So Much Fun!

I have had so much fun the last couple of weeks! 

First, the things I have knitted: not much, actually. I have my stealth knitting project almost completed. In fact, it will be finished this week probably, and I can go to Freeport at the end of the week with a clear conscience. I have, in addition, sewn up my Sylvi coat/sweater, woven in most of the ends, and am now working on the hood:

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It is kind of hard to knit because of the weight of the sweater and only having one and a quarter hands, but it is going slowly onward. I hope to finish it next week, after SPA in Freeport. At least Hillary will be able to wear it for a couple weeks before Spring!

Second is the goodies that I have bought.

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I pre-ordered MAINEknits by Beatrice Perron Dahlen a few weeks ago, and promptly forgot it, and then there it was! I wanted to get it when I realized that all of the patterns in it were in my favorites in Ravelry, which was a sign that the book needs to be on my shelf.  I was pleased to find that the book has really gorgeous pictures of Maine, a foreword by Pam Allen, and well-written essays by Sarah Kilch Gaffney, Julie Letowski, Samantha Lindgren and Beck Robbins in addition to beautiful, highly-wearable and desirable-to-knit patterns by fourteen excellent designers, including Beatrice Perron Dahlgren. 

The book is divided into three sections: Sea, Farm, and Wild, which is how I think of Maine too. I'm from Aroostook county, Maine, the wilderness was all around me in Portage where I lived, my father was a farmer, and now I live by the sea! There are five or six patterns in each section, totaling seventeen patterns in the book. Most of them are sweaters and accessories for women, but a few are unisex too, and one is photographed on a man and a child; that sweater can be made in children's sizes too. There is also a cowl in child and adult sizes as well. 

I also got some little colored stitch markers from Cocoknits.com. They are so pretty, I want to string them on a chain and wear them as a necklace! 

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I succumbed to pattern lust and bought the yarn to make these socks:

They are 173-45 Sleepy Sheep from Drops.

Karisma

They are so springy and pretty! I don't really need 450g of yarn to knit socks. I'll have yarn leftover, so maybe I will design something with Mary Jane Mucklestone's books that I have been looking over.

The best thing though is the fluff that I got from On the Round! It is soooooooo gorgeous! It makes me want to spin and spin and spin! 

Fluff

This fluff is hand dyed Corriedale top in a OOAK (One Of A Kind)  color. That means it is unique!  Rachel Jones does an incredible job of dyeing. Her colors are imaginative, playful, and creative while being harmonious too. It takes real talent to do that. I will wait as long as possible to start spinning this, but I think the beauteousness of the fluff will overwhelm me. It is sitting right beside my computer and I keep looking at it and sighing happily. I need to get a couple things done, but soon ... soon!

The third and final fun thing is ahead: SPA!!! Lynne and I are going to Freeport for the weekend (February 24,25, & 26) and we will have so much fun. We are staying at the Hampton Inn. SPA is a weekend of fibery goodness that is at three hotels in Freeport, but it really kind of takes over the town. It is like a convention of 1000 (maybe more) knitters and crocheters and spinners and weavers and felters and other fibery folk who show up for the weekend. Some people go for three or four days. Lynne and I will pretty much stay in the Hampton Inn; the vendor area doesn't really interest me much (see above) but there are many vendors and people who want their wares. Also Mother of Purl is in the area and there are a few things that they offer too this weekend, including an On the Round trunk show -- Rachel will be there in person to amaze and delight you! 

Pogo's Sweater

I haven't the heart to tell Pogo that the sweater isn't for her.


My Spinning

All the orange fluff is done! (It's actually corriedale.)

Orange done spinning

This was fantastic to spin. I would have gotten done sooner, but NaNoWriMo got in the way a bit. 

I  started plying it up last night.

Plying

I am so very pleased with this yarn. It's just wonderful. I'm going to make socks with it, because who doesn't need some hunting socks for safety? hehe. It's actually a pleasing shade of orange, not the blinding sort of orange that makes yelp in surprise. It is going to be fun to knit!

