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Location: Belmont, New Hampshire, United States

Born and bred in a small New England town, I am convinced that I know something about everything, and that my opinion matters. If only to me. Well, you'll see what I mean. And I love to knit, so you'll see what kind of things I'm doing when I should be vacuuming the living room.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I Spin, Therefore, I Am

Therefore, I am a little sore. I'm getting the whole "making yarn" part of spinning down, but I've got to work on my body mechanics. I tend to forget to sit up straight, and I don't pay attention to how my leg is positioned so my knee gets really sore after awhile.

Anyway, yesterday I finished the collars on two of the sweaters I showed you yesterday. Now it is quite literally a matter of making sleeves.

And I plyed the KoolAid yarn! Here it is in all its stripey glory. I did the red and yellow first. It's the most wormy and overspun of the lot. The the red ran out so I attached the blue. Much better there. Then when the yellow ran out I went to orange, so there's some orange and blue that turns into orange and purple. Finally the orange ran out and I added pink and at the very end of the pink and purple there's some solid 2 ply pink, easily the best yarn of the lot. It's all what I'm guessing would be chunky weight yarn. I bet I get no more than 3 sts to the inch on any size needle. I think it would be really cute in alternating stripes of color in hats.

Finally, some more spinning WIP's. The right bobbin holds the brown yarn that looked so much like hair in the roving state. It's coming out with twists of varying shades of brown from a creamy tan to coffee with a shot of milk in it. The middle bobbin is from undyed roving from AKKnitter to practice on. It's hard to spin evenly, but the thick and thin bits will give it character. I'm thinking quite seriously of making something felted from it, and I'm also considering dying it in some way. Not sure yet, but rest assured I'll keep you posted when I do.

Finally, that bobbin on the end is some black roving that Sheep Shed Studios threw in for free with the browns I ordered. Last time you remember they included a small bag of saffron yellow superwash. Which, by the way was absolutely lovely to spin and has a nice sheen to it when finished. I'm seriously considering making that my next roving purchase.

What I can say about these three bobbins is that I have really, really improved in my ability to keep the thickness of the yarn even and also with spinning it thinner. I don't mind working with chunky yarn once in awhile, but human sized yarn is nice too.

Now, if I could just figure out a comfortable posture, I'd be golden!


Blogger Jess said...

You are a yarn knitting,spinning,dyeing machine woman! No wonder you are sore! I am sure the posture really doesn't help either. It looks great! I want to touch it. mmmm. The yarn that is.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

@wool! Keep up the good work! I love seeing how our spinning skills progress.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

Very nice! I dig that koolaid yarn.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Stefaneener said...

You have improved so much so fast. That brown/coffee yarn is yummy.

And I so hear you on the knit sufferage. I'm barely knitting because all I want to do is treadle, treadle, spin spin spin.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

That's a veritable spinning explosion over at your place! Amazing!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Go you!!! Looking good! You'll be getting better and better! :)

11:39 AM  

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