I promised spinning in the next post and boy do I have some. Mostly things I shouldn’t be spinning… but that’s how I roll lately.
Anyway, first up is something that is finally DONE.
Honeymoon sweater yarn. If you’ll recall I’ve been spinning up one ply of a mystery bump and one ply of a Borderleicester cross fleece that I’m processing myself, both of which were purchased at Rhinebeck 2008. Well I’m finally out of the mystery bump fiber so this is the end of the yarn. It worked out to be about 1660 yards in a heavy worsted weight. The plan is to knit two Cobblestone type sweaters, one for HWJF and one for me, to be worn on our honeymoon. However, I’m thinking 1660 is probably not going to be enough for both sweaters so my thought at this point is that I’ll need to spin some two ply out of only the fleece and that will be the cuffs, neckline and hem on HWJF’s sweater while it will end up being the majority of my sweater and the yoke of my sweater will be made with some of what you see above. I’ve been thinking I might knit up HWJF’s sweater during the Olympics. Not sure if I’m insane enough to commit to that yet but I need to get a swatch done first. Also, I need to wash more fleece!
But instead of washing more fleece I decided to spin up some of the corriedale fleece that I did not buy at Rhinebeck in 2009 (ahem) that Annie delivered last weekend.
Not sure why I was over spinning it so badly toward the end there but you get the idea. It’s so soft and yummy and a joy to spin. I have dreams of something from the book “A Fine Fleece” dancing in my head as I spin this but that’s definitely going to have to wait a while.
I spent most of the weekend on the couch sick instead of doing the yoga classes I had wanted to do. Spinning was about the only thing I had any energy for and since we’re starting another spinalong in the Zarzuela’s Fibers group on Ravelry I thought I’d get a little bit of a jump on my project (I’m not in it for a prize after all ). I chose my Purple Midnight colorway in merino.
I find that spinning this fiber is much easier when I predraft it first.
And then I went about spinning it.
3.5 hours later all four ounces were done! I’ll let it rest and hopefully ply it up later in the week.
Of course all this is really just procrastination tactics. As I’m pretty sure Cookie will point out, I should really be spinning this:
My wedding shawl. A mix of cormo and angora. Yummy for sure but boring as heck to me right now. Maybe it’s the winter blahs but I just really want some color in my life. Then again, what you see hanging off the wheel is all I have left to spin of the first bobbin. I really should just sit down and do it.
I did work on it for a while last weekend though. Baby steps.
Then again with only 244 days to go until the big day as of this writing maybe I should have Cookie
come over and whip my ass into shape give me some encouragement! O.o
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