Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Spinning Merino

I threw my new merino roving on the wheel today. Oh my gosh, it is so soft!!! I know, I know, where have I been, of course Merino wool is soft. But I still need to say it again: It is SOOOO soft! I just love how it feels. And the colour is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

So, as far as the spinning itself goes: my hand hurts. I was planning to make a bit of a thicker slightly thick and thin yarn. Turns out that is easy to do with this roving. If I had wanted a more consistent yarn, then I may have had trouble. This roving has such a short staple length that it isn’t exactly easy to make it consistent. But I think that it is turning out perfect. Exactly as I wanted it!

Here is a seed stitch scarf that I am making out of the very first yarn I ever spun. I love how it turned out. My husband asked why I would take inconsistent yarn and then knit it up in a seed stitch pattern which only accentuates its inconsistencies. But I think that the texture is fabulous! I will be a happy camper wearing this one.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NiddyNoddling Along

Yup, I made myself a niddy noddy! Out of some PVC pipe. Seems like all the spinners on the net are doing it! I had to join in for the ride. It works well and is sturdy. My main complaint would be that it seems really static-y. Oh well, probably rubbing a bounce sheet on it would help.

I am really happy with how my 2ply turned out this time. I am sure that it comes out more and more even every time I spin.

One of these days I may even get up the courage to try navajo plying. It is really intimidating for me, but at the same time, I think that it would look fabulous with my new roving which I blogged about last time.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Last week I received a whole bunch of new fiber from my favourite Etsy store: the Arts at Eagles Find. Here is 16 oz - Yes 16oz! - of blended wool roving called Rock Springs Run. I have spun up this stuff of hers before and really like the way it behaves. Don't ask what I was doing with the roving... just chalk it up to artsy photo op. :)

I also got 8 oz of merino wool in the Campfire colourway, which I love (but don't have a photo of), and 12 oz of undyed mohair. I haven't tried spinning mohair yet, so I am curious to see how that works out.

I have been spinning up some of the fiber I got in my last shipment. Here is some of the Caribbean blues wool that I am doing up into a chunkyish 2 ply. I still don't have a whole lot of control, but it is definately getting better everytime I sit down at the wheel.

I have decided that I need a niddynoddy, so that is my next project!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Not much to tell

I don't have anything new to post, but I did want to put up a photo of the Christmas scarf that I made for my Daddy-O.

This is the Pythagorean Scarf pattern by Smariky Knits. It was fun to make with BriggsLittle Heritage wool, although the yarn is way to scratchy for a scarf and the varigation does nothing for the cool relief pattern. But my dad still loved it, and wore it every day that he was here visiting me for Christmas.

I started a new scarf for my hubby out of a forest green BriggsLittle wool, with my own pattern that shows off the relief pattern really well. I love textured patterns, and I like the way this one is turning out.