(??) Er, anyway, next on the spindle...
... some Blue Face Leicester roving dyed by Sandy, the Twisted Mom of The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook, a swap gift from my generous Yarn Aboard 2 pal Lisa. It's magnificently dyed, the most vividly colored stuff I've attempted, the attenuated fiber no less brilliant than the compressed roving. I'm fairly certain I understand how the colors will work when plied, except for the chrome yellow. Should be interesting.
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The results of my Mitten Swap poll convinced me to scrap the poetry mittens. (Pity, they would have been fun to show off on Poetry Day.) After a bit of swatching, I started Maimu's Mittens by Nancy Bush, in Folk Knitting in Estonia, which have two notable embellishments on the cuffs: two-color vikkel braids and wrapped nupps, formed over two stitches. (I'll try for a better photo on a brighter day.)
Since it's a swap mitten, I went with Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply in MC 013 Claret (red with purple nubs) and CC 016 Thistle (purple with red nubs). The yarn is much softer than most Shetland yarns, but still has the stickiness so desirable for stranded colorwork. I hope my pal likes the mittens.
New Jersey is among the Super Duper Tuesday states – its Presidential Primary Election is tomorrow. "Election" is something of a misnomer – voters are selecting the delegates to the national convention, who will choose the party's nominee. Even given the convoluted process, every vote matters! In NJ, polls are open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.