If you have a love of history, I would urge you to read Wild Swans and Mao. Even if you don't have a love of history, Wild Swans is still a heartbreaking story and is still one of the few books I recommend to everyone!
Now for the yarny portion of today!
I cast on Have You Made a Jumper Yet? on Monday. I've been wanting to cast-on for a while, and this is the first pattern from A Stitch in Time I am doing!
This pile of yarn barf will be a scarf one day, when my crochet mojo returns! It is a kit I bought while at Ally Pally, from Toft Alpaca. The pattern isn't on Ravelry yet, but it is on their website.
Yarn is Toft Alpaca something (4ply? does that sound right?), and it is really really nice to work with. It doesn't have the squishy feel of most alpaca yarns I've used, but it should have awesome stitch definition if it was knitted.
And if course, Shapeshifter is inching along slowly. I'm about 9" off the finish line now!
The yarn is Araucania Nature Wool Multy, but I cannot remember the colourway (I'm on a roll with the fine details today). This picture is blowing out some of the colours, as it is quite a bit warmer than the photo shows.
I have also been doing some spinning this week, currently the single sits at 24wpi, so I really need to practice getting it a bit thicker! I'm pretty pleased with it, since it's only my third attempt at creating yarn! It's not hugely even throughout, but just because I was being silly and trying different methods (long draw vs short draw - love long draw, but need to get better at it!). The fibre is a Jacob top I bought a couple of months ago on sale, I love it! It's a kind of grey/brown colour, but I also have it in black which will look divine!
So that's it for today - I am off to regain some control of my house which is being over-run by books, paper and trains! Be sure to pop over to Ginnys for her usual Yarn Along, and to Tamis for other WIP Wednesdays.