Believe it or not, I actually knit on both Saturday *and* Sunday this past weekend. I'm even going to knit tonight!!! I finished up a repeat on the Kiri and fixed that lace boo-boo from last week. Tonight I hope to get one more repeat done and then I think I'll just put on the border. I know I keep saying that, but this time I really mean it. I will have leftover yarn that I'll have to make a scarf or something else with. I don't like having odds and ends of yarn. It seems wasteful somehow to me for stuff to be leftover like that and then I have to go find some other project to use the leftovers in. I'll just have to deal with it.
While I was being productive this weekend, I also washed up the bin full of teased Coopworth and part of a fleece from 2002 or 2003. It's got lots of curl to it, but I have no idea what it is. Some sort of long-wool. The Coopworth is one of three fleeces I have from Hidden Valley Farm, which was featured in SpinOff not too long ago. I have at least one other gray fleece and one or two cream colored ones. My intention with the two gray fleeces (one dark and one light) was to spin and weave myself a Lord of the Rings cloak. I don't know that I'll actually do that, but I might.
I also came to the conclusion that I need to buy a drum carder. I'm not going to ever get around to shipping the fleeces off to be processed, at least not without worrying the entire time about whether or not the fleeces are being handled how I want them handled. Frankly, with the shipping costs both ways, it's not that much more expensive to get the drum carder and then I can amortize the cost over all the future fleeces I'll bring home since I doubt I'll quit buying fleeces. I would also have the option of blending fibers much easier with the drum carder. Right now I'm restricted to hand cards or my English combs. I do have several ounces of soy silk and Ingeo that would be lovely blended in with some fine wool. Conveniently I have just a couple pounds or so of merino roving....
No, I didn't knit on this sweater. I just finally got a picture posted of it. All it needs is the shawl collar knitted onto it and I can call it *done*! I even managed to find the pattern for it this weekend! It's Mexicali Baby Ole from the Summer 2003, Knitters'. I'm using Socknitters' Rainbow from Lorna's Laces. This was the colorway which was going to be sold exclusively to members of the Socknitters group, but somehow ended up going into general production once it became popular. The purple for the collar and center stripe is Socka.
And on that note, I'm going to logoff and knit while watching I, Robot. :o)