I'm all caught up after my ten-day trip to Florida (surprisingly boring, really) and have some finished objects to show you. I didn't take any knitting to Florida--can't stand to knit in the heat--but I finished my Clapotis shortly after we got back.
And this past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a needle felting class with Julia at Yarns in the Farms in Beverly Farms. One of the shop owners, Jill, is really a genius at needle felting--it's sort of like she's painting with wool (see photos on website). I like to think my novice attempt at needle felting turned out to be a trivet. At least, that's how we're using it around the house. While Julia and I both felt that our felting would have been improved with, shall we say, stronger artistic skills, Julia made a fabulous dragon, so I think her artistic skills are just fine. (Of course, I forgot my camera, so I hope Julia posts a picture of her fab dragon).
And then on Sunday, because I just couldn't stop myself, I cast on with the blue yarn I've spun from the roving I bought at Spa. Have I actually finished spinning up the roving? Um, no, thankyouverymuch. But I have spun up about 800 yards, enough to get started on a sweater. And now I have some motivation to finish spinning the rest up!
The pattern is a bastardization of an old Berrocco pattern:
I deleted the flounce--because if there was a fabric less suited to flouncing than 4.5 st/in bulky merino on size 8 needles, I'd like to see it. So it will be (hopefully) a flounceless (hemmed) fitted V-neck cardigan in the end. I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the front edges or closure yet. I'm not sure I want to go with a zipper but I think the fabric might be too heavy and stiff for anything else.
Oh, and that tie in the center of the v-neck? Gone.