As it turns out, nothing is as healing as knitting and spinning. I took a few days, but spinning really helped me to deal with the events of the last month. What I love about spinning is that it’s really forgiving and you don’t have to think about what you’re doing. There’s no counting, no pattern, no reading. You just sit there and spin and the emotions and thoughts sort themselves out 🙂
Remember these? I’d been thinking of a barberpole, but in the end I decided to spin them all separately and ply them separately as well.
I’m still practicing on spinning heavier weight singles. At first it was very important to me to be able to spin very fine yarns, but now that I’m comfortable spinning them like that, I also want to be able to spin thicker singles whenever I choose to.
Surprisingly, it’s very difficult. I keep ‘forgetting’, or at least, my hands keep sabotaging me haha. Apparently, spinning is something you do with your hands and feet, rather than with your eyes and brain. So long as you’re aware of your motions, it’s all good, but the moment I zone out my hands will move to sewing thread…
My usual go-to plying method is the chain ply (navajo ply) method. That way I’ll get a nice 3-plied yarn, and have waste yarn left. I never liked the idea of having to make an Andean bracelet for 400 meters of yarn, but for 25 grams of yarn it’s not so bad I guess.
I guess 25 grams really is the limit. I can’t imagine a bigger bracelet being more comfortable to ply with 😛
In the end, I’m satisfied with the resulting yarns. All of them are (andean plied) 2ply yarns. I haven’t measured them yet because they still need a bath. But I’m so happy with them I decided to blog about them today 🙂
I just finished spinning this bag of handdyed and hand carded shetland/ clun forest blend. I kept the two separate, so I’ll have a greenish gradient yarn and a red/orange. I’m still unsure about how to ply them (or if to keep them as singles. I’ll probably do the andean ply thing again 🙂
I’m going to spin the one on the left next. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I’m honestly more interested in the spinning than the end result, so we’ll just see when it’s done 🙂
I also finished this one. It’s the same fiber as the one in this picture:
Now I remember the fiber fluffing up a LOT during the washing process, but I still feel like I spun this skein much finer than the first one. Even though I prepped and spun the fiber in the exact same way. Maybe I was distracted, or maybe the fiber will fluff up again, but this was an interesting lesson. If you’re going to spin 200 grams of fiber to use in one project, you have to spin them in one go.
Last but not least: I’d like to share a little sneak peak of my latest design. It’s a tuxedo for babies and I’m looking for test knitters! I’ll post it on facebook/ twitter when I’m done writing the pattern in different sizes.
Thank you for still being here 🙂