I’ve been spinning quite a bit this week, at least by my standards. I got my Trindle out even. That was partly spurred by finding they had posted more of the 3,000 year old bog oak shafts in the store and I was able to get one. It’s not here yet but I can’t wait to get it. I missed them the first time they went up. I forgot to take a picture of the spindling though.
I did get a picture of the finished yarn I had started last week. This is Into Ashes from some KnittyAndColor rolags. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to put the finished yarn into the Spin The Bin prize pool, or weave a scarf from it to use as a gimme-mas gift. It’s neat yarn, just not really my thing.
The fun part of it was the spinning method. It’s my first serious stab at long draw. I think technically the method I’m using is called supported long draw, but I’m not going to split that hair. It was so much fun I just had to do it some more. Nothing else in my Bin was ready for the method, so I grabbed some fiber that’s been in my stash for a couple of years waiting for just this moment. I have added it to my Bin. This is the unspun part of what I’ve started on.
The picture doesn’t show the colors correctly at all. It’s called Black Orchid, and as the name implies it’s very dark navy/black with purple parts. This is what’s spun so far. I
hope think what’s left will fit on the bobbin.
So long draw spinning is very different from the short forward draft I normally use. With SFD you’re very much controlling the fiber, drafting small lengths and smoothing them as you go. The result is a smooth, shiny, compact, uniform yarn. Long draw is a whole different animal. While you don’t completely give up control, you have to use a light hand and just let the fiber go and do what it will. It’s not total chaos, and you do decide how things will come out in broad terms, but it’s very much a let go and enjoy what happens method.
Anyone who knows me well knows that letting go rather than trying to stay firmly in control is something I work on every single day. While I was thinking about trying to describe the spinning it hit me that the long draw spinning method is very much a metaphor for how I’m trying to live my life.
Whew! Enough of that deep stuff.
The fiber I was waiting for last week arrived. From Loop! is another of these awesome Spontaneous Spinning Clouds, in the color Sea Kelp. This is the same prep as the Black Orchid above.
Also from Loop! are two matching Bullseye Bumps. My plan is to draft them together to get a really long gradient. I did that with another color a while back and really like the result.
The first shipment for the 10th Anniversary year of the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club arrived this week, and HOLY CRAP it’s impossible to miss.
Called Feelin’ Groovy, and I really like both the sock and the mitten pattern. I might even knit both patterns, but use one of my stash colors for one of them. I think maybe the mittens should be out of this, because they’d be great if I were ever stranded on the side of the road. No way anyone could miss me wearing those.
The fiber from My Little Sheep arrived, and it’s going to be great fun to spin.
The brown is Shetland (along with the two little samples of the other colors she has – and boy is it tempting!) and the cream is Babydoll Southdown. The cream is going to be great fun to spin, it’s incredibly springy. Supposedly it’s pretty much safe to machine wash even. If you only follow one link in this post though, make it this one that takes you to the My Little Sheep web site. They are the most adorable little sheep you’ve ever seen. I’ve been visiting any time I felt like I needed a smile.
There’s been so much spinning for me that I haven’t knit a whole lot. I’m coasting along towards the toe on the test knit, and the pattern so far has been good.
I’m going to work through a couple of the rounds of the toe shaping the way the pattern calls for to make sure they work, but before I start on them I’m going to set a life line to rip back to. The pattern continues on through the toe shaping, and since I wear my socks under my work boots I don’t want to have holes on my toes. I’ll knit the toe plain.
And I’ve worked more on the Ashworth Scarf. Progress is slow, but it’s really going to be nice when it’s finished. Last week it was at the marker on the edging. The one out in the fabric shows me where the last cable was twisted so I can count correctly for the next one.
Hopefully next weekend I can go to Yarn In at Gourmet Yarn. Jim has a mild case of the flu (he went to the Dr and tested positive), and while I seem to have dodged it so far I don’t want to risk giving it to my friends. Especially the pregnant one. The CDC says most people are contagious for a full day before they start feeling bad. I’m hearing conflicting things on possible incubation periods. I’ll decide when it gets closer.