A deal is a deal.
I got this fabulously fun haircut from the salon where the husband of one of my co-workers cuts hair. I told her if the hair stylist did a good job, that I’d start on a hat her husband had been asking me to knit for him for almost a year now, lol. So, I’m on the lookout on ravelry for a pattern for a newsboy cap. He has been looking for someone to knit him that specific cap for ages. Most of the patterns that I have seen tend to be on the ornate, more feminine side, in my opinion. But this search on ravelry had some good options. So, we’ll see which he likes. Any favorites?
In the meantime, I took on another spinning project. Keeps things colorful. :)
Remember this one? It looks like this all stretched out on the floor.
I felt like playing with color. But, judging by the look of it stretched out, I thought that it might be short stretches of colors all jumbled up together in the yarn. The staple length is also longer than the color blocks in this, so I figured there’d be no easy way of trying to get any blocks of color isolated to spin any pure sequences. So, I did what I felt was the next best thing.
I took half the fiber and broke the sequences up into generalities. One bunch of these is predominately greens, browns and blue-greens. Another is mostly yellow greens and redish and yellow oranges. And the last bunch is basically redish oranges with brown and green tips. Well, that’s what it all looked like to me, lol.
After I had them all bunched up, I started spinning them, one bunch at a time.
The bobbin went from a burnt-orangey look, to a golden hue with red passages, all the way to this green medley with short bursts of oranges at the end that you see in these shots. You know I love that stuff!
Certainly keeps me interested in this spin…
This alpaca is so soft! But the monotone does get to me some times.
The best thing is that I can spin on it anywhere…like at the mill.
The board has been meeting for some strategic planning. We do that every once in a while to see how we can make the mill an even better place to visit. :)
I noticed many of you seemed to like the idea of using a water bottle to transport your spindle. I found out about this suggestion from a book called RESPECT THE SPINDLE by Abby Franquemont. It’s the best way I have found to carry my spindle without it getting broken or damaged. I would say if you’re going to use plastic to transport your spindle and fiber (whether that’s a bag or a water bottle), keep in mind that, at times, some fibers (not sure if that’s all, really) can sweat. I think it could have something to do with the weather as well. This has only happened to me in the hotter months. I recall last summer leaving some fiber and a spindle in a plastic bag to come back to later. When I did get back to it, it was a hot mess, literally. And smelly! It was so bad, I started using herbal sachets. I throw them in the storage containers where I keep my fiber stash. That way, when I take one out to use with my travel spindle, I don’t have to worry so much about that. When I open my water bottle, it smells pretty good in there! If you want to try that, it’s purely optional, of course. If sheepy smells (and really sheepy smells :) ) don’t get to you, no worries.
And, no offense to our sheep, of course.