 


My Spinning

I felt bad about not spinning last week, so I vowed to spin at least one day this week, and that's what I did. I spun one day.

To prove it, I took pictures. 

Here is some predrafted roving:

Predrafting

Here is what I spun in an hour:

Spun

Looks about the same, no? Sigh. 

Here is the itty bitty amount of fiber that I have left to spin:

Left

I'd say NaNoWriMo is the reason, but it's not, really. That only takes me a couple hours to do. I think I'm just a slow spinner (I can hear Sharon in the background saying, "Ha!").

I will try to spin the rest of the orange before the end of 2013. Really, I will.


My Spinning

Still spinning the orange:

Spun

Here's what I have left:

Fluff

Still loving it! I should be ready to ply it Thursday or Friday. This is going to come out pretty truly a sock weight. I haven't put any nylon or silk in it, but I think I'll knit a pair of socks with it ... they may wear out, but gee, I'll just have to spin some more yarn and knit them again!


My Spinning

When I was at Sharon's, I wanted her to critique my spinning and help me in any way she could. She thought spinning from the fold would be good for me, but I just couldn't get the hang of it, so I was going to keep spinning my lumpy, bumpy yarn.

It was when she had me try some combed Corriedale top that everything clicked. What a difference! It was like the difference between mashed potatoes and luscious chocolate pudding with whipped cream topping (not that there's anything wrong with mashed potatoes, but honestly, which would you rather eat??). I am in spinning heaven now. 

Of course we started out with orange, because who doesn't need more orange yarn?

Spinning1

I could feel the difference as soon as I started.

Spinning2

I'm a happy spinner now!

BethSpins

My yarn is about the same as it was before I had my stroke, and it makes me happy:

Orange

I got four more colors of Corriedale combed top, 8 ounces each:

Corriedale

Some Blue Faced Leicester (8 ounces):

BFL

And last but not least, I got some of Sharon's beautiful alpaca, from when she had her farm. This is from an alpaca named Rudolph Valentino, known for his bedroom eyes; I spun a little Rudy once before, and feel lucky to be able to have the chance to spin more of his caramel-colored  fleece:

Rudy
There's nothing quite like spinning fiber from an animal you have petted!


My Spinning

I've been getting ahead on my spinning. I got the second bobbin filled:

Spinning

Then I plied and I plied and I plied, and made this yarn:

Yarn

It's pretty fine yarn, but still lumpy bumpy, which may be the roving and it may be me. The roving is pretty hard to draft evenly, because it's so sticky and because I don't think it was combed; there's little noils of wool in it, and I have to be more patient and draft it more evenly and spin more slowly. It is not merino or alpaca, it is regular old wool.

This yarn is better than the purple yarn, which anded up worsted to light worsted in weight. This yarn is a fingering to DK in weight, but I haven't set the twist yet, and it swells or puffs up some when  I do that, so it'll probably be a heavy fingering to light worsted weight when it is done.

I still have a ball of roving left to spin. I like the yarn quite a bit, though I have no idea what I'll do with it when I'm done. What would you do with it?

Lynne and I are going up to Nova Scotia today, where I'll see Sharon and Richard, my good friends who used to own alpacas before they moved to Canada. Sharon is still into spinning big time, and I'm sure I will find something to spin while I'm there! I'm taking my spinning wheel just in case :)


Slow Spinning

I spun yesterday, so I only spun two out of seven days this week. Still, that's better than zero out of seven. I'm about two-thirds done my second bobbin:

Spinning

The good news is, I've found the card that says where Tracy bought the roving! It's from Jehovah Jireh Farm, in Paw-Paw, Michigan. (I always wanted to make a connection with Paw-Paw, because I love the name.) The farm is owned by Amy and Greg Francisco. This black and dark brown (it's probably supposed to be black) roving is pretty, but I like a few other colors they have, too. This color would be fun to spin in the winter:

Smiles 4

It's called "Smile". Great name!

