The weekends' weather was glorious and exactly as I like it: Very sunny and cool, that's about 15°C at the moment.

Saturday was spent finishing a pair of socks which will leave for their new owner on Monday:

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And, I had time and space to attack the gipsy sweater, started last september (says Ravelry, very good tool for keeping track of one's procrastination!!!)... I actually gave it a block:

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I was actually amazed at the result after blocking the knitted parts of the sweater. I started with a sleeve and started out as a beginner does, I suppose: trying to do it on the ironing board, admitting it's too small for the job, thinking about it, going for a towel in the cupboard and putting it on the floor (no idea why I didn't put it on the table...), getting the pins out and preparing the iron (filling it with water!!!).
So following the dimensions on the diagrams, I steamed the first sleeve and when it was dry, I unpinned it and it came off feeling lovely and smooth, it didn't roll onto itself and basically "behaved" !
I won't skimp on blocking again...
For the moment, I have 2 sewn up sleeves, the front has its' ribbing sewn on the bottom and the front is attached to the back. I still have to sew the sleeve ribbing on the armholes and sewing on the sleeves. It takes time the sewing thing!

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I also picked up a set of circular needles in 2,5mm diameter and I tried them out on the above orange socks and now I'm finishing my blue/pink socks with them. Apparently, the technique is called "Magic Loop". Yarnissima, who designs intricate sock patterns (one of which is the Firestarter, I started in Morocco) showed me how at Iknit day in London. I'm very priviledged, yay!!!

And on the experimental front, I tried out my spindle and made some horrible yarn !!!
The spindle and I had a couple of fights and some missunderstandings... but we have come to an understanding and will continue our relationship sometime soon.

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That's my first very irregular single and it's very short !!! I'm still proud in a corny way!