Episode 325

I am so incredibly pleased with this Eun sweater (designed by Ane Fiskum Sunde) and knit with Cascade 220 Sport and Shibui Silk Cloud held together. Details of the modifications are discussed in this episode and they appear on my Ravelry entry for this project.

Here is my completed spin of 1/4 fleece from Lenore of Shepherd’s Hey farm. This fiber was washed and carded, then spun and plied on my Löuet s10 DT. I have 1000+ yards and my plan is to knit Hatsuki, a relaxed pullover with wide rib and lace details, designed by rievive.

Over the next 100 days, I’ll be using meditative time in the morning to spin on my small but cherished collection of suspended spindles. Pictured here is my favorite of the lot, an Aegean spindle from Jenkins Spindles. In my spindle box is one of my favorite Wendell Berry passages, as well as rolags that I’ve created from my fiber stash. One set of three rolags takes about a week to spin — then I’ll post some photos in IG, remove that turtle from my spindle, and choose another spindle for the upcoming week. Look for Sunday posts to my IG stories or seen the accumulating posts HERE.

In addition to signing on to #the100dayproject, as prompted by Beverly Army in her Creative Endeavors newsletter, I also added my name to her list of paper cut postcard recipients and received this striking card in the mail. Seeing the work of other makers accumulate over 100 days is incredibly motivating and serves as a source of inspiration, too.

Since completing the Eun sweater, I have returned to knitting on this sweater with a botanical motif. The yarn is fingering weight yarn dyed by Patricia of Tidal Yarns, and it is an absolute dream. Here I have just completed the colorwork, which is an altered version of the chart for Pusteblumen, truncated to take up 40 columns and about 70 rows. I’m using numbers and directions for the Därta sweater that I knit this fall, with some modifications like a split hem. Thank goodness I kept some very good notes the first time I knit this sweater! Projects like this allow me to exercise my design mind and create the exact garment that I want.

POEM: “Purification” by Wendell Berry, from Teaching with Fire

Orange is a very special space in Delaware Water Gap, PA. Click the link for more information on events and openings at Orange. I am working to develop a series of handwork / slow fashion courses that will take place this summer in this inviting, well-lit, and tranquil space. When courses are available, they will be listed on the EVENTS page.