Monday, October 02, 2006

Today is a good day to spin

So I've been spinning and not posting. Bad Reluctant Blogger! Here's some stuff no-longer-hot off the bobbin.

Oh yeah, that's some good shit. Wish I'd bought about a pound of it. Double plied, about 10 wpi due to fuzzy, mohairy goodness. 2 ounces makes 125 yards, and I have another ounce to spin. I'm thinking maybe some fingerless mitts.


The first of these skeins Kathrows and I dyed at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I spun this to be one long progressive colorway by splitting the roving in half, spinning the singles in the same color progression, then plying them together. Of course they weren't the same length, so there's considerable mixing of colors, but that's all to the good. Wow, that's some pastel, hey?


So Abiknits posted her first skein. I take up the challenge! Here's my very first yarn. It's not in a skein because about two months ago I was going to start actually knitting it so I wound it up. As you can see, not so much action there. Luckily, the frightening fug is still visible in ball form. The ball on the left was my first bobbin. The ball on my right was my second and third, plied for "better consistency." Yeah, right. I am fond of its fugly self, though. I really do think the blue was the perfect calming color for a dope who bought a spinning wheel sight unseen and proceeded to teach herself out of books.

Today I have free to knit and spin, watch last season's LOST on dvd and do a little laundry. Sometimes life is good.


Abigale said...

Aren't you glad you still have that first skein? It's great to be able to see how much we progress from rank newbies with all the cursing and anxiety of the first yarn, to be able to make something that we can actually use.

Love your colour progression yarn too - Mine came out a lot more pastel than yours did - but the silk has grown up into a beautiful shawl.

I just finished watching the 2nd season of Lost on DVD - great fun, and good to craft to.

Thanks for joining in with the first skein!

Kathy S. said...

Wow! The pygora, despite that its name still reminds me of an unfortunate dental condition or a tropical wasting disease, is GORGEOUS! You'd have enough for a neck warmer/cowl of some sort. Mmmm, yummy neck love. And the Rainbow Merino is much nicer than we thought it would be (right?). Sounds like you put extra work into that one. You really made the most out of it. Kathrows P.S. For the next few days I'm driving a P-some-letter, not-C Cruiser with air. It's first errand: to get beer for the Big Packer game tonight.

Kathy S. said...

Also, I'm so glad you posted. I hang on your every word and picture. Kathy

Sue, aka seiding said...

Enjoy your loaner car, Kath! Go Pack!

Kathy S. said...

Loaner Hell! I had to rent it, but Ins. pays most of the fee. You have fun watching the game, too. I'll still have my knitting in case the Pack tanks it.

Sue, aka seiding said...

All right! I have a stalker! The more talented of us can knit and cheer at the same time. The only opportunity for dropped stitches is maybe a kick return for a touchdown, but how often does that happen these days? ;)

Batty said...

The pygora is to die for! I even like your first skein. You've obviously come a long way, but when something turns out thick and thin, you can always tell people it's artistic and supposed to look that way.