I know you won’t believe it, but I actually have four WIPs right now (the Boteh scarf, Lorelei tank, Summer tweed tank, and my ripple blanket.) I’m working on my theory that switching out what I’m working on pretty often will keep my wrists from getting tired. So far it’s working! I managed to get in some time on all my WIPs yesterday, and in spite of the fact that one of them is knit in summer tweed my wrists feel just fine!
I’ve gotten enough done on Lorelei to post a picture now!
My favorite thing about this knit are the random garter/eyelet rows. Well… they’re supposed to be random. I plotted mine out, because I like symmetry. The Cascade Pima silk is much nicer to knit with now that it’s been washed – before it had a powdery feel which left my hands dry, but now it’s fine.
Thank you all for the suggestions on a ball winder. I’m still considering my options. I actually already have a swift (also made from legos) and I’m pretty happy with it. Someone wanted pictures of the legos, so here you go!
The ball winder is motorized, which is actually the part I don’t like. It works really well for normal yarns – it is, for instance, winding the pima silk like a champ there. It just doesn’t do well with nubby yarns (like the summer tweed) or stretchy yarns. It cannot wind sock yarn at all, because it tends to pull the yarn too tight, resulting in the ball becoming really tight and unusable when you remove it. I also don’t like that it uses batteries, and that it does not work well with rechargeable batteries. It uses parts from the first Lego Mindstorm set, which are pricey, so this isn’t really cheaper (although it was for me; Marc collects legos.)
I’m still considering if I can live with it. I don’t mind winding sock yarn by hand, since that’s only one or 2 balls. I did get it to wind the Summer Tweed and it was fine once it got started. So we’ll see…