Friday, May 3, 2013

Knitting? What's that?

Other than a couple more inches added onto my lace scarf, I really don't have any knitting progress to update. I kind of slacking there, but my spinning wheel is certainly getting some use.

I'm not sure if I mentioned and am too lazy to go back and look but I bought the plastic shuttle bobbin things from The Woolery. Using BFs drill, I can wind off my lone wheel bobbin and onto those, allowing me to ply and such. While I was at it, I also bought some fluff. It was one of those "I don't have enough money to spend enough for free shipping, but I can add this little thing here and at least feel like I'm getting my shipping cost worth" deals ... Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that?

Anyway, it was just $10 for 4oz of merino wool and they had the prettiest colorways. I ended up choosing Lapis, but Denim and Cranberry were tied for a close second place. More than the stone, the Lapis fiber reminds me of how a rain puddle looks when there's oil from the pavement mixed in. Except not awful, because there is no ground contamination involved, just pretty fluffy wool. Sorry, but I can't think of a better way to describe that look! It is beautiful, and has been spinning up really well (even for a beginner like me!)


This is my first two-ply on the wheel, and I absolutely love it.

I plan on spinning and plying the rest of the fiber the same way. Hopefully I will end up with enough yardage I'll be able to make a (most likely small) purse type bag out of it.


This week I also decided to give Navajo plying another try. My first and only attempt only lasted for just the few minutes before I became overly frustrated. Since then I've gotten hooks put in all the spots on the flyer, and I thought I had gotten smoother at the whole spinning movements thing.

Due to my past failure I wasn't willing to risk the beautiful new fluff above, and so I spun up some of my stashed Corriedale fiber I bought ages ago. It isn't my favorite to work with, but it was sold geared more towards felting than spinning, so maybe the prep has something to do with it? I really don't know, but the colors are pretty, that (and the low price) had sold me. I made a gradient using the eggplant, snozzberry and magentastic colors.

My attempts at Navajo plying were only slightly successful, but better than my single yard previous tries. to start with, I wasn't very even on the single and had many overspun sections. Bad impatient spinniner! Added to that, when plying I started having tension issues. The yarn looks a little messed up in spots where I kept stopping and starting while trying to make adjustments on the wheel. Also - I’m still uncoordinated LOL

Enough whining though, because the colors ended up working really well and it is totally knitable yarn. Sure I need to work on my skills a lot more BUT since this yarn is just meant to be a knit up into a hotpad for my table it’s not like it had to be perfect, right?

Hanging while it dried -

And pretty picture with it twisted into its little (20.5 yard) skein -


I really do like how it looks in the skein, which sounds about par for me. I always want to buy the variegated pretties, but then realize I have no idea what I'm going to knit with them. Pooling and I just don't get along very well.

At least I have a planned project already, and I won't have that problem this time!


There is less than two months until this year's Tour de Fleece, and now that I have this wheel I'm really excited. One of my purchases on the Paradise Fibers trip was this -


Massive 8oz ball of grey roving. I love love LOVE a good variegated grey, and this picture really doesn't do it justice. It is soooooo pretty and this should be more than enough to keep me busy for the whole Tour.

Well this, and the undyed Shetland Wool I've been saving for future experiments in Koolaide dyeing.

I am so very much still that weird little kid that couldn't wait for school to start so she could wear her new shoes. Is is June 30th yet?!?




  1. I had no idea when I commented on that yarn on Facebook that it was your handspun. It's gorgeous. Also I adore that colourway. Where did you get it? I doubt I'll have the money for it soon but it's got all I want in a yarn. Is it soft?

    You're braver than me. Haven't attempted chain or Navaho plying yet. I like what you can do with it but I'm not sure I'm coordinated enough to do it.

    I love the colours in the second yarn and that grey fibre is stunning.

    1. Thanks again! I figured it was about time I updated that picture from the tiny knit pumpkin, and the pretty yarn fit perfectly :)
      The fiber is from The Woolery link here. It is super soft and, even though it's all wool, feels a little silky.
      The videos for Navajo plying make it look so easy, but I felt like I was moving in slow motion with two left hands. I might have taught the dogs a couple more curse words in the process lol

  2. it might be worth trying using a store bought yarn for the navajo plying practice, until the coordination and timing become comfortable. It wont be exactly the same , as it wont be trying to twist or kink or break....but thats the point of the exercise.
    I personally watch sarah andersons video once or twice each time before i start. She is such a calming influence that it helps me remember to breathe and not stress so much. Can't wait for the tour de fleece to start.
    See you there,

    1. That's a really good suggestion. I have some BFL I'm spinning right now, but once I've got my bobbin cleared again I'll try that. At least I won't be worried about messing up my own spun yarn if I mess up

  3. One of my life bucket list items is to learn to knit! My stepmother tried to teach me a couple years ago, and I just could not get the hang of it!-Ashley

    1. Once it clicks, you'll wonder why it seemed so hard to start knitting - honest! I didn't have a person here to teach me so I watched a ton of YouTube videos and used the knitting help site and sat there trying to copy their moves with my needles (while muttering knitting rhymes under my breath) sounds silly, but it worked. Probably better than someone looking over my shoulder would have, because that tends to fluster me.