I Could Do This All Night

Did I ever tell you all that I love photos of fiber? 🙂

I finished spinning half of the Swiss Chard.  This is another fractal and I think it’s safe to say that I really like these colors together.  This is actually before it’s bath…but I couldn’t resist!

We’ll see what it looks like after it has a soak.

I’m sure you can guess where I got this next fiber.

These were also from Sosae Caetano.  Currently, she is working on a series called “Duets”.  This set is a polwarth duet entitled, “Peaches and Puddles”.

They are specially dyed to complement each other when spun together which is perfect for my next project…a cabled yarn! I’m planning for a yarn in which I spin four singles, ply two sets of 2-ply yarns and then ply those together for a cabled yarn.  The resulting yarn is very stable, hard-wearing and balanced.

How does it become stable and balanced?  When spinning for a 2-ply yarn, both singles are spun in one direction.  They are then plied together in the opposite direction.  If you have ever seen a freshly spun singles, with the exception of maybe a severely low-twisted single, they usually have A LOT of energy.  When released, they twist and curl into little springs all over the place.  It’s cute.  But, it can be difficult to work with in that state (though there are special patterns and other info out there for that, if you’re interested).  However, two singles will balance each other out when plied properly, creating a more stable yarn, sans the springs and extra twists.  Just think how much more stable and balanced it gets when it’s cabled!

If you want to try it, check out this tutorial on knitty spin.  I love knitty spin. 🙂

Another something you might be interested in is this year’s Tour-de-Fleece.  Tour-de-Fleece is an annual spin along event where all participants spin as the tour rides.  The objective is to have fun and challenge yourself.  This year the event runs from Saturday June 30th through Sunday July 22nd.  The rest days are Tuesday, July 10th and Tuesday, July 17th. This is my first year participating (Go Team Rookie!).  I intend to attempt to spin up 20 ounces of fiber during the tour.   Now, do I really think I can do that?  Not really.  But, that’s what makes it a challenge! There are guidelines, teams and prizes for TdF and you can find out about all of that in the TdF’s discussion board on Ravelry and a couple of other places too (like here and here).  If you’re planning to participate and new to TdF, I’ll see you in the rookie’s section. 🙂  Even if you’re not participating, go on over and just have a look at the stash! 

Time for one last game.  Do you really have to guess where I got this from?

Hah! I fooled you! I got this superwash merino from Tanis Fiber Arts on Etsy. It’s called Fire Cracker!

Very nice looker.  We’ll see how it spins up some time.

Oh, would you like an update on the weaving project?  Funny story about that.

It was sitting right beside me as I was typing up this post.  There were scissors sitting beside me as well because I had just finished cutting some paper.   Somewhere between the “We’ll see what it looks like after it has a soak,” and the, “I’m sure you can guess where I got this next fiber,” I happened to hear a snip.  Girl Child, who had been seated not far from me with the iPad, under cover of appearing to be actually paying attention to the iPad, had slipped her little fingers into the scissors, and in one fell swoop, set me back another half an hour.  Sigh.

Once I figure out how to re-attach that, we’ll talk.  🙂

Comments

  1. You’re giving me fiber envy.

  2. Ohhhhh scissors can be such a temptation 😦
    Your spinning and weaving plans are grand and far above my current ability, but I will be a good audiance for you and cheer along your efforts. It is a pleasure to witness your giftedness!
    The grand baby and her mom are well, but Saturday night was just a practice run for the real delivery…the adults in the family are still recovering from little sleep and LOTS of excitement!
    I will keep you posted 🙂
    Joy to you and yours,
    Gracie ❤

    • Oh, don’t think that! I am just playing around with it…and they are really simple directions too. Not much to write home about. Of course, I love the cheering though. I need all the confidence I can get for weaving! The equipment alone looks intimidating to me. (shudders) But I’ll see where I’m at after I get around some weavers at Greenbank Mill. Maybe it won’t be so scary around them.
      YAY!!!!!! That sounds so wonderful! A new addition to the family. You must be so proud! Awwww…when the tiny, itty-bitty wittle fingers wrap around yours, give a little squeeze for me! 🙂 I am CRAZY about babies!

