You know, things dealing with fiber are generally pretty easy for me. For whatever reason, it normally just feels easy as soon as I get started.
That hasn’t been my experience yet with prepping raw fiber. I feel like I’m just fumbling around making a mess of things. I did a little more carding this week and feel a bit better about it, but I also ordered some combs and have been playing with them. Carefully playing.
Those suckers are wicked sharp.
So you load them up with fiber like this (sorry about the blur, flashless)
and then you comb the fiber and eventually wind up with a lovely little nest of fiber like this.
They’re lovely airy little clouds, and I totally suck at making them. Part of it is I’m being so cautious because I really don’t want to stab myself on the combs, part of it is just plain awkwardness, and part is that I think I overprocessed my wool a little bit so it’s crazy flyaway. The bunch I washed this morning I eased off of a little and am hoping it’s clean enough to use without being quite so floofy. Not that I don’t want floof, but I need something a little easier to work with than what I have right now.
So no post last week because I went to Vegas with Mom. We saw Elton John in his very aptly named Million Dollar Piano show. It was 90 minutes of awesome. Mom was good, although her COPD is pretty hard on her. I took along the Ashworth
and the Sandbank
but I really didn’t do much knitting. Even on the planes I spent a great deal of time just staring out the window. I did finish the sixth Outlander book on the way home. Started on a Stephen King the next day – I’d forgotten how fast his books read.
Yesterday I was thinking about how many of the Rockin Sock Club kits I haven’t knit, and decided to look back at the last few years that have included a pattern other than socks and pick something out. I settled on a kit from 2013 and a hat pattern from Franklin Habit.
Right now it’s a funny looking thing, but it’s going fast and will be a nice warm thing when it’s done.
What little spinning I’ve done has been with the Turkish. I’ve decided this fiber is a little too slippery for me and spindling, so the rest of it will be done on the wheel. So this is the cop (or turtle) on the spindle.
And this is what happens when you start taking the spindle apart.
When you take that last arm out, you’ve got a perfect little center pull ball to either knit, skein, or ply from. I’m going to go ahead and ply this, but I’m thinking about trying to spin the rest for a singles yarn. As much spinning as I’ve done, it’s all been plied.
Oh, and as for getting better with the fleece prep? I’d better hurry, because I’ve got a 5+ pound one coming next week.