 


Spinning

Yesterday I spun a little. I got one bobbin full:

One bobbin

I started another one:

Other bobbin

I'll get that one about half full, and that will be all for the first half of my red and brown fluff; then I'll spin the other half, ply them together, and dance a merry dance.

I could finish it in a week, if I spin a little every day. Then again, it might be three years, the way I'm going, hehe. 


My Spinning

My spinning mojo is seriously lacking. This is what I got done all of last week:

Spinning

Sigh. 

Sorry about the darkness of the photo ... it was dark when I took it. It gets dark so early now, ya know? 

I spin about 2 yards of roving per day, and I don't know how many yards of yarn that equals. Then there are the days when I don't spin at all. Even when I am not spinning, I still beat my old record of not spinning all year and then spinning all day, one day per year.

I was getting better before my stroke though, I was drop-spindling religiously about 45 minutes to an hour each day, and I was getting quite fast at it, too. I could spindle spin the wool for a pair of socks and ply it, in about 16 hours. If that were my work, I could spin it and ply in two work days, faster if I used a wheel. Ah well, those days are behind me. 

I've got the rolags left over from my Knitting Olympics of 2010, right before my stroke; I should spin them to see how close I get to spinning fine enough and consistent enough for sock-weight yarn.


My Spinning

When the weather was a bit warmer I took advantage of the time to spin outside on the porch. It was really beautiful! Since I finished my purple batts (finally), I was ready to tackle the red and brown roving that I think Tracy gave me when she sold the half of the black fleece to me. I kinda put it away with the black fleece; I'm going to have a fun time with all that black!

Drafted roving

It's wool, and it sticks to itself something fierce, it's very grabby. It drafts easily, if you are not particular getting it perfectly spun, which I am not. Actually, I hope to spin this keeping the thick-and-thinness of it, because I think it looks old-fashioned; that's the only thing I can think of to describe it, "old fashioned." It looks like an old-fashioned hunting hat, or probably two or three hunting hats.

Singles
(The blue bit is my leader poking through.)

It was a very enjoyable day, and Nicky came and relaxed on the bench with me:

Nicky

I have to wonder what he imagines I'm doing. 

I was sad to hear of Marianne DelConte's passing. Her charming smile always cheered me! I miss you, Marianne. When I spin, or knit anything with cables, or work with anything yellow, I'll always think of you.


My Spinning

All my purple batt is spun; here it is, before setting the twist:

Spinning
It's better, but it still needs work. It is well balanced, so that's good. I did try to ply it a little more, and it looks better.

Now I'm going to tackle 2 balls of red/dark brown wool (I think it's Romney?):

Wool

It's roving, and drafts pretty easy. I think it'll be kinda marled when it's done. We'll see. It might be really pretty.


My Spinning

I take it all back.

Today I set out with a heavy heart to ply my yarn. I was sure it was uneven, would be underplied, would break constantly, would look absolutely horrible. I hadn't been really happy with it all along, and I thought plying the yarn would be awful.

But that wasn't the case after all! It was inconsistent, parts were laceweight when plied and parts were a strong worsted weight, but there were few breaks, it was spun nicely if a little inconsistently, and when I was done plying it I found I had made some darn nice yarn, and that makes me happy!

On the swift      Bobbin

Bobbin and swift      Close up

The fat kitty was close by with expert advice:

Fat kitty

She's my good luck charm :)

 


My Spinning

So yesterday was Monday (funny how it keeps popping up like that every week, no?) and I still had not done any spinning, and today's blog post was making rumbling noises that sounded very ominous indeed, so I decided to just spin all day out on the porch.

It was a beautiful, sunny day to spin. Lynne showed up  to join me, and she stuffed envelopes and later knit. Somehow spinning goes by much more pleasantly with someone to laugh with! 

What do I have to show for it? Well, I spun one bobbin full:

Full bobbin
(Dust is for photogenic effect.)

