Ever have a hard time writing that first sentence in you blog post? I do sometimes. Especially since I am trying to be more regular with my blogging again. Well now that I have shared that random thought and got a few sentences out the way. Lets talk.
This week has been all about the spinning and a little dyeing. It amazes how many yards, pounds even of fiber that as been spun and plied on this TdF. I so wish I was able to spin as much. These are not only spinning wheel spinners but spindlers as well that have really cranked out some yardage.
So where to I fall into in all that fabulous spinning? Well not as much as some but given my schedule I'm still proud of my efforts. So far I have plied my bobbins of the Cormo/Alpaca and ended up with 366yds at 16 wpi. Sadly I don't have enough for the Dunes stole I wanted to knit out of it. Now to decided what it will become.
Here is it is before its bath. Looks OK right?
That wasn't the only spinning surprise I had. Next was the plying day I had Sunday. We have been watching the TdF and the World Cup. So on the final day of the world cup. I decided to ply some KP Stroll Roving that I had dyed and spun up last summer. I tried to upload my finished yarn but my phone and computer do not want to play nicely together. So all I have is this photo for a reminder of the roving.
Since I was plying those singles practicing the plying from a two ply ball. Perfect to time watch and ply. To bad we lost. Great game though it just wasn't meant to be. While I was wrapping the yarn on my homemade niddy noddy I kept thinking how I was really not liking the way the colors were blending.
So I decided to change it right there and then after the game. I got my dye pot out and my Jacquard dye in Sapphire blue and got to work. Here is my results. Too much dye was in the pot but thankfully a tip from my friend saved the day. Add a glug of vinegar to your rinse water. And viola no more bleeding. Much better. Well more my color anyway. DD loves this yarn too and keeps begging for it. She might get it. ;)And yes it really is that bright in real life.
Now as we coming closer to the challenge day part of the TdF which is tomorrow. I have decided to spin some angora fiber I picked up on Mother's day. Its only an ounce but enough to give it a try.
So what have I been spinning in the meantime? I've now picked up this Falkland hand dyed top to spin next.
Only thing active on the needles right now is DD socks. Though I might be tempted to cast on a new um.... blue pair of vanilla socks. Honestly though as soon as the TdF is over I'm so knitting lace. I am lace craving bad. Then my enabling KP catalog came in...yeah its time to play with some lace big time.
Hope you all had a good week so far.