This is how dearest Julia looks today. The little red is holder fo the neck stiches. I have just started with the sleeves. This I'm doing with a pattern. And, great advice coming to start with sleeves just do not work for me. When I see the result I get happy. I'm actually fond of this Rowan Summer Classic Garden 11 pattern Julia in Cashcotton 4ply. It is soft, lace and has the right colour for a use all fall. Looks like a little too open neck, (yes, I DID follow the pattern, almost).Of course I had to add size, since all Rowan sizes are for Twiggy models and ends at L or XL. This is XXXL, hoping to fit me. Also, I did remake it into circular (have I not told you this before?) But my great new job in Linköping (and Kista) but same company will definitely give me 1-2 hours knitting on the train.
So, sorry Linköping knitters, going on a saturday on a train excursion to knit has too much work-flair to me. Even if the company would be great. Second summer progress is doing the sleeves (YES, THEY ARE TOO BIG) but I refuse to frog them. The pattern is all my own, and it is done in Garnstudio's yarn Muscat (mercisised cotton). It is very comfortable. I just do not feel finished with them. I wanted to do an Icord in dark purple to finish neck, sleeves and bottom (no it is just rolling). But somehow It didn't look ok, and I might do that next summer. Now it is in use. And heavy like my MC-tires (ok, car-tires!). But that is a result of sitting to much on my butt, and my hubbies excellent cooking. He have promised to lay of with the coconut-cream wooks (green curry), which are fantastic but builds. On the other hand. I use a lot of yarn ;-) But sweater takes a long time to make compared to those small medium persons, I really envy. Yes, I know I can do something about it. I do not envy them enough,and knitting is FUN! But, Now I will show my spinning progress. And I know this is not the "best even spun yarn". But, I have been experimenting of making it, with different tensions, different ways. So, from the left is "spun directly uncarded, unwashed from raw fleece" (Swe: spinna från tott). Second is spun from Fardhem (swe: Kardflor") carded sheet of wonderfully soft Gotlands pels sheep. I experimented trying to make it in the same thickness as SORK (which was not easy) but it is very soft spun, ok most of it. I realized I do not have SORK yarn enough to a sweater, so I better spin in myself ;-) The third brown-white (also in close-up) is shetland (brown) and swedish (white) wool done on my handspindle, and is only one threaded. It will be a shawl. (Here you see my skills by hand is far beyond the Elizabeth Ashford wheel, which feels a bit wobbly. Need to check it with Gudrun - my specialist and trainer ;-) The far right is just shetland on the wheel 2-twined. I was actually quite happy with that since it is a start of my "falling leaves tree- coat." I think it is a bit dry, but easy to spin, but I might try and spray it a bit with water and oil. On this loarge picture you see the softspun and 2- twined gotland hank (that I actually did today) in comparision. Very rewarding. It just did itself. I had a plan to spin up all I have got rather quickly. So nothing lies and get bad... that would be a disaster. But Sleeves are on the agenda. I have some more that is waiting for that. But first I'm hard working Julia to the end. I'm surprised by myself. I really want something completed for a change. Maybe because I need something to wear at my new job. Take care dearest friends out there.