Our little winter rainstorm turned into 2 inches of snow overnight, which was super exciting for everyone when morning came. The cats are still really excited when snow happens, and there is a lot of running from window to window and meowing at the white outside world. And then of course, there is feline snoring next to the wood stove. We’re glad for the water, however it is falling. The little creek near the house is really running now! I went out to fill bird feeders this afternoon and had to crunch through the fresh snow to get to them – the sky was bright blue and the air smelled so good. I just feel so completely happy to be living here. Sometimes the gratitude for it overwhelms me.
Inclement weather is a good excuse for spinning and this week I did up most of a Sheep to Shoe kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. 400 yards of huggable, squooshy sock yarn so far, and there is still about 2 oz of the top left to spin. I really like these Blue Moon kits. The fiber preparation is wonderful and the colors are really nice. This one has been stashed for quite a while and it was a real treat to bust it out of the bin and spin it up.
I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my spinning and spin yarn to use for specific projects. Well I wanted a nice tight 3 ply sock yarn with this one, and I didn’t really get one. I read that you want to overspin your singles a little and then overply the yarn a bit as well. I really thought I had it, it was definitely unbalanced in the too-tight right way after I plied, but not so much after washing and setting the twist. It wound up being little underplied in spots. This is vexing, but good to note for next time. It’s a fine line. You don’t want your yarn to disintegrate on the first wearing, but you don’t want to spin it into twine, either. I think I’d rather err on the side of softer, if I’m gonna be off in one direction or the other but honestly I’d rather just get it right.
Speaking of intentional spins, I’ve got 8 oz of Funky Carolina Falkland top on the wheel now. Being more than a little torqued about the inconsistencies in the yarn I just made, I thought I’d do another round and try to do it better. I did a little research first, and apparently Falkland is really good for socks. I am giving that a go instead of more merino. The consensus seems to be that it wears better, which is a good thing. These are destined for Captain Sexypants, and if there’s one thing my man can do, it’s wear the heck out of a pair of socks. No merino for him! So far the Falkland top spins like a dream and I’ve been getting some nice even singles. Two bobbins of singles done, and one to go, then we’ll see how it plies up. I’m doing 4 oz at a time, so if the first skein doesn’t pan out, I can adjust things for the second. I thought it would be fun to combine two colorways – Luna and Dark Soul. Dark Soul is the one pictured on the bobbin above and Luna is the lighter colorway below. Yummo, right?
Very grateful that the Captain does not require his socks and caps to be particularly understated or “manly” in hue. In fact he prefers the bright blues and greens and purples. No dull colors for him, no thanks. He is happily willing to wear just about anything I knit up for him. This makes the spinning/knitting process a lot more fun for me!
I had a wonderful time going through my fiber stash this week and re-organizing bins. Ok, what I was actually doing was rubbing my hands together gleefully and yelling, “It’s MINE! All MINE!” but we’ll just call that re-organizing, ok? I really miss the feeling of being a part of a close knit fiber-oriented community and I’m looking forward to the next meeting of the local spinner’s guild. And on a virtual note, maybe it’s time to start seeking out fiber blogs again.
Does anyone else feel like Facebook has essentially gutted the blog world? I’m really glad I don’t have internet at my house. It makes me seek out content that is more substantial in the limited internet time I have. I miss the conversations that center around blogging. The “like” button has not done good things for social media.