Moody

Do you ever have one of those days where you are just moody and tired and no particular fiber or project appeals to you new or old?

That’s my day today. I don’t want to knit, I don’t want to spin what I’ve started, I am exhausted and not quite sure what to do with myself.

I did bike last night though. Unfortunately, a clear radar turned into a nice big storm, soaking me through and causing a much shorter ride than anticipated. Biking would probably be about the only thing that could kick me into a better mood tonight too, but that is unlikely to happen I think.

So, instead, I figure I can get a blog post in. Once I finished up the chameleon colorworks merino, I had trouble choosing my next braid. The conversation with myself, as I was digging through my fiber stash was rather comedic. “This? Nah, How about this? Nope, do not want. And this one? This one is pretty. Nope, not feelin’ it. And this? So not the kind of spinning I want to do right now.” Comedic and a bit irritating, as my stash is certainly large enough to handle any whim. Well, I found my Cloudlover braid, colorway Printemps. I purchased this in a fiber stash acquisition melding of the minds with KnittingSarah. (You can see the fiber she purchased from Dyeabolical all spun up here, all gorgeous and bouncy and spun up!) So I decided it was time to break out of the rut that is my fiber stash and see how the Cloudlover spun. This one headed to my support spindles, and since I’ve been seeing a ton of fractal spins lately, I decided I’d be more organized than usual and do a fractal 2 ply as well.

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And we have the very beginnings of a project. Which I have no intention of working on this evening.

 

I MADE THIS!!!!!!

Every once in awhile I spin a skein of yarn and end up with the above reaction. That is exactly how I am reacting to my latest spin. After this many years of spinning, I often feel pride or accomplishment, but rarely wonder. This skein, this simple skein of merino 3 ply, brought on a very nice case of wonder. I made this, and not only did I make it, I made it on my trindle SST. Who would have known I could do such a thing, when less than a year ago I’d never spun on a spindle?

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275 yards of gorgeous merino 3 ply, and I couldn’t be happier.

Running out of time…

Last evening I ran out of time. I’d intended to have an extra skein to show off today, but last evening just didn’t have enough hours in it. So, instead, I’ve got singles. Again.

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Yep, 4 oz of merino singles from a chameleon colorworks braid I began working on quite some time ago. This one was such a surprise to me. I expected not to like it. I expected that the compacted nature of the braid would mean I’d have trouble drafting it. I figured I didn’t love the colors. All of these things were incorrect assumptions about the fiber. It was a joy to spin. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to finish the last of the plying shortly. It is looking very good so far.

Productivity and then some!

I’ve had a ton of time for spinning and fun this weekend.

I’ve done a bunch of cooking, and last night was probably the best meal I’ve ever had. Jeremy and I had decided on a meal plan, combining some food we’ve already tried together but with new twists. We had my favorite salad with homemade dressing, but it came out the best it has ever been. I also had Jeremy roast a bunch of garlic, so we had roasted garlic noodles with parmesan cheese. Over that we had grilled chicken, and I do believe it was the best chicken I”ve ever tasted. Such a beautiful, healthy, and deliciously satisfying meal.

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I also made mojitos with mint from my garden and they were just as delicious as the meal. A win all the way around!

Prior to the amazing meal, I’d taken the opportunity to do a little single track biking. This is something new to my biking repertoire, so it is currently a huge challenge. Each time I go out I see improvement in confidence and ability. However, yesterday my confidence seemed to exceed my ability, causing a tumble.

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Doesn’t look too bad right? This is before it swelled up and got a bit infected. It is back under control now, and no major damage done. My first single track injury, and I am ridiculously proud of it. No one can say I don’t try!

There’s also been spinning. Notably, I finished plying the inglenook batt singles. I ended up with 210 yards of a gradient. Spinning on two spindles, just alternating chunks from the batt worked even better than I expected, making a well blended gradient with no particular color barberpoling badly.    I’d call it a DK weight yarn.

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I think this is just so gorgeous!

I actually finished spinning singles for another project as well, and hope to do a little plying today.

How was everyone’s long weekend? I hope you were all able to relax a bit this weekend!

That’s it!

I finished the last of the bamboo I have in my stash. I am so thrilled to be done with it! Light and lofty, I have 200 yards of a worsted weight single.

As I mentioned before, this one surprised me. It isn’t at all like what I’ve come to expect bamboo blends to spin like. I don’t love the feel of it still, but it didn’t act limp at all.

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I’ve been spinning like mad on other projects this weekend as well, so I am excited about all the fun yarn I get to post about in the upcoming week!

Lofty!

My last braid of fiber with the hated bamboo and it goes and proves me wrong!

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This is Yarn Love Scarlet O’Hara. It is 60% merino, 40% bamboo. I received this in a box with a lot of other fibers someone was trying to get rid of, so it was a surprise. It is not at all my colors so it languished in the stash for years. Now that I am freeing myself from bamboo and tencel, it is time to spin it up.

But this braid is different from the limp, heavy and drapey bamboos and tencels I’ve spun in the past. This one turned out light and lofty. I tried to spin it as I generally would such a mix of fibers, but it didn’t work out so I settled instead on a low spun single. It is so light and lofty that I packed a 4 oz bobbin, and then used another half bobbin. That’s a lot of air!

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Almost finished now.

Shetland

You know, I still haven’t had all that much time to play with my newest cool toys. But, every once in awhile when I have a free moment I get a bit more shetland wool locks combed. I’ve tried two different ways. One being to comb the wool, pull it off the combs into something called a plank, then to basically recomb the planks. This seems to blend the fibers quite a bit. But, there’s about double the amount of waste, and it takes some extra time. The other way I tried was just to comb the wool until the nepps were gone, the VM gone, and the fibers were all lined up nicely. Less waste this way, but I certainly had less well blended wool.

As you may remember, the shetland locks are grey with brown tips. The second combing version makes combed wool that starts out brown, and moves into a light grey. It is quite interesting. But I like it, and that is what I will continue to do with this one. I also found that spinning those sections of wool from the cut end, in this case the grey end, works just as well as spinning from the cut end of a flicked lock.

As I mentioned, I’ve been moving slow on these. Just combing a section when I get a chance, then spinning it. Slow going, I know. But I am enjoying the process and figured I’d give you a preview.

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I do think natural colored wools are the most beautiful. I realize that I am all about colors, and love deep and saturated hues. But there is something distinctly special and elegant about natural colors to me. So I am, of course, drawn to this shetland.