Regia Silk sock toes on the needles. These will be a Holiday gift for my mother....I have 3 skeins total, and so she may get 2 pairs of socks, if I play my cards right. I am planning on trying out the Ridgeline pattern from Cat Bordhi's sock book. A Unidentified Knitted Object in progress with Sirdar Evita purchased while in Ireland. I am not sure what it will be yet, as it depends on how far the yarn goes. A shawl or shrug is my best guess. A poncho sweater from Sandra magazine. I have just knit the rib, and cast on for the poncho part, but as you can see from the markers, need to start the 'ajoure' pattern, and can't quite get the pattern marked out correctly. The yarn was purchased in a little store in Dingle, Co. Cork I believe in Ireland. It is Kilcarra Donegal Tweed, sold in the US by Tahki under the same yarn name. Some Cross Patch Creations fiber, spun up. This is two bags worth of fiber, which I plied together. Not a great picture, because Isabelle there was interfering. I got about 800 yards worth of yarn, which is very good output for me on handspun. Do not ask me what I plan to make with it. It's yarn, that's all you need to know, and sadly, all that I know.
For those of you who are curious, the weaving behind the yarn and the knitting is from Borneo. While in Singapore and Malaysia two years ago, Husbeast flew to Kuching for a day, to collect the country (I keep telling him to collect yarn or stamps or summat) and brought back this weaving along with some others. It is handwoven, natural dyed, and gorgeous work. Not silk but probably cotton and a dying art in the area.
He also brought back a tattoo kit, complete with rusty needles and safely ensconced within a carved wooden box. Beautiful work, but not the way that I would get a tattoo. If you are not sure what I mean, well turn to the Discovery Channel and put on one of the shows that talks about traditional tats. At some point in the show, there will be a wizened old man, with no teeth, no English and his chin disappearing into his face.....he will take this stick with needles in the end and tap tap tap on the skin, do the tattoo, one needle prick at a time. Okay, now look at the equipment he's using. Yep that's it.
In my home.