serioulsy like this kind of explanations. Thank you!

Posted by: Andrea at February 1, 2009 2:14 PM

Wow! Stephanie, that 3-ply is stellar. I can't wait to see how it knits up. I'll be at Madrona, too, I hope to get a glimpse of it in person. All of this is really making me want to learn to spin.

Posted by: Jessi at February 1, 2009 3:52 PM

I really like the 3ply too. The question I have is: Are you sure you have enough to make a 3 ply?

Posted by: Beverly at February 1, 2009 5:39 PM

Do you ever use a blending hackle to create a more heathered yarn? I like the 3-ply as well...very much actually. But sometimes as a spinner I do not want a 3-ply but 2-ply yarn. Hence, I've gotten into using my drumcarder and blending hackle to create heathered rovings (not so stripey but still richly textural when spun). Cheers to you!

Posted by: Pepper at February 1, 2009 7:48 PM

I have this hazy memory of an example of how to count stitches in a swatch that involved a full 4", cast off, washed, pinned out ... I'm delighted to see that your real life swatches are exactly the same size as my own. :-) That wine deep maroon merle you're coming up with is my favorite color. Sadly, for me, I'm 5'10 and certainly not an xxs so I guess your February Lady will be safe from my thieving, wine-colored-coveting hands.

Posted by: Becky at February 1, 2009 8:24 PM

I was away teaching at a knitting retreat very close to Rhinebeck over the weekend, and I am just now checking to see what you wrote.
Love the 3 ply!!!

By now you probably have abandoned spinning the singles, and finished the yoke of the sweater. Am I right? :)

Friday was also my birthday, and I want to thank you again for linking to me. What a thrill. It was a really nice birthday present.

Posted by: karin at February 1, 2009 9:12 PM

What lovely yarns. Even the ones you don't want to use on the sweater look as if they would be wonderful in a different project.

Um, yesterday you started describing aran, and worsted, and so on, on the "old" system. Would it be possible for you to explain that some more? I mean, it sounds as if yarns changed designations every couple of stitches. Did they change plies, as well? Or "hardness"? I don't know- I mean, I read nice books talking about "worsted" versus " low- twist" single ply fine, versus single ply coarse. They assume a much greater knowledge of yarn than I've got.

I mean, my "native" yarn is four- ply acrylic from the seventies. It is native! My great- grandmother used it for afghans, my cousin used it for doll-topped dresses for toilet paper- which I thought were beautiful- pink and ruffly long, tiered dresses, and accessorized with little sunhats. Fancy ones had fake pearls knitted in.

It was the biggest leap of faith to spend $12 on real wool for two hats for the boys.


Posted by: ari at February 2, 2009 12:45 AM

"as I find with people, something pretty but dense is of limited use"

This statement is most definitely full of WIN!!!

Made my day :-)

nice 3-ply btw. First time I've seen chain plying close up too. Purty.

Posted by: Helen at February 2, 2009 4:52 AM

Stephanie, I love your play-by-play of the processes that you go through to decide color, and thickness of the yarns that you make and the clothes you make from the yarn. I so wish I had the time to learn how to spin and create my own garments - maybe it is something I can shoot for when I retire. Regardless, thanks for sharing the process with us. Oh, and the 3-ply is georgeous!

Posted by: Tonja at February 2, 2009 8:31 AM

How come your swatch is picture 2 is only 9 stitches? Did it still measure 10cm?

I've always been told that a swatch needs to be at least 4 x4 inchs (10cm) to get an accurate measurment. Admittedly, I only really swatched for the one sweater I've ever made (for my mom), but if I could do smaller swatches, I probably would knit more of them for most of my projects.

Posted by: Stacey at February 2, 2009 8:46 AM

How come your swatch is picture 2 is only 9 stitches? Did it still measure 10cm?

I've always been told that a swatch needs to be at least 4 x4 inchs (10cm) to get an accurate measurment. Admittedly, I only really swatched for the one sweater I've ever made (for my mom), but if I could do smaller swatches, I probably would knit more of them.

Posted by: Stacey at February 2, 2009 8:49 AM

SORRY!!! I completely blame the computer for posting 4 times! Bad computer, bad computer!!

Posted by: Stacey at February 2, 2009 8:52 AM

They are all gorgeous...but I agree with the three ply; it is very, very nice. I can't wait to see the rest of the yarn, after the singles are finished of course!

Posted by: Jamisyn at February 2, 2009 9:45 AM

Just saying, but this is an awful lot like my starting to clean a room in my house instead of grading papers. Avoiding one thing by doing something else of value doesn't get the avoided activity out of the way!

Posted by: LisaDinPA at February 2, 2009 9:58 AM

This very interesting post reveals how those plys become beautiful, usable yarn. The three ply was clearly the best of the bunch.
Thank you from a non-spinner for a peak into the workings of creating yarn.

Posted by: Lydia at February 2, 2009 9:59 AM

I have no idea if you read your comments past No. 200, but in case you do, curiousity is making me ask: How did you spin the Rovings roving? Did you section the colors and spin a bobbin of mostly one color? Did you spin randomly? We spinners want to know! TIA! :o)

Posted by: elizabeth at February 2, 2009 12:09 PM

That's just beautiful....I sure wish I could spin, lol

Posted by: Erika at February 2, 2009 1:43 PM

Hey baby, I have a pair of Signature Stilettos and I'll knit you at 16.... stop by.

Posted by: Julie at February 2, 2009 5:09 PM

Lovely post -- LOVE the 3 ply.

Posted by: Carolynn at February 2, 2009 9:24 PM

The 3 ply is beautiful! You had me crying while I was reading the yarn pick up lines. Laughing. So. Hard. It. Hurts.

Posted by: Paula at February 3, 2009 9:37 AM

All of it is beautiful! I think I'd want to start knitting immediately! how do you hold yourself back? (or is that the reward for finishing all the singles?)

Posted by: eliza at February 3, 2009 3:06 PM