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I made more yarn, and I don’t know why

I’m still chugging away on the Mass Effect sweater, the front is almost finished. In the mean time, it’s so much faster to spin yarn than to knit it. I spun up six ounces of Frog Tree Meriboo, which is a 70/30 blend of merino/bamboo in “Kiwi.”

handspun yarn

This was a beautiful-looking ball of fiber, so nicely combed and soft. But I had a lot of trouble spinning it. It was hard to draft, and I didn’t do a good job of making the singles even, so it came out kinda weird-looking on the whole. Oh well.

People keep asking what I plan to do with the yarn I have been spinning. I have no idea. I label it and put it in the yarn bins and that’s pretty much the end of my thought process, there. At some point I might start selling it off, just to make room. Who knows.

Doing my part to help end the worldwide yarn shortage

I mean, there must be a worldwide yarn shortage, right? Why else would a perfectly sane person take time out of their busy schedule of playing video games to spin a skein of yarn by hand?

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This is Targhee wool from Abstract Fiber in the colorway Mt. Hood Rose. Like all reds, it doesn’t photograph well. I’m not usually a big fan of reds, but I am in love with all these shades of garnet.

Mass Effect cross stitch project: Complete!

I’m going to do the a-hole thing and point you to the post on my other blog about this project.

I cast on for the Armor Stripe Sweater last weekend. It’s… gonna take a while. Still working on it, though!

Sweater dreams, frogged and redesigned

It was a full four days after I ordered a sweater’s worth of brown bulky yarn before I had an epiphany. When I realized how close I came to missing the perfect opportunity for a masterpiece of nerd knitting (my specialty) I actually felt a bit dizzy.

Then I raced to the WEBS site to order enough Cascade 220 to make a black sweater with a red-and-white stripe down the right arm.

I guess this is a mass effect blog now

Called the “armor stripe,” this color scheme for N7 clothing and armor is one of the constants throughout the Mass Effect series. I already made an iPhone case, why not go all the way?

It’s a little more ambitious than designing one of the first Firefly hat patterns or knitting a Skyrim dishcloth. But I’m sure looking forward to it. And luckily, the pattern I had my eye on (Mason-Dixon Knitting’s Perfect Sweater, thanks to a suggestion from a reader) is worked in pieces flat. Which means it will be quite simple to add an intarsia stripe to one arm.

Now if the yarn will just get here, I’ll be all ready to go…