Which involves new colors. New colors are just the thing for me right now.
My latest spin is Dyeabolical’s superwash merino in flowershop inferno. I love the color combinations, and as usual, wool from dyeabolical is so beautifully prepared that it wants to spin very fine. So, I think I am going to do a 3 ply, mixing up all the colors.
I also have this colorway in some BFL/firestar so I think I’ll spin that, chain ply it, and compare the two. Should be a fun little project.
I am taking some vacation time soon, and am hoping that vacation time leads to some fun crafty time which may even allow me to get some blogging time in. Work and life haven’t allowed for that at all lately.
I’ve been spinning on this loop cloud for a long time it seems, stopping to work on other stuff every once in awhile. Well, I decided I was done with it and it needed to get finished. So, yesterday when I wanted to work with my wheel, rather than getting something new out, I began to ply. Then when I was done with the porch spinning, I finished the singles. This gave me the opportunity to do whatever I liked, when I liked, and yet still complete the project.
I’ve got 230 yards of 2 ply sport weight yarn. This stuff bloomed and evened out very nicely, as I wasn’t overly impressed with it when I finished plying. I am so surprised, still, how much a good thwack can help an uneven yarn!
It is nice and early Saturday morning, the weather has finally cooled to temps appropriate for the date, and I am enjoying a bit of coffee and thinking about crafting.
I don’t think I’ve posted the spinning project I am currently working on before, but it looks like I will be done soon, maybe even this weekend, so I figured it could be time to get an in progress picture out.
I picked up a loop cloud over the winter. I find these as appealing or more so than the bullseye bumps. I love gently shaded solids, and this certainly will be that. I’ve been spinning this entirely on my TJ tibetan, trying to keep projects off the wheel. But, I do believe that I will ply on the wheel when it is ready.
I am still trying to decide on 2 or 3 ply. I am loving the fatter yarns I am making this year, but always get a bit sad about lack of yardage.
Well, I actually have a new yarn to show off! 105 yards, chain ply, worsted weight yarn. The yarn is fat and happy. I love it.
However, I do believe a good portion of my crafting has been sidelined due to the usual bike riding, and, my garden. One week of tomatoes looks like this, even after giving many away.
This is just a busy and wonderful time of year, don’t you think?
Only 41 points on my hitchhiker scarf. And even then I had to use quite a bit of the silk chain ply. Which I am ok with, but even then I couldn’t manage all 42 points. That being said, the yarn is scrumptious, it is thicker than most hitchhikers would be, and it is very soft and squishy. I am well pleased!
I am also still working on Magrathea, which is going well but slow as it is staying at work. And, I’ve got more knitting up my sleeve, I am pretty close to being done with a baby vest. Though the weather has not yet changed, I seem to be feeling the change of season, adjusting accordingly, and desiring to be in with my various crafts. Cooking and cleaning and garden harvest have been awfully high on the list of desired activities as well. All of which I am finding very satisfying right now.
I began the gradient from fibernymph dyeworks on a whim last week. I got a bit done in one evening, and then didn’t get a chance to touch it again until Saturday. Saturday I met up with some gals for a little craft time, I’d spun a bit before I left, making it just into the blue section.
After an afternoon with other crafters, I’d finished the braid.
So, now I am attempting to be patient and let it rest a bit. It is tough! I might have to give in and chain ply it early.
Now well into the yellow, and I can see the final color through the yellow in my ball of yarn.
I’ve been tasked with “doing something creative” with 3 acorns which were brought to me from Walden Pond. Due to the fact that I don’t believe I am a particularly creative person, this task has felt overwhelming. However, while laying in bed looking at my fiber stash (Yes, it is kept near the bed for the best inspiration) I found a little rogue creativity and decided on a project. The project may be somewhat long term but I started with step one.
Prior to having ever dreamed of purchasing fleece and processing it myself, I’d been sent some Jacob Fleece batts. The colors were mixed beautifully and the batts were in the grease. It was a fun spin, but it was certainly also difficult and the resulting yarn quite uneven and thicker than my usual. I ended up with 90 or so yards of 2 ply worsted weight yarn.
It has been sitting in my stash for years asking to be knit. But I never found an appropriate project for it. But, it plays a perfect part in what I am ready to do with those 3 acorns. I decided to knit a bowl for felting. It may not get felted until the weekend, but it is ready to go.
I also made two more dryer balls that are waiting to be felted. I might as well, after all!
I had absolutely vowed I would get back to working on my jacob fleece spinning as soon as my wheel was free again. But? That didn’t happen. I just couldn’t face the dreariness of undyed fiber while the leaves begin to fall and I start thinking about autumn. There will be plenty of dreary weather in the upcoming months and there will also be plenty of time to concentrate on spinning more often, making the spinning of the jacob fleece feel faster. Right now I don’t spin enough to be inspired to get it done.
So I went for color. Specifically, color I wouldn’t bother to spin on my spindles. I have a braid of BFL top from fibernymph dye works in a gradient colorway and I figured that would be a great wheel project. I began spinning it last night on my porch. As the evening progressed and it got dark so quickly, I realized I couldn’t actually make it very far. However, I can say that the top is extremely well prepared and easy to spin and it is going quite a bit faster than it feels it should.
My crafting time went away completely and I got very little extra done over the long weekend. Instead, there was swimming, wave pools, water slides, observation towers, and hiking and exploring in the woods. Oh, and also, labor day parades, dirt rides on the mountain bike, and time spent with friends. And an amazing amount of delicious food. All in all, extremely wonderful ways to spend our time, so I am not terribly upset about the lack of crafting time.
I did get a bit more done on the hitchhiker scarf, I am into the orange section now and it is still hard to put down.
And see that small skein of yarn there? That’s a chain ply from the leftover silk singles from that project. It is only 51 yards but it is pretty and soft. I am considering using it for the bind off on the hitchhiker. Do you think that would look odd, or just draw it all together?
The black BFL from Dyeabolical I was spinning sat around as singles for quite some time, waiting for me to finish the Navajo 4 ply. Once that was done, I got to working on plying on my wheel. The resulting 2 ply is not particularly colorful, but I am enjoying its subtlety. I have 402 yards of a light fingering weight yarn.
This long weekend has been a rather productive one in the crafting department. I am enjoying the bit of a time out as well as the inspiration to work on projects. Cooking has been rather high on the list of tasks this weekend as well, and Bug and I are going for a nice long swim tomorrow. How is your weekend going?