Actually, I thought I had filled the bobbin, but later discovered that I had some fluff left in the living room that needs to go on the bobbin. Lesson learned: never trust a husband to gather up all the fluff that goes with the spinning wheel.

Here is how far I got on the second bobbin:

Partly full bobbin

That's nearly a third of it. It is going much more quickly now that I have quit fighting with it, finishing what should be a sport weight ply for a worsted weight yarn, and not trying so hard to spin it very, very, fine to make a two-ply sock yarn. The yarn and I are much happier that way, believe me.

I am happy to report that it looks like the rest of the week it will be sunny and warm (we have perfect weather here in Maine, and there are no mosquitoes here in Rockport), so maybe I should be able to finish it all up. Between finishing October Frost and finishing that purple batt, it's been a great August!


Back To My Spinning

It's time to get back to my spinning. I kinda fell off the spinning wagon back during the Tour de Fleece, and during the Ravellenic Games I was all about knitting October Frost, but during the last few days I've been thinking about spinning again.

The problem is, I don't like this batt. It's a beautiful shade of purple, and I absolutely love the color, but the batt is hard to spin, it's coarse, the resulting yarn (judging from what I spun with the other batt) will be warm -- but coarse, although it's very pretty. It's hard to spin the batt -- any batt, I think; I could be wrong -- with only one hand. I end up with a lot of fiber in my mouth.

The other thing is, I really wanted to spin this much finer, which is why I am having a hard time with it. This batt wants to be a worsted weight two-ply. So, I'm letting it be what it wants to be, I'm not fighting with it anymore. I'll just have a lot of fine singles to ply with something else when it's all gone.

Here's where it is so far:

Spinning

Here's what's left of the first batt:

Batts

Then I have a whole other batt to spin, and then there's the plying. Ever notice how when you don't want to spin something, it seems like a huge amount of fiber you've got ahead of you? I have to spin this so I can go on to spin something else. Seems like it will take forever. I'd better get started.


Non-Spinning

I haven't been spinning enough to make any dent, so I'm not going to show you. 

I read a piece on plying that Jillian posted on the Knitty blog, and I'm under plying my yarn. When I finish this bunch and ply it, I hope I remember that.

I looked at my pre-stroke yarn to see if it was under plied too, and some of it is, and some of it isn't.  Who knew a person had to think so much about plying!

PreStroke spinning
Spun before my stroke

PostStroke Spinning

Spun after my stroke


My Spinning

Ugh, what a week. My spinning is going very slowly. It was really hot for a while, and then this batt is not as easy to spin as the last one, so I don't like it as much. I was disappointed to have my last batt come out so coarse-feeling, and that's another reason why this batt is going slowly; it's because I know it will be coarse, not soft. Thank goodness it's pretty!

Here's my little bit of spinning for the week:

Spinning

Tour de Fleece is a wash for me this year, as I took three days off from spinning entirely when it was so hot. Next year! Next year I'll have something really easy and soft and nice that I love to spin, I hope!


My Spinning

I plied the batts from last week:

Spinning     Spinning 2   Close up

It's hard to get the color to show up right in these pictures. The yarn is much prettier than it looks in these photographs. I need one of those things like the car mirrors have, "Yarn Is Much Prettier Than It Appears", hehehe.

Then I set the twist (washed it without the nasty dye job that inconveniently dyed the last batch pink):

Spinning3     Spinning1

Three days later, it's still drying, still sort of damp. I  hung it out on the porch today, and it's still drying. This wool sure sucked up a lot of water! 

The last half of this batt -- the first half that I spun -- is still a little wonky. However, I love this yarn, love the look of it. It's still not perfect, far from it, but I am getting better. Spinning a batt is harder than spinning roving, it gives me a yarn that's more thick and thin, but that's ok. 

Tour  de Fleece started three days ago, and I started spinning my purple Indigo Moon batts:

Spinning6

That's how far I got in three days, about a total of 2.5 hours of spinning. I'm slowing down a bit. I think I should have done some roving instead of another batt; I'm getting tired of it already. Still, that's what it's all about; this spinning event will push me to complete the purple batt! 

