This is my three ply from the June fiber box. I was afraid I would not like how the fibers looked, too many colors making things muddy. Instead I found myself falling in love with the almost tweedy look to the yarn. Before washing there were 256 yards of this yarn, I think this is one of my largest spins yet. I love how it looks, I did a 15 yard test ply before committing to this entire bobbin. After I knit the test yarn up I decided to commit and ply all of the yarn I had, the results are stunning.
Really, if you were to only plan on getting one fiber box subscription I would definitely advise Paradise Fibers. Sheepspot has a neat breed study I would like to try sometime, and Camaj Fiber Arts has a Spinning Box that gives you little samples of fiber to try, so this is not the only box out there.
Since it is past the 15th, okay just past…boy I’ve been spinning like a dervish..I’ve started spinning my Brights Pack!
Mom likes to listen to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or the Rosary (or both) and then Morning Mass using her EWTN App on her iPad. Since I like to keep her company and feel the need for some quiet contemplation in the morning, but if I just listen I fall back asleep, I have been spinning while she listens to the meditations. According to mom the sound of my wheel whirring away is very soothing. I’m trying to tell her the fact that my wheel is making that whirring clunking noise is not a good thing, but since I cannot find the source right now we are at a standstill. I suspect that I need to disconnect, clean, re-oil, tighten, and reassemble the footman that connects my treadles to my wheel. But since that involves the wheel being upside down and empty it isn’t going to happen until this spin is completed at least.
Because of her quiet time I have between 90-120 minutes in the morning of almost uninterrupted spinning time I have gotten quite a bit accomplished. I do not believe for a minute that I will be able to keep this pace up, especially since I’m usually running around doing other things in the morning also, but while it lasts I intend to enjoy it. If, somehow, I manage to get the last of my singles spun tomorrow morning, probably not since I’ve still got almost half of my fiber to spin, then I can put each single on a bobbin, or bobbins, and ply from there. I plan on having this be a three-ply yarn so I’ll have to see how much I can fit on my bobbins, first I think I’ll try and find my schacht travel bobbins and ply-up bobbins before worrying about putting singles on the smaller weaving bobbins.
With my extreme enjoyment of my spinning I Have not progressed very far on my knitting. What I have gotten knit up is beautiful and I cannot wait to see the end project. Thank goodness I cannot take my wheel to work, well I could but it would cause trouble, so I bring my knitting with me and get a couple of rows done while I am supposed to be on my lunch break, lol. This is probably enough of an update for today, I am going to upload pictures of my breed study sheets to another blog post that I will schedule to release tomorrow. I had a ton of fun creating them and I am already working on some variations as well as collecting some more breeds to spin!
The Paradise Fibers monthly Fiber boxes are wonderful. I really enjoy playing with them. However, despite getting my box very early in the month, I have never managed to finish a ‘project’ with my box within that month. Really, I’m still working on spinning my Gemvember box from November, and my Yaktober fiber is still sitting in its pretty bag being admired. However for December we were sent three beautiful sets of 50/50 silk/something blends and two bags of very pretty beads. I decided, this is it. I am going to take the Polworth/Silk blend (since I really want to save the other two for very fine spinning) and finish a project in the same month that I received the box. Lo and Behold, my 128 Yards of Beaded Polworth Silk.
This is the pre-wash skein so the finished product is probably closer to 110 yards, however I am still very proud of it. I’m also sort of terrified of it…it’s so pretty and white…white doesn’t really last around me…but we will see.