Okay, so the 2 pounds of Shetland Moorit arrived so I am working on carding it into rolags to spin up for my Hap. I was feeling under the weather a bit so in between my knitting, crocheting, laundry and dishwasher loads, I curled up in bed to look over past issues of Spin-Off Magazine. While paging through I happened across a pattern for little wrist cuffs as well as ankle cuffs. Each of these take a bit over 100 yards of fiber, well I have all sorts of little scraps so I decided to go for it. In December I purchased the international box from Camaj Fiber Arts Spinning Boxes, she was selling off past boxes. There were some very pretty fibers based on Korea and Norway/Finland that I decided to spin into a little skein.
I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. However, it is only 78 yards. Yes, not even enough for one of the patterns. Oh well, I have more little samples (I have already started) so I will be incorporating two mini batts, and three more random colored combed tops that look like they will fit the bill. I am already almost half way through spinning this batch, it already looks like more singles than the last attempt.
The patterns are from Spin Off Winter 2007 pages 46-47 titled “Anklettos and Wristlettos: Fringe Benefits” by Phreadde Davis.
Hopefully once I have this yarn spun, plied, set, and dried, I will not be either bored with this idea, working on the hap, or ready for more installments from Jimmy Beans Wool. I will admit to a small amount of introspection, I am aware that I have been keeping myself too busy to really take the time to miss my Mom. February tends to stink since we lost Dad near the end, I have already found myself crying for no apparent reason simply because it hit me hard that she isn’t around. Oh well, back to distractions!
This is a great article, though I found the title a little misleading. I read it as “3 things you HAVE to knit with handspun” what the title really means is “Three things that enable you to knit with handspun”. Instead of project suggestions as I thought it is tips to allow you to use your handspun in patterns by discovering how much you have as it relates to the amount needed for a given project. I am very glad that I read it, though now I want suggestions, LOL.
I have some batts that I carded up with some slightly sticky wool. I had originally thought to sell these sticky batts, but have since decided that I would wash these batts and see how they spin up. Right now they are spinning up almost like a tweed yarn, which is what I thought they might do. There are too many Nepps (little broken pieces of wool) in the yarn for me to get a smooth product. I am not great at getting a consistently thicker yarn, especially with an uneven batt like this, but I think I am doing an alright job. I will confess to enjoying the speed at which this batt spun up, and I look forward to seeing how it will look plied with something. I think that the actual singles are brighter than this picture is giving them credit for, I might have to ply them with a white to get the effect I want, or maybe find another of these batts that this will look good plied with. At this moment I think I will try to create a 3 ply yarn of a thicker weight that might make a nice crocheted shawl or lap afghan. Depending on how thick the yarn is and how many yards I manage to get from it.
Mom found a couple of patterns in one of her Plastic Canvas Books and wanted to see how they would turn out! Without buying anything new, these are the patterns she found and they are made up to be magnets. If you excuse the shadows of my hands trying to aim the camera, these are just beautiful. The Celtic Knot on the left and top right is made out of two shades of green with a white background using long stitches. The heart on the right and bottom right is made from pink, red, and gold using a combination of long and regular stitches on a heart shaped piece of canvas.
They both turned out great, Go Mom!
So spinning every day was a great idea. Unfortunately it did not take into account my being sick enough that dragging myself to work was about all I could do. Therefore my spinning has fallen off track a bit, not irreparable though. While I will not actually get 365 days of spinning this year, my goal was to take each month as it comes and deal with it that way. January is sort of shot, I missed about 3 days, but I will finish strong and start up with February.
Speaking of starting up, Mom is almost fully recovered from her previous illness. She has decided to see how many crafts she can finish with the supplies we already have laid in. Essentially she has declared this her year of Stash Busting Crafts! So far this month she has crocheted up 2 cowls from yarn she had on hand, I will put up pictures of those in my next post.
I have decided to accompany her on this quest, though for my major tapestry project I will need to purchase more wool in periwinkle, though I will admit to a desire to see how much of that project I can get done with the supplies I had already laid in. (Warp threads, white weft, and some singles spun in periwinkle, with an addition of gold silk I hope to use to accent a particular portion).
I must freely confess I fear I am already making excuses for not following through, since my next thought is that I wanted to purchase some white wool to test dying techniques. I suppose the best way of doing that would be to dig out what white wool I already have (alpaca, sheep, etc) and plan on using that to dye with until I have figured out which, if any, of the natural dyes get me the colors I want. If the natural dyes don’t work the way I want then I will have just used some of my wool-stash anyway. My next experiment is probably going to be centered around washing the batts that I carded containing ‘sticky wool’. I am hoping that there is some lanolin or other processing oils contained in the batts that is making them sticky. If that is the case then a good hot soak should loosen up the oils enough for me to wind up with a fluffy batt. If not then washing with Dawn, if they start to felt then I might try to spread it thin and experiment with felting.
I am sort of excited to let the wool speak for itself and decide what it will become. I am still spinning thin with the blues, now that I am feeling better. So many exciting things going on!