These Indigo Moon batts are all wool I think; they are a little coarse. Lovely, but I wouldn't make socks or a scarf out of them, though I may make a hat or mittens, or boot socks perhaps. I thought they might soften up after washing, but they didn't. They are still really pretty, though.


Tour de Fleece

Spinners have taken the famous Tour de France bicycle race and made it their own: Tour de Fleece. I wonder how long before the Société du Tour de France makes them change their name? :::shrug:::

There is a group for Tour De Fleece on Ravelry, and I spin, so I joined. What you do is, spin every day the Tour rides, June 30 through July 22. Days of rest are July 10 and July 17, just like the real tour. Spin something challenging on the challenge day (to be announced). They have a button to show spinning solidarity on your blog, which I have added to mine. And finally, we all wear yellow on July 22 to celebrate our success! There are tons of prizes they are giving away too!

I already spin every day, so this will be easy for me. I might try spinning a little more, maybe an hour in the mornings a few days a week, as well as my usual hour per night. We'll see. I'm going to be spinning my purple batts from Indigo moon; I'll probably finish them before the end, so I'll start spinning my 4 pounds of black fleece. I'd love to get that all spun up, and this will be a good beginning.

This should be fun!!

TourDeFleece




Weird Fibers

I've been thinking about the fiber that I've got left for spinning, and it really isn't much, but I'm going to just go ahead and spin it. I've got four or five packages of roving, probably +/- 4 ounces each, I've got a a little more roving that is red and black, and I've got a whole fleece processed at Starcroft Fiber Mill -- it's a black fleece (Romney? I forget) that Tracy and I split, but in the end she let me buy her half back again, and that's four pounds. I think I can spin it all in about a year, maybe half a year if I keep on the way I have been. But then ... I won't have anything left to spin! Yikes!

That got me thinking about buying some cool fiber, and THAT got me looking on the internet, and I ultimately found that spinners are seriously whacked. Seriously. Whacked. They will spin anything that is even slightly animal, and any animal, wild animals included, just to try out the fiber. 

I knew that spinners will spin wool, any member of the camelid family (like llamas and alpacas and vicunas and, well, camels), bunnies, dogs, cats, buffalo, musk ox ... and several kinds of plant fibers, like cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, and other stuff, like silk. But here are some of the more outrageous types of spinning fibers that people have actually tried:

  1. Grizzly bear -- Fleegle has posted about this on her blog. 
  2. Lion hair
  3. Dust Bunnies (they're spinnable, but make truly yucky yarn)
  4. Dandelion Fluff and Milkweed down and Cattails
  5. Green nettle fiber and cedar fiber
  6. Paper (including comic  books) and shredded soda bottles
  7. Cotton balls, dryer lint, and kapok
  8. Arctic Fox and red deer and timberwolf and elk
  9. Highland cattle and pony fur
  10. Owl pellets
  11. Human hair

All in all, this stuff sounds like it's more trouble than it's worth, so I'm sticking to what I can find easily, preferably roving, preferably hand-dyed by someone else. What luxury!

 


My Spinning

It's been a week already, time flies so quickly now. I had a little re-direction in the spinning I was doing. Last time we talked about my spinning, I said I was going to ply this finished bobbin with a bobbin of the blue-purple batt:

Spun

But before I spun the blue-purple batt, I snuck a peak at the other batt, which I thought was the same thing as what I had just spun. It isn't. It has a little turquoise, a little pink, a little more purple, but it has a lot of black and green in it, and it's much darker:

Spinning

So I decided to ply the two of them together, and I can ply the two blue-purple ones together. They'll both be beautiful when they are done.

My spinning has really improved. Yesterday when I was spinning, I thought how much my plies are smooth and even ... just like they were before my stroke. My pre-drafting is easier too. I guess I really just had to practice every day to solve my spinning problems (in the background I'm hearing Sharon saying,"Told ya so!').

