I did the spinning thing again yesterday. Another skein of the Rambouillet. Finished up that ball of roving which means there are four more to spin. Then the white for contrast or something. I'm still leaning towards the EZ Rib Warmer.
Although if I spin today, it'll be something other than the Rambouillet. I'm tired of spinning it and want a change. I requires a lot of pre-drafting, sticks to itself and doesn't like to be drafted in general. (Drafting is the pulling the roving to make it loose so that the fibers slip easily into a straight line and twist nicely into a yarn. When fiber drafts easily, it's much easier to get into a rhythm and make nice uniform yarn. The Ramouillet I have just doesn't want to draft easily at all, and therefore creates what I call a rustic yarn.) What I'll spin, I have no idea. hmmmm maybe the alpaca or llama I got almost a year ago at the Renaissance Festival....
Knitting...let's see. Oh, worked on the Mickey Mouse Waterloose socks. I've got about 3.5 inches of the first leg done. And I worked on the F & F Comfort Shawl. I put several of my Denise cords together and found that it's about 4 feet across the top of the shawl and about 24 inches to the point. I'm aiming for 36 inches to the point. I had quit adding width to it for about 2.5 to 3 inches, but I think I'll start those increases again to add a bit more width. Yes, it kinda puts a jag in the edge, but...when I'm wearing it, it won't be noticeable, and I was thinking about adding an edging to it anyway. Time will tell.
There is been a discussion on one of the knitting lists that started over the never ending discussions about copyright. Story is told of one designer that went over the deep end and sues/ed people for using other than the yarn called for, for changing colors, etc. No pictures of finished items could be published anywhere including the knitter's blog, etc. Then ensued lots of discussion, gossip, etc.
In the midst of all this someone stated that most of the knitters in the US wanted to only follow patterns exactly as written using the same yarns, yadda yadda yadda. Bottom line s/he felt that most American knitters show no creativity and can't even figure out how to substitute yarn or even yarn color when doing a pattern.
I'd poo poo this except when I was deep in the cross stitch world, there was a designer that did the same thing. To the extent that she couldn't find a judge that would allow her in his/her courtroom. She sued someone who had one of her designs hanging in the back ground of a professional done family portrait. And there were stitchers that said, "Oh I love that design, but I don't like pink so I can't stitch it." "Is it legal to change colors on a published design??"
Anyway, do you always follow the pattern exactly as written? Do you substitute yarns, colors, stitch patterns? Do you use patterns as a suggestion or as law? See Poll on upper right corner of blog!
Did you hear the one about the dyslexic devil worshiper who sold his soul to Santa?
Do you know how to darn a sock? I do.....now! Thanks to Turtlegirl finding and posting this!