Saturday, October 25, 2008

Haha, I've disappeared into the depths of my new spinning addiction! And it seems like pretty much every new yarn is my favorite!

After the initial practice attempts, I started with some Ramboulleit/cornsilk roving (? still learning all the terminology) which took me forever, and I started to think that maybe I didn't like spinning so well after all. Did I mention it took forever? Like 2 weeks of every free minute spinning? And there were tons of little knots. I had little blue fuzz carpeting around the wheel and chair. S had fun picking up the little blue fluff. And I ended up with a light worsted, I think a little underspun - it's very fluffy and I wonder what to make it into? I was thinking fingerless gloves for my sis, maybe, but I worry that it might not take that abuse well?

Then I decided to try a custom blend that I got from CopperPot on etsy. Wensleydale/Columbia/BFL, if I remember correctly. I fell in love. It spun up a thousand times faster - ok, well maybe more like twice as fast. I made a pretty 3ply heathered, about worsted or aran wt maybe? I didn't check wpi, but it's about 156 yds for 3.5ish ounces. Loved it, everything about it. It was a joy to spin, I loved looking at it, and dreaming about what to create with it.

That went well, so I started in on the BFL I just got from the Selah group buy. . . Autumn Dessert. I was a little disappointed in the colors of the top. I just wasn't feeling it, and wondered what I was thinking when I ordered it. I decided to try split it in two by length, then spin long color repeats, then ply, hoping I would end up with some sections where each color plied with itself and some where it barber poled with the other colors. This stuff spun like a dream! I learned some new way to draft, which makes things go much faster and very smooth . . . Maybe that was just my click moment? I was still not in love with the colors, though I like the way the colors blended into each other. Then I plied. It turns out I didn't offset the colors properly for the desired effect, so I get long stretches where the pink/green and pink/ivory barberpole and the yellow plied with iteself. I ended up with about 340 yards of a 16wpi yarn. Well, mostly, there are two or three heavier spots. What do you expect, it's my third yarn! FPS! Now I am in love. I just love looking at it. I like petting it. It's sitting on my kitchen counter so I can look at it and pet it several times a day. I want to wear it around my neck and wrapped around myself all the time! OK, maybe not really. But it is by far my favorite creation (knit/jewelry/etc) in a very long time!

I wonder if I am going to love each new yarn more than the last?

I started in on the alpaca/silk I got fsot on Rav. It's mostly creamy with little shots of royal blue. I'm trying for a 2ply laceweight. Figure this would be really pretty and etherial in something lacy. Plus I only have a couple oz, so this way I can stretch it a bit further. It's interesting spinning something akin to thread, but going well so far. I think I heard something about silk being easier to do this with (another reason to try it now, eh?)

I also figured out how to make a fun knitting row counter that a swap partner requested. You know, she posted a link to one, and I said, "Heck, I can do that!" I made one to try it out, and then the one in the colors for my partner. It's a pretty cool concept, but I'm not sure I like how heavy they are. I suppose the lampworked glass bead doesn't help. But it's so pretty!

I will get pics, but I keep telling myself I'm going to make a light box first. It's not like we don't have boxes filling the garage still . . .