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.
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!
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. 🙂