My latest spinning adventure began with this pretty braid from Pigeonroof Studios:
40% merino/40% superwash merino/20% silk
I spun the first half at home on my Schacht Ladybug. Then I began the second bobbin and ventured out with my spinning wheel to knitting night at Starbucks.
Now we are known to have fun at knitting night, and that week was no exception. Lots of laughing and chatting. I noticed from time to time that I was getting corkscrews in my singles, and I would correct it, but then I would notice it again a few minutes later. Apparently, in all the fun, my feet were treadling faster than my hands could draft the fiber.
I spent the next week correcting the twist, which varied widely through those last two ounces. I wound it from the bobbin on my Ladybug onto my Jenkins Swan, correcting the twist in each length of yarn as I went. It’s all a part of the process, right?
I might have minded it more had the singles not been so pretty to look at as I wound them on my Swan.
When all was said and done, I put the turtle from my spindle into my yarn bowl and plied it with the remaining bobbin on my lazy Kate.
This final result was this beautiful, bouncy skein of luminous delight.
It is destined to become a shawl as the drape is just amazing.
As I was working on that spinning project, my sweet Caroline informed me that she wants me to make her a handspun scarf with pink and purple and green in it. I went shopping for fiber and this luscious goodness from Woolgatherings was the closest I could find. I showed it to Caroline and she approved.
I then showed her swatches in the latest edition of PLY magazine of 2-ply, 3-ply and chain-plied yarn and how the colors mix together in each. She has selected chain-ply for this project. So that will be going on the wheel next.
Here’s to fall and scarves and lots of spinning and knitting!