      Wait a minute! I just read your post…no baby yet? Now I’m getting anxious, lol!

      (when I read grand baby, I think I must’ve blanked out on the rest-told you I love babies!)

  3. So jealous. I wish I could spin my own yarn. I bow at your greatness. It looks so pretty.

    • Believe me, you CAN do this too! 🙂 I tried once several years ago and really couldn’t get the hang of it. Scared me so bad, I put the spindle and the fluff in a bag for nearly 7 years! But, this time around, I just queued up netflix and went for it! And there are many more books and videos on the subject now that are downloadable than were out when I first started. It all helps. But the main thing is to just practice. Of course, having a little spare time in the beginning doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

      • Huh! Well, perhaps I’ll start looking at some books and videos myself then. Not sure about spare time just yet but I will at least start brushing up on the subject. If you know of any good books or videos, feel free to mention. Thanks a bunch and keep at it :)!

  4. Your spinning posts almost make me want to take up spinning. Almost.

    • Ooooohhh….we’re getting close to the edge here. 🙂 Of course, you know now I’m going to go try to figure out what it would take to get you to jump in!

  5. Pure Klass says:

    I just found your blog, and I am already in LOVE with your work. That yarn! It’s so, so, so delicious! I can’t wait to see how that Firecracker spins up…

    • Awww…Thank you!! I can’t wait to see that fire cracker either. I just can’t spin all this stuff fast enough!! I’m hoping to overcome some of that with the Tour-de-Fleece though…Do you have a blog? I’d love to visit. 🙂

      I’m a blog-a-holic. 🙂

      • Pure Klass says:

        Oh, I hadn’t noticed that the comment didn’t automatically link to my blog! I’m at pureklass.wordpress.com, if you ever want to come by! I’ve added you to my reader so I can stay up-to-date on your gorgeous work…

  6. These colours are SO beautiful … And I love the way your skein turned out. Congratulations! Especially the first photo is simply awesome.
    Still in awe … 😀

    • Thank you! I am an amateur. But I do enjoy it a lot! And I LOVE handspun yarn anymore. 🙂

      By the way, I have visited your blog on occasion, but I can’t read the language. What language is that?

      • :mrgreen: I must admit I am not surprised. It’s German – but most people can’t read that I’m afraid – and I have high respect for everything who’s learning it as a foreign language. 😉

        I am a writer or try to establish myself as a writer, and the blog is where I blog about my writing, my story, how I write, etc.
        BUT! I have created another blog (written in English! Yay!) which can be found here – and will be about knitting and all the rest: wordsandstitches.wordpress.com

      • Really? WOW!! Another blogger to stalk…I mean read! 🙂

  7. These photos are so pretty. And make me want to go shopping…. 🙂 So glad you shared them! Thank you!

    • Thanks for visiting!! 🙂 If you go shopping, share what you got so I can see? Please? LOL! I can’t buy any yarn until I go through at least half my stash! :-‘

  8. caityrosey says:

    That really looks like candy…or sherbet. Yum.

    • It is so yummy! I like to spin colorful skeins. It’s going to take the Tour to get me to spin the neutrally stuff. Not that I don’t like that or like knitting with that…it’s just when I spin and I see the colors developing, that unexpected shift or blending or whatever kind of excites me. It’s fun!

  9. OH yeah looks just like candy!!!!!!

  10. I love your fiber photos. Quite soothing. As for that weaving project, I think Girl Child and I need to have a little talk. lol

  11. Mercy me – everything (fiber, handspun, whatever!) you capture through your lens looks so fantastic!

  12. Wonderful! And… second child strikes again! 😎

  13. Keep forgetting to ask, is this spun long draw or short draw?

  14. carpelibrum says:

    Beautiful! I really want to buy some Sosae Caetano but I never catch the updates! 🙂 Probably for the better, my stash does not need to grow any more!

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