Keeping busy over here…
I know, I know. I said I was going to start on my co-workers hat next. And I would have. But, when I looked into my stash, I didn’t really have any masculine-looking, commercial yarn to use. Imagine that, lol. So, I’m off to the craft store tonight for some gray or maybe tweedy-looking yarn. We’ll see if we can find something appropriate.
In the meantime, to keep my fingers busy, I finished my handspun from the spin-in.
It’s really green! How that keeps happening, I don’t know. I never look to buy green. It just keeps happening. Maybe I have green on the mind or something.
And, you will be so proud of me! This handspun is 390 yards of 2-ply Polwarth. How do I know that? Linda told me that one way to never forget how much I spun was to keep some postal tags and a pen with the spinning wheel. See that tag connected to the skein in the intro photo? That’s right! No excuses. Don’t hold me to that though, lol.
In other news, after having a look at my commercial yarn stash again, I also decided to try to knock it down a bit. I rarely ever knit with commercial yarns since having learned to spin. I doubt that means I never will again. After all, I am going to get some for this hat. But, it will probably be fewer and farther in between anymore. Besides, I can use all that space for my handspun! :) But, it’s great to play with those yarns when I am just learning something and I don’t want to waste my handspun, lol. And what better way to stashbust while learning than to try my hand at that Cricket again?
Bob told me at the spin-in that the trick to the edges is to leave them alone.
Judging by the way this one is working up, he might just have something there…
In my first project, I kept taking the time to adjust them. This time around, not so much. A while back, Carol showed me that when I pass the shuttle stick through the shed, I needed to pull it firm and make sure the yarn stayed at a diagonal. When I beat that diagonal yarn, the edge sort of takes care of itself and the yarn doesn’t pucker from too much tension.
And wouldn’t you know it? Once I started leaving those edges alone, the weaving went SO much faster! This shuttle stick is almost done and it was very close to that three hour weave that I initially read about when I got the Cricket, but couldn’t bring about during the Christmas season. Pretty cool.
The warp I used was multi-colored, so it’s making the fabric come out all stripey.
I likey! (snort)