I think the batts are really easy to pre-draft, once I got the hang of it. The fiber holds together well, so I can pre-draft it quite fine, which makes my spinning finer too. I like it!


My Spinning

I finished my pastel yarn, and plied it. I am pleased with it. It looks just like my pre-stroke yarn does, and I am pretty happy about that!

Pastel yarn

I patted myself on the back for a job well done, and went to have supper. Then, I put it in to soak and set the twist, but imagine my horror when I pulled it out looking sorta pinkish! 

Pinkish pastel yarn

And this had nothing to do with my stroke, honest. Here's the culprit:

The culprit

This is about 4 yards of the red-black yarn plied with the end of the pastel yarn, which I bundled up with the skein of beautiful pastel yarn and forgot about when I put it in to soak. 

Sigh.

Oh well. It will still be pretty socks, but now I have to make them for me instead of being a gift. The good news is that they'll be for me, instead of a gift!! The other good news is that I spun yarn fine enough and consistent enough and with good yardage enough to make a pair of socks (probably on size 2 needles). I was pleased to see that it was excellently balanced before I set the twist, too. So all in all, I count it as a win, despite the intermingling with the red dye in the bath. It's kinda pretty, though. It goes well with the blue and aqua and purple and green.

Except for the mishap of the red yarn, I think the dye job was just beautiful, and I hope I do that again sometime. I thought it was so horrible to start with, all blotchy and with so much white -- it really was just white with a little bit of dye, spaced out over the roving -- but it spun up so pretty, and when I plied it, it was beautiful. I am going to look very differently from now on at the fibers I run into; before, I was pooh-poohing white, spotchy dyes as a bad dye job, but now I see that it can be quite lovely.

My next adventure in spinning is to spin a giant batt of yarn. I got this from Indigo Moon (Mary Lynn Fitzsimmons, if I remember right) before she went out of business, years ago. Good thing batts don't go bad!

Indigo Moon batts

That's half of it; the other half looks the same. I had to figure out how to draft a batt, rather than roving. Roving was pretty simple, but this ... this I had to draft wrong a bunch of times, but then it suddenly clicked, and I started to spin this:

Spun batts      Close up spun batts

Oooohhh, pretty!! I like it! I can't wait for this yarn. But first, I'll be spinning for about a month. It's nice to know that I can spin, anyway!


My Spinning

Not a lot of progress this week. My spinning time, while daily, has been less than a full hour, but a little spinning every day still keeps the mind sharp and the plies consistent. I finally finished one bobbin:

Bobbin Full

The second bobbin is going more slowly:

Spinning

There's been too many good movies and shows to watch on tv! The season finales ... gotta watch 'em.

It'll be interesting to see how this yarn looks when I ply it. I used to spin and ply the whole thing in a day or two ... but that would be it for six months. Oddly enough, I'm able to do more spinning now, not less, with only one hand. Being handicapped has it's little privileges, I guess. Anyway, this is looking good so far, and I think the plied yarn will be better than the last batch ... every batch is better, more consistent, finer. 

 


My Spinning

Just checking in with my spinning ... I have spun exactly half of my roving:

Spinning

I love the colors. The plied yarn will be very nice, colorwise, I think. Now to spin the other half! 

My spinning still is lumpy, but it's better than it used to be. ::shrug:: I will keep trying until I get it right.

My stash of fiber fits into only ONE tub. (My stash of yarn is significantly more.) Spinning a little every day, about an hour, gets through fiber pretty fast, compared to spinning once every 6 months, as I used to. I was getting better before my stroke; I had a spindle (well, one of several spindles) that I was getting in the habit of spinning a little on every day, and I noticed an increase in my consistency and the speed at which I could get stuff done. Then I had my stroke and started over.

I'm starting to see a difference in my spinning, and I am getting stuff done pretty good now. My spinning still doesn't meet up to what I used to make, but in another year or so, maybe I will see the difference. The yarn I am making is *almost* worthy of being knittable. Maybe it's better than I think, I dunno. It might be fine.

