Or not, as the case may be.
I think it was a good thing that I decided to slow down where possible, as I'm still fighting this cold. I thought yesterday, gleefully (and I'm sure that's when the fates decided to do a little gleeful messing-about of their own), that I had this cold kicked, but by the time we'd gotten home last night, my throat was hurting again, and I was feeling down. Younger Daughter's winter play went well, though; she and her classmates were cute in that way that young kids are cute when they're concentrating very hard on getting something right. They sang a few songs and performed a very short play called "The Crayon Box Talks Back", in which the colors in the crayon box get into a bragfest about who's the best color. Storm clouds come in and thunder at them and explain that while they're all different from each other (a list of differences was inserted, including the crayons with the funny names, which made me laugh out loud), they're all necessary, and that together they make a rainbow. Younger Daughter was a storm cloud, which made her very happy. She took her job seriously.
And she was pretty happy when it was over and she'd remembered her line.
(Having her cheeks painted with raindrops was also a thrill.)
I've spent some time over the last couple of days spinning. I was hoping to match the yarn that I'm going to use to knit the Dofuku kimono (Ravelry link) from Knit Kimono, but I don't think I succeeded.
Well, OK, I know I didn't succeed; the question at this stage is whether I can still use the yarn I spun for trim, or whether the two yarns are so different that there'll be trouble combining them. The yarn I'm going to use for the kimono is Knitting Notions Classic Merino Sport, in the ironstone colorway. That yarn is about 13-14 wraps per inch, right in the sportweight window; it's 390 yards/100 grams. The yarn I spun is 180 yards/100 grams, and came in at 11 wpi, which is a little heavier than a worsted weight. I was trying so hard not to spin the very fine laceweight that I've been aiming at lately that I overshot. Here they are together (mine on the left, Knitting Notions on the right):
Maybe this shot is better?
And here's the kimono I was thinking of.
So the lighter handspun yarn would be used where the black trim is. I know that I need to swatch to see how they work together, but has anyone tried this kind of thing before? Is the weight difference going to be a huge issue when I'm using so little of the handspun? Any thoughts?
I'm also working on Rick's sweater, and am halfway down the first sleeve. It's starting to speed up as I decrease stitches. I'm thinking that I'll get the kimono swatched today, though, as we're going to a play tomorrow, and the back is knit as a plain square, which will be perfect in-the-dark knitting; Rick's sweater is far too bulky right now for something like that. And now I'm off to bake 12 mason jars full of granola and to cook a pot of lentil soup.