The Invasion Begins

20 05 2009

Here are the singles of the sample roving I purchased awhile back.  It’s turning out well I think.  I don’t know what kind of fiber this is, I suspect it’s Merino.  It drafts divinely and spins very fine.  I never do much with my spun wool, but it gives me this odd satisfaction watching what it turns into.

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Motivation

19 05 2009

I seem to be having a case of the can’t.stay.focused.on.a.project right now. I have a half finished mitt, half a scarf, an uncompleted blanket. My new project is transferring this onto the now empty wheel. I love my drop spindles, but the wheel is so much faster.

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I reskeined the alpaca I completed. I haven’t had a spun yarn bloom all fuzzy on me like this one did.

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It was just so kinky. I haven’t had that occur either, but it has ended up with the twist I prefer. Looks pretty good.

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One Of Those Days…

18 05 2009

I’ve completed spinning the alpaca.  I’ve 2-plied it.  It looks pretty.  Still could have been tighter.  First time I’ve plied from 2 bobbins instead of a center pull ball.  I liked that much better than the center pull ball however, it left some left over singles that I then plied from a center pull ball.

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It turned out well.  Mostly.  It’s sort of fuzzy, and bloomy and weird.  I’m sure it will knit up fine.  I had to set it twice because it seemed a little kinky.

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Blogiversary update…leave a comment any time in May, win a prize, one entry per person.  Leave a link mentioning the contest on your blog, win a prize (make a comment notating this anytime in May).  Prize will be sock yarn.  I will eventually post this prize.  I haven’t had time to contemplate this far yet.

 





I’m Sure This Is A Sign

6 05 2009

Firstly, contest…for my blogiversary, 3rd or 4th year I think.  Leave a comment and perhaps an opinion on how I ought to ply the singles on that post by 05/31/09.  Easy peasy.

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Second, I’m ready to ply (haha).  I finished running the second single through the wheel a second time.

 





Necessity or Hinderance?

5 05 2009

Currently, I have stitches in my forearm.  I won’t show you pictures.  This however has not stopped me from starting new yarn like projects (which is great).  Such as…

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It’s a pencil scarf!  It’s for my kid’s teacher.  I wanted to make 2 but I think I’m only going to have enough time and attention span to make one.

I finished my millionth Noro scarf.  It turned out ok, but I think it looks faboo with my new coat.  I don’t buy clothes often, but I do know what looks good on me (no comments, let me have my fantasy).  In retrospect, the dark colors could have been much brighter.  I’m also not convinced if I am in love with Noro silk garden.  It’s really fuzzy.

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I started working on the second glove and no, I have not weaved in the ends of the other glove.  I am still not convinced that they are going to fit the recipient.

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I started running the second single through my wheel again.  I don’t know why my singles always feel so loose to me.  I don’t need a picture, since there’s one here and no one wants to see my crazy. (My friend asks me how I was doing last night and my reply was something like, “Well, I’m not homicidal yet.”)  At least I haven’t had a wad of hair like I did last time.

 





Livin’ the Dream

4 05 2009

New blog.  I hope you followed from the last blog.  In order to test this theory I am going to have a contest.  It’s to celebrate the new blog and my blogiversary, which is sometime in May.  Enter a comment saying hello on the end of this post.  Also, I have spun up this…

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…this now needs to be plied (once I run the second bobbin on singles through the wheel again).  Poor Thing 1 was trying to help me out this morning undoing the first 2-ply I tried and couldn’t live with.  Thank goodness it wasn’t far.  I almost snipped it.  I think I have forgotten how to ply, or I ply like crap (or I’m a perfectionist and like to drive myself crazy).

I’m leaning towards 2 ply, I’ve never tried from 2 bobbins before.  I think that Navajo ply would look wonderful and keep the stripes, but there are only 2 oz. of this stuff (or maybe 4 oz., dang now I can’t remember).  Tell me in your post what your opinion is (and hello).  The winner will get a prize!  Of yarn most likely (and sock yarn at that, I’m a big fan).  I’m not sure what, but I’ll post it up as soon as I figure it out.  The contest will go on until 05/31/09.  Leave a comment, 1 entry, and I’ll be the first commenter.