I'm gonna stop blathering now and go knit.


Thinking Out Loud (Ignore at Will)

I think I'm going to make another A Little Bit Bohemian scarf out of my red and black handspun. I counted the yarn as it hung on its peg, multiplied by the number of inches around my swift, divided by 36, and I think I have 264 yards of it, more than enough for a Bohemian scarf. The yarn is kind of wonky in places, but that will just make it that much more Bohemian. 

RedYarn_medium       Beginning2_medium

The fact that it's wonky in some places is why I don't think it's smart to make socks out of it. It's more a scarf kind of yarn. I hope my next batch of yarn, and the plying of it, will be better. I must remember to go slow, and not rush through as fast as I can. I think it will turn out to be better than the red and black yarn, but still not sock worthy. 

It's pretty hard to go from spinning like this:

Sun socks spinning      Sun socks

.... to spinning the wonky crap I've been spinning. It's like an artist losing his right arm (assuming he's right-handed). I have to learn the whole damn thing all over again. Actually, it's harder; try drafting the fiber with only one hand ... you'll end up using your mouth and really, that's not the kind of fiber you should be swallowing. 

I miss spinning the way it used to be, and I miss my circular needles, and I know my knitting and spinning are great and most people can't believe how good it is, but to me, it's never going to be good enough.

I know. Must change attitude. Be positive. Believe. I'm trying...


My Spinning

I finished my red yarn, and here it is hanging after I set the twist:

RedYarn

It's still lumpy bumpy, yarn with character. It broke a few times while I was plying it because I had spun it to thin. However, it is getting better. It's still way better then my first attempt. I think I will make a hat out of it.

Now I'm spinning another bunch of roving that I hand dyed, with spots of aqua, green, and purple. I saw this technique in Twisted Sisters Sock Book a few year ago, and thought I would like to try it.

Roving

It looks pretty bad, right? There's a LOT of white left in it. I started spinning it anyway, because hey, I need the practice.

SpunYarn

Ooooh, pretty. This could be good, I thought. Those Twisted Sisters knew what they were talking about.

Pastel yarn

So this is how far I have gotten. Somehow that mostly white roving turns into beautiful pastel shades, just right for spring and summer! I like how it is more consistent, too. It will be interesting when I ply it, but that is a long way in the future. The roving I showed you is half of the whole bunch, and while I'm spinning about an hour every day, it is still taking me a long time because of the pre-drafting taking me so long. I have to pre-draft the roving just so, to get the yarn to be a consistent circumference when I spin it. Consequently, I'm pre-drafting more than I'm spinning, but I have to do it, so that's ok. As Mary Englebreit said, 'If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. '


Spinning Progress

I've been making slow progress on my spinning. I have spun a little almost every day, about an hour or so. Getting the roving properly drafted with one hand is what takes the time. I have to draft it out really fine to get the fine yarn that I want. Unfortunately the wispy little roving then wants to stick to everything, including me, and I end up looking like a red fuzzy snowman. Yikes! There's red fuzz all over the house now. 

Here's what I have left to pre-draft:

RovingLeft

I've spun more than half of it. Here's my pre-drafted roving, before I actually draft it:

PredraafingRoving

I don't have any pictures of the actually pre-drafted roving, sorry. But I do have a picture of my spinning:

WhatIHaveSpun

One bobbin is full of half my roving, and I'm working on the rest. It's actually pretty good. I am spinning nice and fine, and it is fairly consistent. I think I had trouble with patience and finger strength before. I wasn't patient enough to pre-draft the roving finely enough to spin the thickness I wanted it to be, and my finger strength just wasn't ready. I guess I forgot that aside from spinning one-handed, I was also learning to spin left handed, not right handed. My left hand got stronger with use and time, so now it's able to spin the nice, fine yarn that I had imagined.

This will take time. When I ply my singles together, part will still be lumpy bumpy, and part will be nice, fine, even yarn. It will be good though. I am learning. My next spinning attempt will be even better.